- Rohitesh Upadhyay
- 567 metre(s)
- India (Mehsana)
The longest no-hands motorcycle wheelie is 567 metres and was achieved by Rohitesh Upadhyay (India) in Mehsana, Gujarat, India on 28 October 2019.
Rohitesh's aim is to push beyond his own and society boundaries with this record. Being a professional rider, Rohitesh understands how challenging this specific wheelie record is.. In India, the whole activity of motorcycle tricks and motorsports is usually considered purely as entertainment. 'I always admired the likes of breaking stereotype which in turn brought me to this record. I want people to understand that there is a certain amount of effort that goes into lifting the front wheel of a motorcycle. Also, I would appreciate if through this record people in India and globally understand that this motorsport requires virtues like concentration, discipline, a moral compass, hard work, dedication, a certain degree of talent and sheer determination just like for any other sport.'
Rohitesh is a self proclaimed 'hardcore motorcyclist'. Usually, the term motorcyclist in India is of a person who commutes using a motorcycle on a daily basis. For Rohitesh, the motorcycle feels like a part of his own body. 'I have always been the guy who had a knack for motorcycles since I was a child. Bedroom posters and drawing motorcycle on back of my school notebooks have been a part of my childhood impressions about motorcycling. As a rider, I am more of a person who prefers cruising on motorcycles rather than riding high speeds on my bike.'
D) Out of all the wheelies that Rohitesh has trained for, this has been the most difficult for him. Rohitesh has been trying to practice this trick since 2015. This trick reflects more skill than just a piece of entertainment. 'The physics behind it is like doing gymnastics on a motorcycle.' This demands complete control over the body as well as command of the participants centre of gravity. 'Motorcycle unlike the objects usually in gymnastics are a bit more complicated which intrigues me to keep trying until I get it right. I also feel that just like figure skating or parkour, this activity as a whole can be regarded as poetry in motion. All these thoughts kept me glued to select this wheelie to attempt.'
Rohitesh had to enter a weight loss regime in order to be in peak physical fitness to attempt this record. Rohitesh training included strength training, cardio, flexibility and daily meditation in order to reach his goal.
'Training is about adding value to your performance by gaining self knowledge, skills and behavior. With the available resources, searching for a good bike to practice, fuel expenses for trial round and financial constraints made me a tougher man. In simple words everything was just awesome and great, I made a lot of friends and the trainers were really focused on every trivial detail, have got a lot of experience and they are cool too!!'
Rohitesh would love to add more 'feathers to his cap' in terms of Guinness World Records titles.
'I have identified and respected the name “Guinness World Records” since my childhood. Being a title holder would definitely make me feel honoured. The road to achieve titles will make me grow as a motorsports athlete and would build-up respect to this sport. This would further enhance me to fly high and allow me to touch sky and make my dream come true.'