Italian journalist Valerio Boni rode his MV Agusta Turismo Veloce Lusso SCS over 2,000 km in less than 24 hours, covering 11 countries across Europe.
MV Agusta has set a new world record with journalist Valerio Boni visiting 11 countries on the longest day of the year in under 24 hours. Boni rode a production MV Agusta Turismo Veloce Lusso SCS and rode across Sweden, Denmark Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria and Italy. The record-setting venture, called the Turismo Veloce Europe Endurance (TVEE), started at 5:38 pm at a petrol station in Malmo’s western suburbs where Boni filled up fuel, before embarking on the epic 24-hour ride.
Speaking of the record-breaking ride, Boni said,”Everything went according to plan, or almost. We reached our objective also thanks to the Turismo Veloce, which proved to be extremely reliable and comfortable, two qualities that certainly were key in this situation. The comfortable saddle, the good protection provided by the windshield, the absence of vibrations and the cruise control function are the most important elements that helped me ride the Turismo Veloce for 2.003 km in 24 hours across 11 countries. It was an unforgettable experience, and a not too tiring one either.”
The TVEE also had the objective of gaining SaddleSore 2000 certification from the Iron Butt Association, “the toughest riders in the world”, by riding 2,000 km in the same lapse of time. Boni and the MV didn’t have it all their own way though, after a warm and sunny start in Sweden, things quickly became more complicated. Heavy rain was reported to accompany the rider for much of the central European leg, and a diversion in the Netherlands caused him to slow considerably, putting the record in jeopardy. Eventually though, the job was done, and Boni crossed the finish line in Schiranna, finishing with an officially recorded distance was 2,003 km.