Rhys Lawrey  - carretera austral

Around the World
Record Ride

Circumnavigating the World by Motorcycle

Setting a new world record and breaking a Guinness World Record

Youngest Person to Circumnavigate the World by Motorcycle

Most Consecutive Capital Cities Visited by Motorcycle

On the 2nd May 2014 from my birth town, Cambridge, UK. I threw my leg over a Triumph Tiger 800XC, rode up to Hinckley then departed from Ace Cafe London on the 3rd May. From that point onwards I would continue to ride 56,854 miles through 71 countries, and being on the road for 441 days.

Riding solo, unsupported (Except for China for logistical reasons), and continuously between 22 to 24 years old.

This was not just any ordinary overland trip. .  .  I would set off to begin and set the World Record for the Youngest Person to Circumnavigate the World by Motorcycle. The first person to do so. Then to top it off, breaking the Guinness World Record for the "Most Consecutive Capital Cities Visited by Motorcycle"

No person had ever attempt such a feat like this, at that young age. A Global World Record Trendsetting Circumnavigational Ride!

World Records

Rhys Lawrey - Youngest Person to Circumnavigate the World by Motorcycle

Day 1 at Hinckley 22 years old

Youngest Person to Circumnavigate the World
by Motorcycle

At the time there was no recognised record for being the youngest person to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle. There was circumnavigational records for boat, cycle and plane, but not by motorcycle. 
With the ambition and passion to drive younger people to travel the world by motorcycle this was the best way to start a trend of young adventure riders. Beginning a world record where knowing we all only get older so starting something for others to achieve. This showed it is possible and it can be done, travelling the world by motorcycle at a young age. 


Now seeing other young adventurers pop up and breaking this record, it is a sobering feeling for me personal. As I set out to inspire younger riders, and see younger faces out there in the world riding and travelling the world. This shows me I achieved what I set out to achieve!

The rules you have to follow to properly say circumnavigate the world on land so not just around the top example, round Russia, Canada and Europe yet never touching the Southern Hemisphere. To achieve this, you had to followed the “Circumnavigation Rules” laid out by the Official body of Guinness Book of World Records, of which was:

 

  • Start and finish from the same location - London.

  • The same motorcycle should be used for the entire journey - Triumph Tiger 800XC

  • The applicant must be legally old enough to ride a motorcycle in each country passed through - Tick

  • The journey must be continuous, with each leg of the journey beginning at the point at which the previous leg ended. - Tick

  • The journey must be a minimum of 24,900 miles (40,075 kms) - 56,854 miles (91,497 kms)

  • The age of the claimant will be taken as that at the completion of the journey. 24 years, 12 days old.

  • The rider should ride overland across the Equator at least once. Meaning you ride both north and south hemisphere. - Ecuador

  • Cross two antipodes points, (Unsure what antipodes mean, click here.) - Spain and New Zealand. ( 4 antipodes were ticked off, also Santiago, Chile and Xi'an, China)

 

 

Rhys started at the age of 22 years, 9 months, and 27 days and finished at the record age of 24 years, 12 days old.

Rhys Lawrey - Guinness World Record Certificate

Official Guinness World Record Certificate

Most Consecutive Capital Cities Visited
by Motorcycle

The final part of the around the world trip is also the start of the 2nd world record, the “Most Consecutive Capital Cities Visited by Motorcycle”. This record started in Montevideo, Uruguay and then continued ticking off ONLY capital cities till the end - London, England. London being the start and stop point rule for the youngest person to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle record, and being the last capital city for the Most Consecutive Capital City Record.

The Final Chapter brought many different challenges, where I was no longer able to come across hidden locations, go down off the beaten tracks, or stop in nice small towns in the middle of nowhere. It’s was going from gas station to gas station, big city straight to another. No stops, no rest!

It was all about pushing on and digging deep, battling boredom on main highway roads, fighting through city traffic, and not to mention the huge average mileage on the Tiger 800.

To top it all off it was done right after already being on the road for over 11 months and already doing well over 40,000 miles! Travel fatigue was already settling in.

 

The old record was 5 consecutive capital cities completed in Central America. I achieved 51 consecutive capital cities in 3 continents, South America, Africa and then Europe. 

To date, the record is still there to be broken. See the Guinness World Record by clicking here.

The rules set out by Guinness World Records for this one are really strict, it’s almost like playing a card or board game;

 

  • This record is for the most consecutive capital cities visited on a motorcycle without returning to the point of origin.

  • A consecutive visit means that you travel directly from one capital city to another with no rest stops in between except for refuelling and border crossings.

  • The participant can only take prolonged rest breaks once he/she arrives at a capital city.

  • There is no time limit for this record.

  • While there is no time limit, if the participant is inactive in one capital city for more than 14 days the record attempt will be deemed over.

  • A visit to a capital city is defined as visiting ONE of the following landmarks if found within the city centre: Town Hall, National Theatre, Seat of Government, Main transport hub (train station or bus station) or Main Square.

  • No capital city may be counted more than once on the journey.

