Yezdi Castrol Continental Raid.

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This is a multi part series of my first ride on a two stroke 250cc single cylinder, air cooled Yezdi RoadKing motorcycle around the world.

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The Yezdi Castrol Continental Raid in 1994

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 This undoubtedly has redefined an adventure outlook for Indians. Having done something unthinkable on a two wheeler,  two stroke, to go across all the six continents 1994 even before technology or Google was born.

This below, is how we did it. We used maps.

 Circa 1990, the Japanese two wheelers had made their way to India and had gained market share at the cost of Indian Two wheelers.

It was then, cool to have a Jap Bike. They were perceived to be more reliable, returned great mileage and looked contemporary.

I started on an Yezdi which was based on a CZ250 Czech motorcycle. This had twin exhausts, 250cc engine, semi automatic clutch and an integrated gear shifter/kicker starter.

Yes, both the kick start and gear worked from a single level which was patented technology.

This is the beast in which I decided to tour the world.

Looking back, its hard to imagine a feat where you can tour long distance on a 2 stroke bike.

Most people today would brand it absurd and call me crazy if I was doing this today.

I am reminded of this quote which later became my spirit.

According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way that a bumble bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, doesn’t know about this and flies anyways.”