LUCA COLOMBO IS AN ITALIAN DAREDEVIL who had set his sights on beating the world speed record on a dirt bike. “Nothing really special” we thought.
However, he was aiming to achieve this on water rather than in the dirt…
In 2017 he had taken the lake and rode across on a specially prepared Suzuki 450. This asked for more and he decided it was time to go for the world fresh water speed record which was in the hands of Australian Robbie Maddison and stood at 93,3 km/h – 58mph (picture bottom of page)
On July 6th weather conditions were favourable enough to sail out and beat this record. For his attempt Luca decided to switch brands and used a modified Honda CRF450R.
At 10.00 a.m. from Gravedona, after a brief running-start on the beach to increase the required speed to run on water, Luca floated onto the beach at Lido di Dongo after 2’ 43” minutes of “navigation”.
During his attempt he managed to reach a speed of 104 km/h (64,62 mph) which means more than 28 meters per second!
If you are now thinking “has he been shopping for groceries on the way?”, beating the record did not come easy as during his performance Luca had to face a singular problem: shortly after he had reached the maximum speed, a wave caused the opening of the inflatable system that should be activated only in case of power loss emergency thus avoiding the sinking of the motorcycles.
Nonetheless, the Italian rider managed the disadvantage with great ability and experience and finish triumphantly his venture.
The track’s distance of 1,9 Km was completed without ever falling below speed of 55,6 km/h (34 mph), essential to be able to run on the surface of the water without sinking.
Once safely ashore Luca declared:
“I am really satisfied, I wanted this record much more than the precedent, it was very hard to reach even one more single km/h and if in these years we recorded many data and variations on water, there are still many unknown factors. Truth is you never know what’s going to happen every time I place my bike on water.
This year everyone really made a great effort, from Giorgio Lumini and Angelo Pezzano, that have been following me with their great professionality, to the Red Moto team that supported me in every requests and every partners that gave their contributions to this challenge, because this record doesn’t belong just to me, without their support this would be impossible. I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart!”.
The Como Beach girls were there to welcome him and congratulate Luca on his achievement.
Honda CRF 450R from Red Moto Desio-Milano.
The bike, meticulously prepared by Luca and his technical partner, is equipped with nautical skis and the rear wheel with special paddle which will give the hydrodynamic push needed to ride on water the over 205 kg of full load.
The 30 July 2017 Luca Colombo has completed the crossing of lake Como starting from Gravedona, has arrived to Colico in 5 minute “of navigation” on trak to 5,5 km at speed of approx to 75 km/h over 20 meter per second , reaching the maximum speed of 83 km/h.
Pictured below is Robbie Maddison during his 2015 attempt.
Robbie Maddison courtesy of X-games
2017 Luca Colombo courtesy of Davide Pelloli – Foto Conga
2019 Luca Colombo courtesy of Kingji International