  • Any one capital can only be "revisited" once while on the journey. Any additional visits and the attempt will be disqualified.

Rhys Lawrey - Youngest around the world
 
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71

Countries

22-24

Years Old

91,497

KMS

441

Days

The Route

The route took over a year to plan. The challenge was to make it possible to do both Youngest World Record and the Capital City Record without clashing with weather conditions, border crossing, visas and freighting. When it comes to route planning it is one of the hardest things to do because no matter how much planning you do, when your out there in wildness of life anything can get in the way of that well planned route which you mastered day in and day out.

 “Expect the Unexpected!”

The route started off on 2nd May 2014 from my birth town Cambridge, UK. From there headed to the Triumph Motorcycles Factory in Hinckley to get the leaving piccies then left from the Ace Cafe on 3rd May 2014. After which I then covered 56,854 miles, crossing through 71 countries in 6 continents and being on the road for 441 days.

The first part went across Europe and into Central Asia then into China, where financially and logistically it's better with a group with all the formalities needed to cross into China with a foreign vehicle. Being with the GlobeBusters group towards South East Asia, then solo down to Australia & New Zealand then continuing to North, Central & South America. Before flying to Cape Town. The Capital City Record started in Montevideo, Uruguay then headed into the African section. Breaking the old Guinness World Record of 5 consecutive capital cities in Mbabane, Swaziland then continued to add to the total of 51 capital cities through Europe, the last section on the whole trip. Finishing at the Houses of Parliament in London, England on 17th July 2015. London the last capital city.

Rhys Lawrey - Map planning

Route Planning First weeks in UK

Rhys Lawrey - Guinness World Records Paper

Guinness Rules and paperwork

Whiteboard travel plans

The First Ever Photo planning it

 
Triumph Tiger 800XC Motorcycle - carretera austral

The Bike

Take yourself back to 2013/2014 - The adventure motorcycle world was growing. More and more were discovering this way beautiful way of seeing the world. With tour companies expanding to all parts of the world like GlobeBusters Motorcycle Expeditions to the marketing booster of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman's Long Way Round & Down TV series.
The motorcycle of choice for most people, was the dominate BMW GS. With worldwide dealerships already established, a credibility of the bike, and it's good all round capabilities of riding around the world. 


With me already going against the grain of riding at a young age, where's most people were riding in the 40+ age bracket. I felt I needed to step out of the norm, and use a bike which was not in favour of popularity.

Choosing the Triumph Tiger 800 was a no brainer, being being the first person to take a modern Triumph motorcycle continuously around the world, over 57,000 miles through 71 countries, and joining the likes of Ted Simon's Tiger.
 

I'm proud to say the bike had NOT one issue or problem while enroute. It was unbelievable on how it preformed through all types of terrain, weather conditions and different environments. “Tigger” (The Triumph Tiger 800XC) now joins the ranks as one of the most famous Triumph Motorcycle with having completed what she has done and doing 2 world records, it speaks for itself in the reliability of a Tiger range. 

The first of it's kind, "Tigger" lead the way in helping Triumph bloom in the adventure scene with the 800. Helping pave the way for the Tiger range which it is today. Now the Tiger being the leading selling bike for Triumph, and now neck and neck with the GS.

Rhys Lawrey - World Record Triumph Tiger 800XC

When people always chose a BMW, this trip showed other bikes can do an around the world trip just as well if not better. The Triumph Tiger 800 will now go down in history and can be seen at the brand new Triumph Factory Visitor Centre. 

 

Accessories

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Metal Mule Panniers

Triumph Motorcycles Adventure Fog Lights

Adventure Fog Lights

Triumpph Motorcycles Roller bag

Triumph Roller  Bag

Triumph Adventure Tank Bag

Triumph Adventure Tank Bag

Triumph Motorcycles Adventure Screen

Triumph Adventure Screen

Scottoiler eSystem Chain Lube

Scottoiler eSystem Chain Lube

Arrow Exhaust Motorcycle

Arrow Exhaust to fit Panniers

Triumph Motorcycles Adventure Big Foot Pegs

Bigger Adventure Foot Pegs

Triumph Motorcycles Heated Grips

Triumph Heated Grips

Triumph Tiger Engine Protection Bars

Triumph Engine Bars

Tyre Choice

Out of the 56,854 miles the only tyres used were Continental brand tyres and switched between the Continental Trail Attack 2 and the more off-road type TKC 80’s. During the whole time on the road I didn’t get one puncture. With being tube tyres there was one tube valve leak which resulted in a tube change. Never carried spare tyres, only front and rear spare tubes.

The Trail Attacks are amazing with being a tough road tyre you can put thousands of miles on her and still keep the shape. The longest I went on a set of Trail Attacks was around 12,000 miles. (Which was very much used by then. And don't recommend pushing them that much for safety ha)

The TKC 80’s are truly built to with stand the rough and tough off-road style of roads. It grips well in loose gravel and even on bends it grips like a road tyre. The rear tyre did run out fast with only doing 5,000 miles but the front keep going a further 4,000+ miles. (Again pushed to the limit)

Rhys Lawrey - Continental Tyres Motorcycle
Continental Trailattacks 2 motorcycle tyres
TrailAttacks 2
Continental TKC-80 Motorcycle Tyres
TKC 80's
Triumph Tiger 800 in China

AROUND THE WORLD FACTS

The whole trip went through 5 rear tyres & 4 front tyres.

