Three riders to compete in Raid de Himalaya on scooters
Three riders will brave out the 2018 edition of Raid de Himalaya in rally-spec scooters, organisers Himalayan Motorsport have announced.
For the last four years, Bhopal’s Syed Asif Ali has been the only competitor to take part in Raid on a scooter. This year he will have company in the form of Shameem Khan and Yash Mohan Pawar, both of whom hail from Nasik.
The trio will be supported by TVS and will ride the Indian manufacturer’s new rally-spec N Torq SXR.
The scooter, based on the production version of TVS' NTORQ 125, can cross speeds in excess of 120 km/h and its four-stroke, single-cylinder engine is capable of churning out over 20 bhp.
“I have always competed against the bikes and cars, and have still held my own. I would laugh when competitors would say, 'Vo scooter wala Gypsy se bhi aage nikal gaya' (The scooter rider has left the Gypsy behind),” Ali said.
“It’s a huge error [to discount scooters from the rally]. In the Indian National Rally Championships (INRC) across the country, the maximum number of competitors are in the scooter category.
“It is the average middle class youth’s only ticket to adventure. Why scoff at them?”
The 2018 Raid de Himalaya will run from October 10-14, transversing through Kargil, Zanskar, Ladakh and other regions.
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