SaddleSore 1000 and Bun Burner 1500 is a difficult and demanding ride certified by a US based endurance motorcycle organization – The Iron Butt Association. India’s Devjeet Saha from Pune has managed to complete both these challenges, more than once.
Having completed Bun Burner 1500 on a Hero Karizma earlier, Devjeet outdid himself this time when he completed the challenge riding a Hero Splendor Pro. This makes Devjeet first biker in the world to achieve Bun Burner 1500 on a sub 100 cc motorcycle. (He already has a SaddleSore 1000 to his name, riding on a Hero Splendor).
Bun Burner 1500 requires you to ride 1,500 miles (2,414 kms) in less than 36 hours. SaddleSore 1000 requires you to ride 1,000 miles (1,600 kms) in under 24 hours.
Labelled as his toughest Iron Butt attempt to date, Devjeet is thrilled at achieving this new record. Speaking about the attempt, the route he chose was Pune- Chennai – Pune. After weeks of planning, he commenced the challenge on April 5, 2015 at 9.59 am from Pune. He reached Chennai on April 6, at 3,45 am and then headed back to Pune, reaching Pune on April 6 at 9.10pm, completing 2,421 km in 35 hours and 10 mins on his 97.2cc Hero Splendor Pro motorcycle.
Devjeet’s earlier achievements in endurance were seen on a Hero Passion Xpro – 110cc, Hero Impulse – 150cc and Hero Karizma – 223 cc. Apart from Bun Burner, Devjeet has also managed to accomplish SaddleSore 1000 on quite a few occasions.
Having been to the most treacherous of terrains across India on a motorcycle, Devjeet is an active promoter of road safety as well. Having lost his close friend in a road accident a few years ago, he set out on a 4,200 kms road trip on his motorcycle from Pune to Kolkata and back. Accompanying him on this journey was Isha Gupta.
With this never-ending enthusiasm to ride, Devjeet is already planning towards his next SaddleSore 1000. He is currently trying to promote long distance riding for females in India. He has already finished a SaddleSore 1000 along with Shalaka Zad; and is currently looking for another female rider who would accompany him for yet another SaddleSore 1000 next month. This time his ride will be Hero Karizma ZMR.
So how does he find the time to ride across country every other month? All he says – For riding I have always time.