The riding scene in India today has probably evolved and prospered in ways unimaginable. It all started with a few trips to the nearest attraction, hill, beach or just a scenic place. Today, though, the biking community has achieved new feats. Going up from a city in the north for the thrill and adrenaline is not something our ancestors would’ve thought of. Be it a Manali-Spiti valley circuit, K2K or the infamous All India ride.
India is a diverse land. You go 10KM in a direction and the language changes along with its culture, food, people and everything else that forms a region. We are talking about a 3.287 million km² land mass area, of course, there will be many different kinds of people.
Riding through a land of diversity sure teaches you a lot. Maybe, this is why people nowadays are interested in deeply understanding the culture, its significance and its implications.
One such way to understand the same is by going to the smallest towns, cities and localities to explore the unexplored, learn the undiscovered and experience the pristine. How does one do that, you ask? All-India biking circuit is your answer.
An All-India ride is a strenuous circuit and not many people take up this challenge, but Bullet Singh did. Riding from Mumbai, he completed his journey with key cities and locations in his itinerary like Bangalore, Kochi, Chennai, Vizag, Kolkata, Sikkim, Guwahati, Manipur, Nagaland, Itanagar, Patna, Lucknow, Uttarakhand, Shimla, Spiti valley, Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Jaipur, Gujarat and then back home.
Phew! Fell short of breath reading this? Imagine doing all this! On a bike! For 3 months!
No less than a miracle.
“Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations”
And that was exactly what happened with Bullet Singh. He finished the 30,000 Kilometres journey on his Hero Xpulse. And while doing so, he faced many challenges -- an almost non-existent road, carrying the heavy load on his bike, and uncooperative locals. All of this, solo.
Bullet Singh: “Solo travel is an extraordinary experience. You know you have to finish this segment alone, without any help. That got me many times but I knew from the bottom of my heart that no matter how difficult it may seem, it’s always worth the effort at the end of the day. Although frightening, going solo had its own benefits, I didn’t have to wait for someone, I could just start and stop my day whenever I wanted.”
Going to a new place every day and finding a place to sleep at the end of a long, weary day, is more difficult than known. Bullet Singh often had to explain to the locals what he does and the purpose behind his adventure.
“I carried my tent and a sleeping bag with me everywhere. Wherever I found a place, I’d set up my tent and sleep. Setting up the tent wasn’t even the difficult part, finding a place to set it up was. People wouldn’t let me set up my tent unless I showed them ID proof of some sort.”
Being a rider and a content creator leaves Bullet Singh with a very busy schedule-- even on his All-India tour. “I would start early, ride for the entire day and simultaneously make content. Whatever I’ve recorded in the day has to be edited and uploaded by the end of the day. That takes up to 3 hours. So, if I start my journey early and stop riding by 7, I would have to it and edit the content, upload, eat and sleep”
Safety gears are one of the most important aspects of adventures. He carried all the essentials like knee and elbow pads, a helmet, windcheaters, other accessories and everything else. Along with this he also carried his camera gear which he stored in one of the two panniers that he had gotten fixed to his bike. One pannier had clothes and some food. Apart from all this he also had a backpack which he used to carry essential documents.
When asked about his advice for first-time bikers, he had a precise answer “Experience matters. I first started with small day rides, moved to a week or so, that is slightly long duration rides and then finally the All-India ride. Don’t just get right into the game. Know your capacity first, know your bike first. You never know when such a situation will arise when your bike breaks down but you’re on a stranded road with no one around. You should be able to fix your own bike.”
Bullet Singh successfully finished the All-India ride in 3 months and also created loads of content. On his next adventure, Bullet Singh is planning to cover a few Asian countries- From India through Myanmar and so to Thailand. We’re more than excited to know his experiences after the circuit.