Road trips are something that become a lot more fun when you are with your loved ones. Post lockdown, number of people interested in road trips have also increased. Normally people prefer going out on such road trips with their friends especially when you are riding a motorcycle. Here we have a mother and son duo who are from Kerala and have started their bike trip from Kochi. They are headed to Ladakh which is a destination that most bikers have in their checklist.
The video has been uploaded by Mathrubhumi News on their YouTube channel. Gopakumar who is living in Ernakulam’s North Paravur region has been planning for this road trip for couple of years. Gopakumar and his mother Sindhu have already started their road trip from Kerala. The mother and son duo is travelling in a Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle. The motorcycle has been customised for the road trip. There are jerry cans, auxiliary lamps, saddle bags and even back rest for pillion rider.
Both Gopakumar and his mother Sindhu know how to ride a motorcycle. Report mentions that Sindhu got her driving license for motorcycles an year ago. In this video, Sindhu can be seen riding the motorcycle with her son at the rear. Sindhu is 60 years old and is working in the canteen of Maharajas college in Kerala and Gopakumar is working as a sales executive in a private firm. They plan to ride around 300-400 kms everyday and their plan is to reach Ladakh in 12 days. The riders will be covering approximately 3,600 kms during this trip. As both of them know how to ride, both of them would be riding the motorcycle during the trip.
The local residents of the area from where Sindhu and Gopakumar live also encouraged them. They are well prepared for the trip and both rider and pillion are wearing proper riding jackets, shoes, helmet and gloves for protection. Riding gear is very important during such rides as it offers some level of protection to the rider while you are on the road. This is not the first time something like this has been reported in India. We have seen stories of son taking his mother on a pilgrimage on his old Bajaj Chetak Scooter. The video had become viral and Anand Mahindra gifted him a Mahindra KUV100 as a recognition of the act.
The motorcycle used for this trip is a Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle. It is a good adventure tourer motorcycle and like other Royal Enfield models, it has large fanbase. The motorcycle can handle both smooth tarmac and rough road sections without any problem. The manufacturer is currently working on several new models including a new Himalayan. The existing 411-cc version of Himalayan is expected to be discontinued for a much more powerful 450-cc version. The motorcycle was also spotted testing recently in India. The Himalayan 450 is expected to looks different from the current version but, it will have some elements that will be carried forward from the current version.