A FORMER police inspector in Huddersfield is to experience the challenge of a lifetime when he rides 1,500 miles across India.
John Boothroyd, who lives in the Holme Valley, will fly out to south India in February to take part in the Enduro India 2005 motorcycle challenge.
He will ride a 1950s-style Royal Enfield Bullet across mountains and deserts and through jungle.
John, 61, said: "I have always ridden motorcycles and saw this advertised on TV and thought `that's for me'.
"I have ridden all over Europe and wanted to do something different."
John is a motorcycle enthusiast and owns an Aprilia RSUR 1000cc twin sports bike.
The Royal Enfield, an Indian-built bike, is very different from bikes sold in Britain.
"Royal Enfields are popular in India but they don't resemble modern motorbikes at all," said John.
"Modern ones are like rocketships by comparison."
John will fly from Heathrow to Calicut in southern India and then set off on a seven-day circular tour, taking in the Nilgiri Hills and Mudumallai wildlife reserve.
John will pay the £1,700 cost himself but aims to raise sponsorship money for the venture, which will go to the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, the Rainbow Trust for terminally ill children and the Pain and Palliative Care Society for the terminally ill in India.
John works with Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing as a tenant participation officer in North Kirklees.
He has three grown-up children and four grandchildren.
A further two grandchildren are due in February, which he hopes he can see before embarking on the trip.