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Astride Royal Enfield 500, Indian biker sets record for longest journey on a motorcycle

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Manigandan Manjunathan from Vaniyambadi in Tamil Nadu now holds the title of completing ‘Longest journey by motorcycle in a single country’.

Manigandan Manjunathan covered 38,239 kms in 106 days on a Royal Enfield 500 cc motorcycle. This is a new record and has been featured in the prestigious Guinness World Record books.

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Many bikers, who Mani didn’t even know joined him for short distance rides when he passed through their city. Along the way, he has made many new friends.

Manigandan travelled through 29 states and five union territories to achieve this record. He has officially broken previous record held by Buck Perley, who rode throughout China with Amy Mathieson covering a distance of 33,357 kms. Manjunathan has raised the bar by 5,000 kms.

Manjunathan travelled across the Indian peninsula many times from south to north and from east to west. He faced many trials and triumphs along the route which even got him up close to many militants. He befriended these people and even spent days at a camp in Manipur. He also passed close to the areas where many Adivasis were massacred by Bodo militants.

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This feat achieved by Manjunathan was thanks to a Royal Enfield Classic 500 which was even seized by the militants and used for their nefarious activities. Thankfully they returned the bike to Manjunathan and let him go unharmed, allowing him to go about his task of breaking a record.

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Getting the bike cleaned, whenever possible.

Manjunathan, having achieved this feat, now wishes to break another record which will test his speed. His aim is to cover a distance of 3,200 kms in 24 hours. This feat is slated to be tested on a circuit as finding a road in India where one can travel at these speeds could also find mention in Guinness World Record books.

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Getting much needed rest. Hotels were not everywhere, sometimes road-side was the only place that could offer rest.

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This is how he Manigandan Manjunathan managed to cover over 38,000 kms in India.


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Pearl Daniels

Pearl Daniels

Former freelance writer, Pearl Daniels is in the auto industry since 2011, having established herself as a widely read staff writer since 2013. Her keen eye for industry news, daily need to break down latest events, and quest to not miss a single launch detail, gives you the most refreshing morning news on weekdays.

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