Indians are second to none in a many an arena, be it technology, medicine, sports or business. The same goes for holding unique and prestigious Guinness World Records, some of the notable ones are for motorcycling!
The competitive nature of Indians means that we stop only after fulfilling our innate desires. Some bikers want to prove to the world that riding is not just a hobby. It’s their life. So, they go out of their way and want the whole world to know about their love for bikes. In the process, they become a Guinness Record Holders – making themselves, their family and most importantly their country proud. Having a talent is one thing but recognising, harnessing and showcasing it, is another.To be able to strive for excellence and being able to excel is in itself a great feat.
Here are some achievements of passionate Indian motorcyclists who went down in the Guinness Book of World records:
• Bharat Sinh Parmar, from Gujarat, made the world’s longest bike. He took the regular Bajaj Pulsar 125, chopped it, and added some metal to make it 26.29 metres long. Parmar had to ride this bike unassisted for 100 metres and without any assistance to qualify to enter the Guinness Book of World Records.
• Two soldiers of the Indian Army set world records for the longest continuous bike ride in an upright stance, with only their feet on the seat and the handlebar of their respective motorcycles. Captain Manpreet Singh covered 75.2 km in 2 hours, 24 minutes and 12 seconds standing on a motorcycle seat. The Guinness World Record for handlebar riding on a bike was established by Sandeep Kumar. He covered 46.9 km in 1 hour, 27 minutes and 31 seconds.
• Indian motorcyclist Manigandan Manjunathan who hails from Vaniyambadi in Tamil Nadu, established the Guinness World Record for the longest bike journey undertaken on a motorcycle in a single country. On a Royal Enfield Classic 500, he started his expedition on November 9, 2014 and journeyed until February 15, 2015. This determined motorcyclist covered 29 states and 5 union territories and a distance of 38,239 kilometres in 106 days to earn his globally recognised record.
• Hav Ramesh took yoga to the next level by setting the Guinness World Record for consecutively changing the maximum number of positions on a motorcycle. Just to be perfectly clear, the motorcycle was in motion and not just parked. The well-balanced Ramesh performed a total of 50 asanas (yoga stances), all while covering a distance of approximately 5 kilometers on a moving motorcycle. Phew!
These individuals are not only record holders, but a source of inspiration for biking enthusiasts. Record holders like them are the living proof that if you direct all your efforts towards achieving something, nothing is impossible.
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