Phase 1: Across the Icy Continent. The expedition begins, as the team embarks from Novo on a 12-day drive across Antarctica to the Indian Research Station on the Ross Ice Shelf.
Phase 2: Destination: South Pole! The team takes off on their epic 770 km journey to the Amundsen-Scott Pole Station at the Earth’s geographic South Pole.
Phase 3: The Way Back Home. Our heroes drive west to Union Glacier, where a flight will be waiting to take them back to civilization.
As we ride to the South Pole in our 120th year, we celebrate the motorcycling community that fuels us, carrying the riding club badges they sent us in the form of a flag that will be planted on the Antarctic ice.
Off-road capabilities proven on towering mountains in white-out conditions made the #RoyalEnfieldHimalayan perfectly suited for 90 South.
Sub-zero temperatures, icy winds and a frozen landscape that’s just waiting for you to slip up. Perfectly hostile conditions for an epic attempt!
With -40℃ summers, and terrain that’s entirely ice and snow, our team certainly isn’t expecting a warm welcome. Luckily, these are exactly the kind of conditions that polar expedition experts Arctic Trucks have proved themselves upon.
On expeditions, sometimes you have to traverse terrifying landscapes. But those are also the moments when you feel most alive, as Santhosh Vijay will tell you.
Only 1 in 7.9 billion people - the total population of Earth - have suddenly been told by their boss that they’ll be riding to the South Pole. That one person is Dean Coxson.
In order to make the already capable Royal Enfield Himalayan absolutely mission-ready, it was put through extensive “real world testing” on the Langjokull Glacier in Iceland in September 2020 and July 2021. Based on the feedback of the testing team, it was given an Antarctic upgrade.
A tubeless wheel setup with studded tyres allows tyres to run at low pressures, increasing floatation on soft snow, while providing traction on hard ice.
For greater torque at the rear wheel, the main drive sprocket has been changed from a 15-tooth to a 13-tooth unit.
For safety, all electricals have been waterproofed with silicone grease and shrink sealed with heat. A stronger alternator with rare earth magnets has been introduced to produce more current to enable the team to run heated gear off the motorcycle.
To shed excess weight, the centre stand and headlamp unit (Antarctica has 24-hour sunlight in summers) of the motorcycle have been taken off. The side stand has been fitted with a large ‘foot’ to avoid it sinking in the snow, while the rear brake pedal has been moved back to allow easier access with heavy off-road boots.
Sometimes the best wheels on snow are skis. Our motorcycle has been fitted with an adjustable ski that can be bolted onto the front forks, where required.
Lead Rides & Community, Royal Enfield
Born in Bengaluru, India, Santhosh is an avid motorcyclist and history buff, who quit his IT job to follow his passion for riding. A pursuit that has seen him grow the motorcycling community while leading rides across many challenging terrains.
Senior Engineer Product Development, Royal Enfield
Santhosh’s partner on this one-of-a-kind motorcycling expedition, Dean is a mechanical wizard possessing an enviable collection of motorcycles and the ability to fix anything in a jiffy - a valuable skill on a journey to the middle of nowhere.
In 2019, 21-year-old Jack Groves mounted his secondhand Royal Enfield Himalayan and commenced a journey that would make him the youngest motorcyclist to circumnavigate the world.
In 1933, KS Jones set off for London from Pretoria in South Africa on his 225cc Royal Enfield Model A.
In 1929, Bertil Hult set off on a journey from Stockholm to Cape Town, across the Sahara desert.
In 2019, eleven riders, all mounted on Royal Enfield Himalayans, set out to reach the Karakoram Pass, situated 5540 meters above sea level.
In 1997, Greg Staves completed a historic journey that took him from the Arctic Circle to the Antarctic Circle, a 22000-mile ride, in just 6 months.
Royal Enfield has endured the test of time and purposeful longevity of not only our motorcycles but also our spirit to keep riding pure.
Our constant search for the next epic journey led us all the way to the North Face of Mount Everest, colloquially known as ‘Chomolungma Lam Thu’.
In 2019, we rode up through the Annapurna Mountains in Nepal. And travelled back in time to the ancient city of Lo Manthang.
With sidecars in tow, we danced across the glassy surface of the frozen Lake Khövsgöl.
Beyond Jakarta and halfway across Indonesia, we found a new path where the road ended - a playground on the slopes of the active volcano, Mount Bromo.
In 1997, we embarked on the ride that earned us the right of passage in the Himalayas, one that took us all the way to Khardung La, the highest motorable pass at the time.
Sit down with our expedition team as they discuss the journey and the challenges that lie ahead.
Meticulous planning is key to the success of an expedition. Especially if it's passing through a desolate continent.
Team 90 South lands on the blue ice runway in Novo. Before they embark on the ride towards the South Pole, they must acclimatize for 3 days.
There is no cellphone signal on the isolated continent of Antarctica. Our riders update us via a satellite phone. See what they said.
There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes. Protection, insulation and electrical heating are the key elements of Team 90 South’s riding gear.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan is no stranger to punishing terrains. So all it needed to feel one with Antarctica’s terrain were a few snow-friendly modifications.
What makes a perfect riding team for an expedition as epic as 90 South! A mix of riding chops and mechanical capabilities. Which is what Santhosh and Dean bring.
On our way to fulfill our quest, we made some dreams come true as well! We met some scientists who really wanted to ride in Antarctica. So we let them take our motorcycles for a spin.
As a thank you for letting them ride our motorcycles, scientists at Novo let us use their satellite network to send back some audio messages.
En route to the South Pole, our team received some much needed fuel, airdropped safely to FD 83 Fuel Depot Camp, an environment friendly refuelling facility.
As the expedition continues, Team 90 South has kept us updated on their progress - their movements and activities, and the sights on the way.
From the humble start of a dream a few years ago to the accomplishment of an audacious goal, it’s been an upward journey marked with unbelievable moments leading to our riders finally reaching the Admundsen Scott South Pole Station.
At the edge of the world, the sun doesn’t rise and set every 24 hours, but once every 6 months! Imagine how disorienting it would be for the team to ride and sleep.