VICTORY ENDURANCE RACE TEAM

VICTORY ENDURANCE RACE TEAM

TAKING VICTORY AROUND THE WORLD

ONE MAN'S JOURNEY

ONE MAN'S JOURNEY

His real name is Urs Pedraita. But to the motorcycle distance riding community, the Swiss motorcycle fanatic is Grisu Grizzly.

In the past two years he has set a pair of distance riding world records on Victory motorcycles, and next year he hopes to set the ultimate record on a Victory Cross Country: The fastest trip by motorcycle around the world. He’ll ride across the required six continents, and will add a side trip to Antarctica to make his record virtually unbreakable.

Throughout 2015, he is making several trips to get familiar riding on surfaces ranging from desert sand to ice to gravel roads. Then, in February 2016, he’ll leave Zurich, Switzerland, on the Victory Cross Country in hopes of circling the world in less than 100 days. (The current record is 120 days.)

With his boundless energy, ability to survive on mere cat naps, and the ultra-reliable Victory Cross Country, count on Grizzly adding to his growing list of world distance riding records. Victory will be following Grizzly in his training routes as well as covering his world record attempt in 2016.

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URS PEDRAITA

Q & A

What was the first Victory model you ever rode, and what impressed you about the bike?

UP: My first Victory Model was already a Victory Cross Country. During the test drive, I was very impressed by the flexible and agile driving ability.

What makes the Victory Cross Country work so well for you in your distance riding?

UP: The low center of gravitiy is a big plus. In addition it is the easiness to ride such a heavy machine.

How have you modified the Victory Cross Country for your distance riding?

UP: I just modified the seat for my ergometry and I increased the tank with 4 more gallons. In winter I also enlarge the wheels by one inch and put on some spikes.

What is your favorite type of terrain to ride on? Paved roads, or other surfaces like sand, gravel, snow, ice?

UP: I love paved roads, as every other biker, but on unusual streets I love snow and ice the most.

Which continent or country on your around-the-world ride do you look forward to the most?

UP: I am really looking forward to Africa because it is going to be challenge. In particular the stretch between Kenya and Tanzania through Marsabit.

Describe how you sleep during a distance record run. Do you stop for an entire night’s sleep, or nap whenever possible?

UP: I am only going to sleep for 8 hours during the lake crossing. Apart from this I will take power naps from 20 minutes to 2 hours.

What’s the most dangerous situation you’ve found yourself in during your distance riding?

UP: When I was followed by hungry wolves in the Siberian Taiga near Mogocha. I knew, if I made one simple mistake it would be over.

Will you carry a good luck charm or keepsake with you on your ride around the world?

UP: I always carry a good luck charm with me, but I don’t know yet what I will take this time.

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