Meghalaya xBhp Sports & Adventure Club
For your club, what does motorcycling stand for?
As a Club, motorcycling is not just about riding together for a specific purpose or just leisure but stands for brotherhood and family sharing a common passion and interest - unifying motorcyclists from various backgrounds, age, sex and status irrespective of caste, creed or community. Motorcycling is our medium of communication with the rest of the world (i.e. society, other clubs & associations, government establishments and others). It does not only stands as a platform to provide exposure for members’ latent talents but also helps to realize the potential as a team - to grow together & educate, initiate a change, meet objectives, inspire others and build the bond of brotherhood & friendship.
Tell us briefly about the motorcycling ethics followed collectively by your club especially when related to practicing and promoting safe motorcycling?
Safety is everybody's concern and not just for the motorcyclists alone. Like our parent Club "xBhp.com", Meghalaya xBhp encourages and practices safe motorcycling. Promoting safe and responsible riding is one amongst the various objectives framed in the constitution of the Club. The most basic safety gear which is the Helmet is always mandatory during group rides, over speeding is kept in check, stunts during group rides are never allowed and avoided, formation riding is always encouraged. The club also encourages members (as well as non-members) towards extreme sports such as Freestyle Biking and motocross racing and adopts all possible safety measures for the performer and the public as well.
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in riding motorcycles?
Motorcyclists are always at risk while on the road because of many factors. The first inherent danger comes from the motorcyclists himself because it is his attitude, sense of responsibility, alertness, reflexes etc. which directly affects his safety. There is a saying that goes “Love thy neighbour but not while driving” but in motorcycling it is “Love thy neighbour (pillion), but love yourself first”. Few other external dangers could arise from reckless/drunk motoring by other motorists, oil spills on the road, mechanical problems and many other environmental factors. There are no bumpers or airbags but just your gears and skills for survival. One small mistake could doom his/her motorcycling lifestyle. Motorcycling therefore demands careful attention of the rider on the road, his machine and the idiotic wannabes on the road.
Tell us briefly about the 2 most memorable/important motorcycling events organized by or participated in by your club?
1. Road Safety Awareness Campaigns: “Development runs through roads and this is the reason why we need to keep our roads safer”. This annual campaign was initiated in 2010 in association with Shillong Traffic Police, Royal Enfield Riders Association of Meghalaya and EMRI 108 – a joint campaign to educate public on Road Safety. This was also the first significant event organised by the Club in public interest which left a positive mark on the image of the biking community and the members particularly.
2. Christmas Ride for Charity: There is no better feeling than the joy of giving back to society. Christmas Ride are regularly organised by the Club in association with others (such as Discovery bikers, WW9L & Knack Movement etc. to promote Christmas spirit by voluntary donating winter wears & groceries in various charitable institutions.
How has your motorcycling club contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
*Organizes regular rides & camps with various motorcycling clubs to promote motorcycling brotherhood
*Pioneered the only BMX & SuperD (MTB) Downhill Racing in India
*Supported Metropolis’ Guwahati & IIT-Alcheringa festival with stunts & BBoying in 2013
*Co-organized XJAM SHILLONG to promote Extreme Sports
*Regular Road Safety Campaigns since 2010 with Shillong Traffic Police, EMRI108 & other clubs
*Organizes various Charity events since 2009 blended with motorcycling
*Co-organised BMX&Motorcycle stunt competition with XGamers (Delhi) in 2011
*Supported Rebel County 2011 by Rockski with BBoying & stunts
*Supported various AIDS/Blood Donation campaigns by Meghalaya AIDS Control Society
*Organizing the 2nd BMX&MTB Downhill Race in Oct.2013
The club continues to inspire riders & initiate changes through various Biking/other programmes.
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycling in India?
1.Poor road infrastructure
2.Perception by majority of the public as a nuisance to society
3.Safety/Traffic sense and attitude of majority of motorists
4.Less career avenues in motorcycling sports due to many reasons
1.The above worst points can serve as an advantage for Biker(s)/Club if only we look at situations as “an opportunity to make things happen or make it better”. An opportunity to:
*change the public’s mindset by organizing/associating with various socio-cultural events
*organize more road safety campaigns
*organize more motorcycling events
2.Motorcycling in India offers an opportunity to explore the unexplored-with every direction unfolding a paradise. Northeast & Meghalaya specially is a Biker's haven: the cool breeze, winding roads, cascading waterfalls, waft of pines are all just a few kms away.