Clutch and Chrome first reported this unique story last month and we are happy to update it with good news.
Deena Mastracci had two reasons for taking on the challenge of a cross-country trip of more than 11,000 miles on her very first licensed motorcycle ride. First, to enjoy a world record and some would say more importantly, refusing to be outdone by her record-breaking fiancé. The attempt was reportedly spurred on by professional endurance driver Carl Reese’s recent record of the fastest time on a motorcycle from Los Angeles to New York.
No stranger to setting records, Mastracci, together with Reese and Rodney Hawk, already holds the Guinness World Record for the ‘Shortest Charging Time Cross-Country Trip in an Electric Vehicle’ and as part of Reese’s driving team, has helped set records for the ‘Fastest Time for Crossing the USA in an Electric Vehicle (EV)’ and for a ‘Double Transcontinental Trip (LA-NYC-LA)’. She holds a total of five EV records all set with a Tesla P85 D.
Mastracci’s very first motorcycle ride was not only a successful attempt to set a record for ‘Longest Distance Traveled by a New Motorcycle Licensee’, but was also a way to bring attention to the work of the Motorcycle Relief Project, a nonprofit charity that helps veterans with PTSD and other injuries. The group arranges multi-day motorcycle tours and other activities and also offers counseling for veterans in an effort to decrease suicides.
Additionally, Mastracci hoped her ride would inspire other women who may feel intimidated by driving a motorcycle.
A look at Mastracci's record-setting route
Mastracci’s cross-country trip of more than 11,000 miles began June 1 in Santa Clarita, California. Having no prior on-road experience other than that gained on a closed racetrack at a one-day class at Streetmasters Motorcycle Workshops, Mastracci took her motorcycle test at a local college before undertaking the record attempt.
The coast-to-coast ride was by way of the Arctic Circle, with Mastracci encountering a variety of challenging road conditions, including snow, mud, ice, 50 mph wind, flooded roads and golf ball sized gravel. Her route included the full length of the Dalton Highway, which is considered one of the world’s most dangerous roads and the journey included pit stops in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska; Denver, Colorado; Brookfield, Connecticut; and Grand Rapids, Michigan before concluding in New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
“My journey was the trip of a lifetime: a terrifyingly beautiful ride and an incredible learning experience all in one,” said Mastracci. “Everything about the voyage was a challenge for me. From navigating in traffic to maneuvering through mud and ice, it was very tough. While challenging, this journey was nothing compared to the trials that our armed forces face on a daily basis, which is why the work that the Motorcycle Relief Project does is so important to me.”
Riders who have spent any time in the saddle will have an appreciation for the effort Mastracci made to complete this trip. She covered an average of 400 miles per day and during the third week of her journey, travelled 1,000 miles from Denver, Colorado to Hammond, Indiana within a 24-hour time period. This is a feat that is only attempted by the most seasoned riders and often referred to as an ‘Ironbutt Challenge.’
For this record attempt, Mastracci rode a used F800GT BMW motorcycle purchased at West Valley Cycle Sales in Los Angeles, CA, the oldest BMW Motorrad Dealer in the United States. This attempt was Mastracci’s first individual record, and has been submitted to Guinness World Records book for formal verification.
Mastracci’s total mileage of 11,236 miles surpassed the previous record of 9,000 miles held by Clif Chu set back on July 23, 2012. Clif's journey was witnessed by William Schoetteler.
“It was remarkable to see how Deena evolved as a rider over the course of her journey,” said Carl Reese, who followed Mastracci on the journey on a separate motorcycle as a safety precaution. “Going from no on-road experience to tackling more than 11,000 miles over the course of 27 days is nothing short of epic! I am so proud of her for taking on and conquering such a challenge.”