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on February 17th, 2017

A Journey Of An Engineer On The Ultimate Motorcycle Tour from India To UK On A KTM 390 Duke

For every adventure-seeker, the ultimate dream is to travel across the expanses of the world, meet new cultures, marvel at the vistas that unfold in front of their eyes as they go along. While for some, one world tour on a motorcycle isn’t enough, there are others who take it one giant leap at a time. Rohit Upadhyay aka Biru is one such individual who embarked on an incredible motorcycle tour from India to UK aboard his KTM 390 Duke.

Rohit is a software engineer and hobbyist photographer from Madhya Pradesh, India. He is the sort of person who believes that actions speak larger than words something that’s documented aptly by his photos here. The KTM 390 Duke is a great motorcycle for day-to-day use, and also for the twisties on a weekend ride. But when it comes to being a outright touring motorcycle, there are quite a few better options out there. While being so, that wasn’t enough to dampen the spirit of exploration for Rohit who grabbed his motorcycle touring gear and pressed on for the inter-continental motorcycle tour. In 2016, Rohit embarked on a 90-day journey that changed his perception of life, people and the world.

Starting from India, Rohit shipped his motorcycle to Bandar Abbas, Iran. It was purely riding from here onwards all the way to UK. In his journeys, he crossed Turkey, Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland finally finishing off at the holy grail of motorcycling that is the Isle of Man.

Here’s a photojournal of his travels across Asia, Middle East and Europe during which Rohit meets people of many cultures, all of whom are astounded by the incredible roadtrip he has undertaken.

Before you begin to scroll through the photos below and start daydreaming your very own motorcycle touring adventure, you should be aware of what such a trip does to you. And who could word it better than Biru himself.

“The 90-day journey changed everything in my life. How I perceived about this world and how I imagined real happiness would be. How similar humans are beyond borders and many more questions which you never bother to ask yourself while being stuck in the life cycle of making money. I hate being philosophical but this is something which happens inevitably to you while you do something crazy like this.”

The motorcycle tour in photos.

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK

Iran, the friendliest country ever.

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Tehran

Tehran, Iran

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK North Iran

North Iran

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Pamukkale Turkey

Rohit reached Turkey at a very turbulent time, when the military coupe was taking place.

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Pamukkale Turkey 2

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Greece

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Greece 2

Greece. Once a great civilisation, now in economic turmoil

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Albania

Albania. Pristine Coastline like Greece, but cheaper.

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Albania 2

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Albania 3

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Macedonia

Macedonia. Birthplace of Alexander the Great and Mother Teresa

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Millenium Cross, Macedonia

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Kosovo

Markets of Prishtina, Kosovo

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Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Montenegro

Montenegro. The next best thing to the natural beauty of Norway and Scotland.

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Montenegro 2

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Croatia

Croatia. With the longest coastline on the Adriatic sea, this country has countless places to explore

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Croatia 2

Croatia. Stair from the Walk of Shame of Cersei, Game of Thrones.

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Bosnia And Herzogovina

Bosnia And Herzogovina. A country filled with crazy and fun people.

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Mostar

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Bosnia And Herzogovina 2

Enroute Mount Plocno.

“Twin sister of Slovakia. Small and earthly paradise of snow-capped peaks, turquoise-green rivers and Venetian-style coastline. For someone who loves motorcycle touring, the Julian Alps in the North is the direction to head for.”

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Predjama Castle, Slovenia

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Slovenia

Julian Alps.

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Italy

Italy. The next best thing to the mighty Himalayas are the Dolomites.

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Italy

“After the Himalayas, the next thing I was fascinated about was the Dolomites and during my entire time in Italy i tried to make the most of Dolomites.”

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Italy

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Italy

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Italy

“The French Riviera, small historic towns, beautiful chateaus, expensive toll roads, French Pyrenees & WWII historic sites. France was full of experiences.”

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK France

France. Millau Viaduct

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK France

Albi Cathedral, France

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK France

France. Mont Saint Michel Abbey

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK France

France. Vitre Castle

“Spain – Finally some food which had some taste. Amazing network of roads, very well maintained.”

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK France

Spain. Burgos Cathedral

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Spain

Spain. Cordoba

“Portugal – Felt like home, met so many people who have been to India, mostly Goa. Lot of Indian restaurants makes you feel home. Sad state of roads as compared to other European countries though. Lisbon tops the list of the European capitals I have seen in terms of beauty, history and art.”

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Portugal

Portugal. Felt like home. Goa, mostly.

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Portugal

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Portugal

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Portugal

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Belgium

Belgium

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Belgium

Belgium

“Belgium – I was here only for the beer, but I got more than that. Ghent is much more beautiful as compared to Brussels and Antwerp.”

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Netherlands

Netherlands. Waterways and adorable windmills

“Netherlands – Best part of this is country is its Waterways and adorable windmills. I didn’t spent much time here as i had come here to meet a good friend and I was off to UK from Amsterdam by ferry.”

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Netherlands

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Netherlands

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK Netherlands

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK England

England

From English breakfast to the thick British accent. Stories of Delhi Belly to the familiar left hand drive, England felt familiar and connected.”

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK England

On towards Scotland

“Scottish Countryside and highlands are every adventurer’s delight. This place is truly magical and blessed with alluring landscapes. Everything was so green, blue and beautiful that the landscapes became integral part of my dreams that keep on dancing in my imagination.”

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK England

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK England

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK England

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK England

“Northern Ireland -Small, yet filled with the natural wonders of the world.”

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK England

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK England

“Republic Of Ireland – Other half of the Ireland which is equally enchanting. To my surprise currency in use was Euro and speed limits were delight for zooming quickly through the highways.”

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK England

Republic of Ireland

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK England

Towards Isle of Man

“Isle Of Man. Mecca for motorcyclists, where gladiators of racing world fight for glory and self esteem.The holy IOMTT race takes place every year where thousands of bikers arrive from different parts of the world to witness the madness and become part of the history.”

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When the engine revs calm down.

Motorcycle Touring From India To UK England

On the other end of the hemisphere, I made it

Images and inputs from The Adventures of Biru / Rohit Upadhyay

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