i, THe biker
57 Year Old
No. of Years : 37,
Kilometers done (appox) : HAHAHAHA Couple of lakhs
For you, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?
To be a motorcyclist means that I am free, I am bonded with the highway, I am together with fellow souls... and everyday this journey is just beginning....
How has motorcycling changed you and your life?
Most people live a life of quiet desperation... work, home interspersed with whatever entertainment or relaxation they can squeeze in as and when time permits. This was very much how it was with me and my 250cc Jawa (1964)... but when I got my Royal Enfield (350cc Standard) life took a turn for the better. The concept of distance suddenly disappeared... no place was too far, no destination a figment of my imagination.
I was not alone any more. I started my own motorcycle club WOLFE PACK INDIA in 2011 and it now pans 10 cities, connected with fellow souls and my family continues to grew.
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in long distance touring on motorcycles?
Risks and dangers are part and parcel of life. Long distance riding has its own baggage of crashes, spells when the hum of a motorcycle and the thin white line hypnotise you into a false sense of security, fatigue takes its toll and so much more... but having experienced the down side of falling asleep and crashing, smashing my baby due to faults in the highway and other routine mechanical glitches in the end the experience and the places visited and the friends who I have ridden with and those that I have met far out-weigh all this. My club Motto is 'JUST COCK UP AND RIDE'
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable motorcycle tours?
2010: Hyderabad - Vikramgarh for RIDER MANIA (RMX) 2010
I am a bulleteer and the annual club Rider Mania is the must do ride. Vikramgarh RM hosted by Mumbai's Inddie Thumpers was my favourite. Not only was it the most enjoyable but after it was over the ride back was the first non-stop ride of over 750 km for me hard and fast and out of this world. My baby was on peak performance and I had cracked that spell of distance riding
The 4 day ride fro Hyderabad to Delhi and Hyderabad to Kolkata for RM 11 & 12 respectively was great but
2013 my ride from Hyderabad to Goa for India Bike Week was also amazing. Even though I have done Goa Run often enough this was different. Over 48 of us did this ride connecting up with other chapters of my club as we went along... I look forward to doubling the number for RM 14 in Jan 2014
As a motorcycle tourer, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
I believe that my starting a motorcycle club of my own has allowed me a two fold opportunity. By giving young inexperienced riders an opportunity to join my club I have set them on a road to experience and enjoy this country, given them a family and with its ever expanding trend (touch wood) it is creating a network that allows them to have family to connect with on their travels. This network is accessible to other bikers in the over all global biker family.
Socially, our cause is safe riding/promote caution to be exercised by others when it comes to motorcyclists and riding for causes without seeking the cheap publicity that it generally entails. We have ridden for many reasons. We do NOT affiliate with political activities.
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycle touring in India?
This is fairly simple.
The best is the learning that happens... about self, about hanging in harmony with others and discovering this amazing country we live in.
The worst is the condition of roads, the lack of road sense of heavy traffic and lack general common sense by the average Indian pedestrian, drivers and rural Indian. We need more facilities across India for rest points and things like that.
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
I FEEL ONE WITH MY INNER SELF, THE BIKER BRETHREN AND THE UNIVERSE!