i, THe biker
21 Year Old
No. of Years : 2,
Kilometers done (appox) : 40,000
For you, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?
When someone asks me what I am, all I want to say is “I am a BIKER” (of course after saying I am an INDIAN) and be done with it instead of being know as an engineer or some other professional. Being a motorcyclist for me is more than a part and parcel of my life. I can imagine my life without a girlfriend (like right now) or moreover a basic thing like my cell phone, but can never imagine my life without my bike. To be a motorcyclist is an unavoidable thing for me. I ride my bike not for the sake of transportation, but cause I love to ride it. It might be a long distance ride to some faraway place, or a ride to buy some onions down the street (Provided there is enough fuel), I just had to do it on my bike. I feel that, motorcycling for me does not end with needs and pleasures. I would love to make a career (life) out of riding my bike. Pe
How has motorcycling changed you and your life?
I would rather prefer to say that “motorcycling made my life” than to say “motorcycling changed my life”. But of course it did change my life; it was more of a beautiful transformation. As said earlier it made me aggressive and at the same time found solace from it. Being an engineering student I was highly vulnerable to depression due to various reasons. I was a timid and introvert guy. But after I got my first bike, I was totally transformed. My attitude towards life was changed. I started riding my bike to drive my depression away. Motorcycling gave me a chance to spend some quality time with myself in solitude, which was hard to find with any other thing or person. And after I started riding I came to know that I loved to travel. So I started travelling to places in and around Andhra Pradesh on my bike. This whole thing became a routi
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in long distance touring on motorcycles?
The risks and dangers involved in long distance touring are inevitable, but you got to take proper measures to avoid them as far as possible. My attitude towards these factors is simple. “I did rather take risks, than to sit idle in a single place...no matter how big a risk it might be.” Having said all that, I take proper care of myself while riding on a long distance tour. First is to wear a good standardised helmet. Next comes the proper gear for riding. And next is the most important off all, the right kind of biker attitude. Some times with a right kind of attitude towards riding your bike can save your life. My friends always ask me why I risk myself for a long distance ride, well how do I tell them, sometimes you got to get out of your comfort zone and put yourselves into risks to achieve something. As the people say “the more i ri
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable motorcycle tours?
I enjoyed all the touring I did on my bike, but if I had to mention the most memorable of them all, then it’s got to be my first ever bike tour.
It has been 15 days since my quarter litre machine (Honda CBR 250R) was delivered to me, and I still couldn’t complete its first 1000 kilometre mark. And this very fact made me sleepless in the night until I could not take it anymore. So I got into my biking gear, and rushed to my bike to go on a ride. But before that I called my faithful friends to join me on this unplanned and random tour. It was 12 in the night by the time we all met. We did not have any destination in our mind until someone said “Why not go to ARAKU”. And immediately we stuck with that destination. Araku valley is a small hill station which is around 120 kilometres from Vizag. Now riding to Araku in broad daylight can
As a motorcycle tourer, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
Being new to the motorcycle touring, I haven’t started contributing to the society but I have some plans for the coming future. I plan to contribute to the society by doing something or the other irrespective of how big my contribution would be. It might be an awareness drive or something like an educational ride. Whatever it might be I am sure that I will do it someday when I grow up to be a well settled and good citizen...and biker.
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycle touring in India?
The best thing about riding in India or anywhere is to just ride. Anything and everything related to riding is the best thing about it.
But coming to talk about the worst things about riding in India, it’s got a lot of things. For instance, take the roads. You can’t find a more worse road anywhere. But if you see that in a positive way, these bad roads have turned us into a better biokers than anyone else. Then we have these extreme climatic conditions which dampens the spirit of riding. The hotter weathers would make an oven out of our riding gear and helmet. And not to forget the traffic sense of our Indian people, which is a lot worse. But then again it helps us in being a better biker.
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
When someone asks me “how is it like when you breathe?” my answer would be “It is like living”. That’s how it is for me when I am riding my bike. It is like living my life to the fullest when I ride.