And out of the near 57,000 miles, unbelievably  I didn't get 1 puncture!

Rhys Lawrey Travelling luggage

AROUND THE WORLD FACTS

Everything weighed

286kgs

.

That includes bike, luggage and accessories. With an empty tank of fuel

Shoei Helmet photo dropped motorcycle Rhys Lawrey Picking up motorcycle

AROUND THE WORLD FACTS

'Tigger' (The Bike) was dropped

6 times 

and got stuck

2 times 

Out of the whole trip.

Luggage

Every Item I Carried
Items Inside the Roller bag
Triumph Roller Bag
  • 1x Tent

  • 1x Mattress,

  • 1x Sleeping bag

  • 1x Adventure towel

  • 1x Fold in mug

  • 1x Whiskey flask (Which Rum Inside)

  • 1x Head torch

  • 2-4x Emergency beers ;)

  • Any souvenirs collected along the way

  • Back up warmth clothing;

    • 1x Leggings

    • 1x Long sleeve tshirt

    • 1x Jacket

  • 1x Spare front tube

  • 1x Spare rear tube

  • 1x Spare engine oil and Scottoiler oil

  • 1x Spare chain

  • 1x Spare strap downs

Items Inside Pannier with Inner Kriega Bag
kriega pannier bag
  • 1x Off the bike shoes

  • 4x Underwear

  • 2x Riding socks

  • 4x Off the bike socks

  • 2x Riding tshirts

  • 1x Trousers (which can turn into shorts)

  • 2x Polo shirts

  • 2x Basic tshirts

  • 1x “Smart dress” collar shirt

  • 1x Jumper

  • 1x Wash bag

  • 1x Shaver

  • 1x Jandals (Flip flops)

Items Inside the Tank Bag
Triumph Motorcycle Tank Bag
  • Sunscreen

  • Sun hat

  • Sun glasses

  • Torch

  • 1x Swiss-army knife

  • Selfie Stick

  • 1x Toilet roll

  • 1x Hand sanitizer

  • Hand/Face wipes

  • Insect replant

  • Pens/stickers/business cards

  • Portable USB battery bank

  • Current Country Map

  • Notebook

  • Camera Equipment

GoPro Camera Equipment inside Tank Bag
GoPro Travel Equipment
  • 1x GoPro Hero4 Black Camera

  • 2x GoPro Hero 3+ Black Camera

  • 4x USB Charger wires

  • 3x Housings cases

  • 1x Open Frame Case

  • 10x spare Hero 4 batteries

  • 6x Spare Hero 3+ batteries

  • Dual Battery charger

  • LCD ScreenoBack-Pac Battery

  • Wifi Control

  • Jaw Clamp

  • Extension arm

  • Chest Mount

  • Spare SD Memory Card

  • Mix of mount attachments

  • Mix of sticky mounts

Items Inside the Other Pannier
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  • 1x Laptop

  • 1x Document folder

  • 1x Packet of cabal-ties

  • 1x Tyre pump

  • 1x Tyre pressure reader

  • 1x Electric tape

  • 1x Adjustable spanner

  • 1x Used Scottoiler oil

  • 1x Mini first aid kit

  • 4x Strap downs

  • 4x Rags

  • Spare bike parts exclude -

    • 1x Air filter

    • 2x Spark plugs

    • 2x Wheel sprockets

    • 2x Rear brake pads

    • 2x Front brake pads

    • 1x Clutch cable

    • 1x Clutch lever

    • 1x Front brake lever

 
 

Photos & Videos

Around the World with Rhys Lawrey 2moroRider

Around the World Series

Rhys Lawrey - Scottoiler eSystem

AROUND THE WORLD FACTS

3 chains and 2 sprocket sets were used.

The 2nd chain using the Scottoiler eSysytem did over 32,000 miles

Rhys Lawrey - Bartending Fire Flaring

AROUND THE WORLD FACTS

The 2 bottles on the back of the Metal Mule Panniers are actually of no use at all...

They are bartending practice flaring bottles - Rhys' background

Triumph Tiger 800XC in Mexico Desert

AROUND THE WORLD FACTS

The only things stolen were...

Those 2 flaring bottles

In a Uzbekistan hotel, the security knew the local kid who took them and gave it back. 

Charity

2moroRider partnered up with The Prince Trust Charity - the UK's leading youth charity.

Their goal - To Inspire Young Lives! While doing the double record world ride,  there was an amount of money raised to support The Princes Trust through the JustGiving website and JustTextGiving by Vodafone.

The Prince's Trust is a youth charity that helps change young lives! Giving something back helping raise the awareness and £3055.16GBP to help young lives through the help of The Princes Trust. 

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£3055.16

Raised During the World Trip