Today is the 20th anniversary of the Kargil war, which is celebrated by army veterans and soldiers in India annually. This year, to commemorate the anniversary, Triumph India joined with the Indian Army for a month-long motorcycle expedition spanning 1,850 km.
The British motorcycle manufacturer provided a range of Bonnevilles as well as a few Tigers for an expedition from Mana Pass in Uttarakhand to Dras War Memorial in Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir. Its aim was to spread awareness about the achievements of the Indian Army, as well as pay tribute to the martyrs who lost their lives in the tragic war.
As per an article in Zigwheels, the company has released a press release stating, “The month-long expedition is being undertaken by a 14-member team on 9 Triumph motorcycles comprising a mix of both the Bonneville Modern Classics and the Tigers. The journey started in Mana village and will cover various army bases, while also passing through Khardung La and finally concluding at the Dras War Memorial in a commemorating ceremony in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind and the Indian Army Chief.”
The journey was undertaken by members of 13 JAK- RIF, the unit Param Vir Chakra awardee, Captain Vikram Batra. The General Manager of Triumph Motorcycles India, Shoeb Farooq states, “It is a proud moment for us to be part of this project with the Indian Army. We’re glad that Triumph motorcycles are the choice of steed for the soldiers who are meeting families of the martyrs. We will be managing the technicalities and the back end for this ride. Being part of this project is our way of showcasing our respect not just for the Indian Army, but also the martyrs who laid down their lives for the nation. While the fleet mainly comprises of the Bonnevilles, our Tigers are also part of the ride as a symbolic gesture of victory for recapturing Tiger hill. As a brand, we endeavour to work closely with the Indian Army and this is just one of the various initiatives on which we plan to build this relationship further.”