i, THe biker
29 Year Old
No. of Years : 4,
Kilometers done (appox) : approx. more than 30,000 kms
For you, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?
Frankly speaking for me the ride is more important than the destination - meeting new people, havin new experiences!! Till now i hve been mostly covering the South of India and it has purely been an amazing and exciting ride till date, one of the most exciting thing of South of India(especially Kerala) which always attracts me is the nature/greenary. I am actually a big nature lover n hence no matter how much i plan for some other location i somehow end in the South only, but this needs to change frm the next time onwards as its been too much of South in me by now!! My next ride if everything works out well is to go to the north east!! Well thts a little about me n my passion for ride n what makes me tick while riding!! In Short i am traveler rather than a tourist, who loves to travel new places n meet new people with new experiences!!!
How has motorcycling changed you and your life?
Wow, now this is one question which i like!! well to put in short words, Motorcycling has changed from being a boy to a man!!! n thts very true, its been purely because of the experiences which i have had... surely has made me more independent, confident, matured, responsible and has changed my outlook towards life compelety!! in short what i am today is one of the reasons of motorcycling!! :) :)
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in long distance touring on motorcycles?
Welllll, i wld say Life itself is dangerous and risky!! its purely how u look at things, your perception towards life or travel or ride!! But frankly speaking riding is not for the softhearted people at all... u need to go wth ur guts, confidence and last but not the least with your heart!! Ofcourse it is dangeruous and risky, but as i said it mainly depends on how you ride and how you welcome the tough situations/troubles/problems!! you have to be very composed when u ride, control ur emotions and not let the emotions control you, excitement as they say can be lead you to beautiful experiences and also can lead you to the other way!! so it's upto you on how you take it and how composed you are, no matter how tough or demanding the situation is!! and last but not the least "Safety comes first" and is the most important factor!!
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable motorcycle tours?
Out of all the rides i've done the below 2 are d most memorable trips till date:-
1) Enfield Nomads Southern Protocol 1.0 - Mumbai, MH > Bangalore, KA > Mudhumulai, TN > Sulthan Bethary, KL > Coorg/Madkeri, KA > Kasarkod, KL > Goa, GA > Chiplun, MH > Mumbai, MH!! 10 days and 5 states!!
Out of the above route the ride which i enjoyed the most was the Jungle ride to Mudhumali after entering the Bandipur Tiger reserve. Frankly speaking this was the 1st time i had visited a national park and that to riding... after entering Bandipur the view which i got was just amazing - arnd 40 to 50 Deer's just next to the road grazing and looking at us as shocked!! this was one hell of an experience for me as i was observing nature so closely for d 1st time in my life, we stopped for some pics and then moved ahead for d next big experience!! elephants(2)
As a motorcycle tourer, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
Welll, frankly speaking not in a big way but have tried to communicate with the locals a lot, though it quite tough to communicate due to the language restrictions!! but ya i normally try to go to the interiors to meet the local people, mostly farmers and try to communicate with them explaing them abt life in the metro's and trying my est to make them understand the importance of education, so as for them to let their kids focus on education with them providing a strong support which is not so common in the rural areas... i wld always in my life whether i am on a bike trip or not, i would like my best to make them understand the importance of education which might lead them to upgrade their lives and have a better future!!
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycle touring in India?
Best:- diversity!! every state i go i experience something new - different culture, language, attitude, lifestyle!! in short u feel as if you have come in a different part of the world... so the excitement always remains to know and understand, thereby maintaining the motivation!! which i don't feel is the same in other countries also. This is what clicks India - Lots of "diversity but wth Unity".
Worst:- The basic driving/riding etiquette's(lack of understanding about the seriousness of the highways), especially in the interiors!! too risky for others, of course for themselves also!! The eg is in the pic... d truck has already met an accident and is damaged but the driver still wants to drive it and go back!! though we made him understand but no chance!! he was boasting as if it was all normal for him...
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
In single word - Nomadian!! i feel as if i am in a different world - out of the world: It's only me, my machine and the road/nature - "Man, Machine, Earth"!!! Normally all our lives are so busy, complicated, fast, so during ur normal life u tend to forget your self, to take out time for yourself, spending time with self. These are the days which brings you closer to you, helps you to know yourself better, to connect to self!!! You feel as if your alone, but not LONELY!!!