In 2017, the Bajaj Dominar 400 made waves around the world after successfully completing the Trans-Siberian Odyssey. This made the Dominar 400 the only Indian motorcycle to successfully complete one of the most challenging journeys on this planet. However, now the Bajaj Dominar has taken a step further to better in own record. It has become the first Indian motorcycle to complete the Polar Odyssey. The bike travelled from Tuktoyaktuk in the Arctic circle to the Antarctic successfully without any major breakdowns
The journey was made by three brave men on three specially modified Dominar 400 motorcycles. Together, they covered 51,000 KMs, 15 Countries, 3 continents over a course of 99 days (average of 515 KMs per day). The guys and their bikes rode through the entire length and breadth of North and South America, starting from Anchorage to Tuktoyaktuk in the Arctic Circle and then all the way down to the End of the World at Ushuaia in Argentina by the Antarctic Circle, and then further into the Antarctic.
The three men who braved the mother nature to complete this challenge are Deepak Kamath, Avinash PS and Deepak Gupta. Deepak Kamath has been riding for over 30 years now and was the team leader of the Dominar Polar Odyssey.
Avinash PS is a mechanical engineer by profession and an avid motorcyclist and photographer. Deepak Gupta is an active member of the Group of Delhi Super bikers (GODS).
Speaking on the occasion of the successful completion of the Dominar Polar Odyssey, Mr. Narayan Sundararaman, Vice President (Marketing – MC), Bajaj Auto Ltd, said,
“The Dominar Polar Odyssey has been a man and machine partnership of epic proportions. Hats off to Deepak Kamath, Avinash PS and Deepak Gupta. The Dominar’s faultless performance over 99 days is a testament of its build quality and exceptional touring capabilities. Touring 51,000 KMs over some of the most unforgiving terrains and conditions on stock Dominars, without any major part change or a support crew, is an achievement that is truly outstanding”.
The riders covered 4 most dangerous roads and crossed 3 major latitudes during the course of the journey. The entire Dominar Polar Odyssey was completed without any major breakdown, with no dedicated service support or back-up team across all kinds of terrain, climate and conditions. The gruelling journey covered 3 continents – North America, South America and the Antarctic, and 15 countries, which are – Canada, USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.
The riders and the machines tamed some of the harshest weather conditions like Heavy snow, rains and slush and loose gravel across Alaska to – 22 °C temperature in Antarctic, to +54 °C in Death Valley, USA – the hottest place on Earth. What these men have done is no easy feat. The capabilities of the Bajaj Dominar 400 were also tested to its full during this journey but the bike came out to be a reliable aide.