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Stephen Pachigalla

i, THe biker
29 Year Old

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Riding Experience

No. of Years : 13,
Kilometers done (appox) : 200,000

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For you, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?

Being a motorcyclist, bears equal importance and position in my life and daily doing as breathing, seeing, hearing. It's such a part of me and always has been that I don't look at it as a formidable act, but as an extended bodily function. It's when my heart, soul, brain and body come together to give such a pleasurable feeling that there's hardly anything which makes me as happy as riding.

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How has motorcycling changed you and your life?

The First time i rode a bike, I had the most exhilarating adrenaline rush ever. It gave ma a sense of being, a sense of responsibility, a sense of independence which i had never experienced before. That feeling was so nice and so addictive that my life is basically motorcycling now. Theres nothing i'd like to do more aside from taking care of my family. That said, responsible is something I firmly stand by

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How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in riding on motorcycles?

India is a country which lacks in road and traffic sense and most people consider themselves to be above the rules set by the government. But, considering ourselves to be more responsible, decent and educated than all the other people on the road who dont wear proper riding gear , dont use rear view mirrors, gives us incentive to be aware of that probable dangers by riding along side them and gives us extra reason to be safe while riding. if one can convince himself to be a safe rider and responsible, the dangers and risks are substantiallu reduced. It doesn't differ much more from normal daily living. I say it can be justify by the way one thinks of the act of motorcycling in one's own mind

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Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable life-incidents involving you as a motorcyclist?

!. Riding aside XBHP riders on the Grand Indian Roadtrip 2012
2: Riding on the track as a part of California superbike school-2013. the experience of being taught by international motorcyclists was a revelation

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As a motorcyclist, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?

As a motorcyclist, my main concern has been with fellow citizens and inhabitants of the society criticising me for being a motivation to every child to take up riding, its and exhausting affair convincing many that motorcycling is not as negative and bad ad its thought to be. Teaching others to not be biased and to allow for a respectable but safe amount of leeway and to look at motorcycling impartially so that people can experience for themselves the actual truth about riding. I have made it a self proclaimed duty to endlessly try and convince people to look at the positives of riding and to encourage motorcycling among the youth. safe and responsible being key priorities in all my teachings.

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What are the best and the worst things about motorcycling in India?

The best things I would say, are what have been happening recently, people are not as apprehensive of super bikes as they were in the past, they are looking from more neutral ground and are being open to experiencing actual biking and riding safety in closed environment as part of organised events. the worst would be that the rules have to be more stringent and economical bikes such as 100cc commuters should be discontinued and there should be various licenses given for types of bikes depending on their engine displacement, and bikes above 200cc should be the smallest size available. Motorcycles will then lose the image of being a common mans transportation and be treated with equal social status and importance as a car in the society..

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