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Franklin Selstad

i, THe biker
47 Year Old

Currently Riding

Bajaj-Pulsar-220-F

Past Owned

Other

Riding Experience

No. of Years of riding motorcycles : 30,
Kilometers done (appox) : 5,00,000+

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For you, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?

“Riding a motorcycle is like riding a Horse-its driving and controlling something that is almost Alive”.
This above quote by Soichiro Honda suits me very well. Motorcycling to me is a stress- buster. It frees the body and soul. It’s the way to Nirvana. I feel like controlling a beast after taming, and ultimately riding it. I believe the modern day Motorcyclists evolved from the ancient Horse men. Bikers are a breed apart, a different species.

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How has motorcycling changed you and your life?

Since a very tender age,I am mad about anything Mechanical.When I receive a new toy I start to take it apart and assemble it as it is.As I grew up, this mechanical skill and madness led me to develop a keen interest in Motorcycles and their mechanicals.Now my life is built around motorcycles.its my passion,my destiny,my hobby, its everything. I learned to predict the moves of other road users while riding.In 2004 I came to know about xBhp,I became a member of this forum and my second innings in Motorcycling started.Attended a few G2Gs at Delhi and Hyderabad.Met hundreds of bikers on/off line and enhanced my knowledge towards bikes. In the 2011 BIKER OF THE YEAR contest, i was shortlisted from 2000+ Entries to Top 20.

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Life tested you severely and motorcycling helped you to fight back – tell us that story of courage and inspiration.

I met with a horrible accident in 1988 while riding my RX-100 on the highway when a trucker pulled into my lane without warning. I tried to avoid by breaking hard, but couldn’t, so I hit the truck from rear resulting multiple injuries and hospitalized. I fought one week for my life in the hospital,only to continue my passion of riding motorcycles. I had a lot of goals at that time. I am desperately trying to become a track racer by taking part in the annual Sholavaram speed festival (Mc Dowell Grand Prix) which is being held at Chennai. This horrific incident haven’t took out my zeal and passion for track racing. I took part in the 1989 Sholavaram races in spite of my injuries and had a fall during practice one day before race day,took part in the race with fractured left hand fingers and finished 6th.

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Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable life events involving motorcycles?

1. Racing as a Privateer against Factory Teams,of TVS & Yamaha is not easy for an individual.In the year 1989,I raced against the factory teams with own money of Rs 5000/-huge sum of amount for a student in 1989 (25 Years ago)and managed to finish 6th in Group-B for 80-110cc Bikes,I took part in the races without my Father's notice.
2. Riding with the xBhp-Grand Indian Roadtrip-2012 team after i was selected for "CEAT IDIOT SAFE RIDER". I lead the Roadtrip for 150 Kms riding a KTM Duke to my home town where members of xBhp-Rajahmundry are waiting for the inaugural G2G at Rajahmundry along with the GIR-2012 team.it is a chance of a Lifetime for me.

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As a motorcyclist, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?

I conduct Helmet awareness rides in my town where We are a group of xBhpians (xBhp-Rajahmundry) and whenever I get an opportunity,I educate riders to wear a helmet.I am in middle age now, and lost the opportunity to take part in active track racing. I didn’t have purpose built Race tracks in my younger days,If I am born in the 1990s,all my dreams and goals could have been fulfilled because there are lot of bikes,race tracks & opportunities in India for Motorcycle Racing today. I encourage young riders who are passionate about Racing to take part in events as a couple of purpose built Race tracks are available in south India. I see myself as a mentor and guide to them. My life should be a lesson to them. If a budding racer is serious about becoming a professional, that should be done before his Killer Instinct for competing is lost.

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What are the best and the worst things about motorcycling in India?

Best thing: India is a vast country with lot of beautiful and exotic destinations to ride. We have a 365 days of riding season which is quite a rarity in Europe, USA and other biking countries.
Worst Thing:No rider training before issuing driving license,the roads are filled up with Traffic illiterate Riders endangering the lives of themselves and other people on the road.Stringent rules should be implemented.It’s very hard to obtain a Motorcycle License in Middle East,USA & Europe than a car license.These countries realized that riding a motorcycle needs more concentration,control,skill & alertness than driving a Car.Rider training should be made mandatory in India and strict riding test should be conducted before issuing the license.Majority of the riders doesn’t even know that both brakes are to be applied simultaneously(@70:30 ratio)

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Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?

Feel like I’m piloting a Fighter Jet, this is greatest feeling I get when I ride a Bike.

