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Sandeep Divakar

i, THe biker
29 Year Old

Currently Riding

Yamaha-YZF-R1

Past Owned

Bajaj-Pulsar-220

Riding Experience

No. of Years of riding motorcycles : 11,
Kilometers done (appox) : 100000 (only 7000 on the One)

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

To me being a motorcyclist is about making a choice, usually it’s about making the harder choice. The choice to brave the elements every time you ride, the choice of forgoing sleep on the weekends, the choice of not splurging on your favorite gadget so you could buy that accessory your bike absolutely needs, the choice of going places people haven’t heard of, and most importantly the choice of living a life that is far from ordinary.But while we all have pictures of the lone rider, conquering the hills, being a motorcyclist for me is also being a part of a unique group of individuals who despite their diversity will always find a way to come together. I am sure that everyone has their favorite story of how they went on a ride, met a random person, discussed a mutual passion for bikes and gained a friend for life. That's what it means!!!

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How has motorcycling changed you and your life?

I really wouldn’t know how to answer this question as my motorcycles have always been an integral part of my life. Taking into account the fact that I don’t own a car, my motorcycles have always been a constant companion, from grocery store runs on the R1 (which gets you a lot of stares) to weekend long rides, they have always been there, waiting for me to turn the key and ride away. So how can anyone answer this question if motorcycling IS your way of life

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

An old saying goes “Everyone crashes. Some get back on. Some don't. Some can't.” 7 years back a horrible bike accident, high tension wire meets neck, nearly decapitated me and left me struggling for life. The doctors were sure that I would barely walk let alone ride again. But if biking has been your life for as long as you remember, it took me less than a month to find myself back in the saddle. If you are wondering how something so old can still inspire, less than 6 months back, I was the victim of a hit and run SUV driver on one of my morning rides. The monetary, physical and emotional damage meant I needed to reconsider my biking lifestyle, but i realized crashes are akin to life throwing obstacles, you can either pick yourself up and go on riding or stay down. So as i ride my steed again, my advice is to never give up

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

Biking has always helped me create such memorable memories, that it’s hard to identify just two events. But will try, the first one definitely has to be my encounter with the riding group – ‘Supersonics’. A random stop at a crossroad to look at a few bikes, a few minutes of conversation, lead to me tagging along with them on their ride. Now 8 months later I am still a part of the group proud of our philosophy of not looking at the bikes but the biker to join and keeping a close knit circle. The second event is stranger but memorable nonetheless; imagine taking a blind turn only to find yourself staring at the largest land mammal on earth, the mighty elephant. The beast returning from a local fair seemed to wonder why these puny things made so much noise, while we were resisting the urge to ride from underneath its feet. Now that's a ride.

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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?

Well I think any contributions I make to society are driven by the fact that I am human, motorcycling only happens to be one part of it. However for motorcycling perspective having survived a major crash because I was well geared, I have taken to educating my fellow riders on online forums and offline conversations about the importance of having and using protective gear irrespective of the steed that we drive. While on a personal front I do teach/ work/ play at an orphanage on the weekends, but since this has no connection to my riding, I would not count it here, though my kids do love my bikes as much as I do, so maybe grooming the next generation of safe riders is part of my contribution too

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

The best thing is you never know who you are going to meet and what you are going to encounter. A bit akin to life itself, I love the fact that you never know what happens from corner to corner. The worst thing is the lack of awareness or concern showed from our four wheeled brethren, who perhaps tend to take us for granted given the higher protection their four walls provide them

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Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?

A strange mixture of freedom, excitement and responsibility. I do realize the last word in my previous sentence seems a bit misplaced, but for the sense of responsibility comes from riding a machine that is world apart from everything else on the road, so automatically you realize that you need to correct not just for your errors but everyone else's too, so how can one not have a sense of responsibility when they ride. As for the sense of freedom and excitement, as one of my previous pictures highlights even though you stay on the ground you are usually talking to jets and birds (on most occasions a lot of bugs too)

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Riding Experience as a Power Biker


No. of Years : 11

    

Kilometers done (appox) : 100000 (7000 on the one)

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

To me being a motorcyclist is about making a choice, usually it’s about making the harder choice. The choice to brave the elements every time you ride, the choice of forgoing sleep on the weekends, the choice of not splurging on your favorite gadget so you could buy that accessory your bike absolutely needs, the choice of going places people haven’t heard of, and most importantly the choice of living a life that is far from ordinary. But while we all have pictures of the lone rider, conquering the hills, being a motorcyclist for me is also being a part of a unique group of individuals who despite their diversity will always find a way to come together. I am sure that everyone has their favorite story of how they went on a ride, met a random person, discussed a mutual passion for bikes and gained a friend for life. That's what it means!!!

bike-image

How has motorcycling changed you and your life?

I really wouldn’t know how to answer this question as my motorcycles have always been an integral part of my life. Taking into account the fact that I don’t own a car, my motorcycles have always been a constant companion, from grocery store runs on the R1 (which gets you a lot of stares) to weekend long rides, they have always been there, waiting for me to turn the key and ride away. So how can anyone answer this question if motorcycling IS your way of life? :)

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

Albert Einstein said “The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead”. So while risks are inherent when we take our rides out, but we can take efforts to reduce that risk by being fully geared and not going nuts on streets, as a super biker I know better than most people the temptation to rip and run amuck, but while being not afraid of death is one thing, willingly putting the lives at risk is not acceptable. So forget the world, you can’t always change it, so prepare yourself for the worst and ride accordingly

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

Biking has always helped me create such memorable memories, that it’s hard to identify just two events. But will try, the first one definitely has to be my encounter with the riding group – ‘Supersonics’. A random stop at a crossroad to look at a few bikes, a few minutes of conversation, lead to me tagging along with them on their ride. Now 8 months later I am still a part of the group proud of our philosophy of not looking at the bikes but the biker to join and keeping a close knit circle. The second event is stranger but memorable nonetheless; imagine taking a blind turn only to find yourself staring at the largest land mammal on earth, the mighty elephant. The beast returning from a local fair seemed to wonder why these puny things made so much noise, while we were resisting the urge to ride from underneath its feet. Now that's a ride.

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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?

Well I think any contributions I make to society are driven by the fact that I am human, motorcycling only happens to be one part of it. However for motorcycling perspective having survived a major crash because I was well geared, I have taken to educating my fellow riders on online forums and offline conversations about the importance of having and using protective gear irrespective of the steed that we drive. While on a personal front I do teach/ work/ play at an orphanage on the weekends, but since this has no connection to my riding, I would not count it here, though my kids do love my bikes as much as I do, so maybe grooming the next generation of safe riders is part of my contribution too

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

The best thing is you never know who you are going to meet and what you are going to encounter. A bit akin to life itself, I love the fact that you never know what happens from corner to corner. The worst thing is the lack of awareness or concern showed from our four wheeled brethren, who perhaps tend to take us for granted given the higher protection their four walls provide them

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