Adventure lovers riding a Bullet motorcycle to the Himalayas or conducting all-India tours on the bike is commonplace now. Most of these dauntless riders tackle several risks to complete their journey. However, Bakir Ahdal and P C Ahammed belonging to Mavoor in Kozhikode district stand apart from such travellers, having taken a bigger risk and realizing their dream of travelling across the country in a vintage scooter.
Ahdal and Ahammed are now stars on the social media for their countrywide trip in a 1988 model Bajaj Super scooter. The youths, both of whom are aged 23 years, completed their journey in 68 days.
After their studies, Ahdal and Ahammed engaged in minor jobs when they felt the urge to travel. While planning for the trip, the youths decided to make it different from the usual two-wheeler adventures.
However, many who learnt about the trip wondered whether the youths could complete the long journey on a 32-year-old scooter. It was a huge risk, the youths were warned. But Ahdal and Ahammed were certain that the Super scooter would not let them down and this belief inspired them throughout the journey.
The youths started their ride from Kozhikode Beach and travelled to Mangaluru, Gokarna, Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Wagah border, Srinagar, Gulmarg, Manali and Uttar Pradesh. They also visited Nepal before returning to Kerala.
In order to keep expenses to the minimum, the Mavoor natives cooked food for them all along the way and pitched tents at petrol pumps and toll booths at night.
Though the ride on the Super scooter was a daring adventure, it was not the first trip Ahdal and Ahammed had embarked on. Earlier, they had travelled to the northeastern part of the country by train in 21 days. Now the youths are elated, having realized a dream trip and proving a point.