Krishanu Kona started his motorcycle Bajaj Pulsar 200NS on 30 August 2015 from New Delhi in order to break the Guinness World Records “Longest journey by motorcycle in a single country” by riding for 50,000 km. The existing record is set by an Indian named Manigandan Manjunathan who rode 38,239 kms from 9 November 2014 to 15 February 2015. He used Royal Enfield Classic 500 motorcycle.
We met 24 year old Krishanu in Gwalior, he arrived from Alwar in morning and by now he has completed 23,000 kms and is yet to complete another 27,000 kms. He aims to complete his ride back in New Delhi on March 2016. He will heading to Khajuraho tomorrow.
He has bifurcated his 7 month journey in two phases-
- First phase (Completed) – Covering all 4 corners of India by riding through Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Tamil Nadu and Assam.
- Second phase (yet to complete) – Covering center part of India through Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.
He left his home with a small luggage, 2 GPS device and 2 cameras. At this stage of his journey he has filled his motorcycle fuel tank more than 170 times. Roundabout Krishanu rides 300 km per day.
Sharing about the best part of his journey, Krishanu said, “Riding to one of world’s highest lake, Gurudongmar Lake at an altitude of 17,800 ft was truly thrilling. The best part was I even went further and reached Tso Lhamo Lake which is 8 km further from Gurudongmar at an altitude of 17,490 ft. Tso Lhamo is located at the border and people are not permitted to go there but I went there without asking for permission. Very few bikers reach there and I totally enjoyed being one of them”.
He worked as sales manager in Gurgaon based DGM India for a year and decided to leave his job on 5 May 2015. He sketched the riding plan for 3 months and he also got sponsorship.
He is riding to promote “Green Dream Challenge” by Design Consortium. The ride promotes green architecture. He is also listing all the places which are connected to nature and the green buildings. His petrol, food & shelter expenses are taken care by Design Consortium.
He has taken the confirmation from Guinness World Records. To prove his record Krishanu has kept 2 GPS logger devices. One GPS records his location in every 1 second and other device records in every 5 seconds. His Garmin VIRB helmet video camera records the milestones of his journey. His other GPS camera saves the location when he clicks the picture.
Krishanu always had a passion for travelling. He says motorcycle is the best way to travel. Before heading to this record ride he earlier did a 4 day long ride on his old motorcycle Honda CB Twister. “When I told about this record ride to my mother she opposed it but later allowed me to go for it. She even confessed that she also wanted to travel whole India by train. My father is also very supportive during my record ride,” says Krishanu.
Appreciating his Bajaj Pulsar 200NS, Krishanu says there been no issue with Pulsar during the whole journey, not even a single puncture. He topped 140 kmph on his motorcycle. With a good fuel economy, he completes around 300 km with full tank. He has done 4 services by now.
Putting up a message, Krishanu says, “I use to do weekend rides. But I always dream of seeing the deeper India.” In a message to youth he says, “Many times we don’t head towards our dreams due to disbelief. Therefore one should have the faith & confidence. The sky’s the limit.”