Rickshaw Run: What is a Rickshaw and how am I racing one?

Rickshaw Run: What is a Rickshaw and how am I racing one?


Rickshaw Run: What is a Rickshaw and how am I racing one?


Jarrod Krisiloff, Senior Director of Marketing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is competing this January in The Rickshaw Run, a rickshaw race across India to benefit charities, and RACER.com is following along. Here is the first of Jarrod’s blogs explaining the process as he and his team gear up for the challenge.

In my last blog I discussed the “Pimping process” which is very similar to the livery unveil of modern Formula 1 team. Now, I am going to talk about the Rickshaw the three-wheeled “mean machine” that will be our unreliable, unfriendly and velocity-challenged race vehicle. What exactly is an Auto Rickshaw?

The Auto Rickshaw is a popular vehicle for tight Indian streets and is mainly used as a taxi vehicle. What the Auto Rickshaw is not made for is 2,000-mile adventures across India. That’s what makes the Rickshaw Run such an adventure. So here are the details:

The Bajaj RE 2 Stroke Rickshaw
  • Single Cylinder
  • Two Stroke, forced air cooled, SI engine
  • 145cc
  • 4 forward x 1 reverse
  • 12v battery
  • 610kg

So it’s not a very sophisticated machine. Because of that, we feel that preventative maintenance is the key to limiting our number of breakdowns throughout the journey. To do this we are going to zero in on a few things that we feel are going to keep us motoring down the road for 14 days:

  • Spare wheels and tires – You never know where a tire will blow out and the last thing we need is the tire to blow out in the middle of the desert. So, we plan to have two mounted wheels and tires strapped to our roof rack at all times.
  • Spark plugs – Fouled plugs seem to be an issue with 2-stroke Rickshaws so we plan to have about seven spark plugs for the 14-day journey. Every other day we plan to swap out the spark plugs to keep fresh spark on board for the ride.
  • Fuel cans – Since it is a 2-stroke motor and requires a smart mix of oil and gas, we want to make sure that we are always accurately mixing our oil and fuel. Additionally, we want to be sure that we are always filling up with good quality fuel so that the engine purrs like a Bobcat!
  • Clean the filters – With the dirty back roads and the smog-filled air, it’s important to be sure that we clean out all of our filters each night.
  • 7-day service – It’s better to be safe than sorry. For about 5 dollars we can get a complete service on the Rickshaw at one of the thousands of certified Bajaj service locations along the way. We think its worth the $5 to get the Rickshaw serviced.
With all of that planning let’s hope that we make it to the finish line in a respectable manner and have our Rickshaw in good enough condition to hot dog it across the finish line on two wheels like these guys!
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