On 25 May 2015 Marcis Plavins departed on a trip to India on a 1992-manufactured Minsk motorcycle. Two months later he was joined by Marcis Zarins and his 1972-manufactured Jawa motorcycle. The two enthusiasts returned to Latvia this week after completing their journey.
For many Latvians, especially men, Minsk motorcycles associate with youth, reckless adventures and oily hands. Jawa was the next logical step forward – a serious motorcycle. Having one meant earning respect of others at the time.
Although it seems like the glory days of the two aforementioned motorcycle models have long since passed, Marcis Plavins and Marcis Zarins think differently. «I used to drive new models. But I returned to Jawa some time ago,» – says Latvian Jawa Club president Zarins. «This motorcycle has a special aura and soul – something I have yet to find in modern motorcycles.»
«Minsk is a symbol to having a dream and working your way to it even if the chances of reaching it are slim,» – Plavins explains his choice of vehicle. It was a long dream of his to go travelling around the world with a motorcycle.
Plavins spent five months on the road. Zarins joined him in Turkey, shortly after Plavins broke his right ankle after a nasty fall from his motorcycle.
Although Plavins’ initial plan changed as he came closer and closer to India, he nonetheless believes it changed for the better.
The road to India went through Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia. The two travellers covered 9.500 km with their motorcycles and 5,500 km with trains.
The two enthusiasts covered multiple dangerous mountainous passes, experienced Georgian way of life and enjoyed their hospitality, endured the hot weather of Turkey, the cold in Kazakhstan and Russia and many breathtaking adventures along the way.