Royal Enfield to mark 120 years with 770km South Pole expedition on modified Himalayans

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Royal Enfield are marking 120 years of motorcycle production by attempting to ride to the South Pole on two modified Himalayan adventure bikes.

The trip, known as '90° South - Quest for the Pole' is said to be the first of its kind and will begin on Friday, 26 November in Cape Town South Africa before snaking around 479 miles to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

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The 39-day adventure will see the riders reach their final destination via the Ross Ice Shelf and Leverett Glacier, with the bikes ridden on a compacted snow track from the ice shelf onwards to reduce drag and limit the emissions generated by the trip. All waste – including human – will be collected and disposed of after the event.

Royal Enfield Himalayan under the Northern Lights

The two Himalayans will be ridden by Royal Enfield workers Santhosh Vijay Kumar and Dean Coxson and will be joined by heavy-duty support vehicles from Arctic Trucks, who have previously covered over two million miles on the Antarctic Plateau.

To give the bikes a fighting chance of finishing the journey, Royal Enfield engineers have given them some gentle upgrades. The main drive sprocket has lost two teeth to become a 13 and there is a tubeless wheel set-up, with studded tyres that can be run at low pressures.

This will give increased traction and allow for better floatation over soft snow. A stronger alternator has also been added so heated kit can be run off the battery. They have already been tested twice at Langjokull Glacier in Iceland, to make sure they are fit for the ride.

Watch the video trailer ahead of the adventure below:

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade