Limca Book of Records: Fastest Indian Rider

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Souvig Sarkar Became Fastest Indian Rider In 88 Hours

What can you do in 88 hours? It’s a question that has many answers; depending on who you ask. Someone can create a painting or some may compose a song. Some can even write a short novel; maybe. For some, 88 hours are not even enough to complete their sleep. However, 88 hours is all it took this guy to enter the prestigious Limca Book of Records. Meet Souvig Sarkar, the Fastest Indian Rider. Recently, he successfully completed the arduous task of riding the golden quadrilateral covering a total distance of almost 6000 km in less than 4 days. Just 87 hours & 42 minutes precisely..! He attempted the ride of his life on a Triumph Street Triple RS motorcycle.

Limca Book of Records
Limca Book of Records Fastest Indian Rider

As we met him at IBW2019, we found Souvig a passionate guy with high ambitions. Earlier, he graduated from KJ Somaiyah College of Engineering and briefly worked with Tata Motors. He has great commitment just like his fellow students of Abiyantriki 2014. Now, he runs a company named Bikers Billet, which manufactures bike accessories.

He accomplished the task of traveling 5962 km in less than 4 days on a motorbike. He hardly slept, ate a little and badly soured his feet. However, his passion to ride earned him the ultimate reward of being the holder of a world record. Here, we bring his story for our readers & all the riding enthusiasts alike.

Fastest Indian Rider
Limca Book of Records Fastest Indian Rider

Fastest Indian Rider: Modifications to the motorcycle

  • Fitted a specially-designed radiator guard to cover various parts of the radiator and protect it from flying debris, mud, etc.
  • Frame sliders to protect the bike in the event of a fall.
  • 3M reflective tapes on the sliders to increase night visibility.
  • Bikers Billet’s Version 2.0 front fork sliders to protect the front forks
  • Saddle support system converted into jerry can holders to reduce the time to refill at fuel stations
  • This gave a range of around 450 km on a single refill. The angle in which the holders could be mounted safely was a major challenge
  • Customized mobile holder with features like display angle adjustment, quick release and the ability to replace the base plate to view both the vehicle display and the GPS display with a mere glance
  • Street Triple RS’ Front and Rear Tyres changed to Pirelli Angel GTs for the endurance
  • ‘Let’s Track’ GPS monitoring system fitted to track the whole journey
  • Specially designed tail bag with special compartments that fits perfectly to carry ride-specific items
  • Specially designed mobile charging socket where the chargers could be interchanged as required.
  • Provision to mount auxiliary lights
  • Testing of the bike for about 1,600 km under harsh conditions with all the above accessories to check the sustainability
  • New ECU maps to help the engine tackle the endurance of the record attempt

Riding Gear and Luggage used:

  1. Via Terra Riding Gloves
  2. Via terra Tail Bag
  3. Zeus Riding Shoes
  4. Cramster Riding Jacket
  5. Axor Helmet with Clear and Black Visor
Fastest Indian Rider
Limca Book of Records Fastest Indian Rider

Limca Book Of Records: Physical Preparation

It took Souvig a month to prepare both physically and mentally for the ride. His physical training included cardio for 30-40 min, followed by weight training. His gym trainer would mix various workouts to cover all the body parts. Most importantly, he scheduled the stretching exercises before the actual workout sessions to avoid any injury. Body Weight training was also added along with weight training. He followed a strict diet chart that comprised of high protein and low carbs.

Limca Book of Records
Limca Book of Records Fastest Indian Rider

Souvig started his preparations by going on long solo rides which helped him test the bike’s capabilities. It also gave him an idea of how the bike performs in the adverse weather. This came handy while facing similar conditions during the actual ride. During the pre-record riding phase, the Triumph Mumbai Service Centre Team provided him with their full support. They replaced a few parts that helped the bike to perform better. Besides, Souvig also tested his physical ability. He would sleep for 2-3 hours at night and continue his daily routine. This went on for 4-5 consecutive days. Incidentally, this was the most difficult part of the training.

Fastest Indian Rider: Route & Journey

Attempting to ride across the Golden quadrilateral in record time on a motorcycle was indeed a mission impossible. But, even impossible says I M Possible! And like most achievements, this one isn’t about Souvig alone. He credits his entire team for his success. The first time Souvig attempted Golden Quadrilateral was in 2016. However, his bike broke down at Surat with just 300 km left to the finishing line. It turned out to be a complete disaster. But accepting the failures wasn’t in Souvig’s DNA.

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