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The #xBhpDominarGreatAsianOdyssey is a 15,000 kms journey which starts from New Delhi in India on 13th Oct ‘19, heading south East to the tip of Singapore and beyond, till Sri Lanka to conclude on 17th Jan’20. This Odyssey is done by xBhp, India’s pioneering motorcycling lifestyle platform and print magazine. The weapons of choice are three home-bred Bajaj Dominar 400 motorcycles powered by Castrol POWER1 and MRF Tyres. To know more about it click here.
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    ~15,500 KM
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    New Delhi, India
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The #xBhpDominarGreatAsianOdyssey is a 15,000 kms journey which starts from New Delhi in India on 13th Oct ‘19, heading south East to the tip of Singapore and beyond, till Sri Lanka to conclude on 17th Jan’20. This Odyssey is done by xBhp, India’s pioneering motorcycling lifestyle platform and print magazine. The weapons of choice are three home-bred Bajaj Dominar 400 motorcycles powered by Castrol POWER1 and MRF Tyres.

Country no. 11 on the #xBhpDominarGreatAsianOdyssey: Sri Lanka

Continuing from where we left. The bikes reached Colombo, Sri Lanka in about 10 days’ time from Singapore. And it took another 3 days in Colombo to get all the paperwork sorted to be able to ride our motorcycle in Sri Lankan roads. The paperwork in Sri Lanka turned out to be a much bigger process than we had thought. And we will publish a separate article on how to ride an India registered motorcycle in Sri Lanka. We are pretty sure that if not the first ones, we were definitely among a handful of bikers who were able to ride in Sri Lanka with an Indian number plate.

The guest rider in the last leg of the ride was Cherry Vlog’s, whose name was recommended by thousands of bikers when we asked them online as to who should be the one riding with us in Sri Lanka.

While we sorted the paperwork, we decided to explore the city of Colombo. The first thing one would notice while riding in Colombo or anywhere in Sri Lanka is how clean and well-marked the roads are. The traffic rules are followed very strictly in Sri Lanka and there are heavy penalties if you break the rules. However, due to narrow roads, the city is a traffic nightmare. Traffic moves at a snail’s pace during rush hours.

Also, due to security issues, it was difficult to find spots where we could shoot with our bikes. There were armed security personnel everywhere who would not let anyone stop anywhere close to prominent buildings or landmarks. However, we did manage to find some colonization-era buildings in the city that gave us a beautiful backdrop to shoot. Here are some of the photographs from in and around Colombo!


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VIDEO: A cinematic preview of the Malaysia leg of #xBhpDominarGreatAsianOdyssey

Country no. 10 on the #xBhpDominarGreatAsianOdyssey: Singapore

As we type this short story of our short stay in a small country called Singapore after a long ride from India to here on 3 Bajaj Dominar powered by Castrol Biking & riding on MRF Tyres, we are done with almost 90% of this big dream that we had of riding through 11 countries on an Indian made motorcycle.

The bikes have already been loaded onto a container and will soon be sailing to Sri Lanka where we will continue our journey before reaching home and calling it a day. By all accounts, Singapore is the smallest country on this roadtrip, but the most important pit stop for us in terms of logistics for we need to ship our bikes from here to Sri Lanka. But before that, we had to enter Singapore with 3 motorcycles with Indian registration plate, and as we had read about it earlier, it turned out to be a big challenge as Singapore doesn’t really welcome vehicles from other countries plying on their roads.

In fact, they don’t even want their own private vehicles to ply on their roads and they want more and more people to use public transport, hence very strict rules for any vehicle that wants to enter Singapore. And the resultant situation is that if you google “how to enter Singapore with a foreign-registered motorcycle”, a majority of the articles would advise you to not enter Singapore and end the ride in Malaysia instead or be prepared for a tedious paperwork and shelling out a lot of dollars to pay for mandatory bike insurance, permits, tolls, etc.

