Man aims to create record for longest endurance ride in memory of his son

Published on November 26th, 2010

It would have been a grand victory for the father and son team who aimed to set a national record and be part of the list of luminaries in the Malaysian Book of Records.

P. Nadarajan, 47 and his son, Velugaran had conceived the idea in 2005. But their dream almost came to halt a year later when 19-year old Velugaran, who was then studying in Johor Bahru, died in a motorcycle accident.

“He was studying mechanical engineering when the accident happened. He was a fit and healthy young man so I decided to donate his organs when he was declared brain dead by the doctors,” said Nadarajan, who is a technical engineer with a stationery manufacturing company in Seberang Prai, Penang.

It was a terrible blow for his family, and Nadarajan decided to put the plan that he had conceived with his son on hold.

But a year later, he fulfilled his son’s final wish by securing his first Malaysian Book of Records entrance for achieving the nation’s first Longest Standing Motorcycle Ride in 2007.

This year, on December 26, Nadarajan aims to create yet another record; a 12-hour long endurance ride on his 380kg Honda Goldwing, to be held at the Sepang International Circuit track. He will begin his ride at 6am and end at 6pm.

“I want to set an endurance record on a superbike and create more awareness for young riders that they can do so much more with a superbike. A superbike is not just about speed,” he said.

He secured his first Malaysian Book of Records entrance for achieving the nation’s first Longest Standing Motorcycle Ride, traveling a distance of 933km from Gelang Patah, Johor to Bukit Kayu Hitam in Kedah. The ride, which was carried out on his Honda Goldwing 1500cc bike, had taken him 10 hours and 45 minutes to complete.

“After I had completed it, I felt like I wanted to create more records. I wanted to prove to young riders out there that they can do so much more than just riding around on their motorbikes. I want them to start thinking differently,” he said.

In preparation for the 12-hour long endurance ride, he has been jogging 5km a day and he spends his Sundays riding his bike around the Batu Kawan Stadium’s car park in Penang.

“I have to do that because I need 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 will be seeing the same thing over and over again, so I need to train myself to ride in a monotonous environment. I have to train myself mentally and physically. If I lose my concentration, I will not be able to handle the big bike,” he said.

“I wish to thank the Sepang International Circuit, especially the CEO, Datuk Razlan Razali and the Track Operations Manager, Spencer C. Mehta for kindly allowing me to use the track to perform my feat,” he said, adding that he would also like to thank his sponsors and his fellow bikers who will be at the track to lend their support.

words & pix: SIC


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