A lawyer by profession and an avid biker, Balaji Mohan, 34, from Bengaluru has multiple biking records to his name, including the record of riding from Leh to Kanyakumari in 61 hours and circling the Golden Quadrilateral in 89 hours.
This man, has now created yet another national record. He has completed riding from Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh to Koteshwar in Kutch, Gujarat in just 66 hours and 37 minutes. This is the fastest ever anyone has done East to West ride on a motorcycle.
Balaji Mohan commenced this journey on March 29, 2017. He was astride his trusted Honda CBR 250R which stood him in good stead. He commenced his record journey from Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh and after covering a distance of 3,743 kms in 66 hours and 37 minutes, reached Koteshwar in Gujarat.
His latest accomplishment was a lot tougher as 65% of the journey was on bad roads. He had to stay focused as he rode through some narrow two lane roads. He had to fight the vagaries of nature with rains in Tezu to road expansion at various locations. He found roads in Bihar the most difficult to navigate and roads across UP and MP also had some dangerous stretches.
Extreme temperatures was also something Mohan had to contend with and took short regular power naps during the nights to have an early start the next morning. Mohan only slept for 3 hours and 10 minutes during the 66 hour 37 minute journey and ate dry fruit and ORS to keep him going.
Balaji Mohan has completed yet another feat and appeals to those attempting such rides to prepare well, maintain road regulations and pay attention to health and diet. He states that such rides are all about discipline of mind, body and machine and never about speed.
Starting Point: Tezu, Arunachal Pradesh 29th March, 3:58 AM
Ending Point: Koteshwar, Gujarat 31st March, 10:35 PM
Total Distance: 3743 kms + onwards and return journey to home including a total of 8.5k kms in 12 days
Total sleep: Power nap of about 3 hours 10 min in this 66 hours 37 min
Total time taken from East to West: 66 hours 37 min
Food during those 66 hours: Dry fruits and ORS
Check out the GPS Log for more information and statistics.- https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1660195108#
As I always say, preparation is the key for any trip, It’s never about speed, it’s about being discipline in the road, health, diet and preparation.
More about the ride to follow soon, until then, have a look at the images from his epic journey.