i, THe biker
25 Year Old
No. of Years : 5,
Kilometers done (appox) : 30000
For you, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?
For me, it’s always about doing things for the first time. Every time I get on my bike its about just being there, it’s about being responsible, its about being the person I always wanted to be, its taking care of your machine, I love talking to my bike. Its about sync, I don't know if people feel the same, Every time I complete a ride I have tears, sometimes both of us go through a lot, but we stick around, and I guess that's the difference to be a motorcyclist and to be a motorcyclist that's me !!
How has motorcycling changed you and your life?
It’s taken me places, I have met people, I have had the luxury of a Burning Heart (my engine) giving me warmth when needed, I just don't ride bike, there's a part of me that just sticks on to it, and the road just perfect partner. I just don't ride because I have to prove a point or just see places, I ride because I cannot be judged on my bike, I have more self confidence now, it’s always told me to do just what my heart wants to do and the best part, it says am right with ya !!
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in long distance touring on motorcycles?
With every journey there's a risk, today you step out of house there's risk, you eat food there's risk, you start a new venture there's risk, what makes the difference is how well are you equipped and minimize it, if not evade it. These days most of the good and responsible bikers are well equipped for example they do a thorough check of their bike before a long journey, their helmets, safety gears. It’s not just about biking anymore it’s about responsible riding, in the end you need to clap with both hands, so if someone makes a mistake out there, what did you do to prevent it ?
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable motorcycle tours?
The two rides would be:
1) a ride to Maravanthe,Udupi from Bangalore. 3 close friends just out there take control of our hectic life from work. We did this in 2011 (- year 2011 is very close to my heart, got my first job immediately after my new bike, got promoted within 3 months, me and my best bud joined the company, dad met with an accident (a pretty bad one on his bike), and when i came back from the trip I Quit work)
Some great udupi food, celebrated new year, trekking and the ride through Agumbe Ghat at night, staying at an ashram for as cheap as Rs 100.
2) Bangalore to Gokarna. Was a 6 day long Road trip, and since it was important as I was heading to my higher studies, needed to wrap up a goodbye trip for a while. Passing through Bhadhra coffee shop, sringeri, udupi, murudeshwar, gokarna. good friends, good food, that's it..
As a motorcycle tourer, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
I have shared my experience with Kids at NGO, with kids at Ashram who earlier thought biking is all cool, informing and educating them how you can be the change rather than expect change. Also telling them that not only your own life is at stake, but when you have fun on your bike, it's also other people who are watching you, might do the same and end up may be in some hospital. We did a bike run supporting "Damini" in Bangalore, we did a freedom ride on independence day last year.
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycle touring in India?
The best thing is diversity with respect to food, culture, ideas, people, their interaction, the beauty of India from in south, up north, and towards Bengal. it's just great.
The bad thing, well cops who take unnecessary action, bad roads, no lane sense, no signalling while overtaking, road sense is almost zero, safety is just not there, rash driving.
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
Every time I get on my bike, I feel like am doing it for the first time, like I fell in love for the first time. The roads, I just feel if i could sleep while and the bike just rode on. the feeling of the cold breeze on your cheeks, the pain in your shoulders, the pain in the ass, i mean would you get all this if lets say you were sitting on a chair at your work, or college or anywhere else. why would you want to be anywhere else ?