We are big fans of the trusty old scooter. We also like to put ourselves through awe some adventures every once in a while. So, when the inevitable ‘What’s next?’ question arose, it got us thinking.
What is the last place you think the universally under‐appreciated scooter would go to?
And that’s when it struck us.
Every year, thousands from across the world come to conquer the Himalayas on their motorcycles. These mountains are tough as nails and there are serious bragging points at stake. We thought why not put the scooter to the ultimate test. Scale the gigantic Himalayas, cross rivers, face huge landslides and battle the lack of oxygen. But why stop at that?
We then sat down to make it even more difficult. We chose some of the most incredible and remote spots in the region and added the condition that the scooters must also complete challenges at these spots. Whichever way your rally ends, you would have earned lifelong respect from everyone.
Uncompetitive. Unsupported. Unguided
There are no prizes for coming first! The Himalayas are a thing of beauty and are best explored when you are not constantly obsessed with overtaking the guy on the black Lambretta that passed you. We do reckon a lot of the guys will still be racing and that’s fine. This is still a rally!
There will be absolutely no organized ground support on the way. Make sure you have whatever you need to treat yourself and your ride or just relax and hope that your language skills will come in handy with the locals.
Either way, you will be on your own. Isn’t that the only way to travel?
We are not travel agents and we do not provide an itinerary. All we give you a bunch of challenges and mark the places on the map where you can find them. The rest is up to you. Use your cartographical skills to draw out an elaborate plan or just decide to take it one challenge at a time.
This brings us to the topic of challenges. We will give you a list of challenges to complete. The challenges themselves are not difficult to accomplish but getting to them will take you through some of the most amazing places you have ever seen. And that’s where the real fun of the rally kicks in.
IMPORTANT: These conditions also mean that this rally is not a FIA approved rally. So, if you are looking to climb the point’s ladder, you are looking in the wrong place.
LAUNCH AND DURATION
The Rally will be flagged off on September 3, 2012 after 2 days of pre‐rally activities.
The launch will be preceded by some test riding on Indian roads, safety briefings by our experts, a friendly cricket match with a local team and a super mental party to put your head into a spin. Since this is not a competitive rally, there is no pressure on teams to finish first or at all! However, we reckon 3 weeks is good enough to get it all done. So, at the end of 3 weeks from flag off, we will host an awesome closing party to celebrate your adventures.
WHO ARE WE?
We call ourselves Unreasonable Journeys. And we take our name very seriously. Our single point objective is to create epic adventures without any safety harnesses. Our adventures are accessible t o everyone and do not require any specialised training or equipment.
The firm is run by Abhimanyu,a corporate slave turned travel addict. His first love is motorcycles and he has criss-crossed the length and breadth of India on his Royal Enfield. You can read about his adventures on his blog, Earning My Quarter Mile. The firm is based in New Delhi.