Feat on wheels: Two bik­ers travel 20K km in 40 days

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sa­jana Nam­biar sa­jana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

KALYAN: Chart­ing un­charted roads in the coun­try, two bik­ers have achieved a first-of-its-kind feat by travers­ing 20,400km in 40 days, cov­er­ing 33 dif­fer­ent places.

The unique ex­pe­di­tion, called In­dia Pe­riph­eral Ride, was flagged off on March 28 from Su­rat and cul­mi­nated at Kalyan on Mon­day. The rid­ers from High­way Ban­dits, a Kalyan group of bike en­thu­si­asts, also vroomed to Nepal and Bhutan.

Prem Pandey from Kalyan, Vat­sal Jo­gani from Su­rat and Aniket Gu­rav, a Bad­la­pur res­i­dent, un­der­took the jour­ney on their Fat­boys, one of the most iconic mo­tor­cy­cles from Har­ley David­son from Su­rat. Two of the rid­ers com­pleted the en­tire ex­pe­di­tion. Gu­rav could not com­plete the en­tire jour­ney due to health prob­lems.

“It took weeks of metic­u­lous planning to fi­nally put to­gether a route map which ran across the en­tire pe­riph­ery of In­dia; hence, we named our achieve­ment as the In­dia Pe­riph­eral Ride,” said Pandey, 48, founder mem­ber of High­way Ban­dits.

“We de­cided to travel across our own coun­try in­stead of trav­el­ling abroad be­cause we wanted to ex­plore the beauty of our na­tion,” added Pandey.

An old hat in bik­ing, Pandey has cov­ered five of the world’s most in­hos­pitable moun­tain passes, in­clud­ing Tanglang La, Bar­alacha La, Nathu La, Chang La and Khardung La. He has rid­den over 50,000km across In­dia and suc­ceeded in the Iron Butt Chal­lenge by rid­ing 1,720km in 23 hours. He has com­pleted 80% of the Zonal Rides.

“The ride not only tested our rid­ing skills but also ex­am­ined our men­tal and phys­i­cal abil­ity. Chang­ing cli­mate con­di­tions and di­verse cul­tures along the way are few of the chal­lenges we had to over­come,” said Vat­sal Jo­gani , 31, di­rec­tor of Di­a­mond City (HOG Chap­ter). He is the only rider from Su­rat to com­plete the Big5 Chal­lenge in 2015.

RISHIKESH CHOUDHARY

(From left) Aniket Gu­rav, Prem Pandey and Vat­sal Jo­gani pose af­ter com­plet­ing the jour­ney.

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