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Riding Experience as a Power Biker


No. of Years : 30

    

Kilometers done (appox) : 5,00,000+

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For you, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?

“Riding a motorcycle is like riding a Horse-its driving and controlling something that is almost Alive”.
This above quote by Soichiro Honda suits me very well. Motorcycling to me is a stress- buster. It frees the body and soul. It’s the way to Nirvana. I feel like controlling a beast after taming, and ultimately riding it. I believe the modern day Motorcyclists evolved from the ancient Horse men. Bikers are a breed apart, a different species.

  • View Image

  • small-4

    View Video

bike-image

How has motorcycling changed you and your life?

Since a very tender age,I am mad about anything Mechanical.When I receive a new toy I start to take it apart and assemble it as it is.As I grew up, this mechanical skill and madness led me to develop a keen interest in Motorcycles and their mechanicals.Now my life is built around motorcycles.its my passion,my destiny,my hobby, its everything. I learned to predict the moves of other road users while riding.In 2004 I came to know about xBhp,I became a member of this forum and my second innings in Motorcycling started.Attended a few G2Gs at Delhi and Hyderabad.Met hundreds of bikers on/off line and enhanced my knowledge towards bikes. In the 2011 BIKER OF THE YEAR contest, i was shortlisted from 2000+ Entries to Top 20.

  • View Image

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    View Video

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How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in riding on motorcycles?

I met with a horrible accident in 1988 while riding my RX-100 on the highway when a trucker pulled into my lane without warning. I tried to avoid by breaking hard, but couldn’t, so I hit the truck from rear resulting multiple injuries and hospitalized. I fought one week for my life in the hospital,only to continue my passion of riding motorcycles. I had a lot of goals at that time. I am desperately trying to become a track racer by taking part in the annual Sholavaram speed festival (Mc Dowell Grand Prix) which is being held at Chennai. This horrific incident haven’t took out my zeal and passion for track racing. I took part in the 1989 Sholavaram races in spite of my injuries and had a fall during practice one day before race day,took part in the race with fractured left hand fingers and finished 6th.

  • View Image

  • small-4

    View Video

bike-image

Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable life-incidents involving you as a motorcyclist?

1. Racing as a Privateer against Factory Teams,of TVS & Yamaha is not easy for an individual.In the year 1989,I raced against the factory teams with own money of Rs 5000/-huge sum of amount for a student in 1989 (25 Years ago)and managed to finish 6th in Group-B for 80-110cc Bikes,I took part in the races without my Father's notice.
2. Riding with the xBhp-Grand Indian Roadtrip-2012 team after i was selected for "CEAT IDIOT SAFE RIDER". I lead the Roadtrip for 150 Kms riding a KTM Duke to my home town where members of xBhp-Rajahmundry are waiting for the inaugural G2G at Rajahmundry along with the GIR-2012 team.it is a chance of a Lifetime for me.

  • View Image

  • small-4

    View Video

bike-image

As a motorcyclist, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?

I conduct Helmet awareness rides in my town where We are a group of xBhpians (xBhp-Rajahmundry) and whenever I get an opportunity,I educate riders to wear a helmet.I am in middle age now, and lost the opportunity to take part in active track racing. I didn’t have purpose built Race tracks in my younger days,If I am born in the 1990s,all my dreams and goals could have been fulfilled because there are lot of bikes,race tracks & opportunities in India for Motorcycle Racing today. I encourage young riders who are passionate about Racing to take part in events as a couple of purpose built Race tracks are available in south India. I see myself as a mentor and guide to them. My life should be a lesson to them. If a budding racer is serious about becoming a professional, that should be done before his Killer Instinct for competing is lost.

  • View Image

bike-image

What are the best and the worst things about motorcycling in India?

Best thing: India is a vast country with lot of beautiful and exotic destinations to ride. We have a 365 days of riding season which is quite a rarity in Europe, USA and other biking countries.
Worst Thing:No rider training before issuing driving license,the roads are filled up with Traffic illiterate Riders endangering the lives of themselves and other people on the road.Stringent rules should be implemented.It’s very hard to obtain a Motorcycle License in Middle East,USA & Europe than a car license.These countries realized that riding a motorcycle needs more concentration,control,skill & alertness than driving a Car.Rider training should be made mandatory in India and strict riding test should be conducted before issuing the license.Majority of the riders doesn’t even know that both brakes are to be applied simultaneously(@70:30 ratio)

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