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.
“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.”
“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.”
“The French Riviera, small historic towns, beautiful chateaus, expensive toll roads, French Pyrenees & WWII historic sites. France was full of experiences.”
“Spain – Finally some food which had some taste. Amazing network of roads, very well maintained.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“From English breakfast to the thick British accent. Stories of Delhi Belly to the familiar left hand drive, England felt familiar and connected.”
“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.”
“Northern Ireland -Small, yet filled with the natural wonders of the world.”
“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.”
“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.”