LOS ANGELES, CA-Vishnu Mehta and Santanu Chakraborty hold a Guinness World Record for longest journey by motorcycle in a single country. The duo spent 74 days on the road in India driving 17,429.22 miles.The goal of the trip was to promote highway safety among Indian motorists, with each man’s bike...
India Journal spoke to Vishnu Mehta, who is currently in the US, “I have been riding since 1999.I came here to the US get to know the rules and the roads here and then ride from North America to South America,” he said.
So what ignited his passion? “I had a great relationship with my mother who used to live with me .After she died,I decided to do something that I would remember for the rest of my life. I took off on my 100 cc bike with her ashes. I rode to Pushkar ,Haridwar,Gangotri and then I walked to Gomukh. I think she blessed me. That’s why I won so many awards.”
Besides India, Vishnu rode in Nepal, Bhutan and other countries.Talking about whether he follows any special routine,he said “I don’t. I don’t get tired as I believe it’s god’s gift. I am pure vegetarian and fruits and juices are easily available.”
According to Vishnu the thing that sets him apart from the others is that he can ride continuously and only stops after 300 -400 kms .
“In India, traffic awareness and discipline is zero and when I compare it with the US, it’s so different. Road safety and traffic awareness is our motto. I have seen so many accidents where people have died on the spot which could have easily been avoided if they were wearing helmets,” he added.