Bajaj Dominar has created history by becoming the first Indian motorcycle to successfully complete the Polar Odyssey – a ride from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Spanning 99 days, the Dominar Polar Odyssey covered the length and breadth of North and South America commencing from Anchorage to Tuktoyaktuk in the Arctic Circle and then all the way down to the end of the world at Ushuaia in Argentina, and then further into the Antarctic!
- World’s First Polar Odyssey by an Indian motorcycle: from Tuktoyaktuk in the Arctic Circle to the Antarctic, successfully completed, without any breakdowns.
- Three Indian riders on their Bajaj Dominar covered 51,000 KMs, 15 Countries, 3 continents over a course of 99 days (average of 515 KMs per day).
- The Odyssey covered 4 most dangerous roads and crossed 3 major latitudes.
- The entire Dominar Polar Odyssey was completed without any breakdown, with no dedicated service support or back-up team across all kinds of terrain, climate and conditions.
The gruelling journey covered 3 continents – North America, South America and the Antarctic, and 15 countries:
Canada, USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.
The riders and the machines tamed some of the harshest weather conditions:
- Heavy snow, rains and slush and loose gravel across Alaska.
- Snow blizzard at the top of Pikes Peak, Colorado.
- Trails and off-road sections of Baja California, Mexico.
- -22 °C temperature in the Antarctic, to +54 °C in Death Valley, USA – the hottest place on Earth.
Some of the most dangerous roads in the world conquered by the Dominars:
- The James Dalton Highway – Arctic Circle, USA
- The Dempster Highway – Arctic Circle, Canada
- The Pan-American section of the Atacama Desert, Chile
- The Death Road of Bolivia
The Polar Odyssey was taken up by three passionate riders – Deepak Kamath, Avinash PS, and Deepak Gupta. Deepak Kamath has been riding for over 30 years now and was the team leader of the Dominar Polar Odyssey. Avinash PS is a mechanical engineer by profession and an avid motorcyclist and photographer. Deepak Gupta is an active member of the Group of Delhi Super bikers (GODS).
Speaking on the occasion of the successful completion of the Dominar Polar Odyssey, Mr Narayan Sundararaman, Vice President (Marketing – MC), Bajaj Auto Ltd, said, “The Dominar Polar Odyssey has been a man and machine partnership of epic proportions. Hats off to Deepak Kamath, Avinash PS and Deepak Gupta. The Dominar’s faultless performance over 99 days is a testament of its build quality and exceptional touring capabilities. Touring 51,000 KMs over some of the most unforgiving terrains and conditions on stock Dominars, without any major part change or a support crew, is an achievement that is truly outstanding.”
More details about the Odyssey can be found at:
Episode 1 – Arctic Circle – At the top of the world
Episode 2 – Canada – Beautiful land of beautiful people
Episode 3 – Across the USA on legendary highways
Episode 4 – Central America – The home of many terrains
Episode 5 – South America – Road to the end of the World
The Summary film of the entire Odyssey can be found here: youtu.be/TJgbYE7Gsb0