i, THe biker
25 Year Old
No. of Years : 15,
Kilometers done (appox) : 10000
For you, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?
There is a certain sense of pride in wearing my patch-less leathers and heading out for a tour to unknown destinations. Although the destination itself has never disappointed me, the journey is where all the fun has been. I would never trade this experience for anything else in the world.
How has motorcycling changed you and your life?
I took up motorcycling at the tender age of 10 so I really have not known a life where motorcycling was not a part of my daily routine. But, to answer the question, Motorcycling has helped direct my energy towards living a more adventurous and open-minded lifestyle.
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in long distance touring on motorcycles?
Golfing, skydiving and everything in between comes with its fare-share of dangers, but we still see folks parttaking in these activities. For me, the overall touring experience holds such a big reward that the dangers of the road are worth facing. That being said, I've always planned ahead for possible problems, and I'm ever-ready to Adapt, Improvise and Overcome!
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable motorcycle tours?
4000km, USA- This tour took me through 10 U.S East Coast States and was the biggest tour I had ever taken on. I strapped everything I owned to a Honda XR650L and hit the road. The highlight was riding The Dragons Tail in Tennesee, but I sure wont forget riding the Appalacian trail.
800km, Nepal- My motorcycling and touring roots date back to the cold winds of the Himalayas and the hot-humid summers of the Terai regions. I decided to yet again explore the hills on a 2006 Royal Enfield Electra. Scarcity of fuel, mechanical problems and bug infested lodging accommodations were only a few of the many problems me and my touring group experienced. But the tour itself took us through washed out roads that ran along deep gorges but at the end led us to many historical sites and palaces in the provinces of Gorkha, Pokhara and Tansen.
As a motorcycle tourer, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
I am the founder of YETI ADVENTURES (www.facebook.com/YetiAdventures) where I mostly share pictures and stories of the road with fellow riders and adventure enthusiasts. I occasionally come across younger riders who are in their early stages of touring and need some guidance and direction with planning and forecasting possible problems. Through my blogs and published magazine articles I have attempted to answer their questions and provide them with some form of guidance. Aside from motorcycling, sharing my touring knowledge and watching other fellow riders part take in their own tours and have the time of their lives is the best feeling for me.
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycle touring in India?
To be honest, I've mostly toured in Nepal and USA, but I have had the chance to ride a motorcycle around New Delhi, Ranchi, Cochin and the tea gardens of Assam. The situations I faced were very similar to the ones I had come across in Nepal. To name a few, the worst thing about the region itself are the pot holes, chaotic driving by others on the road, scarcity of fuel in certain areas. But these in itself add to the entire touring experience and give you stories to tell when you get back home. The best thing that I have noticed recently is the fast growing motorcycling society that XBHP has created; It gives us all a place to express our concerns and share our stories.
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
(A question that can only be answered with a cliche response) Riding is a way of life for me. There is an immense sense of freedom when I'm on two wheels and one with everything that is around me. I've always tried to escape the social norms and expectations every chance I get and motorcycling is where I have found my safe haven. I don't mind the splattered bug on my visor, the grease stained jeans and how I smell after being on the road for a week without a shower. For some four walls and a roof make a home, but as far as I'm concerned, Two wheels with me on top is where home is, regardless of where I am in the world.