Few True Riders - FTR Club
For your club, what does motorcycling stand for?
It's all about Few Riders who are Truly passionate about riding, irrespective of the bike(s) they ride and true in doing something good and giving back to the society...
Tell us briefly about the motorcycling ethics followed collectively by your club especially when related to practicing and promoting safe motorcycling?
We believe in playing safe with the right Riding Gear, following rules and riding in perfect lanes. Even Ants follow lane discipline, why can’t we humans, with sophisticated and developed brains do the same. This group is open to all and everybody is invited irrespective of if one being a rider or not. She/He can still enjoy rides being a pillion. All you need is the passion to support us and that is what keeps us going.
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in riding motorcycles?
There are always risks involved in the group - a bike can break down any point if its not appropriately maintained, following rules in a lane riding. Hence we strongly believe that riders should get their bikes properly checked a day or two before heading for a ride, know a few how-abouts to repair the bike, while one encounters a sudden breakdown, in a stranded region. While in a group ride, the main people involved are the Lead(s) - Front, Tail and Sweep to maintain a proper decorum on the road.
Tell us briefly about the 2 most memorable/important motorcycling events organized by or participated in by your club?
Bangalore->Bisile Ghat ->Kukke Subramnaya -> Dharmasthala-> Bangalore : The heavy rain which was never ending and kept pouring for several hours, compelled us take 3.5hrs to cover mere 23kms. The moment we reached our destination, we were welcomed with NON Availability of rooms across the city. This hence meant that, spending the night on footpath was still open for us.
Bangalore-Chickmagalur->Horanadu->Shringeri>Agumbe->Kollur->Murudeshwara->Jog falls->Bangalore : We named this as “Mega Ride” of FTR Club wherein we travelled over 1500kms for 5 days. This was another milestone which gave us so much experience, in terms of riding through thick forests , ghats , from plateaus to the plains, to cities with beautiful temples, coffee and tea estates and beaches. It was indeed one experience, which the group members still treasure. We had an
How has your motorcycling club contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
We believe sipping a coffee/tea of Rs.5 is a lot more tastier than the spending Rs.50 in the Malls or specialized Coffee outlets. In turn that money can be utilized for the needy people. We named the club as “Few True Riders” because along with riding we ensure to do our bit to society. We do charity rides once in 2 months, during which we visit Old Age Homes , Animal Welfare Foundations, Orphanages and Children Welfare Organizations and donate whatever they need and facilitate them with the things, which lay deep within their basic expectations and thoughts. Recently we have sent things like clothes, thermal wear, blankets, bed-sheets, medicines etc for the unfortunate disaster of Uttrakhand, which has shaken every corner of this nation.
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycling in India?
The Best Things about Motorcycling in India: It is very vast. There are lots of beautiful places which common people aren’t even aware of, so if we can get there, we help others know, about the same through various notifications.
Worst Thing about Motorcycling in India: People lack Road Sense. It’s a tough challenge to make everyone aware of how/what /where to follow the most basic traffic/road rules, which can save several precious lives.