“I just wanted to travel by motorcycle ever since I got my license and finding out I could get a world record and travel for a year supporting the Movember Foundation was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down!”
More Of The Same
Extraordinary trips like these often spring from an undefinable urge to do something different, but in Henry’s case, it’s the urge to do more of the same: riding. As a self-proclaimed bike-nut, Henry went from riding bicycles as a kid to getting his bike license at the age of 19, just three years ago.
Ever since that day, he made his bike his main source of transportation. And despite annually wrapping up over 18.000 miles (28,800 kilometers) on riding to work, running errands and riding for fun, Henry decided he didn’t want everyday life getting in the way of his riding anymore. Time for a change in order to do more of the same.
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Riding solo for all men
Transforming such an ambition into reality seems easier said than done, something Henry can vouch for. But things started to all line up after the Movember Foundation came into the picture. The charity tackles men’s health issues on a global scale, and it aligned perfectly with Henry’s ambitions to take on the globe and fundraise for such a great cause.
And while Henry’s intention wasn’t to break any records along the way, the possibility came up while planning. “I didn’t realize I could be the youngest person to do it,” Henry explains about circumnavigating the globe. “I just wanted to travel by motorcycle ever since I got my license and finding out I could get a world record and travel for a year supporting the Movember Foundation was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down!”
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Riding for the Record
Being an adventure that takes place on public roads for the good cause, the trip is more about raising than racing. However, the goal to be the youngest male ever to pull it off means the clock is still ticking. “Kane, who currently holds the record was 23 years 365 days old (essentially 24!) and got back on his birthday. I am currently 22, but I will be 23 when I return as well. In order to get the record, I need to be back before May 11, 2019.”
Although it sounds like a long time from now, this means Henry, who in daily life is a part of the admissions team for a music university, needs to cover 35,000 miles (56,000 kilometers) through the unknown. Mishaps, technical failure and sheer bad luck could be lurking around any corner, which puts more emphasis on preparations.
The Tools of the Trade
Setting himself the lofty goal of achieving the World Record means he doesn’t want to leave things up to chance. To get himself acquainted with the phenomenon of traveling the world on two wheels, he met up with fellow REV’IT! ambassador, Charley Boorman.
Aside from getting tips and tricks to get into the right mindset, it’s also a matter of getting the right ingredients together for the trip. We’ll talk you through Henry’s recipe for tackling the world on two wheels. Particularly, the bike he’ll be taking with him on the adventure and the motorcycle clothing he’ll be wearing.
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Where you might expect nothing less than a full-blown adventure bike to take on a trip like this, Henry will rely on a Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled for his record attempt. “I love the Desert Sled and I am pleased that Ducati UK hooked me up with this bike. It’s perfect for the trip as it performs well on and off-road, while it’s also great for riding through urban areas. Plus, it’s a nice change to show that a bike like this is capable of doing a trip like this.”
The bike will receive some adventure-ready updates making sure Henry can haul his belongings. Otherwise he will undertake the trip in stock trim, proving its globetrotting readiness right off the shelf. “I’m confident that the bike is going to be able to take some abuse and I didn’t waste any time testing it - I rode 125 miles (200 kilometers) from Silverstone to Petersfield in the snow after collecting the bike!”
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And now for our part of supplying the right tools of the trade, er… trip. Planning for an adventure like this isn’t particularly easy when it comes to preparations, but luckily Henry isn’t the first globetrotter to face the elements wearing REV’IT! motorcycle clothing. To keep things comfortable regardless of the weather along the way, we kitted him out with our Defender Pro GTX suit.
It’s a direct descendant of our Defender GTX, a suit that got tried and tested all over the world. It even finished the famous Dakar Rally. The Defender Pro GTX lives up to its name and has been optimized by input from two-wheeled travelers everywhere. And we mean everywhere. If you are looking for adventure motorcycle clothing in the near future, you will want to stay tuned as we’ll briefly run you through the suit top to bottom.
In the spirit of true adventure, the Defender Pro GTX jacket comes with a secret pocket, but as you will understand - and to keep Henry happy - we cannot reveal its location. Numerous adjustability options on the jacket and trousers allow for that snug feeling with or without any of the layers in place, making sure the fit is on-point every time.
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The Defender Pro GTX was developed with the concept of layering in mind, to keep it as light as possible. Constructed as a liner-to-drop, the waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® layer is detachable in both jacket and trousers after which the VCS (Ventilation Control System) panels can be opened to promote airflow in hotter conditions. When put back in, the Defender Pro GTX suit keeps wind and water away.
And thanks to the use of a moisture-wicking base layer, and the right mid layer - in Henry’s case, the REV’IT! Climate jacket - a snug and warm suit is created while maintaining its breathability. The latter being essential to keep things comfortable on those seemingly never-ending rides through bad weather.
