i, THe biker
25 Year Old
No. of Years as a customizer : 7
As a motorcycle customizer, what does a motorcycle mean to you both as a machine and as a canvas for your art?
Motorcycles are two wheeled identity extentions...atleast for an enthusiast.I have been doing some sort of changes and or custom paints on bikes and cars from the time i was in the 7th grade.Since then ive done maybe a 100 bikes...ive had six bikes at a time in my small parking lot with 2 rebuilds going on at the same time,surviving on a wada pav an thumsup all day but spend all my pocket money/garage earnings and later salary on my little babies.A motorcycle is the best way to express your personality and even better you can ride it!
How has customizing motorcycles changed you and your life?
Motorcycles and customization has not changed my life its become my life.I completed my law degree ( which i spent a mojority of my time at a friends garage) and convinced my parents of my passion and did a masters in transport design after which i worked with DC Design my mentor for a year to learn the trade of customization in the indian car market.
I started a performance shop while i was still at law school and now also have a paint shop for motorcycles to cater to a small section of the enthusiast needs.
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?
ive gotten plenty of bruises trying to put my self before the bike in an impact which i know is stupid but is almost like a reflex action!I carry enough polishes in my car to start a detailing store and spend my free time cleaning my car/bike or even other friends cars to help relax myself.A scratch is something i can get but cant live with for more than a week!
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable custom motorcycle design created and executed by you.
VFR 750 DEATHWISH- a nc 21 vfr400 with a blown engine converted into a vfr 750 rc30 over a period of 6 months with all structural changes.My first big bike project that started of as a night mare with the engine issues but turned out great and even made a profit.
CBR 400 rr nc 23- 4 year love of which the bike was not running for 2.First a blown crank bearing and clutch after which i rebuilt the engine completely thanks to ebay...bike ran for a day before the oil pump chai snapped and broke my clutchbell and crank...after which my engine got robbed! yes robbed! then a new used engine and finally a new body in movistar colours.A craaaazy a## 4 years.Taught me everything i know though!
2005 ZMA- from nitrous oxide at the speed run in 2007 to a full fairing body ..this was my lab rat
As a motorcycle customizer, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
By making atleast a 500 people know a little more about bikes and the passion that goes into being a biker.Helping and motivating people to take that initial step and put a personalised grphic on their bike to make it their own.Being a part of the the enthusiast community and providing to some of the needs in india in terms of custom paint jobs and graphics and mods.
What are the best and the worst things about being a motorcycle customizer in India?
lack of options in the aftermarket scene...is the worst for sure...and the possibility of trying new stuff is the best thing.
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
850 characters is too much..its simple...free:-)