A TRAINEE solicitor is preparing for a gruelling 3,000-kilometre (1,800 miles) ride on a motorbike designed in the 1950s.
Ben Castle-Jenkins, 26, of Grimscar, is raising money for charity by riding across southern India on a Royal Enfield Bullet.
The bike was last produced in the UK more than 50 years ago. The company which made the bike moved production to India in the 50s when it won the contract to supply the army.
The bikes are still produced and in February 100 brave fundraisers will be revving them up for the Rainbow Trust for Children, the World Wildlife Trust and Mother Theresa's Educational Society.
Ben, a Huddersfield University graduate, said: "My uncle Richard did the ride last year and when he showed me the pictures I decided to have a go.
"I am a keen biker, but I am used to bikes a little more modern than the Bullet.
"I am looking forward to experiencing the scenery and the wildlife. It should be a great trip."
Now Ben just needs to raise £3,500 for the charities. He said: "I have raised a fair bit already, but I need to raise about another £1,750."
Ben, who is married to Jane, 22, added: "I am hoping to get some sponsorship from companies to try and make the money I need. I have to cover costs, then the rest goes to the charities."
Anyone who wants to sponsor Ben can phone him on 07939 329373.