NEW DELHI :
A year after going on a cycling trip with none other than Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu took a ride on Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 last weekend to promote adventure tourism in the tiny Himalayan state.
Escorted by state government officials and security men in cars, Khandu was seen riding on the bike from Yingkiong to the picturesque Pasighat town. The journey of 122 km took about 2.5 hours.
"A 122km motorcycle ride from #Yingkiong to #Pasighat on 13th October 2019. Began my bike ride from Yingkiong Circuit house at 8 am and reached Pasighat Airport at 10.30 am. The route offers best picturesque views of the #Siang Valley and #Adi villages," Khandu said on Twitter.
He also posted a short video and some photos of his bike journey.
The BJP leader said the 122km route offers best road conditions and picturesque views. "Now is the best time for bikers in Arunachal," Khandu said.
Available in six colours, Royal Enfield's Interceptor 650 is a street-oriented bike with its upright handlebars, flat seat and slightly rearset footpegs.
Nestled in a double-cradle, steel tubular chassis designed by the UK-based Harris Performance, the oil- and air-cooled 648cc twin-cylinder engine powering the Interceptor 650 puts out 47 BHP at 7,100rpm at the crank and 52 NM of torque at 4,000rpm.
In November last year, Pema Khandu had also taken a 10-km road trip on a bicycle but with actor Salman Khan during the Mechuka Adventure Festival. The Arunachal Pradesh government is working hard to project the hilly northeastern state as a tourism destination for adventure junkies.