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The World’s Longest Wheelie? 13 Hours Of One Wheeled Endurance!

The world’s longest wheelie: one man, 13 hours, 311 miles, and one Yamaha scooter.

Updated August 21, 2018

Masaru Abe has just broken the record for the world’s longest wheelie. Taking 13 hours and covering 500 km (311 miles) in the process, Abe has obliterated the previous record. We’re talking about a continuous wheelie too. No breaks. No stretches. No galvanizing or inspirational team talks. Just good old fashioned “get up and go.”

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The previous world’s longest wheelie record was achieved by Japanese rider Yasuyuki Kudo back in 1991. Back then, Yasuyuki Kudo (33 years old at the time) managed to wheelie for a mind boggling 205.7 miles on board his Honda TLM220R – already an impressive feat of determination and endurance. However, the goal posts have just been moved by another 33 year old Japanese rider: Masaru Abe.

The World’s Longest Wheelie: The Video

Abe’s continuous wheelie record was 13 hours in the making, and took place at the Kawaguchi Auto Race track in Saitama, Japan. Throughout the whole event, he managed to keep his Yamaha Jog scooter up on the rear wheel, maintaining an average speed of 40 km/h (24.8 mph). In the first hour, Abe managed to cover 39.2 km, which set his record attempt in good stead.

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However, thirteen hours in the saddle – even with both wheels planted firmly on the ground – takes its toll. During the first few hours, Abe was pained with backache but managed to continue on, declining any medical help or the offer of painkillers. He managed to soldier on, breaking the previous world’s longest wheelie after the first eight hours…and then he continued for five more hours to cement his success. He was aiming to go for 600 kilometers, but back pain forced him to retire earlier than expected.

Finally, when all was said and done, and when Abe could no longer continue his wheelie, he’d smashed the previous record of 205.7 miles, setting the new record at 311 miles…over one hundred miles than the old record. The world’s longest wheelie record should go unchallenged for a long time, since most riders can barely manage to clock up a hundred miles without having to pull over for a coffee! And that’s when they’re on two wheels…let alone one!

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“That was the most pain I’ve ever felt. Both of my arms were numb from the pain and I had lost feeling in them. My vision was blurred… I was only partially conscious. I was completely dehydrated. I’d never experienced that before,” Abe told press after the event.

A big congratulations go to Masaru Abe. What a record breaking feat!


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