Record was performed at the Kawaguchi Auto Race facility in Saitama, Japan.
Japanese rider Masaru Abe took wheelie Wednesday to another level as he rode his Yamaha Jog scooter on one wheel for more than 13 hours. During this time, Abe covered a distance of over 500km on one wheel without making a single stop. Abe comfortably broke the previous record of 331.0195km set by Yasuyuki Kudo in 1991.
To give you a better perspective of the feat, consider this – the distance covered by Abe on one wheel is as much as the distance from Mumbai to Ahmedabad. Abe lifted up on one wheel and was flagged off at 7:09am and in the first hour had already covered a distance of 39.2km. Two hours into the record, Abe started experiencing pain in his lower back but he chose to continue. He even had some painkillers while his motorcycle was on the move with one wheel pointing north. Abe broke his compatriot’s record at 3:28pm – eight hours, 18 minutes and 43 seconds after he lifted up.
Shouting and screaming in pain, Abe continued for two more hours crossed the 500km mark and finally brought the front wheel down. The Japanese rider had set himself a target of 600km. After setting the record Abe explained, “If I didn’t go further than what I thought my own limit was, then someone else would. I thought if I were going to try to break the record, then I would have to post unattainable numbers that would leave people speechless. That was the most pain I have 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 set his record in a closed environment at the Kawaguchi Auto Race facility in Saitama, Japan with adequate safety precautions and an ambulance for backup. While it is feats like these that inspire you to hone and flaunt your skills, always make sure that you perform stunts in a safe and controlled environment. Ride Safe!