Iron Butt Terry Makes History By Riding Electric Zero Motorcycle 1,000 Miles In 24 Hours
Terry Hershner made history by becoming the first ever person to ride an electric motorcycle 1,000-plus miles in 24 hours or less.
Hershner joins the Iron Butt club with this epic ride.
We’ve been following Hershner’s journey on Off The Grid since it began.
Here are some highlights from Hershner:
“Official numbers many have been waiting for…. 1046.7 miles, 22 hours 57 minutes, 126.883 kWh electricity to carry 950 pounds at speeds of 70-80 mph that distance, or 121 Wh per mile (including charger losses) at 75 mph average. Not too shabby!”
While Terry’s 1,000-plus mile journey in less than 24 hours would seem impossible, Hershner’s bike, a heavily modified Zero S, has some tricks up its sleeves (or under its fairings).
Prior to the record-making attempt, Hershner had to carefully plan his route. Even so, the trip wouldn’t be easy. As Hershner stated:
“24 thousand watts of charging power. Getting ready for the first ever attempt in history at an electric motorcycle traveling 1000 miles in 24 hours. 1 week from today I try to ride from ChargePoint HQ in San Jose to Mexico and back by the same time the next day. It’s going to be close, my current estimates give me a 22 minute buffer window if nothing goes wrong. Going to be intense!”
The biggest challenge for Hershner was fending off fatigue and tiredness:
“I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. But I’m beginning to fade. Made 2 wrong turns in LA with a detour off I-5. Hopefully the sun rising will help. The bike is fine but I’m running on milliwatts right now. Charging stations need coffee dispensers.”
For Hershner, making history seems to be a weekly event. Just a short time ago, Hershner won the Vetter Challenge on his electric motorcycle. Now, Hershner becomes the first to ride an electric bike into the Iron Butt club (Saddle Sore category 1,000 miles in less than 24 hours, to be precise).
Upon completion of the trip, Hershner simply stated:
“I did it!”
Yes you did Terry. Our congrats go to you for continuing to push the boundaries of what an electric motorcycle is capable of. What’s the next grand adventure?
In closing, we offer this comment from Terry on how he felt the day after the big ride. You’d think he’d take a few days off from riding, but that’s not the case:
“I’m awake at 2 am and fresh as a daisy! Not sure what to do. Share some Facebook news I guess. Maybe go for a ride. Yeah that sounds good. For some reason I feel like I should be riding right now.”