Archive for December 5th, 2008

Distance Record Set by PWC Rider

December 5, 2008

Floridian Mike Pagliccia, 44, has achieved the longest distance traveled on a personal watercraft in a 24-hour period.

Pagliccia traveled 624 miles aboard his Sea-Doo GTI 130. He started at 7 a.m. Friday Nov. 7 and finished pwcrecord at 7 a.m. Saturday Nov. 8. His endurance record raised $5000 for the YMCA of Naples. The PWC was provided by Florida Motor Sports.

“It was rough,” Pagliccia told the Naples News. “We had a little snafu near Tarpon Springs when a plastic water bottle got sucked into the intake.”

He said there were times along his journey that his mind began playing tricks on him. “It was totally dark at night, and I couldn’t see a thing,” he said. “At one point, I thought I saw a body listing in the waves, but it turned out to be a buoy. I started seeing things, especially when the moonlight reflected off the waves. I couldn’t see the waves until I was already on them, and there were a few times that I almost lost it and wiped out.”

The World Records Academy says Pagliccia’s new record breaks the record of 604.6 miles set by Croatian Davor Hundic.

Scooter Cannonball Run

December 5, 2008

Did you hear about the Scooter Cannonball Run?

Patrick Owens won the 2008 Scooter Cannonball Run on an SYM HD 200. The race took place from sym September 11-20, 2008, and covered over 3,000 miles from San Francisco, Calif., to Ocean City, Md. on Highway 50.

The coast-to-coast scooter race is an endurance race for scooters and motorcycles up to 252cc. It is an endurance test for both machine and rider. The winner of the competition is the rider with the fastest combined time over the 10-day race.

Owens’ SYM HD 200 was supplied by dealer First Kick Scooters of San Francisco, Calif. The HD 200 is powered by a 4-stroke, 4-valve ceramic-coated cylinder engine.

Other scoots that participated included the Vespa GTS and GT200, Piaggio MP3 and Skipper, as well as models from Genuine, Honda and Lambretta.