i, THe biker
27 Year Old
No. of Years as a customizer : 3
As a motorcycle customizer, what does a motorcycle mean to you both as a machine and as a canvas for your art?
Motorcycles are an integral party of my life and a world without them would be incomplete. I wouldn't use the word 'art' for the motorcycles we build because building bikes is different from paintings, sculptures, & photography in which aesthetic considerations are paramount. As a canvas it challenges us to find a balance between the realms of aesthetics and function which are expressed in the look and ride of the bikes. A definite expression of your imagination & skill.
How has customizing motorcycles changed you and your life?
Customizing bikes is a very involved process and an eventful learning experience with immense room for mental growth. It has taught me a lot about myself as a person and has brought about a sense of calm positivism which is healthy for the soul. We quite literally eat, sleep, & breathe motorcycles here at RCM & this is our 'life' as we see it for the next 30 odd years.
How do you relate to the possibility of your creation, a customized motorcycle, being a work of art for you, being ridden and possibly damaged in a mishap?
The bikes are meant to be ridden and if one ever gets damaged in a crash or otherwise...we are a phone call away looking to help in any way possible.
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable custom motorcycle design created and executed by you.
Its tough to pick 2 favourites... Nonetheless, the first would have to be 'Rajmata' a 1200cc Harley Davidson 48 Sportster ... & the second would be 'Gulail' a 500cc Royal Enfield we built for the IBW Biker Build-off in Goa this year.
As a motorcycle customizer, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
All we have done is build 20 odd bikes for people and will continue to do so in the years to come.
What are the best and the worst things about being a motorcycle customizer in India?
The worst: As a 'newbie' we do not have a generation before us to teach us & guide us along the way. Its a lot like learning how to cook on your own with only a recipe book at hand and no chef in sight. That in itself is the best thing as well because you learn a lot more when you find yourself in an organic process of evolution, with steep learning curves, immense job satisfaction & individuality.
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
~Free~ ... Its Therapy!