Royal Enfield successfully completes 90° South expedition

In a first-of-its-kind motorcycle expedition to reach the geographic South Pole, Royal Enfield has traversed Antarctica on a 28-day ride from 87 degrees south, aboard the brand’s Himalayan adventure bike.

Riding through time and tough terrain, Royal Enfield has tested the endurance of man and machine time and again. Now, an expedition in celebration of the bike maker’s 120-year journey honours expeditioners and riders across the world.

This extraordinary endeavour is a tribute to its commitment to pure motorcycling, and to the courage and resilience of innumerable riders and explorers who have made history with their motorcycling journeys.

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On 16 December 2021, two riders, Santhosh Vijay Kumar and Dean Coxson, reached the geographic South Pole, making this ambitious attempt a reality.

The team arrived at Novo in Antarctica from Cape Town for four days of acclimatisation, loading of supplies, checking equipment, and the motorcycles. From Novo, they covered an overland distance of 3200km over a nine day period in extreme climatic conditions.

They battled through temperatures between -30 and -25 degrees and wind speed of 60km/h, towards Ross Ice Shelf. Located in the extreme south of the continent, this was the designated start point for the riders.

An unexpected blizzard forced the team to alter the course however, and they instead started the ride from 87 degree South. Despite a few initial road-blocks and a slight detour, the expedition team completed the quest, thus creating history.

For this expedition, two Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycles were modified in-house, with functional upgrades to be able to navigate snow and ice to ably function under extreme conditions in Antarctica.

The motorcycles were ridden on a compacted snow track to the South Pole, to reduce motorcycle drag and limit emissions to an absolute minimum. Royal Enfield is consciously ensuring no footprint is left behind by the expedition team, except wheel tracks.

In line with their #LeaveEveryPlaceBetter initiative, the team is ensuring all waste, including human waste, is brought back for appropriate disposal. Currently, they’re heading towards the western part of Antarctica, Union Glacier, on their way out.

From there, they’ll fly out to Punta Arenas, Chile.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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