How we finally managed to enter into Singapore despite having sufficient paperwork that got us through the previous 9 countries without any hassles requires a detailed post where we will try to educate other riders who are planning to enter Singapore on their Indian motorcycles, but for now, enjoy these pictures from this tiny city-state that is among the most influential economies in the world and has the 7th highest GDP per capita in the world.

And as we sign off temporarily from Singapore, we would like to say thanks to all our partners including RYNOX Gears, Axor Helmets India, OnePlus, Lenovo India, Carbonado, and Zana Motor Cycles for keeping us safe, for helping us click and process and share our pictures and videos on the go, and most importantly helping us carry our world with us as we covered these 14,000 kms.


You can follow and stay updated on our ride using the following hashtags on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter :

#xBhpDominarGreatAsianOdyssey

#GreatAsianOdyssey


 

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VIDEO: Day 77 of #xBhpDominarGreatAsianOdyssey: Bidding Adieu to our Dominars… to see them again in Sri Lanka!

VIDEO: Day 76 of #xBhpDominarGreatAsianOdyssey: After more than 14,000 km, we’re in Malaysia!

VIDEO: Day 75 of the #xBhpDominarGreatAsianOdyssey: Live from Sepang International Circuit

Day 73 of #xBhpDominarGreatAsianOdyssey: Penang to Kulala Lumpur

Riding from Penang to Kuala Lumpur, we took a ‘green’ detour to treat ourselves with some beautiful twisty roads going through the lush green tea estates of Cameron Highlands. it added about 100 kms and a few more riding hours to our riding day, but it was worth it. Those narrow serpentine roads gave us a much-needed break from the urban scenery we had for the last few days on this ride ever since we entered Thailand from Cambodia.

Cameron Highlands is about 200 kms from Kuala Lumpur and also happens to be one of the must -ride-to places for bikers from KL and around. It is also included in the famous 5-mountain motorbike tour that the then Prime Minister of Malaysia inaugurated in 2012. The other 4 destinations in this route are Genting Highlands, Fraser’s Hill, Gunung Jerai and the Titiwangsa Range. Entering into a rain-soaked Kuala Lumpur was a breeze as there was very little traffic on the road. And this city would be our home for the next 2-3 days before we head to Singapore!


You can follow and stay updated on our ride using the following hashtags on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter :

#xBhpDominarGreatAsianOdyssey

#GreatAsianOdyssey


 

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VIDEO: Day 73 of the #xBhpDominarGreatAsianOdyssey: Live from the sky in Malaysia

Day 72 of #xBhpDominarGreatAsianodyssey: Penang, Malaysia

Here are some moments from our rather short outing into the second smallest Malaysian state by land mass – Penang. The Penang island is connected to mainland Malaysia by two really long sea bridges, the first of which is called The Penang Bridge. The Penang bridge is 13.5 kms long and is the second-largest bridge in Malaysia.

Up until 2014, it was the only connection between Mainland Malaysia and Penang Island. Then in 2014, came the Second Penang Bridge or the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge. This is the longest bridge in Malaysia and also entire South-East Asia. The length of this bridge is 24 kms, out of which over 16.9 kms is over the sea. Both these bridges are toll roads and you can expect very heavy traffic on both the bridges at all times during the day.

George Town is the capital of Penang State and you can expect a lot of tourists visiting the island particularly during the weekends. The oldest part of the George Town City is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. As per Wikipedia, George Town is home to the largest collection of pre-war buildings in Southeast Asia.

Also, we had the second last rider change on this ride here when Pratiksha Das took over the keys of our Dominar from Shahnawaz Karim who had ridden with us all the way from Thailand into Malaysia.


You can follow and stay updated on our ride using the following hashtags on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter :

#xBhpDominarGreatAsianOdyssey

#GreatAsianOdyssey


 

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VIDEO: Day 68 of the #xBhpDominarGreatAsianOdyssey: With Dominar owners at the Thailand-Malaysia border