Mission Impossible GQ: 88 Towns In 88 Hours & Limca Book Of Records
By: CarBikeTech on | 10 minutes read
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.
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: 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
Via Terra Riding Gloves
Via terra Tail Bag
Zeus Riding Shoes
Cramster Riding Jacket
Axor Helmet with Clear and
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
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
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.
Souvig visited following
88 towns en-route:
Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu
Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Gummidipundi, Tamil Nadu
Khandrika, Andhra Pradesh
Nellore, Andhra Pradesh
Maddipadu, Andhra Pradesh
Chilakaluripet, Andhra Pradesh
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
Eluru, Andhra Pradesh
Narayanapuram, Andhra Pradesh
Prathipadu, Andhra Pradesh
Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh
Burugupudi, Andhra Pradesh
Gangavaram, Andhra Pradesh
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Makavaram, Andhra Pradesh
Sri kakulam, Andhra Pradesh
Khatnagar, West Bengal
Howrah, West Bengal
Kolkata, West Bengal
Bardhaman, West Bengal
Durgapur, West Bengal
Basawanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Singhitali, Uttar Pradesh
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Kallipur, Uttar Pradesh
Brahmanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh
Malwa, Uttar Pradesh
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Etawah, Uttar Pradesh
Gurha, Uttar Pradesh
Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Limca Book Of Records 2019: Day 01
Souvig started riding on the 18th of October 2019 from Mumbai at 11 PM. It was a difficult mission to accomplish. However, bad weather combined with bad roads added fuel to the fire! It didn’t stop pouring till the next morning. Yet, he rode for 24 hours without a break on the 1st day; covering 2150km. After that stretch, he took a break at Vishakhapatnam to eat. The break was for about 2:30 hours including 2 hours of sleep.
Limca Book Of Records 2019: Day 02
Souvig started the 2nd day with a new set of dry clothes. However, it started raining again! So, he had to ride his bike through waterlogged roads. Yet, the Street Triple RS endured those conditions even though the tires were almost submerged in water. However, after crossing Burdwan in West Bengal, it started raining again! At Burdwan, his friend and brother and his team serviced the bike within 10-15 mins, which saved time. Due to adverse weather conditions, his Bluetooth device also got damaged.
Furthermore, the conditions while riding in the night were very wet and bad. Additionally, the bike’s wheels developed multiple bends. However, Triumph Street Triple RS absorbed the damage, due to its high-quality components. Then, he quickly went thru’ the time constraints & ways and means to tackle the weather conditions. However, his mind-set was still positive. Souvig believed that the rains could break his body and bike but not his spirit.
Unfortunately, time was running faster than his bike. Souvig concluded that he could take only 5 hours rest in the next 2 days. However, he had to maintain the average riding speed of 75-85 km/h until the end. The rain wasn’t the only challenge for Souvig & his bike alike. He developed blisters on his hands and feet after riding continuously for 2 days in the heavy rain. As a quick fix, he applied some soothing cream on the blisters and wrapped them. Then, he took a quick nap for around 1hr 30minutes and started the journey again.
Limca Book Of Records 2019: Day 03
On the 21st of October 2019, Souvig started the ride with drizzling, again. He realized this and prepared himself. After the breakfast, he started off to Agra & the rains slowed down a bit. The Taj Expressway allowed him to explore the full potential of the Street Triple RS for the next 300 km. Riders from Delhi chipped in for help & serviced the jammed clutch cable. However, he got worried after repeated service stops that consumed precious time. Besides, he took the wrong route to reach Delhi which added to the time.
riding! Just a few minutes into the ride, he encountered the worst nightmare that
any rider could face. The temperature started to drop drastically. The wind
added to the colder feeling. Besides, his winter lining underneath was already
moist. He could feel the cold air seeping inside the riding jacket. His riding
jacket was also torn at various places. This increased the risk of hypothermia.
Realizing this problem, Souvig stopped. He communicated with the supporting team which included riders from all over India. A Jaipur rider immediately provided help with woolen clothes, foil paper and woolen gloves. Souvig feels that without the support from the riding community all over India, this record ride would not have been possible. Thus, he could continue the ride. Then, his body started to give up due to fatigue and hopes of setting the record started fading away. However, he had to give everything for this last leg. Now, the mind games began.
Mind vs Body
Souvig focused on his mind rather than his body and drank tea at various roadside stalls to keep him warm. He made quick calculations and discarded self-doubts & negative thoughts. Somehow, he managed to escape the cold night with multiple tea breaks. He constantly communicated with his father and close friends. Their words kept him awake and motivated. Due to exhaustion, he took a quick nap for 30 minutes near a tea stall.
However, he still had to cover approximately 1,100 kilometers in 11 hours and 30 minutes. That’s almost 100km in an hour! So, he started chanting the name of the almighty. He needed the support of the divine power to continue & started riding again at around 3 am. It was not possible for him to take a break in the next 12 hours. His family and close friends were in constant touch & kept motivating him to pull off the impossible.
Furthermore, Souvig reached Vadodara and his excitement reached its zenith. Then, he finally reached the starting point at 2.42 pm without a break for another 500 kilometers. He signed the documents and sealed the record. His family and friends welcomed him with garlands and sweets on 22nd October, which turns out to be his birthday. Thus, on the 22nd of October, 2019 he became the Fastest Indian Rider!
Limca Book Of Records 2019:
After this kind of expedition, all you really get in return is a painful back, stiff muscles and soured feet. So, please don’t attempt if you are not passionate. Remember, this is not just about speed but also passion & attitude. To break this record, all you need is the right attitude, balls of steel and a support team. However, what this passionate guy from India really achieved is invaluable..! He is now the Fastest Indian Bike Rider to conquer the Golden Quadrilateral. This record will surely go unbroken for a very long time. We, at CarBikeTech, wish him all the best in his endeavors. With the benchmark set for the Golden Quadrilateral, we are sure his name will be carved in golden words for this expedition…!!!
information on Biker’s Billet, please click here: