When asked to tell something about himself, he begins with the following lines
“Leave it to me as I find a way to be
consider me a satellite forever orbiting
I know all the rules but the rules did not know me
Well, it might take us some time to decipher what the lines mean..or maybe not, when we finally get to know the guy in his own words.
A traveler, enthusiastic for whatever that moves on two wheels, a foodie, a photographer, and best of all, he works with us at Gear n Ride. You must have met him already if you have visited our stores, but if you haven’t, here’s your chance to get a sneak peek
How would you describe yourself?
A simple guy finding happiness around every corner, every stretch of the road and motorcycles.
When and how did you start motorcycling?
I used to ride with my father on his motorcycle by sitting on the fuel tank. i really loved the feeling of wind blowing on my face and through my hair. He used to let me hold the handlebar, and although the motorcycle was under his control, just holding the throttle was an exhilarating experience for me. Then I started riding his motorcycle in my late teenage years. I purchased my first motorcycle after I started working in corporate.
How many motorbikes have you owned/ridden and what is your longest ride?
My first motorcycle was Apache 180. I practically learned to ride on it. Did all kind of short and long rides. After I moved to Bangalore, I purchased Duke 390, my second motorcycle. I mostly use it for long rides and avoid using it in city.
My longest ride was Bangalore – Mumbai. After purchasing Duke, I took Apache to Mumbai, where it sits with my brother.
What is so empowering about riding a motorcycle?
Just the thought of wind blowing in your face is enough, in my opinion, to let go of everything and grab the handlebar every time. While on a motorcycle you are in contact with nature. Put your arms up and you can feel the wind, open your helmet shield and the wind cools you down instantly. Grab the handlebars and you can feel the vibrations of the heart of motorcycle. You become a part of it, and it becomes a part of you. All of this you will never find in a confinement and luxury of a car. I would always prefer a motorcycle over a car.
Any takeaways from your motorbike riding experience?
Motorcycling is a dangerous art/hobby/sports whatever you want to call it. It is said that its even dangerous than flying in an airplane. Which is true. In my 5 + years of riding, one thing that I have learned is how to watch your back. Accidents can happen any time and it’s the mindset that we carry that matters in such situations. You always have to be prepared for an impending strike. No matter how safe of a rider you are, some other guy might not. So be prepared for the worst when you hit that road.
Motorbiking is considered a dangerous hobby. What to look out for on the road? How to stay protected?
I emphasize on wearing all riding gear whenever you let your wheels rolling. A good quality full face helmet, an armored riding jacket and pants, gloves and protective boots are a must. A key mantra here is to cover every part of your body with high resistant fabric clothing. Another key point is to have a calm, composed and alert mind. Always have your rear view mirrors on and set just right to see whats happening behind your back. It doesn’t matter how powerful motorcycle you ride, always learn to ride withing your limits
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