i, THe biker
24 Year Old
No. of Years : 10,
Kilometers done (appox) : 99,999
How has motorcycling changed you and your life?
I have always been a wanderer. I love going to places, meeting new people, experiencing life. Those two wheels can get you anywhere.
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in riding on motorcycles?
Life is all about living on the edge. And adventures involves risks. But we need to keep rolling, beyond the fears, to explore and to live our dreams. All we can do is be careful, keep throttle under control and ride safe. I love living and every extra day gives a chance to explore more. You are responsible for yourself and for others, on-road and off the road.
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable life-incidents involving you as a motorcyclist?
Once while i was trying to pitch a tent near Khaltse, when some Army personnel called us and invited us for dinner to their hide-out atop hill. The stories untold, learnt about their experiences in these tough terrain and harsh weather conditions. Surrounded by enemies, not sure of the fact if they will see another sunrise. They take it all with a smile. The food was simply awesome, even with an inch thick 'roti'.. it tasted great.
Another time, it was at some 17k ft on the Tanglang La, the 2nd highest pass. It's been hours since setting of the sun and was freezing cold. No sign of any man or the roads, it was a rough terrain. I wasn't sure if i could make it down the mountain in time when i saw some Labors tents at some distance. They took me in and gave the much needed warmth, but it was going to be the toughest night of my life.
As a motorcyclist, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
we are a small group of volunteers by the name Red Army, trying to fulfill the need of blood in case of emergencies. Have done over 200 donations till date. We are working to help the community to grow so that we never run short of resources when needed.
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycling in India?
We the Bikers are the best thing, their spirit, their enthusiasm and love for their machines have grown over years and have started seeing it as an adventure rather than means of commuting. The scenario has totally changed over a decade, thanks for initiatives like Xbhp who have helped creating a positive attitude towards motorcycling in India.
The worst part is that there's still a large faction of society who fails to see it as a sport. There need to be a change in such attitude and it could only be achieved by us. By promoting safe riding habits, and following laws and promoting biking as an adventure rather than a show-off skills. Recent incidents like the one in Delhi should not happen, we need to Educate ourselves. We are responsible for our lives, and others.. on the road, and off the road. Ride Safe.. Ride Hard!!