i, THe biker
25 Year Old
No. of Years : 1,
Kilometers done (appox) : 13000
For you, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?
It is a way of being with myself. It is my idea of solitude. I can talk to my bike and feel free of not being judged or don't fear from rejection or disagreement. It is said that to every dog, his man is Napoleon. Likewise I feel that for every bike, it's rider is Valentino Rossi. My bike makes me feel special and gives me the happiness that I seek away from this world. I'll never be able to sell this bike of mine in life. It has been there with me during all those times when no one else was! I love my bike!
How has motorcycling changed you and your life?
It has provided me more confidence, will power and determination. It has made me more responsible as I take care of it regularly and never let it be in a bad shape for a moment.
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in long distance touring on motorcycles?
There are indeed several risks involved in long distance in tours on a bike. But if proper precautions are taken care of then there are no risks at all. First of all, the course of journey and its length and duration must be properly planned. Fuel management should be done accordingly to ensure proper amounts of fuel in the tank at all times. Proper safety gear should be worn while driving. A helmet is a must of all! Also the rear view mirrors and proper tyre pressure as well. These are basic precautions that can be very helpful in long distance trips. And with friends on such long tours if the roads are good and the views are scenic then the risks of long distance travelling is worth it in a bike!
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable motorcycle tours?
We once took a trip to Pavagadh from Ahmedabad. We started of at 3am in the night on 3 bikes and reached there around 6 in the morning. It's a small hill station of sorts and it was beautiful when we reached there. One of my best tours on bike.
I don't have any other memorable tour but yeah there is a stretch of road in my way to home from office. Everyday after hectic work load, I take on my bike and ride that stretch of road. The traffic is least and the road is amazing with its twists and turns and highs and lows. I feel so happy riding from there that it relaxes me every day after a long day at work. It's a bit out of the way bit I still take that road just for riding pleasure.
As a motorcycle tourer, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
I have always checked my bike for its emissions and made sure it is within the permissible limits. Also, during day-to-day commuting, I make sure to drive in the best way possible ensuring least fuel consumption and maximum mileage.
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycle touring in India?
The best thing about driving in India is the varied landscapes and different terrain that our diverse country offers. It enhances driving experience on several levels.
The worst thing is the horrible driving and parking habits of people at times.
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
I feel infinite!