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ADV RidesHonda Africa Twin Riders Break Climbing World Record

Honda Africa Twin Riders Break Climbing World Record

Two world records set climbing South American volcano on the Africa Twin.

Published on 03.13.2017

A team of Honda Africa Twin riders have completed a world record expedition climbing the Nevado Ojos del Salado Volcano, located between the border of Argentina and Chile. At 22,608 feet (6,891 meters) high, it is the highest volcano in the world. A climb that was made even tougher by adding the challenge of reaching the extreme height within 24 hours, without the support of oxygen.

Honda Africa Twin riders captured the following world records:

1) From zero to 19,357 feet (5,900 meters) above sea level in less than 24 hours
2) 19,554 feet (5,960 meters) as maximum height for a twin-cylinder motorcycle


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Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L record breaking expedition with Metzeler MC360 tires

The records were set using a new off-road tire from Metzeler — the MC 360. The expedition team was composed of Salvo Pennisi, Metzeler’s Head of Testing Department, Carlo Fiorani, Honda’s Head of Racing Communications, journalists Francesco Catanese and Karsten Schwers, and Fabio Mossini, the enduro champion now part of the Honda Sud America team.

The first record set was a real team victory: Francesco Catanese, Fabio Mossini and Karsten Schwers riding the Honda Africa Twin and Salvo Pennisi, riding alternately both the Africa Twin and a CRF450RX. The team managed to reach 19,357 feet (5,900 meters) after starting from sea level, in just 22 hours and 30 minutes.

The second success was an individual record claimed by Fabio Mossini, who managed to bring his Honda Africa Twin to 19,554 feet (5,960 meters) above sea level, the highest level ever reached with a twin-cylinder motorcycle.

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Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L record breaking expedition with Metzeler MC360 tires

Following five days of mandatory naturalization at increasing heights, where one of the riders and one of the technicians supporting the team were forced to give up due to symptoms of acute altitude sickness, the team left from the Pacific shore on March 3rd. After a challenging 186-mile (300 km) ride through volcanic ruble, endless stretches of sand and deep mud pits, the team reached the base camp of Laguna Verde at 14,107 feet (4,300 meters) elevation.

On the morning of March 4th, at the crack of dawn and 23° F (-5° C), the team left to climb towards the top of the volcano. After an exhausting 25-mile (40 km) ride from Murray hut to the 17,060-foot (5,200 meters) elevation Atacama hut, the four-rider team went through the toughest part of their journey. Fabio Mossini, Karsten Schwers and Francesco Catanese with the Africa Twin and Salvo Pennisi riding a Honda CRF450RX.

Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L record breaking expedition with Metzeler MC360 tires

Following a dramatic climb to the 19,150-foot (5,837 meters) elevation Tejos hut and after riding through stretches of sand and ice sheets, the group had to deal with another challenge: at 19,357 feet (5,900 meters) there are some impenetrable icy sections, also known as “penitentes.” The penitentes, typical in this area with strong winds, obstructed the chance to climb any higher.

Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L record breaking expedition with Metzeler MC360 tires

This is when Fabio Mossini and Salvo Pennisi decided to accept the challenge posed by the volcano and try for one last effort. Continuing ahead, Fabio Mossini with the big Africa Twin, managed to reach 19,554 feet (5,960 meters) to set a World Record for the highest altitude achieved on a twin-cylinder motorcycle. Salvo Pennisi managed to bring his CRF450RX to 19,610 feet (5,977 meters) above sea level and set the absolute record of height ever reached by a motorcycle in 24 hours.

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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sammysays
sammysays
March 13, 2017 11:01 pm

They were all wearing matching Honda underwear!

ADV Pulse
ADV Pulse
March 14, 2017 11:09 am
Reply to  sammysays

TMI sammy! 🙂

Paulo
Paulo
March 15, 2017 10:12 am
Reply to  sammysays

They learned that trick from the countless others on KTM’s and BMW’s! Aghhhh-hahaha!!

Funny how the big boys don’t like a little rub from a bike with less then 100hp…… It gets no respect…….probably would make them feel worse if on a DCT machine. D’oh!!

GT
GT
March 17, 2017 4:34 pm
Reply to  Paulo

You can see in the photos at least the white bikes are DCT

woollyb
woollyb
March 20, 2017 7:23 pm
Reply to  Paulo

At least it still weighs as much as the others, even if it’s short in the power department. Does it even come with a centerstand?

Paulo
Paulo
May 4, 2017 11:15 am
Reply to  woollyb

Does the new KTM 1090 even come with a center stand!!! Ummm…..NO!!

enduromaster
enduromaster
May 28, 2017 10:29 pm
Reply to  Paulo

But the KTM 1090 comes with 32 additional horsepower over the girl’s bike.

Custom Made
Custom Made
March 13, 2017 11:02 pm

lol. people in india do it on 125 four strokes and go upto 20,000 ft.

advrider
advrider
March 13, 2017 11:42 pm
Reply to  Custom Made

20,000 ft? lol doubt it since the most celebrated altitude there on a motorcycle is less than 18,000 ft.

John
John
March 19, 2017 12:17 pm
Reply to  advrider

Well Khardungla is around 17500ft in India and people have done it on 110cc automatic 4stroke scooters. So a full blown adv bike doing 19554 ft doesn’t get some people excited (though it should obviously).

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March 14, 2017 10:00 am

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Cindy
Cindy
March 15, 2017 7:11 am

Walter Colebatch and the Husaberg Adventure Team rode to 6,361 metres last year although they were on single cylinder bikes – Husaberg FE570s.

Cindy
Cindy
March 15, 2017 7:13 am
Reply to  Cindy

Edit: Actually they did it in 2012.

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