Aditya Raj Kapoor has recently completed the solo journey of the world on his motorcycle titled 'The Quest' on his Triumph Bonneville which he fondly calls as 'Sunbeam'. He started his ride at the age of 60 on June 6, 2017 from Mumbai and flew to Moscow with his bike, from where he rode to Vladivostok. He rode across Sweden, Poland and Germany en route to London for his flight to the U.S.—where he got a celebratory tattoo with his daughter.
He couch surfed and stayed at Airbnbs or with friends, family, and the devotees of his spiritual guru. On his return leg, he took a flight to Bali and rode through Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar before entering India via Guwahati in March 2018, where he was received by Bharadwaj Dayala and members of Royal Riders of Imphal. He has travelled a distance of approx. 25000+ kms across Asia, Europe and America.
A retired business consultant, Kapoor had begun riding only five years ago, at his son’s suggestion. He says it turned him from a traveller into a nomad. His rookie trips with bike club Bisons Ride Hard gave him his call name: Lord FuseBox, from the time when he changed six fuses in a day on Maharashtra’s Kaas Plateau. He drove his first bike, a Royal Enfield 500cc, with his wife as pillion rider, from Mumbai to Lahaul-Spiti, and then travelled across India, Nepal and Bhutan .
He says that the love and the warmth of the land and people helped him to set a system in place, and it has only kept improving as the wheels keep turning, A Swiss-German biker paid his ferry fare as a hat-tip to riding from India, and lots of strangers who waved at him every day because they could tell he was a long-distance traveller. He got great support from his family who constantly supported him in his quest.
The most memorable part of the ride was the dream ride on Trans-Siberian Highway, and Vladivostok to London which is just one road. He says that saddling and unsaddling daily was the most difficult part of the ride.
He started planning for the ride well in advance and had read about Magellan’s trip on the internet. He also read about Nick Sanders, Lois Pryce and so many others who had done long-distance biking. Of course, Bharadwaj Dayala [the first Indian to complete a round-the-world solo trip on an Indian bike] was a great help for his ride.
He started to connect with other bikers across the globe, learning from them. The Russian Consulate in India asked him to start learning the Russian alphabet so that he could read road signs. He read Lonely Planet guides like a novel. Through YouTube clips, he started seeing the roads he would ride on. He used Sygic, a route planner, and previewed the entire world over a few days. All this just to feel comfortable, to get the feeling that he knew the place or have heard about it. If fear is the key, then he kept it tightly in its ring, never letting it unlock a surprise. It was a task and he tried to stay ahead.
He has also done a Fight Poverty Ride, where he rode a distance of 1200 kilometres in 6 days- a long bike ride from Mumbai to Pusad in Yavatmal district to raise funds for Rang De for the cause of funding under priveiledged women entrepreneurs.
Throttle Team salutes his great riding spirit!