Jog on, and on and on and on
Meet Masaru Abe – he’s utterly nuts. He’s also obsessed with scooters, and on Monday, May 1 he wheelied his Yamaha Jog into the record books, pulling off a feat that would send even the most dedicated wheelie addict a little crazy. Taking the title of Wheelie King, Abe headed to the Kawaguchi Auto Race facility in Saitama, Japan and proceeded to get it up, and keep it up, for an arse-numbing 500km (310 miles) world record, beating a 25-year-old record of 330km (205 miles).
The 33-year-old is somewhat of a legend in Japan for his scooterist lunacy, and while plenty of riders can barely get the front wheel floating with over 100bhp on tap, Abe can lift his Jog vertical from a standstill, and pirouette until he runs out of fuel. Fuel was a bit of an issue for the record, too – so his support crew would ride alongside and hand him a refuelling unit, which plugged into a quick-release dry coupling on the handlebar – allowing him to mono uninterrupted.