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9th Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey riders return home
Capital reverberated with the 'legendary thump' on July 8 evening, when the 9th Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey riders rolled back into the city after having successfully completed the 16-day epic motorcycle pilgrimage to Ladakh.

THE MOTORCYCLISTS clocked a total distance of 2722 kilometers in this edition of the ride, and on the final day on their way to Delhi, they covered a stretch of more than 240 kilometers. The non competitive 16-day adventure saw 67 riders from India and abroad riding from Delhi to Khardung La and back, on their Royal Enfield motorcycles.

As the riders prepared to get back to the humdrum of their daily lives transformed and bonded, Royal Enfield had much more than just farewell good wishes in store for them. Turquoise Cottage at Delhi’s upscale Basant Lok complex came alive with reminiscences of the 9th Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey that was captured through an audio video clip. The farewell bash, a celebration of the spirit of motorcycling, was marked with moments of felicitation, bonds of friendship and recounting of tales - of the ride and the motorcycle. The common theme for the evening emerged to be transformation through Royal Enfield. As each rider went up on stage to receive his certificate, he recounted how the last 16 days of their lives had metamorphosed them.

While handing out the certificates to the riders, Dr Venki Padmanabhan, CEO, Royal Enfield, said, “This is what we live for; to welcome our heroes back and to watch them reunite with their families and friends. And to know, that we had a small part in creating such joy and perhaps new meaning in their lives. In some ways, our work here is done. In some ways, our work here has just begun.”

The evening reached its high point when one of the oldest and biggest rock bands of the country - Pentagram took the stage. The audience comprising of the Himalayan Odyssey riders, their families, the Royal Enfield team and other distinguished guests, cheered aloud as Pentagram’s lead vocalist Vishal Dadlani belted out numbers from the band’s well known albums, in his inimitable style.

To complete the Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey experience, an interesting mix of signature cocktails like Khar dung La sunrise, Machismo, Home alone, Whiskey Nala, Classic and Flying Flea were specially created for the riders.

The one of its kind, Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey is a dream ride from the beginning to end and is one of the oldest adventure motorcycling events in the country. This splendid two-weeks challenge, takes the riders and their Royal Enfield bikes through the most beautiful yet, most challenging roads on the planet. Often considered as an achievement by motorcyclists, the ride involves every kind of terrain including rocks, mud, snow, rain and sand. The ride by no means was easy and checks the riders on physical and mental capabilities. The temperatures drop to as low as minus 30 degrees in certain parts and oxygen is extremely low, only the fittest dare to survive in such extreme conditions. In case of any emergency, medical help for the bikers and mechanical help for their machines was on?hand 24/7.

Royal Enfield, oldest motorcycle company in existence also organizes and supports many enthusiast activities, events and rides across the country, more prominently the Rider Mania – an annual gathering of Royal Enfield riders from all over the country and the Himalayan Odyssey, the largest motorcycle ride over some of the toughest roads and highest mountain passes in the region of Himachal and Ladakh.

Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, it has been a pioneer of powerful four stroke technology since 1955 in India. With its manufacturing base in Chennai, India, the company offers a variety of models catering to the needs of the traditional segments, the enthusiasts, the leisure bikers and the urban youth.

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