Husaberg Adventure Team at starting point in La Serena Chile
Why would you want to ride your Husaberg FE570 motorcycle to 20,500 vertical feet? Because it’d break a world record, of course!
That’s exactly what the trio of Walter Colebatch (UK), Lukas Matzinger (AUSTRIA) and Barton Churchill (USA) plan on doing this march! These three will attempt to reach new heights, literally, with their two-wheeled machines as they scratch and crawl their way up Ojos del Salado in South America. Why South America? The group explains.
“While the Andes are not as high as the Himalaya, that additional height is pretty much a moot point, since no-one is riding high enough to challenge the summits of the Andes, let alone the Himalaya. And the Andes have one huge advantage … the slopes of the mountains are often less steep.
“The clincher for us was studying the assorted videos and stories of the last two world records for cars. Both drives were in 2007, both were over 400 metres higher than any bike has ever gone, and one of the drives was in a near stock Jeep Wrangler. Importantly, both drives were on one particular mountain … Ojos del Salado … Eyes of Salt.”
Follow the teams progress on their Facebook page. They are right in the midst of the assault today.