Of course, there are some important caveats: Acerbis, which produces large-capacity fuel tanks for adventure machines, cheated a bit.
First, it took a Honda MSX125 Grom, already relatively parsimonious on fuel, then the firm’s engineers designed and built their own massive fuel tank, which extends out forwards, then back under the rider and into a pair of pannier-style side tanks. They provide a capacity of 108 litres (23.75 gallons) of petrol, which weighs around 85kg on its own.
Then, a three-rider team trundled the bike at approximately 45mph from Albino in Italy to the North Cape in Norway, a distance of 2600 miles. That earned the firm its world record: the greatest distance driven on a single tank of fuel by a motorcycle. Guido Acerbis, CEO of Acerbis, is a proud man. “As a child, I admired the Guinness World Records book that my grandparents had given me and dreamed of entering it.
The dream has become a reality, thanks to a determined and motivated team.” While this record-breaking feat is not something that most riders can replicate on their own bikes, it does showcase the ingenuity and determination of the Acerbis team. It also highlights the advancements in fuel tank design and capacity that can be achieved.
For most riders, the focus is on practicality and convenience when it comes to fuel efficiency. However, it's always interesting to see what extreme measures can be taken to push the boundaries of what is possible on a motorcycle. And who knows, perhaps this record will inspire other riders to explore new possibilities in long-distance riding with limited fuel.
In the end, while it may not be feasible for the average rider to cover 2600 miles on a single tank of fuel, it's still a remarkable achievement worth celebrating. It serves as a reminder of the endless possibilities that exist within the world of motorcycles and the passion and dedication of those who push the boundaries of what is possible.
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