“We congratulate the Indian Army men for this record and wish them luck for more such endeavours to come. We feel proud to be associated with this feat demonstrating power and strength of the motorcycle and the riding skill of the CMP rider,” Royal Enfield says.
The previous record was of 47 people established by the Brazilian Army on a 1200cc multi-cylinder motorcycle way back in December 1995. The performance in question took place at the Yelahanka Air Force Station, with the team standing in a pyramid formation and traveling a mandatory distance of 1 kilometer (0.62 miles).
After surpassing the current record the Corps of Military Police (CMP) men now want to raise the bar by attempting the same formation and covering a distance of 1.5 kilometers (0.93 miles).
"We are happy to have set a world record. We had actually prepared to cover 1.6 km, but could not do so as the runway length did not permit it," stated Naik Subedar M.G. Rajan, the leader of the team. "There were difficulties during our four-month long training period, including an accident where one of our team members fractured his back. He recouped and was part of the record-breaking team."
The Royal Enfield Classic 500 motorcycle is powered by a 499cc developing 27.2 bhp at 5,250 rpm and 41.3 Nm (30.5 lb.ft.) at 4,000 rpm. The bike weighs in 187 kg (412 pounds) and is capable of reaching a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph).