i, THe biker
29 Year Old
No. of Years of riding motorcycles : 9,
Kilometers done (appox) : 3000
For you, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?
Being a motorcyclist is all about enjoying the art of riding but being a responsible at the same time. Being a true motorcyclist is all about being courteous on the road thereby setting an example for a safe yet enjoyable rider. Motorcycling means total freedom but not at the cost of my life but to let me be myself while I ride and enjoy the privilege of doing something what others can just dream of. It purely is an adrenaline rush and a feeling which is irreplaceable. Enjoying the freedom and listening to the raw melody of the machine with the wind gushing on your body while you prance forward is all how I feel about being a motorcyclist.
How has motorcycling changed you and your life?
Besides an enjoyable form of passion and activity it was also one of the modes to socialise with the like minded people. Being a fanatic about automobiles it was no difficult talking to the like minded people and go for some short rides. The passion and inclination towards riding and being an automobile enthusiast not only brought me closer to what goes into riding well but also gave me a set of like minded friends who I can be more comfortable with and share some of my experiences with others wouldn’t be able to relate to. Though being a motorcyclist never drifted me away from being with others it sure gave me a different identity. Being a motorcyclist changed me into a responsible citizen especially on the roads which is so filled with rash, idiotic and unsafe riders and drivers. Seeing the unsafe gave me a sense of responsibililty
Life tested you severely and motorcycling helped you to fight back – tell us that story of courage and inspiration.
I had a crash on a motorcycle when I went under and SUV just to avoid a head collision. The next thing I could remember was being plastered in the hospital on my right ankle and advised a complete bed rest for a good 4 months. My riding days were practically over for a good four years. It was on one of the days when my friend bought himself a Harley Davidson and showed me I felt like riding but sitting on the motorcycle felt tough and scary. I decided to plan a trip to Leh-Ladakh. It was no easy task but with a good effort on my body and riding I was set to go. It has been less than a week now that we have returned back from the trip and it feels great about the experience and bounce back to the passion.
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable life events involving motorcycles?
The first and the most memorable experience was when I sat on my friend’s Harley Davidson after my crash.I couldn’t ride it because I was scared initially but it was after a good 1 month I managed 2 ride that beast on an open road. The feeling I had was very much like the kid who learns 2 ride a cycle and enjoy the cool breeze toughing his face.It felt new,different powerful and something I wouldn’t b able 2 experience with anything or anywhere in the world.The second most memorable experience was while riding from Manali 2 Leh.The location and road is a dream 2 ride on for any motorcyclist in the world.Though I was less than confident leaving Manali it felt better crossing the streams & enjoying the meals at the end of each day and seeing the kms I clocked gave me energy & confidence 2 ride well & enjoy it 2 ride well and enjoy it 2 core
As a motorcyclist, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
My contribution to the society being a motorcyclist is to promote safe riding and using of quality riding gears even when you are riding to your friends place. This not only gets you acquainted to use the riding gears on daily basis but gradually helps in becoming a part of your regular riding. Besides it is great to wear a riding gear and keep your skin, clothes and body safe and clean rather than letting your face go tan and your hair roughening up because of the unrestricted dust on the roads.
I always promote and always promote purchasing and use of quality safety gears to my friends and their family which was initially something laughed upon but no realise the value of a good riding gear when I myself had a crash.
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycling in India?
Riding amidst the raw nature in India is explored and done by thousands of tourists every year. With the increase in this very tread it not only has increased the craze to ride and see the country on a motorcycle but also increased an awareness to use appropriate riding gears and ride safely. This is one of the best things about riding in India. Though the roads have no speed limits but there are youngsters and biker groups who ride with order and gave their group a dignified look something much need to change the perception for motorcyclist in India.
No speed limits and lack of stringent norms to ride with the safety gear makes it one of the most worst and dangerous things about motorcycling in India.
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
Besides getting a second chance to ride and be back on the motorcycle it feels great, blessed and lucky up to some extent to be able to ride again. I always cherish my moment riding and make it as enjoyable and as comfortable as possible. Riding on the open road gives me a satisfaction and feeling of being free which helps me take my stress and worries on a back seat and enjoy the sweet sound of my machine. Every time I see a car passing by on an open road I always remember this quote by someone great “Sit in the box and watch the paradise passing by or ride a motorcycle and be in a paradise”.