SuperBikers of Kolkata
For your club, what does motorcycling stand for?
Biking is in the blood of us SBK'ns. we ride for who we are and respect motorcycling as a part of us. we spread the word "Never disrespect the beauty, and treat her how you would like to be treated by her". We consider her to be so holy that we even decided to get our friend on his marriage on the Bike. :-) we called it the "SBK BARAT"
Tell us briefly about the motorcycling ethics followed collectively by your club especially when related to practicing and promoting safe motorcycling?
We encourage riding on all sorts of two wheelers but safety must not be compromised under any circumstances.. for Superbikers Full face Helmets with Proper visors, riding Jackets, gloves, riding shoes and riding trousers/jeans is completely mandatory and if you want to you can add the knee guard, shin guard, back protector neck padding etc if you wish. we always ride in the staggered or diamond formation. All bikes must be an a rideable condition with proper brakes and tyres inflated upto the optimum pressure.
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in riding motorcycles?
There is nothing to justify... everything comes with its bits of ups and downs.. similar to even walking down the street and chances of a mad dog biting your leg or a trailer coming with a drunk driver and mowing you down...!!!!! this is india.. yes on a two wheeler you are always exposed to greater dangers directly affecting you physically as compared to a 4/multiple wheeler. we all HAVE to understand and ACCEPT that!!!
the counter response is to always be safe, don't overspeed on unsafe roads, take calculative risks, make sure you and your bike is in the perfect state to ride, and never never get impulsive. we try and promote this amongst our group and encourage other groups to follow this as well.
Tell us briefly about the 2 most memorable/important motorcycling events organized by or participated in by your club?
We rode from the eastern corner of india to the western corner. all 15 of us rode our magical motorcycles across the beautiful landscapes of mother India. Kolkata to Goa via Hyderabad and Hubli. it took a lot of planning, a lot of safety measurements as the "telengana" issue was erupting in Andra Pradesh at that time. Planning for stops for food, fuel, fatigue had to be planned as we were a mixed group of Harley's and SBk's riding continuously for 5 DAYS.
We rode from Kolkata to Puri and met up with the Bhubneswar Superbikers who are a great bunch of guys made friends in a giffy and bonded all because of the passion of one thing... "MOTORCYCLING" !!!!!
How has your motorcycling club contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
SBK along with the Bengal Chapter of HOGS have donated quite generously to old age homes in the winters with blankets, food (potato, onions, veggies, cooking oils, etc). we Have visited a rehabilitation centre to encourage small children and youths to work towards a healthy life and give up their abuse of alcohol, drugs and other addictions. we have had processions for supporting children with down syndrome and have been on their walk. we have lit candles on the immediate sunday morning after the Delhi rape case had come into light and kept 5 minutes of silence in her recovery of health. we had a condolence meet where we individually came up and spoke about a brother we lost while biking. we had organised all the motorcycling clubs of our part of the region to come and promote "India Bike Week" where biking and brotherhood was promoted.!!
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycling in India?
The best thing about motorcycling in India is the varied landscapes of the plain sea levels of bengal2the wide eastern ghats&plateaus of south-east india2the unforgiving&tricky western ghats of west india2the deserts of rajastan&the unparallel beauty of the Himalayas&Leh&Laddakh not forgetting the varied flavours that tinkle your tastebuds in a country that worships 36 crore gods in one religion & another approx 8 more religions. what a country to visit motorcycling!!!! aaah.
well the down side of two wheeling in India is the unavailability of riding schools (besides a couple of them), disrespect for motorcycling, unawareness of capabilities of these bikes, the sheer lack of basic road sense, the unrideable road conditions, our dear stray animals and our dear politicians who wish for their comfort more than 100 crore people!!!!