GNR presents Rider Diaries Part 4

Rider Diaries 4 Disha Savali

If there’s a list of adventurous women then Disha will definitely make it to the list. Her affinity for motorcycling started when she rode as a pillion with her father and then gradually graduated to taking the front seat, and then there was no looking back. What she also understood well is the importance of keeping safety in a biker’s life, if one wishes to continue riding throughout their lifetime. Being careless was never an option for Disha. So she geared up all the time and let her passion for motorcycling do the talking.

Gear N Ride respects such responsible riders and so we got her to answer some questions for Rider Diaries Part 4.

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How would you describe yourself?

A fat Bengaluru girl gone fit with an immense love for bikes, speed, adventure and chicken! I work in an MNC on weekdays and ride during weekends/holidays. Fitness is another interest of mine.

When and how did you start motorcycling?

I started riding after my 12th grade exams in 2012. Initially, I used to ride pillion on my dad’s motorcycle, going to the park for jogging. I started with pushing and parking the bike to handle the weight and move it more confidently. There were times when I panicked and got off the bike when met with chaos on the streets.

How many motorbikes have you owned/ridden and what is your longest ride?

I learnt to ride on Pulsar 150 cc, got my license on RX 100 and got Bullet 500 as a gift for my birthday. I have ridden the longest, Delhi to Ladakh, on my Royal Enfield in 2017. The Ladakh Expedition was for about 11 days.

What is so empowering about riding a motorcycle?

While any other mode of traveling gives the comfort of resting over the recliners, having food on board and all these as you chill with the breeze of AC (most of them), what makes motorcycling empowering and fun filled is the wind in the hair and view of the big screen ahead while chasing the Sun as the rider races against time and the fact that, it takes us riders to the last mile of exploration.

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Any takeaways from your motorbike riding experience?

I have learnt a lot by riding a motorcycle. Foremost, I find myself bold, strong and confident. Just like every problem has a solution and every road leads to a new road, I have learnt to fix minor issues on my bike and do not panic in any case. This has made me independent in life.

Motorcycling is considered a dangerous hobby. What to look out for on the road? How to stay protected?

One must use the accurate sized gear for themselves and be comfortable in it. Knowing the terrain is an advantage and also learn DIY for minor fixes in the bike during emergency. The key is patience. A rider must not panic during a crisis. Everyone should ride in their pace and not race during touring. Always know your bike and the maintenance. It is must to carry some spares and tools, always.

Connect with Disha

Instagram handle – miss.jagermeister

Facebook profile – Disha Savali

GNR presents Rider Diaries Part 3

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For a biker, nothing compares to the sound of a bike’s engine purring

Have you been to all the states of your country and the neighbouring nations? Have you tasted diverse delicacies or befriended strangers and shared a meal with them? Our rider Manju Sagar has done all that and more.

He has traveled all 28 states of India and the neighbouring countries of Nepal and Bhutan. His first long expedition was when he rode 18,000 kilometres across 20 mainland states of India. A ride he called “Long Way Round”, inspired by the series of the same name by Charlie Boorman and Ewan McGregor, set him on a road and journey that was endless.

To continue with his fervour for explorations, his next ride “Overlanding in the Himalayas”, October 2019–March 2020, was set in the laps of nature and Asia’s very own Himalayas – the natural barrier separating the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan plateau. A 5-month long ride of 21,000 kilometres covered all the states bordered with the Himalayan range. Now many more such rides to come, Manju aka mentlmanja shares his piece of mind with Gear N Ride. 

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How would you describe yourself?

Biker, traveller, adventurer, explorer

When and how did you start motorcycling? 

Started motorcycling in 2013, with my Biker boys – Battalion Bikers

How many motorbikes have you owned/ridden and what is your longest ride? 

I’ve owned one and ridden many. My longest ride is “Overlanding in the Himalayas”. It was for 5 months and I rode 24,000 kms.

What is so empowering about riding a motorcycle?

Handling breakdowns, setbacks and delays

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Any takeaways from your motorbike riding experience?

Be patient, calm and learn as much as you can from the world

Motorbiking is considered a dangerous hobby. What to look out for on the road? How to stay protected?

Road conditions, animal and people crossing over, road signs, be intuitive about oncoming traffic behaviour, be prepared to fall and needless to say – ATGATT

Connect with Manju:

Instagram handle – mentlmanja

YouTube channel – MentlManja

GNR presents Rider Diaries Part 2

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As the quote goes,”When a road throws you a curve, lean into it.”

Here we have 2 more awesome riders who shared their passion and experience for bikes and biking with us.

Atul Kumar

A brief introduction

My name is Atul, hailing from a small town in Bihar, called Begusarai. I have always been passionate about automobiles, though a bit more towards bikes. Have ridden all across India on my motorcycles, including some overland rides as well. I always travel with my better half. We have dreams of doing a world ride someday, hope that dream comes true.

How did you get into motorcycling and how long have you been riding for?

Got my first motorcycle in college by saving up my pocket money for months. Started off in 2007 and never looked back ever since.

How many different bikes have you ridden/owned and what is the longest ride you have done?

