The Worldwide Jawa Yezdi Day is widely known on the second Sunday of each July. It’s an annual celebration of Jawa and Yezdi bike manufacturers and the nostalgia, heritage that these bikes provide. Each manufacturers exist in India, of their fashionable avatar, providing a tasty line-up of fashions which have a sizeable buyer base as nicely.
From L to R: Deepak Kamath & GH Basavaraj on their try and circumnavigate the globe within the shortest doable time on a two-wheeler
On the event of the 2023 Worldwide Jawa Yezdi Day, we had a fast chat with Deepak Kamath, a veteran motorcyclist, who holds varied cross-country information and was the primary particular person to circumnavigate the globe for the Yezdi-Castrol Continental Raid on a Yezdi Roadking again in 1994-95, overlaying 40,000+ km throughout six continents in 119 days, with 47 days of using, together with many different feats of lengthy distance bike journeys. He’s the one Indian on this planet to have ridden a motorbike on all seven continents and that could be a file that also holds! Listed below are just a few excerpts from Automotive&Bike’s chat with Deepak Kamath.
The certificates for the maiden try and journey the world on two-wheels
When requested about his inspiration to journey, he stated it was his mom, an avid traveller, and his time spent in NCC, notably the ‘1 Karnataka Armoured Corps’, that ignited his want to journey the world over, and lift the Indian tricolour in locations the place no Indians have ever been to earlier than. However, regardless of his travels and laurels, he’s not happy, not but. He yearns for extra and remains to be hopeful of using to locations the place folks haven’t ridden earlier than.
The Yezdi Roadking in London, posing with the Large Ben, Palace of Westminster
“At one stage in life, it occurs that, , such as you assume that you’re contented till except you open up your eyes and dream of one thing that you just assume is unimaginable. Solely with the appropriate effort is one thing that it may be made doable for me right now. I sit at my residence; I have a look at my wall of trails which says. I’ve completed all these seven continents and it is not like, , like, it is not like I’ve hopped, skipped, and jumped. I’ve actually spent high quality time in locations the place I’ve travelled to 79 worldwide borders until date, throughout all of the seven continents and that features Antarctica,” Kamath says of his extraordinary journey tales astride a motorbike.
From L to R: GH Basavaraj & Deepak Kamath posing with the pyramids in Egypt, with their beloved Yezdi Roadking
Quizzing him on his favorite bike from the present Jawa-Yezdi line up in India, he says that the Yezdi Scrambler is a machine that he actually enjoys using and is his favorite because it affords a pleasant and linear unfold of energy and torque throughout the rev vary and is sort of entertaining to experience. Among the many Jawa bikes, he’s additionally fairly keen on the Forty Two Bobber.
Among the many present Yezdi line-up, the Scrambler is Kamath’s favorite
“See, very just lately I used to be in Pune, and I bought a chance to experience the whole line-up of Yezdis together with their Roadster and Scrambler and the journey. I additionally bought to experience the BSA. Oh, that is a machine past, any phrases? Individuals ought to experience it to consider it truthfully, , I’m, as I stated, , like I am not a Jawa man, however I actually fell in love with the Bobber, notably, the one within the Copper color.”
And the Forty Two Bobber is Deepak Kamath’s favorite among the many present Jawa line-up
Deepak Kamath’s call-sign is ‘Armstrong’. After we requested him about his uncommon call-sign, he had an attention-grabbing story to share.
“So, I feel touchdown on the moon has been one of many phenomenal achievements of humankind, proper? So, I used to be born in 1969 which can also be the yr when Neil Armstrong turned the primary man to land on the moon. That is one a part of Armstrong. And the second a part of Armstrong is Lance Armstrong, the bicycle owner, who’s a seven time Tour-de-France winner, and a cancer-survivor. But had the center and can to maintain profitable yr after yr,” he stated.
The duo lined a complete of 40,000+ km in 119 days, throughout the globe, with 47 days of precise using
On account of Worldwide Yezdi Jawa Day, the one message that he wish to give fellow bike and journey fanatics is to experience and journey extra for oneself and never for the social media.
The Yezdi Roadking was ridden for over a 1,000 miles or 1,600 km on every continent. The bike is seen right here on a freeway in South America
“I’ve been on this for 4 a long time and 40 years in the past, this was not the scene. Individuals revered one another. Individuals actually beloved speaking about bikes, and other people did races and rallies in a managed setting. However right now, sadly, it is all for social media? Individuals doing loopy speeds and stunts and placing it on social media. Fortunately, the cops have now stepped up! You understand, they attempt to establish and cancel licenses and do no matter, however then the particular person has already completed that mistake, proper? Anyone else has seen it. The unhealthy instance has been set already. Plus, the social media is already a platform which glorifies worry and that should cease.”
Kamath with the Yezdi Roadking, in entrance of the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, throughout his try and circumnavigate the globe
Our chat with Deepak Kamath may have gone on for various hours however for paucity of time. He’s a person who loves a machine on two wheels and loves sharing his huge data and expertise of journey and bikes with fanatics throughout the nation. And sure, his fondness for Jawa and Yezdi bikes is well-documented too.
He’s primarily based out of Bengaluru, Karnataka and in case you occur to catch him, get able to take heed to stunning tales on journey and bikes that may positively gas your want to take your bike out and get going.