REPRESENTATIVES - Mr Kowshik shetty /Mr.Ravindra Madhudi
For your club, what does motorcycling stand for?
Motorcycling is a path to freedom, which brings like minded souls together, It’s not about the road we take , it’s not about the destination, it’s all about being together on the road with fellow riders. One thing motorcycling ignites in all of us is spirit of freedom. Motorcycling is all about feeling good and being good, it’s a source of inspiration , it makes us to listen to our own heart beat ,which makes us understand our self better and care for our self and others.
A riding Group which does not believe in Hierarchy, Riders Republic is for, of and By the Riders, with the belief that,there are “NO FIRST AMONG EQUALS”. It is built on the foundational principles of Brotherhood, Safety & Philanthropy being at its core.
Tell us briefly about the motorcycling ethics followed collectively by your club especially when related to practicing and promoting safe motorcycling?
Riders Republic always believes in safety of fellow riders, every member who joins the herd is educated with the group riding rules. Every short rides starts with a briefing where only riders with proper riding gear are allowed to join the ride. During Long rides, a RIDER MANUAL is given to all the riders with Riding guidelines, Group riding tips, Blood groups, Key contacts (Lead/ sweep/ marshal/ courier) and all the riders are instructed to ride between the Lead and sweep , along with the marshals manning the riders . All the long rides are supported with Ambulance, Luggage van and the backup vehicle with technician. In case of emergency/ technical problem sweep and Marshall will stay with the rider and the group moves on . We don’t leave anyone behind and ensure they enjoy their ride at their own pace and ride according to traffic.
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in riding motorcycles?
As important as the destination might be, the journey is something that needs to be enjoyed. Most mistakes on the road might not necessarily be due to your negligence, but because of someone Else's. It’s not about the capability of the bike; it’s about every individual rider’s ability to handle the ride on road without pushing himself. Yes Motorcycling is dangerous and risky, we embrace the fact and equip ourselves to handle the situations and minimize the danger by being prepared for it. We do it together and together we ride.
Tell us briefly about the 2 most memorable/important motorcycling events organized by or participated in by your club?
IBW –JAN –FEB 2013: This was one of our first overnighter which actually stimulated all of us to take the group to next level, as everything from organising, planning and riding was first for the group , we sailed through all difficulties together on the road with all 65 riders being together all the way.
PONDY OVERNIGHTER –AUGUST 2013: Every ride has been epic, better than the last,with 85 riders/140 people with spouse and family has been our best till date, every one being together for 3 days.
We have done 30 rides from Aug 25th 2012 to Aug 25th 2013 with average 25 riders/ride, Avg 298 kms/ ride, 10838 kms cumulative/ride and we have clocked almost 325150 kms cumulative together till date. We have organised 7 riders meet during this period and that makes 37 events in 52 weeks, literally we have met every 1.4 weeks ( 10 days approx).
How has your motorcycling club contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
LET’S CRUISE FOR A CAUSE: An initiative by RIDERS REPUBLIC, who believe in giving back to the society in a small way and we endeavor to contribute whenever we can make little difference to the world we live in. As part of the initiative we had organised few charity rides to raise funds.
INITIATIVE 1: Contributed towards development of Banaswadi government school in Bangalore by providing school books for 300 students, water purifier for clean drinking water.
INITIATIVE 2: raised funds to support fellow rider Dr.Pramod S Chinder who had committed to rehabilitate his patient Mr. Ananth a national level gymnast, who had cord injury and is paralysed for life [like Christopher Reeve]. We managed to raise Rs 2.5 lakhs finally we have a Electric Wheel chair on its way for this Fighter.
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycling in India?
Motorcycling helps one to explore the length and breadth of the country experiencing different culture, climate, terrain etc and it’s a easier to commute given the fact that we have narrow roads & heavy traffic. India is one of the countries with maximum motorcycles on road in the world . This shows the fact that we have more motorcyclists and motorcycling is a part of our life, irrespective of what motorcycle we ride. The reason we ride might be different, but we all have rider in us.
The worst thing is in spite of being the country with maximum motorcycles on road, the basic safety ethics of riding are missing which is the root cause for the accidents. we have many cities / towns where helmet is not compulsory.We need stringent and uniform laws across the country so that people abide and make it more commuter friendly .