1233 KM’s in 24 hours on a 1979 50cc Vespa…

Madness we tell you!

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We once rode little scooters all the way from JHB to Durban. Then, we rested, turned around – and came back again. It was mind numbing and if we remember rightly, none of the scoots were less than 125’s.


Pasta powered  65 year old Italian Valerio Boni has entered the Guinness Book Of World Records for the furthest distance traveled in 24 hours on a 50cc scooter.

He did it on a track… 615 laps of the Sitges-Terramar circuit in Catalunya, Spain to be precise And he did it on a Vespa 50 built way back in 1979. 

His record is 304 odd kilometres more than the previous record set in 2005 by Australian rider, Mark Brown.

A team effort for sure!

He began the ride at lunch time on March 6:

 “I saw the Terramar track for the first time in 2018 and I was fascinated,” Boni said. “The concrete slabs of the bottom are very uneven, but given the reduced speed, I considered taking the risk.”

“I must say that an important part of the choice was made by the ‘round’ numbers involved: with a 45-year-old scooter, a track that has just celebrated a century of life, 55 years since the first Vespa 50 Special, 100 years of the Pontedera plant, where the Vespa is built, and finally my own 65 years.”

Refuelling on the move...

Fuelling for the record run was done on the move.

Another record held by the Italian includes the greatest distance on a minimoto.

 In 2021, he rode through 11 countries in less than 24 hours. More than 2000km on the production Turismo Veloce Lusso SCS, setting the record for the most countries crossed in a 24-hour period…

Cool huh!

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