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Busa in East India Express record attempt

Sushanth Shetty aims to get his name in the India Book of Records by riding his Suzuki Hayabusa from the UK to India in the fastest overland journey between the two countries.

Setting off from the UK on Saturday, 25 October, Shetty, who lives in London but retains his Indian citizenship, will ride his Hayabusa to France and through Europe to Turkey and then Iran. From there it will either be Pakistan, if his visa application is accepted in time, or Dubai, before arriving in India.

Dubbed the East India Express, the journey is expected to take 15 days of riding if permission is granted to travel through Pakistan – however, a police escort would be required – or slightly longer if a deviation through Dubai is necessary, but Shetty is looking forward to the challenge.

Sushanth, who has previous travel experience through Asia and Europe, said: “I’d always fancied riding a bike from the UK to India and came up with the plan in Bangkok while travelling through Asia. I’ve also done a bit of riding across Europe before. But I didn’t think I was cut out for six months or so of riding and ‘finding myself’; I wanted to do it as fast as possible. So I tried and thought about a few different bikes, but it had to be the Hayabusa. It should be a good journey. I’m hoping to set the fastest overland journey time between the two countries, and that’s sticking to speed limits too.”

Shetty already has his flight booked back to the UK on 23 November, after spending a few days at home. The bike will remain in India for India Bike Week in February before being shipped back to the UK.

Bike Trac, the leading motorcycle tracking device from Road Angel Group, has confirmed its support for the record attempt.


To follow Shetty’s journey live, click here.

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