The Bajaj Dominar has created history by becoming the first Indian motorcycle to successfully complete the Polar Odyssey - a ride from Arctic to Atlantic. Spanning 99 days or ride across North America and South America through Central America, the Dominar Polar Odyssey covered the length and breadth of North and South America commencing from Anchorage to Tuktoyaktuk in the Arctic Circle and then all the way down to the end of the world at Ushuaia in Argentina, and then further into the Antarctic. The Polar Odyssey was undertaken by three passionate riders - Deepak Kamath, Avinash PS, and Deepak Gupta who covered 15 countries in their journey, with a total distance of 51,000 km averaging 515 km every day over 99 days.
"The Dominar Polar Odyssey has been a man and machine partnership of epic proportions. Hats off to Deepak Kamath, Avinash PS and Deepak Gupta. The Dominar's faultless performance over 99 days is a testament of its build quality and exceptional touring capabilities. Touring 51,000 KMs over some of the most unforgiving terrains and conditions on stock Dominars, without any major part change or a support crew, is an achievement that is truly outstanding," said Narayan Sundaraman, Vice President (Marketing - Motorcycles), Bajaj Auto Limited.
Deepak Kamath has been riding for over 30 years now and was the team leader of the Dominar Polar Odyssey. Avinash PS is a mechanical engineer by profession and an avid motorcyclist and photographer. Deepak Gupta is an active member of the Group of Delhi Superbikers (GODS). The Bajaj Dominar motorcycles chosen by the riders completed the gruelling 51,000 journey without any breakdown, with no dedicated service support or back-up team across all kinds of terrain, climate and conditions. The journey covered fifteen countries - Canada, US, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.
The riders faced harsh weather including heavy snow, rains and slush and loose gravel across Alaska, snow blizzard at the top of Pikes Peak, Colorado, trails and off-road sections of Baja California, Mexico, and temperatures ranging from minus 22 degrees Celsius to 54 degrees Celsius in Death Valley, USA - the hottest place on Earth. The riders covered some of the world's most dangerous roads on their Dominar motorcycles, including the James Dalton Highway at the Arctic Circle, USA, the Dempster Highway, Arctic Circle, Canada, the pan-American section of the Atacama Desert, Chile, and the Death Road of Bolivia.