Nadarajan Periasamy rode into Malaysia’s Book of Records after completing 12 hours of non-stop riding on his Honda Goldwing around the Sepang Circuit for ‘The Longest Motorcycle Ride’ record yesterday. The record was dedicated to his son who was to have participated with him but who unfortunately died in a road accident in Johor Bahru in 2005.
“I am happy… and I am also sad today. This was supposed to be a joint effort with my late son, Velugaran. I missed him very much and I would like to dedicate this record to my son,” Nadarajan said after completing 131 laps around the 5.543-km track in 12 hours. He rode an additional 30 minutes until 6.30 pm to formalize his record-breaking feat.
His ride started at 6 am and during the 12 hours, he only stopped for refueling, toilet breaks and a brief ceremonial flagging off ceremony at the 6th hour mark. Nadarajan was joined by his superbiker friends who took turns in supporting the 47-year old Penangite.
“It was fun; but it was also very hard … especially during that heavy rain,” recalled Nadarajan. “The most difficult part was during the rain. It was raining very heavily. But I just continued. I would like to thank my family members and friends who braved the rain to be with me on the track and at the pitwall to give me encouragement.”
“I could stop remembering my son throughout today’s ride. I felt very close to him. I missed him very much,” he added, revealing that it was his late son who had actually come up with the idea the idea for the ride.
The longest ride record is Nadarajan’s second inscription in Malaysia’s Book of Records as he also holds the record for achieving the nation’s first Longest Standing Motorcycle Ride which was achieved in 2007. For that record, he traveled a distance of 933 kms from Gelang Patah, Johor, to Bukit Kayu Hitam in Kedah. The ride, which was also done on his Honda 1500 cc motorcycle, took him 10 hours and 45 minutes to complete.
In preparation for the 12-hour long endurance ride, Nadarajan said he jogged five kms daily and spent his Sundays riding his bike around the Batu Kawan Stadium carpark in Penang. “I did that to get myself used to an environment which doesn’t change. When I was setting my previous record, the longest standing motorcycle ride, the environment changed all the time. I was able to see different things happening during each second of the ride.”
“But at the track, I knew I would be seeing the same thing over and over again so I needed to train myself to ride in a monotonous environment. I trained myself mentally and physically because if I lost my concentration, I would not be able to handle the big bike,” he said.
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