i, THe biker
34 Year Old
No. of Years of riding motorcycles : 19,
Kilometers done (appox) : 200000
For you, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?
My bike and me sync together creating a unison which make my bike a part of me. I can feel the pain and the joy of my bike. This cannot be felt in any other bonding.
How has motorcycling changed you and your life?
A day without riding is like a big void in my life. At least for a km I have to ride. I don't remove the scratches on my bike. It is like the scar on my body reminding me of the things that has gone bad and promising never to repeat it in the future. My family respects my baby(Bike). They know without her in my life I would be a sad person. The time I spend with her is always cherish by me. My life will not be the same without her. She is a part of me. All the kilometres munched on her will take another life time to replace if at all possible
How did it happen that you turned your passion for motorcycling and motorcycles into a means of giving back to the society/brotherhood in a substantial manner?
I am a educator by heart. I conduct regular training session in my company iterating the need for safety on road. When I wear all the safety gears and ride to my company. I always get the question why spend so much on such useless gears. But my answer to them is it will save me someday and the other day it did really did save my day from a major accident. My colleagues were astonished as to how I survived that accident. I just ascertain to them that in deed the safety gears have saved my day. I used to advise all my colleagues (having a bike) to wear safety gears and wear them properly like strapping the strap on the helmet. I advise new bikers to invest in proper safety gears at the start of their biking life. These advise and re-advises has impacted my biking society as now known and unknown friends are asking advice from me.
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable ‘giving’ moments/events involving you as a motorcyclist?
1. Many times I find women pinion riders wearing chudhidar and they forget about the shawl's length. Often they are dangling very dangerously near the wheel. I make it a point to inform the rider/pinion rider about the situation thereby averting an accident.
2. Often bystanders and fellow riders help only people who are involved in the accident. People never think about animals who are injured due to an accident. I have helped many animals in my life time who have involved in an accident.
Given an opportunity and the necessary powers, what would be the 3 most vital things you would like to change about motorcycling in India?
1. Educate and enforce the use of safety gears. Incorporate heavy fine for defaulters
2. Mandate minimum 2 lane roads with dividers with proper footpath provision.
3. Educate the use of first aid kit.
What are the best and the worst things about being a giver to society/brotherhood as a motorcyclist in India?
Best - A satisfaction of saving a soul by giving proper advise regarding safety gears.
Worst - Finding a person having a safety gear locked in the bike and not using them.
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
It is the time that I am at peace with the universe.