i, THe biker
27 Year Old
No. of Years : 12,
Kilometers done (appox) : 100000
For you, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?
First of all is riding sensibly with safety of self and others! Next is not to think much and get set go for and enjoy everything that comes in the way and convert it into beautiful memories! Living, Loving and breathing the air, culture and customs of the new places and surroundings whatever may come! Living it to the fullest!
How has motorcycling changed you and your life?
It has given me a new perspective in life! Developed a new pair of eyes with different outlook on other people and this has been done over the years as I kept travelling to a vast number of places with varied culture and background! Learn that my culture & customs are not the only way but many others - different and beautiful too exists!
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in long distance touring on motorcycles?
Only One thing - If you drive sensibly and are thoughtful for others then a sense of safety will develop automatically in you which is enough to take care for the dangers involved in biking. Rest danger is everywhere even in crossing the street by walking! Have faith and take whatever precautions you can. Leave no stone unturned!
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable motorcycle tours?
Zanskar & Tso-moriri Trip on RE-500: The vast and ethereal landscape which at first seems unrealistic is the best place We (me and my wife) have seen till date! The landscapes offered by Zanskar were beyond even our imagination which is why they are permanently etched in our minds!
My first Leh-Ladakh-Nubra-Pangong - Trip: Being a first trip we were much concerned and went with a lot of plans but nothing went as per plan and the beauty which we witnessed was surreal! There we were touched to some spiritual depths and ever since then we are visiting The Himalayas - Ladakh, Spiti, Zanskar, Sikkim & Bhutan (the list continues) every year! Still we cherish the memoirs of first trip in each and every trip!
As a motorcycle tourer, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
Tried to awaken the hidden spirit of biking in fellows surrounding me by setting an example of self! And even succeeded to a great extent. Also leave a message to conserve the fragile ecosystem by taking all the self generated waste along with us and disposing safely, thus following the rule - Leadership by example.
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycle touring in India?
The best thing is we have a lot and infinite number of options (with respect to places) with varied terrains offering each and every type of riding experience - ranging from extreme, mild adventure to calm and serene monsoon rides! The Worst thing is that there in not much concern for safety among regular bike commuters and users! Also long distance touring is too not much supported and encouraged due to narrow mindset which needs to be widened!
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
Mind just forgets all worries and loads of life! I just enjoy the free air sip in the surroundings feeling elated! Its a feeling which if felt once by anyone he get's addicted! No more words to describe the same!