Bisons Ride Hard(R)
For your club, what does motorcycling stand for?
Bisons Ride Hard (R) is not a club for the weak or faint hearted. Like our animal namesakes,The Bisons, we stop at nothing. We ride & we RIDE HARD, when it rains, when the roads are bad or there are none and when we have no destination to reach. The club is about the beast in all of us, and not just the bullet we ride. Because the soulful unity between the the two which makes a true rider - A Bison.
Tell us briefly about the motorcycling ethics followed collectively by your club especially when related to practicing and promoting safe motorcycling?
We, the riders, having solemnly resolved to ride as Bisons would do so as RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS of India; by FOLLOWING THE LAWS OF THE LAND, showing RESPECT to FELLOW RIDERS.
We, pledge to educate others on SAFE RIDING; guard and protect the WEAK; show COURAGE and DETERMINATION always; LEAD by EXAMPLE; respect all RELIGIONS AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY; and promote SOCIAL WELL-BEING and UPLIFTMENT.
We, the Bisons while exploring all that INDIA and the WORLD has to offer commit to RIDING HARD no matter how harsh the conditions; cherish the JOURNEY, and not the destination; and show THE WAY TO LIVE.
The Bisons have pledged to say no to drugs and drunken driving and we live by this pledge. Our existence in this society will never be taken for granted and we hope to give back to this society through charity rides that we organise
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in riding motorcycles?
No one can justify the dangers of riding. Its a dangerous sport and everyone needs to take care of themselves. Its non negotiable. Wear the right riding gear, ride safe. Strictly discourage stunt biking which seems to have given riding a very bad name on the whole. Stunt biking is a fool's sport and surely not riding. Bisons are riders, hard riders. And just to clarify hard riding is not fast riding! Consistency, endurance and unity between the man and beast. That's what being a Bison is all about.
We ride for the pleasure that it brings us, for the freedom that it stands for, to explore this beautiful country and celebrate its diversity and our heritage. Riding safe is not just what we write, but what we practise. Our Bikes will always be serviced and battle ready before each ride to ensure the rider's complete safety.
Tell us briefly about the 2 most memorable/important motorcycling events organized by or participated in by your club?
Bisons Ride Hard, a proud member of BOBMC (Brotherhood of Bulleteers Motorcycling Consortium) participates at the BOBMC Rider Mania each year held in January. From the recent past, Rider Mania '13 hosted by RERAM, Shillong like they claimed was in a land far far away with a total ride distance of over 7500 kms (to and fro) is what riding to celebrate brotherhood is all about. The second is first anniversary of Bisons Ride Hard called the Rideversary. Why? Because it was a ride! 1000kms were belted in less than 24 hours by a group of 29 riders. This year for our 2nd Rideversary we are aiming 1200 kms in a group of same size. This ride is called RedBums(TM) which would be soon open to other clubs to also participate in a minimum group size of 20.
How has your motorcycling club contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
For Bisons Ride Hard(R) the brotherhood begins with BOBMC (Brotherhood of Bulleteers Motorcycling Consortium) but ends with helping any rider in need on the road. As creatures of the highway, we realize that for getting respect one needs to give respect. Close to 20% of all rides in a year are dedicated to social causes. Over the last two years Bisons have been donating and improving the life at Assisi Bhavan, an old age home by spending time with the elderly. Donations to the tune of Rs. 1,50,000 have already been made thus far. For the first time ever, a riding club celebrated Independence Day with the Indian National Army in 2012. This was a joint exercise. We also actively promote the cause of organ donation with partnership with Narmada Kidney Foundation.
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycling in India?
Safety needs to be indoctrinated into any biker's DNA. Riding without a helmet is a strict no-no, but riding without proper safety gear should also be frowned upon. It would be nice to improve the infrastructure and create traveller friendly locations at key destinations within the country. A neat place to camp, hygienic washrooms for gents and ladies , and just better roads to reach there would be a nice thing to have. creating awareness amongst the larger vehicle owners as well as bikers about lane discipline and rules to be followed for highway driving / riding needs to be improved. With more and more powerful bikes being launched, a good training institute to teach the new biker about safety and rules is a must.