Henry Crew, 22, only got his motorcycle licence three-and-a-half years ago but is now well into his bid to become the youngest person to ride around the world. Along the way the young Brit will raise money for men’s mental and physical health organisation Movember.
The current record is held by Spaniard Kane Avellano who last year became the youngest person to travel solo around the world at the age of 23. He rode 51,500km (32,000 miles) over eight months.
To break the record, Henry will ride a new Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled 56,300km (35,000 miles) through 35 countries. He needs to be back in the UK by Friday, May 10, 2019.
Henry leaves London’s Bike Shed on his epic tour. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for Movember Foundation)
“I’ve wanted to spend as much time on a bike as I can since I first started riding and combining that with travel has always been a dream,” Henry says.
“When I discovered I could also get the record that was the motivation and sort of the selling point to make it happen. “
He should be in Australia in August riding from Perth across to Brisbane and is hoping riders come out to greet him along the way. You can track his progress here.
“I’m really excited about India and Australia because of the bike scene there as well as all the beautiful scenery and culture which I haven’t experienced before,” he says.
“The route and itinerary are quite flexible which should be great for staying with and meeting people.”
He left London last week and is now in Slovenia staying with a rider who contacted him via email. You can email him here.
Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled
Just one month into planning his record-breaking trip, the young rider wrote off his Kawasaki W800.
Movember then came to the rescue by approaching motorcycle companies for a replacement bike.
“Harley Davidson were interested for a bit and we were going to customise a roadster and make it more appropriate but honestly I feel like the Desert Sled is a much better option,” he says.
“I’m super happy with the bike and can’t wait to use it on some more rugged terrain.
“We also had an offer of a bike from Norton. I didn’t want to do this trip on a ‘proper’ adventure bike – they aren’t really my thing.”
However, he will encounter some rough terrain on his global ride and will need the longer-travel suspension of the Desert Sled model.
“I haven’t done any special training but I have had some advice from great adventurers such as Charley Boorman and a developer and adventurer who works at the Ducati factory,” he says.
“I racked up about 18,000 miles (28,969km) a year on my last bike and have had some off-road experience on small bikes. I also took the Sled off road a couple of times before I left.”
His biggest fears are having a problem with the bike that he can’t fix, issues at borders and “super adverse weather”.
“My schedule will loosen up after Europe though so it’s not like I will have to ride every day through any conditions.”
Along the way, Henry is raising money for men’s mental and physical health organisation November which was started in Melbourne in 2002 by two mates.
“Movember were the obvious charity partner because I had an existing relationship with them through the DGR (Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride) and I have had my own mental health issues which were greatly helped by riding motorbikes,” he says.
Henry also lost three friends to suicide and hopes to raise £1 for every mile he travels for Movember.
The money will go towards research and support programs designed for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, men’s mental health and suicide prevention.
Stay in touch with Henry here:
- Instagram: @henrycrew
- Facebook: 35000 Miles
- Twitter: @35000Miles