commemorate 120 years of building the pure motorcycling culture, Royal Enfield
will mark 2021 with an ambitious attempt to push the boundaries of motorcycling
possibilities. The company will undertake a motorcycling expedition on the
Royal Enfield Himalayan, to attempt to reach the geographic South Pole, from
the Ross Ice Shelf via the Leverett Glacier.
South - Quest for the Pole is conceptualised as a tribute to the brand’s
commitment to pure motorcycling, and to the courage and resilience of
innumerable riders and explorers who have made history with their motorcycling
as a tribute to 120 years of pure motorcycling, and as an ode to all Enfielders
who’ve dared to explore beyond the ordinary, 90° South will be an ambitious
attempt to go where no motorcycle has gone before. To begin from Cape Town,
South Africa, on 26 November 2021, the expedition will witness two Royal Enfield
riders - Santhosh Vijay Kumar, Lead - Rides & Community, Royal Enfield, and
Dean Coxson, Senior Engineer- Product Development, Royal Enfield- attempting to
reach the geographic South Pole, from the Ross Ice Shelf, via the Leverett
Glacier, to the Amundsen-Scott Pole station.
be conducted in close partnership with Arctic Trucks, 90° South will be attempted
on two, purpose-built Royal Enfield Himalayans. Arctic Trucks, a member of the
International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators, are renowned for their
deep expertise in the field and have covered over 3,50,000 kms on the Antarctic
Plateau. They have supported and serviced several scientific expeditions and
activities, as well as commercial and NGO expeditions in the past.
expedition, two Himalayans have been modified in-house, with functional
upgrades to be able to navigate snow and ice to ably function under extreme
conditions in Antarctica. The Himalayan was tested for this arduous and
treacherous journey at the Langjokull glacier in Iceland, with an intention to
mirror the conditions in Antarctica. Phase 1 of testing was held in September
2020 while phase 2 of testing concluded in July 2021
that the Himlayan in itself is a complete and proficient machine, minimal
changes have been made to the motorcycle to make it ready for the terrain and
weather conditions in Antarctica. For greater torque at the rear wheel, the
main drive sprocket has been changed from a 15-teeth, to a 13-teeth unit. There
is a tubeless wheel setup with studded
tyres that allows the tyres to run at very low pressures, and to increase
floatation on soft snow, while also providing adequate traction on hard ice.
The team has introduced a stronger alternator using rare earth magnets, so as
to enable the motorcycle to produce more current and enable the team to run
heated gear off the battery.
motorcycles will be ridden on a compacted snow track from the Ross Ice Shelf to
the South Pole, to reduce motorcycle drag and limit emissions to an absolute
minimum. Royal Enfield is consciously ensuring no footprint is left behind by
the expedition team except wheel tracks that will quickly be lost to snow
drift. In line with our #LeaveEveryPlaceBetter initiative, the team will ensure
all waste including human waste is brought back for appropriate disposal.
its humble beginnings at the Redditch factory, Royal Enfield has spent more
than a century creating memorable experiences and legendary motorcycling tales.
In its journey to encourage and kickstart the lifelong pursuit of exploration,
Royal Enfield has conducted rides across the globe- ranging from riding on the
highest motorable pass in the world, to reaching the Base Camp of Mount Everest
in Tibet; from riding over the most inaccessible mountain pass at Daulat Beg
Oldi, Karakoram, to riding across the desert at Kutch under picturesque night
Enfield is the world’s oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production since
1901. For 120 years, Royal Enfield has remained the preserver of the legacy of
building simple, pared-down, authentic classic motorcycles that are engaging
and fun to ride. Riding through time and tough terrain, Royal Enfield has
emerged victorious in rides that have tested the endurance of man and machine,
while remaining relevant and desirable through the ages.
about the milestone year for Royal Enfield and the expedition attempt,
Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director of Eicher Motors Ltd, noted, “120 years is a
long legacy for the brand, and we are very happy to have made it count. Over
these years, we have created and nurtured a thriving culture of riding and
exploration around the world. This pursuit of exploration has been a
quintessential part of our DNA, and 90° South is another chapter in our series
of extraordinary, epic motorcycling rides.
In the past, rides like Himalayan Odyssey have paved the way for
motorcycling adventure in the Himalayas and an epic expedition like this to the
South Pole will further inspire people to become adventurers again. A test of
endurance and perseverance for man and machine, this expedition is the first of
its kind attempt to traverse the 770km long route to the South Pole on a
Govindarajan, Executive Director, Royal Enfield remarked, “It has been an
unbroken legacy of 120 years, of fueling and pushing the boundaries of human
exploration, and being an ally to many explorers. It is their journeys and
adventures that have inspired us to attempt this first of its kind motorcycle
expedition. This bold and ambitious attempt to ride to the very end of the
earth summarizes the resilience of the human spirit, and we hope to complete it
successfully as an ode to all Royal Enfield riders and their own inspiring
in 2016, the Royal Enfield Himalayan is a simple, extremely capable, and
go-anywhere motorcycle. Inspired from the experience of decades of riding in
the Himalayas, and traversing thousands of kilometers of challenging terrain,
the Royal Enfield Himalayan was built to be a versatile motorcycle that is
capable on the road, as well as off the beaten track. The Himalayan has been a
trusted ally for many adventure seekers across the world.
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