A group of bikers riding the iconic Harley-Davidson will embark on a cross-country trip to Singapore on Friday and one of them will be fulfilling a dream of his life.
Dharmendra Jain from Indore, a lawyer by profession, will be among five bikers who will make the trip by some members of the exclusive Harley Owners India Club.
“Call it madness but it was a dream to be a part of such a ride. And when I came to know about this ride, I straightaway showed interest,” said Jain on the eve of the trip.
Ever since it first made it appearance in the US in 1903, the Harley-Davidson has become an icon for bike riders, achieving a cult status among the million-strong owners.
Harley-Davidson began its operation in India in 2009 with the first dealership coming up in July 2010. The company offers 12 models in India the most expensive model coming at a price of Rs 49.23 lakh.
“When I bought a Harley it was more about owning a brand. But after I met like-minded people, my passion towards riding grew,” Jain said.
The group of five will travel a distance of roughly 25,000 kilometres in 45 days.
The group cross over to Myanmar from Assam and then move onto South East countries like Laos, Cambodia before halting at a bike festival in Phuket in Thailand.
“We are really excited about this festival and would also visit the Harley-Davidson showroom in Thailand,” Jain added.
The group will then move to Singapore and will head back via the same route.
“Our whole itinerary is final and we would only be riding during day time while evening would be for rest and leisure,” Jain said.
Other riders include Devashish Ghosh and Dinesh Mohanlal Rohra from Mumbai and Rahul Deshmukh and Youhan Mubariki from Pune.