On the longest day of the year, the summer solstice of June 21st, MV Agusta, together with Italian journalist Valerio Boni, will attempt to beat the record of the most countries visited in 24 hours on a motorcycle.
Boni will set off on a 2000 km ride across Europe, respecting all the traffic and speed regulations, starting from Malmo in Sweden and ending at the MV Agusta headquarters in Schiranna, Italy, setting the mark of the most countries visited at 11 – Sweden, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and, of course, Italy. A real endurance test for Boni and his 2021 edition MV Agusta Turismo Veloce Lusso SCS.
Valerio Boni, 62, is an Italian motorcycling journalist. A true motorsport enthusiast, he’d ride anything with wheels and an engine and has a particular predilection for endurance raids. He was among the first Italian riders taking part in African rallies and rode 125cc Cagivas to victory in Morocco and Egypt. He also has a passion for long-distance, round-the-clock challenges. Last month he set the Guinness World Record for the longest distance on a minibike in 24 hours.
MV Agusta named the enterprise “TVEE”, Turismo Veloce Europe Endurance, inspired by the TEE, Trans Europe Express, the legendary train service that operated in Europe from 1957 to 1991, and which represented, at the time, the fastest and most stylish way to travel across the continent before the advent of high-speed.
But Boni’s quest won’t be stopping at the world record, since he will also attempt to gain SaddleSore 1600K and SaddleSore 2000K certifications from the Iron Butt Association, the “World’s toughest Motorcycle Riders”. The challenges consist of riding 1.600 km and 2.000 km respectively in less than 24 hours.