i, THe biker
24 Year Old
No. of Years : 5,
Kilometers done (appox) : 14,000
For you, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?
To be a motorcyclist for me means an individual who knows the key to his freedom..
Motorcycling is something which gives me a sense of existence..
In short i feel alive when i drive..
How has motorcycling changed you and your life?
Motorcycling has made me more adventurous.. it has made me an explorer and a speed enthusiast
In Summers 2012 i completed my MBA and started off with my job.. Over the period of time things became
mechanical and daily routine made me feel dull and that is when motorcycling came into my life and
rest is history.. My passion for motorcycling gave me wings to fly.. to live my life my way..
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in riding on motorcycles?
Since my childhood i perceived motorcycles as vehicles built for short commutes.. I was always told that biking is risky and read about bike accidents more often than that of cars.. As i grew up my thirst for biking started growing.. but unfortunately i never got a chance to take any bike for a good ride.. Probably that is one reason when i got my bike.. i wanted to explore new possibilities and get over my hesitation of long distance bike riding.. Of course i knew the dangers involved specially on highway riding where you need to be more cautious.. and that is when i went for Bike safety gears like Bike Jacket, Knee Guards, Hand Gloves and Of course the Helmet.. I believe one should live his passion but in a responsible manner like following traffic rules.. using indicator while lane change.. wearing safety gears etc.
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable life-incidents involving you as a motorcyclist?
Two most memorable biking moments for me have been very recent. First one being, Bangalore-Hyderabad-Bangalore ride covering approx 600 Kms one side. This one was special as it was my first long road trip.. i had tough time convincing parents but was able to do so in the end. It took me 10 hours while going with breaks involved and around 7 hours while coming with short breaks only after covering 150-200kms at a stretch. Second one being, Bangalore-Pondicherry-Chennai-Bangalore covering a distance of over 1000 kms all inclusive. This trip tested my endurance and biking skills since i got late while returning from chennai and rode my bike for over 200 kms in heavy rains and complete dark roads negotiating numerous diversions in between..
As a motorcyclist, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
As a motorcyclist I'm yet to make any significant difference to the society as my biking trips have been limited to leisure trips mostly. We are a group of 3 friends who often go on bike rides together and share a strong bond. Nevertheless, i intend to participate in group bike rides/ organize bike ride for causes as and when time and my capacity permits.
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycling in India?
I believe the best thing is that you become a better rider everyday since Indian roads are indeed one of the most challenging roads to drive.. You need to be more careful about the way people around you are driving than about yourself..
Worst thing about Indian roads are potholes, non availability of spontaneous emergency medical services, people breaking traffic rules, un-synchronized traffic light system etc. This list can be never ending.. However, ironically all this contributes in improving your biking skills and making you a sharper biker..