They are nicknamed the “Sidecar Guys“, and they have just entered the Guinness Book of Records in 2021. The feat that earned them this honor is to have completed the longest trip in a sidecar. A journey of 55,000 km made with a small Honda scooter.
They traveled more than 55,000 kilometers and crossed 35 countries with a vehicle that was little expected to carry out such a project: a Honda Scoopy SH300 scooter equipped with a sidecar. An adventure that earned them in 2021 to join the prestigious Guinness Book of Records with the record for the longest trip made in a sidecar .
“They” are two British friends, Matt Bishop and Reece Gilkes, who in 2017 embarked on this crazy bet to go around the world on a scooter with a sidecar. Those nicknamed the “Sidecar Guys” did not leave only as tourists, since the goal of the world tour was also with a solidarity aim: to raise funds for charities involved in the fight against slavery and the trafficking of people. humans.
Confronted with difficult weather conditions and various breakdowns of their mounts, the “Sidecar Guys” have, despite all the ups and downs, crossed 35 countries and traveled more than 55,000 kilometers, often with the help of the local population to repair and maintain mechanics, like men.
Welcomed by groups of motorcyclists during the journey, a memory remains particularly in their memory on the occasion of the crossing of Russia: “ We were going to Kourgan (a city 2,000 km east of Moscow, ndr) . It was a day when absolutely everything was white. There was an icy fog in the air, it was -9 ° C, with humidity, it was more like -19 ° C. Fortunately, Russian hospitality warmed us up. In the end we realized that the biggest danger is not the Russian weather, nor the Russian roads, it is Russian hospitality! Too much vodka! ”
A great achievement!