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Record-breaking globetrotter Henry Crew has bike stolen

Published: 20 August 2019

Updated: 20 August 2019

Henry Crew, the youngest person ever to circumnavigate the globe by motorcycle riding unsupported, has had his Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled stolen from his parents' home in Hampshire.

In a post on Facebook, Crew said, "Hey friends! Last night (19/20th August) my bike was stolen from my parent’s home in Petersfield, Hampshire.

"If you can keep an eye out for a white Ducati Desert Sled that looks like it’s done 60,000 miles in a year, cracked exhaust plate, stickers, scratches, red fuel cans or black winding roads plates on the side. It’s pretty unique and sentimental to me. I appreciate all your help and efforts in recovering it!"


Crew's record-breaking trip

Crew arrived back in the UK on Friday, April 19, having pipped the previous record by around 30 days and more than doubled the required mileage, bagging himself an official Guinness World Record.

A group of 50 fellow bikers, well wishers and fans met with Crew at Folkestone, riding with him to the Bike Shed in London, where his journey started just over one year ago. Kane Avellano, the person who has held the record since 2017 was even there to congratulate him.

Henry Crew on his Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

"I think it will take about a month before it hits me," said Crew, speaking to MCN. "I still feel like I’m about to get on my bike tomorrow and carry on."

Crew’s route has taken him all over the world on his Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled with the route going from London, through Europe on to Russia, then across the ‘Stans’ towards Thailand and onwards to Australia.

From there he flew to South America, ultimately riding up the west coast of America before heading east then flying back to Europe and on to London. Along the way Crew has encountered almost every situation imaginable from sleeping in a prison in Pakistan to almost going blind while suffering from altitude sickness in the Himalayas.

Henry Crews getting a helping hand

"The longest and toughest day was in northern India, spending 16 hours in the saddle to cover just 130 miles. It was so stressful."

Crew has made the trip in aid of the Movember foundation, who work to raise funds and awareness of men’s health issues, after his own struggles with mental health. The question now is: what next? "Sleep," he says.

How does the record work?

The record required Crew to return home before May and to have ridden at least 24,500 miles – but he had more than doubled that goal by the time he arrived at the Bike Shed on Friday, April 19.

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