It took resilience of man, in sync with technology to humbly conquer the mighty Himalayas, which run over 18,300 feet altitude, and are undoubtedly considered, one of the highest motor able roads, on the face of this Blue Planet, called Earth.
With Zumo, a Global Positioning navigational device from Garmin, mounted on the saddle of his Yamaha WR250F, brave heart, Prashant Kumar, managed to set the fastest time on three stages, to reach the podium of this year’s Raid-De-Himalaya, which covers 2100 kms of rally course, on some of the most rugged, global terrains.
“The Zumo, sure was a great piece of equipment to have, it not only ensured that I did not get lost, as it had the rally maps and waypoints uploaded onto it, it also maintained an active log, which gave complete details of my riding and the stages which also helped me cross check the timings and the data the stewards recorded, and be convinced of fair play” commented a jubilant Kumar.
He added that another really impressive fact about the product, was that it had been designed by bikers, using vibration-tested, waterproof and built with fuel-resistant plastics to withstand the elements, for twenty five days, which included snow and night temperature of minus 17 degrees.
“I ran a couple of times into packed black ice and had quite a few big falls. The GPS did withstand the whole ordeal to emerge out without a scratch and worked efficiently. I loved all the features and found it really user friendly and the screen visibility to be pretty good.” added Kumar.