News New Cross-Country Motorcycle Record: 38 Hours, 49 Minutes

New Cross-Country Motorcycle Record: 38 Hours, 49 Minutes

Solo Cannonball Cross-Country Motorcycle Record LA to NYC

New Cross-Country Motorcycle Record: 38 Hours, 49 Minutes
Carl Reese

Piloting a 2015 BMW K 1600 GT, Carl Reese has broken the cannonball cross-country motorcycle record. The Santa Clarita motorcyclists rode from Los Angeles to New York City (2,829 miles) in 38 hours 49 minutes. The previous record was posted by George Egloff in 1983 (Honda CBX six cylinder); he finished the trip in 42 hours.

This isn’t Reese’s first cross-country expedition. Except for Erwin “Cannonball” Baker, who finished the first of his 143 cross-country treks aboard an Indian Motorcycle in 11 days in 1914, nobody has set more records than Reese and his team.

Before earning the new LA to NYC record on the inline-six cylinder BMW, Reese set an additional five records – all in under seven months. Reese also owns the Guinness World Record for shortest charging time from LA to NYC in an electric vehicle, and in October 2015 Reese and two other drivers set the first semi-autonomous driving record from LA to NYC in 57 hours 48 minutes while driving a Tesla Model S P85D.

But the his latest aboard the motorcycle was the toughest. “There is a reason this record has gone unchallenged for over 30 years. Unless you have completed Army boot camp, it is difficult to relate the mental and physical exhaustion,” said Reese.

Reese reported that he have up all stimulants before his latest motorcycle run, including coffee, tea and sugar: “The immense level of fatigue driving a motorcycle solo for 38 hours is like finishing a UFC fight, then getting hit by a freight train. This was far more difficult than any other transcontinental record I’ve set to date.”

During his cross-country motorcycle record attempt, notaries and film crews were present to help him document the trip. Reese is also working with Hollywood-based filmmakers to produce a documentary highlighting the motorcycle trip and his others.

The TransContinental Drivers Association also said “As in his previous record runs, Reese carried an American flag for good luck. It was gifted to him by veteran and friend, retired Sgt. 1st class Rod Hawk. The flag originally flew in Iraq and was presented to Hawk for his accomplishments during the war. Reese, whom also served in the Army, said ‘I carry that flag to remind me of the men and women who have put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedom.’”

For more information about this record-breaking trip and future expeditions, follow Reese’s Twitter account @EVRecordAttempt. For additional information, visit TransContinental Drivers Association.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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