Longest Journey by Motorcycle in a Single Country: Canadian Brothers set world record (Video)
SHANGHAI, China -- Canadian brothers Colin and Ryan Pyle completed their epic motorcycle journey by returning back to Shanghai after 65 days on the road circumnavigating China on their BMW F800GS motorcycles -
setting the new world record for the Longest Journey by Motorcycle in a Single Country.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the The longest continuous journey by motorcycle within a single country, set by Ryan and Colin Pyle, who toured China along 16,240 km (10,091.05 miles).
The Guinness world record for the Longest motorcycle ride (team) was set by Simon and Monika Newbound (UK), who had covered over 168,800 km (104,887 miles) on separate motorcycles on a journey that started at Dublin, Ireland and crossed over 50 countries.
Their journey was a unique one, as they have become the first riders to fully circumnavigate China by motorcycle in one single journey.
During their remarkable 17,674km odyssey the brothers have encountered some of the most intense changes in culture, weather, altitude and terrain that exist in the world.
They tackled heavy rains, flooding, landslides, freak hailstorms, extreme altitude (above 5000m/16,000ft), sand, gravel, thousands of kilometers of road construction and even bureaucratic / military interference.
According to Guinness World Records, the brothers
"started their trip in Shanghai and rode a circular route around the country and returned back to their starting point. The longest rest period taken was a four-day stop at Lhasa in order to have a motorcycle repaired."
Colin and Ryan intend to produce both a documentary film and a written book on their experiences in China, which have been far from regular.
Colin and Ryan Pyle are brothers from Toronto, Canada. But that's about all they have in common. Ryan has spent the last decade in China building his career as a Documentary Photographer. Colin stayed closer to home, in Toronto, and built up, and sold, his own successful currency trading company.
The world record was sponsored by: Mandarin House Language School, BMW China, Touratech, The Tomson Group, Airhawk, Pelican Products, Kodak, Oakley, Cardo Systems, and Lowe Pro.