In case of any misfortune along the way, it’s a comforting thought that the Defender Pro GTX is up-to-spec when it comes to protection. Award-winning SEEFLEX™ CE-level 2 limb protection and a SEESOFT™ CE-level 2 back protector offer high-class impact protection, while the outer shell is carried out with a fine blend of highly abrasion-resistant PWR|shell material held together using our signature safety seams.
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With everything in place in case unforeseen events happen that you don’t want to happen, you can concentrate on the things that you are more likely to appreciate along the ride. The entire suit is made to add comfort to your ride. A YKK slide lock front closure takes away any pressure from the front of the trousers while the grip panel prevents sliding up and down the seat while riding.
Both the jacket and trousers come standard with plenty of storage space to keep essentials close. Regardless of the available storage space on the bike itself, any big or small trip requires fueling up, crossing a border or taking a quick snapshot of something you see on the road. Having everything close by saves a lot of hassle and can mean the difference between coming home with the image of empty scenery or capturing the perfect moment.
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If the Shoe Fits
We made sure Henry was clad from top to bottom in REV’IT! adventure motorcycle clothing. We learned over many years that a trip like this one isn’t just about riding, it’s also about walking around in new environments and meeting new people. In our adventure footwear collection, we made this a foundational principle. We’ll explain...
As logical as this may seem, we faced an industry quandary where adventure boots weren’t really comfortable to walk in. We took this predicament to heart when developing our Discovery OutDry boots.
That is why we teamed up with the engineers at Vibram® to co-develop the Vibram® Apex sole to create a sole that is safe, durable, and pleasant for long distance riding and walking. By further incorporating the OutDry® waterproof & breathable membrane, which is laminated directly to the outer shell, feet will remain dry and comfortable. The icing on the cake is the unique Boa® closure that ensures the perfect fit with the turn of a knob. Mixing up these elements with our REV’IT! design and development team has resulted in the perfect boot for virtually any type of adventure, such as circumnavigating the world in search of a world record.
Not into Silk Gloves
Layering works when talking about jackets and trousers but there are some limitations when we’re talking about gloves. Luckily, an extra pair of hand protection isn’t too hard to store, which means Henry is afforded the luxury of changing them when the weather permits. Making sure he has all his bases covered in terms of climate variations, and to make sure he always has the right amount of protection, Henry’s got three pairs to choose from:
Pegasus 2 H2O Gloves
As Henry picked his departure strategically, he isn’t expecting extremely cold conditions along the way, which make the waterproof Pegasus 2 H2O gloves perfect for the part of his trip that might be slightly colder without going overboard.
Thinsulate® insulation features air pockets that trap and store heat, and by incorporating various thicknesses on the upper and inner hand, these gloves provide warmth while offering the right feel through the handlebars at all times without the bulk of typical winter gloves. SEESOFT™ impact protection is incorporated on the knuckle and wrist below the TPU palm slider, while the leather outer shell furnishes the abrasion resistance.
Dominator GTX Gloves
These are the gloves Henry will probably wear for most of his trip, as they are definitely geared toward the adventure. Not trying to sound like a broken record here, these gloves too are developed in close collaboration with two-wheeled globetrotters making sure they live up to their promise as adventure-ready equipment.
The waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® membrane means they aren’t afraid of a bit (or a lot!) of rain, offering weather protection and comfort with balanced heat transfer and optimum moisture management -even in harsh conditions.
The outer shell is made from various leather types all chosen on the levels of safety and comfort they provide. With the ventilated dual comp protector, TPU hard shell protector, PWR|yarn stitching and PU injected finger knuckles, these gloves are ready to be taken on a trip around the world.
Sand 3 Gloves
Not that we aren’t confident with the Dominator GTX gloves’ abilities, but as Henry is expecting some hot rides along the way, we couldn’t help but add the Sand 3 gloves to the mix. We’re using him as a guinea pig - he’s totally okay with that! - because we’d love to get his feedback after taking them around the world.
Developed as a highly protective glove for hotter circumstances, they combine optimal freedom of movement with all around protection and incredible ventilation. TPR ventilated knuckles at the fingers, knuckles and thumbs offer the right protection while the flexibility of the material they’re made of is second to none.
The outer shell is carried out in drum dyed goatskin, PWR|shield and air stretch mesh, providing the right balance between abrasion resistance and breathability. To make sure any unfortunate slide ends in a controlled way, a TPR palm slider is added to the mix. We’re quite sure that Henry will switch to the Sand 3 gloves when weather permits, both on and off-road.
Now that you are up to speed with what is needed to prepare for a 35,000-mile (56,000 kilometer) trip around the world, you can start planning your own. If you haven’t built up enough vacation days, don’t worry. Make sure to digitally ride pillion and come back here to find out about the updates on Henry’s Scramble around the World trip.
Follow #REVITScrambleAroundTheWorld on Instagram to stay updated, and we’ll make sure you get regular write-ups right here from the man behind the bars.