i, THe biker
19 Year Old
No. of Years : 7,
Kilometers done (appox) : 70000
For you, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?
Well i am just any other guy who goes to college. I am pursuing Btech in automotive design engineering. The biker lifestyle in general makes me feel like a rockstar.
How has motorcycling changed you and your life?
When i was about 11 or 12 my cousin just bought a pulsar.I have always been fascinated by cars and bikes and anything that burns gasoline. He figured out that i was bored and took me out for a spin. We were joined by a dozen of his friends on other bikes and all of us went on an off road spin. At that age those guys seemed so cool to me with their flashy helmets and growling bikes at an age where GI joes where my favorite pass time. It is said that incidences in your childhood leave a deep impact in your life. That whole feeling of brotherhood, places where bikes can go where cars can never, the growl of those aftermarket exhausts made an impact on me just like batman or spiderman does on a kid. Its been about 7 years since the first time i have ever ridden a bike and my heart still belongs to them.
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in long distance touring on motorcycles?
The dangers or risks i have faced during my touring experiences involved empty fuel tank in awkward places,dogs or animals on the highway, trucks blowing out sand or dirt, narrow and dangerous highways and etc. All these risks have never knocked my bike away beneath me so they are all justified.
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable motorcycle tours?
One of my favorite tours where to haridwar from Dehradun on a royal enfield bullet. I had to travel about 75 km within an hour to catch a train and made it just in time like a minute before the train was scheduled to depart.
The other one was when 3 of my friends and I where going to Poanta Sahib from Dehradun on two pulsar 220F's where the other bike was out of fuel about 7 or 8 kms before the nearest petrol pump. I had to push the other bike with my leg for that distance to make it to the pump. The experience was awesome because there was a point when my speedo read 80kmph while pushing the other bike with just one leg!!!
As a motorcycle tourer, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
The only contribution i have ever done and will be doing to the society as a motorcycle tourer will be giving a hike to any hitch hiker on the highway.
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycle touring in India?
There isnt anything specifically best about touring in India. Touring to me is touring be it India, Australia or Azerbaijan but one thing i like is the dhabas on the highways that are open 24*7. The list of worst things is ofcourse long. As mentioned before my greatest fear is of animals on the highways, also the discomfort of riding on messed up roads with bumps and gravel and occasional challenge of overtaking trucks that spit out sand and dirt
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
Oh the feeling is absolutely fascinating! Its the equivalent feeling of a a prisoner on a death sentence getting a parole. My mind says a pheww every time i start my motorbike and i feel like valentino rossi everytime i take a corner or a sharp bend. The happiness and relief that a small 15 minute ride on my motorcycle cannot be compared to anything else especially after a long day in college.