Exploration has been a major part of Royal Enfield’s DNA, and this time the bike manufacturer added one more epic story to their explored terrains book. The brand with riders Santhosh Vijay Kumar, who is also the Lead, Rides and Community for Royal Enfield, along with Dean Coxson, the Senior Engineer, Product Development for Royal Enfield have headed for not only the roughest but also the toughest journey, which was towards the South Pole.
Backed by a team of six people, the expedition team consisted of two polar experts from the Arctic Trucks team- Johannes Gudmundsson and Arnar Gunnarsson. Joining them were the content duo George Marshal and his assistant Will Evans who were responsible for shooting the entire experience. One Arctic Truck was responsible for the support vehicle duties and the entire team had flown down from Cape Town, South Africa to Novo in Antarctica. The ride then commenced from 87 degree South and progressed towards the geographic South Pole.
The planning for the ride already began in April 2020 with Royal Enfield’s Himalayan being tested for the expedition in two phases in the Langjokull glacier in Iceland. The two testing phases concluded in September 2020 and July 2021 respectively. Post the rigorous testing, the riders were given a green signal to head out and the ride was flagged off. Initially the ride was expected to start from 86 South, but due to unavoidable circumstances, a new route was designed starting from 87 degree South. The team, facing extreme climatic conditions featuring temperature drops ranging between -30 to -25 degrees and wind speed of 60 kmph, successfully completed the expedition in nine days. With a total distance covered of 3200 kilometers, the team reached the South Pole on December 16, 2021 and created history.
That said, traversing to the South Pole was the destination that the Royal Enfield had never explored. And, with this expedition it not only tested its capable machines but also human endurance in the most inhospitable part of the world.