Rider “Grizzly” On Schedule To Set New World Record Atop A Victory Cross Country Tour

1GrizzlySwiss endurance Rider Urs “” is on his fourth of six continents in 100-day ride challenge. He is 25 riding days and 16,932 miles into his quest to set a new world record by circumnavigating six continents in less than 100 riding days aboard his .

The Victory Cross Country Tour Grizzly is using for this attempt was specially modified by Motostyling Zurich. While the engine, frame and running gear remain relatively untouched, other parts of the bike have been redesigned to fit Grizzly’s needs as he covers long distances in remote parts of the world.

Rider rode away from Daytona International Speedway on March 11 flanked by hundreds of owners of Victory motorcycles who joined him to ride one lap of the Daytona 200 road course and escorted him out of town for the first part of his journey. From Daytona Beach, Fla., he traveled 3,971 miles in six days and 14 hours to complete the first leg of the ride in Panama City, Panama. He then continued traveling south 6,269 miles for nine days and 23 hours to reach Ushuaia, Argentina, at the tip of South America. From there, he returned 2,088 miles to Santiago, Chile, loaded his bike onto a plane and transferred to Australia, where he spent six days and five hours riding 4,604 miles west across the continent from Sydney to Perth.

2GrizzlyFrom Perth, Grizzly and his Victory were flown to Cape Town, South Africa, on April 27, where they currently await clearance through customs. Thereafter is a 6,503-mile journey from Cape Town to Cairo, Egypt, where he’ll then point his front wheel toward Tunis, Tunisia, and a ferry to take him across the Mediterranean. From Africa, Grizzly’s path will lead him north through Europe, then east through Asia. An eventual arrival in Singapore will have him load his bike onto a plane and travel to Anchorage, Alaska, before resuming his tour across North America to a planned finish in Daytona Beach.

“I had a very good start of my world record attempt from the Daytona Speedway on March 12 at 1:44 p.m. local time,” Grizzly communicates from his layover in Cape Town. “I’ve met many people on the road, and at the stops when I had some hours of sleep, and want to thank them for these encounters. They were very hospitable, helpful, open and without distrust – many thanks to them as this makes the world just wonderful!

“Now I am shortly before starting the next leg across Africa. In all books and on all plans, this is supposedly the most challenging continent to ride and I will surely have many more adventures in the next weeks as I continue my goal of being the fastest man on two wheels across all continents.”

“We are excited about Grizzly’s progress thus far,” says Alex Hultgren, Victory’s Director of Marketing. “Ultimately, this is an endurance race that balances Victory’s well-known dependability with Grizzly’s mental and physical fitness. We look forward to tracking Grizzly through the next phase of his journey.”

Time and position measurement are being done via GPS and satellite tracking. Timing is not stopped on overland routes (i.e., when waiting to pass a country border or when the rider is sleeping). However, timing is stopped for air and sea transfers between continents and restarts once the bike arrives on the new continent.

Grizzly’s total distance is scheduled to be approx. 62,000 miles. The current record for such a ride is 120 days. Visit  for an up-to-date schedule of his travels.

9 Responses to “Rider “Grizzly” On Schedule To Set New World Record Atop A Victory Cross Country Tour”

  1. 1 SoCalPhun May 3rd, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Please continue to update. Hopefully he complete his trip on time and without too much trouble,

    Safe travels “Grizzly”, many of us will live through you,

  2. 2 Boomer May 3rd, 2016 at 8:52 am

    I’d love to see good pictures of the bike with all the changes. This looks to be a different Cross Country than the one he used last time (the white one).

  3. 3 bigitch May 3rd, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    if he had chosen a route from east to west he would use less time.

  4. 4 1550tc May 3rd, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Whats a life and what an adventure, its like a Uber transcontinental bean’re

    Ride safe

  5. 5 May 4th, 2016 at 5:16 am

    Amazing motorcycle! I wish I got it for my long trips. Grizzly and Victory motorcyle really inspire me to take a risk more and reset my mind about adventures. Hope that he and his friend can finish the trip in a great way!

  6. 6 Jim Tom Stimpson May 4th, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Boomer, this is a different Victory Cross Country. Go Grizzly!

  7. 7 May 4th, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Very cool! Hope he writes a book. peace

  8. 8 May 9th, 2016 at 9:05 am

    We collected Grizzly from Cape Town International Airport and “looked after” him while he was with us at The Viper Lounge & Victory Motorcycles Cape Town.

    In a nutshell you couldn’t wish for a nicer and more unassuming guy and it was a pleasure having him here and servicing his amazing Victory as well as fitting new tyres etc.

    He left us at exactly 12h00 on Monday 2.5.2016 and by yesterday he was already beyond Nairobi (Kenya). Go to his website and tracking app to keep an eye on him and let’s hope he gets through the Sudan etc. without any hassles. I’ve been in that part of the world on my Victory CC too and if it goes wrong, it can go VERY WRONG !!!

    Good luck Grizzly !!!!!!!!!


  9. 9 May 9th, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    I would love to see an presentation on this trip, but it doesn’t sound like he has time to take pictures..

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