A personal challenge, a life experience, an adventure, a physical, mental and technical challenge and a dream fulfilled! Daniel Velandia, a biking enthusiast from South America achieved a milestone when he traveled rode his Pulsar 180 across 23 countries covering over 30,000 miles, to visit the birthplace of his Pulsar. The adventure was made possible by the sponsorship of Auteco and Bajaj.
Daniel is 34 years of age and has been riding bikes for the past many years. Daniel did not have a smooth sailing life. This is how he describes his journey, “Go past the first thirty years of my life running around from one place to another, from one job to another, I’ve worked on so many things for so long that I do not remember everything I did, I washed airplanes at a time I was a fireman at a gas station and messenger countless times, I began to study languages at the University of Antioquia, but had to retire due to lack of income and conviction”.
He only knew about motorcycles and was passionate about them. He was a test rider at a local factory in Columbia and then worked as a test rider for the Columbian Magazine La Revista DEMOTOS. During this tenure he got the opportunity to test some of the world class motorcycles.
The ride of a lifetime started from South America, on his Pulsar 180, which he calls Elvira, included the African continent and concluded in Asia. On the way he traveled through countries like Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile in South America.
His journey continued through to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, turkey, Iran before arriving at the home town of Pulsar , Pune in India. Overall, the hardcore biker from Columbia covered 23 countries spanning through 3 Continents covering over 30,000 miles during the whole tour.
It was due to his passion, sheer dedication and grit determination towards bikes; he was able to achieve this milestone. It was a test of the man and the machine and both came out winners! It is due to people like these, the biking enthusiast’s community grows and gets new ideas and innovations to inculcate this feeling within them and try something of this kind. The bike needs a special mention and it’s a proof of what Bajaj has come to. Great man, great machine, Greater act!
Source & More Details: El Colombiano