i, THe biker
37 Year Old
No. of Years as a customizer : 13
As a motorcycle customizer, what does a motorcycle mean to you both as a machine and as a canvas for your art?
As a machine motorcycle is a fastest and cheapest way to go some where, as its mileage is very good and you can reach your destination fast even in heavy traffic jam. moreover motorcycle ride trills you every time I use the machine it gives me a feeling of freedom. I always enjoy motorcycle ride, its sound is just like beautiful music for me. I just love bike riding. motorcycle as a canvas for my art is very vast. I always dream about new designs of modification. I can change total look of a simple bike into heavy duty machine, just like an artist who paints a white canvas with colours I also paint my designs on motorcycles. I have already made a number of bikes and I am ready to make a lot more. so I can't stop even if I want to stop.
How has customizing motorcycles changed you and your life?
I started my carrier as a motorcycle mechanic but It was not my goal, I was not satisfied with that, I had to do more. one day I saw some pictures of custom bikes in a magazine, it filled me with excitement. that was a turning point of my life. I started giving a new look to my bike, I was surprized to see it was looking awesome, everyone praised it and my work after that I started bike customization as a profession. now I am one of the most famous bike customizer in India. this profession give me name and fame and my life is totally changed now. people know me with my name BOBBY INDIAN CHOPPERS. I am proud to be a bike customizer.
How do you relate to the possibility of your creation, a customized motorcycle, being a work of art for you, being ridden and possibly damaged in a mishap?
In any case if the bike made by me get damaged, quite possible, is not a big problem as I make bikes with my hands and I can repair them easily. I do all the custom work on bikes myself so there is no problem to repair them. I will improve the beauty of the bike more and more. If any of my customer wants to change the design or graphics I'll do for him/her. I made my custom designs with steel sheet so there is no chance of breakage. I work with full concentration, taking all precautions in my mind. In a case of mishap if the bike get damaged I repair it as per customer's requirements.
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable custom motorcycle design created and executed by you.
All the bikes customized by me are my favourite but out of them 2 most memorable designs are BLACK MUMBA and BLACK HAWK. I remember I made Black mumba in just 25 days, I accepted it as a challenge as I love challenges. It was a beautiful black bike with a lot of small pieces to be made in its body and the customer had given me the deadline of just 25 days and I made it. now this bike is one of my favourite bikes for which I known. along with Black Mumba my second custom bike which is most memorable is Black Hawk, this one special because all the parts used in it are beautifully designed and carved, this one is also black in colour. the whole body shape is edgy including petrol tank and back tail, some people think that it is not made, it is imported from abroad. It is a combination of beauty of a beast.
As a motorcycle customizer, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
As a motorcycle customizer I helped my young brothers and friends by serving them with new modern custom bikes, bikes of their dreams which they cant buy as these bikes costs a lot if they import them from abroad. I make their dream bikes with low budget according to their pocket. these bikes are also safe to drive as they are made on Indian engines as their horse power is low as compared to imported bikes. I always want to customize these safe and cheep bikes for my Indian brothers.
What are the best and the worst things about being a motorcycle customizer in India?
I am proud to be an Indian. I make bikes for Indians, I serve them with designs of international level with very low cost. People have to spend very little to enjoy international level bike also now custom accessories are available in Indian market, we get them easily. there are also some worst things as a customizer in India because some times we have to wait a long for some custom accessories as they are imported from abroad along this they are costly because of custom duties and taxes. Indian roads are not good ride a bike smoothly.
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
I filled with enthusiasm when I ride my custom bike, I feel proud as people look at me with their turned faces. I can see their praise in to their eyes. even some people catch me into their cameras, some make video shoots and some admires me with their thumbs up. I always thanks to god who blessed me with this skill and helped me to serve my country with this art. Bike riding is nice but riding a custom bike is totally different it gives a superior feeling. bike riding is a feeling of freedom, I feel that I am flying in the open sky, it enhances your personality, so keep riding.