Longest Scooter Ride Record on a Honda Dio by Arun Kumar: Arun Kumar S got his name registered in India Book of Records for the longest scooter ride with a pillion. 22 year old Arun, along with his friend Mohith, rode a Honda Dio through 13 states of India and touched 3 international borders in his journey. It took him 19 days to complete this 7000+ km ride.
- Rider Name: Arun Kumar
- Education: Student; 3rd Year Civil Engineering
- Scooter: Honda Dio 110
- Pillion Rider: Mohith
- Record Set: Longest Ride on a Scooter
- Start Date: January 20, 2018
- End Date: February 17, 2018
Route (As Shared by Arun Kumar)
- Bangalore, Karnataka
- Hyderabad, Telengana
- Nagpur, Maharashtra
- Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
- Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
- Janakpur, Nepal
- Nyalam Xigaze, Tibet China
- Kathmandu, Nepal
- Bihar, Patna
- Darjeeling, West Bengal
- Phuntsholing, Bhutan
- Kolkata, West Bengal
- Bhubaneswar, Odisha
- Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
- Bangalore, Karnataka
This is what Arun Kumar has to say about his achievement: Since a scooter is smaller than a bike, the fuel tank is small too. I had to stop to fill fuel many times. Cost of refueling is Rs 12,000, and it was the biggest expense during the trip.
My Honda Dio is already a year old, and this was the most I’ve ridden on it at a stretch. While I learned many new things during my ride, some parts were scary. Roads in Nepal are difficult to ride on as there’s no tar at all. This is the after effect of the earthquake a few years ago.
Many roads are still being reconstructed, and as you can guess, it’s very difficult to ride on a scooter on such uneven and muddy roads. Riding in fog through Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Janakpur was difficult. The full region was covered in fog in the evening from 7 pm onward until 10.00 am. So, it required daily planning according to the fog alert in deciding how far to ride each day and where to stop.
One incident from my trip that I can’t forget is a tyre puncture in a jungle area nearby Araniko Highway, Listikot Nepal. All night we were sitting in the forest. It was very scary. And since it was another country, there was no chance of knowing whom to approach. We did not know what to do and sat through the situation.
My happiest experiences were in Nepal. The people in the Himalaya region showed great concern and love towards us. It must be because they have endured such hardship and their daily life is difficult. They supported us wholeheartedly when we faced hard times. They gave us a room to stay in for free and. I’m very grateful to have met such kind people. I love them.
I learned to make adjustments for basic things that I have always taken for granted, namely – food and shelter. Since I have always stayed in my home, I used to demand what I wanted to eat. But once I stepped out of the home, I started adjusting. I started happily eating what was available under different circumstances. Each day, we were in a new state. We experienced changed daily – different types of food, change of weather, etc.
During this ride, I met so many people. Since our situation was o unknown, I spoke to many people during the trip and asked for help. I feel I am brave now. Earlier, I used to feel scared to talk to strangers but now I am an expert in talking to strangers.
I have gained confidence now to deal with the unknown and face every new situation confidently. My trip would not have been complete without the strong support of my fearless pillion rider, Mohith, who experienced every bit of the trip with just as much newness.
This trip has been an eye-opener for me about the ways of the world. I’m very lucky to have experienced such diversity. I would like more people to enjoy this type of experience. It’s a mix of feeling happy, sad, angry, excitement, those sleepless nights, and of butt and back pain.
We had no set plan for the night stay, or where we would eat. We traveled light each day into late in the night, and once we felt sleepy, we would start searching for a place to sleep at, and for a meal. And at every stop during the trip, we met people who guided us and were able to provide us with a solution for the night. It was unknown and scary, but we came out stronger and grateful.
Longest Scooter Ride Record Certificate