Don’t really have a count of the no. of bikes I have ridden. But owned, yes it’s 5. Started off with the legendary Yamaha RX100 in college days. Traded that with a LML Adreno after an year. Rode that for few years and then sold it. Took a break for an year from riding and then bought a KTM Duke 200. Rode it for close to 25,000 kms before upgrading to KTM Duke 390. Did a lot of my touring on that, the 390 served me for 92,000 kms.

As I said earlier that I always travel along with my wife, so was on a lookout for a much more comfortable and luggage friendly machine, typically an adventure tourer in the 600 cc+ category. Had always dreamt of owning an ADV machine and finally that dream was realized in 2017 when we bought the Kawasaki Versys 650. Have done more than 45,000 kms already on this brilliant machine and we are just getting started! Longest ride ever done was from Bangalore to North East India and back. It was a ride for 26 days and 10,000 kms.

What is so empowering about riding a motorcycle?
I think it’s the freedom that a motorcyclist feels when they are on their machines. You kind of develop a strong bond with your motorcycle, it takes you places where you have never been, connects you to people from diverse cultures and regions. Also, you start following the rules of the road more seriously thus respecting fellow road users and also makes you ready and capable to lend a hand in case someone needs any help. You feel everything when on a motorcycle, the wind, the sun, the rain, everything. You feel connected with everything around you.
How does riding a motorcycle transform other areas of one’s life?
Riding a motorcycle or just in general travelling, seeing new places and most importantly meeting new people, for me that is the biggest takeaway. Your perception of life changes, you transform into a person who is willing to adjust to any situation. When on a ride we can’t always expect luxurious stays or perfect weather or nice food. You have to adjust with what you’ve got. Also since I don’t ride in groups, in situations, good or bad, the decisions have to be made all by yourself. You learn how to remain calm and not panic even in the worst of situations.
In general the problem solving and the alertness in any situation increases by leaps and bounds. Along with fitness, it also improves your cognitive capabilities. I generally plan my rides very meticulously so it has certainly transformed me into a better planner in every aspect of my life. Overall it makes you a better and a stronger person.
Riding a motorcycle is perceived as risky and dangerous. Some words / advice on safe riding?
Absolutely, riding a motorcycle is as dangerous as it gets, no two ways about it. Riding requires 100% concentration 100% time. We cannot take our eyes off the road even for a split second. And in some cases, we might end up getting into an accident for no fault of ours. So the only thing in our control is to remain focused and not make any ego driven decisions on the road. People may cut you off, bully you, instigate you to race, we just gotta remain calm and not get carried away.
Coming to safety, of course wearing proper riding gear is a no brainer. But then no matter how expensive your gear is, or how much ever you are skilled, if you ride like maniac, you are bound to get into trouble someday. Everyone likes to go fast, but be within your limits and ride depending on the type of road (express-highways/village roads/ghat roads).
If you want to ride fast, go to a race track. Slow down on intersections, watch out for animals and people crossing the roads, happens a lot in our country. Wear good riding gear, especially get the best quality helmet you can buy within your budget. And the most important thing, enjoy the ride, keep a free mind. Remember, if you are safe today, only then you can ride again tomorrow!
Connect with Atul here:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/atulhulk
Instagram: @atul.hulk

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Chandrakanth N

A brief introduction 
A passionate rider, for me biking is just not a hobby – it’s my stress buster and a boost which keeps me going! Being an IT professional, when life seems to doze off, the throttle of my CBR 250 gives me all the energy. I ride with my wife, who is my pillion most of the times – and we successfully rode in both Indian and international roads.
How did you get into motorcycling and how long have you been riding for? 
I am into riding for almost 7 years now. Getting into a motorcycling was never a overnight magic that happened. During my college days, I used to ride to near by destinations in Chennai but I was never aware about riding gears and safety since motorcycling was not so much into India that time. After I moved to Bangalore, I enrolled myself with Bangalore Bikers and learnt many vital things about bikes and biking. Now I am confident enough that I can guide people who are interested to pursue their passion in biking.
How many different bikes have you ridden / owned and what is the longest ride you have done?
Being crazy about bikes, I am always excited about riding a new machine. Having said that, I ride a HONDA CBR 250R and I have ridden HONDA CB500X(during my Thailand road trip), YAMAHA R3, TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE RS, HONDA CBR 650R and the list goes on. I own a HONDA CBR 250R, HONDA CB UNICORN and a HONDA AVIATOR.
What is so empowering about riding a motorcycle?
“Wind on my face, pushing through the air as I shift the gear and disappear gives me intense spirit of life!”
How does riding a motorcycle transform other areas of one’s life?
A motorcycle is a machine of joy! To riding in hot summers, just plain roads or dense forest ghats, breezy early mornings or during heavy downpour, every moment is an adventure on this awesome machine. Every ride marks a new beginning and an experience, it’s a conduit of grace, bonding and an amazing feeling..!
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Riding a motorcycle is perceived as risky and dangerous. Some words / advice on safe riding?
There is a risk involved in every activity you carry out beyond your limits and without proper safety measures. Keep the perception of the society on riding aside, follow ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time) and have trust in you. Never take things easy on roads, look for cattle crossing, pedestrians, barricades etc, wear all safety gears, though your bike can reach the speed of 180+kmph, its you who had to control the bike, so be on your limits, follow lane discipline and traffic rules and finally be SENSIBLE on roads and lets not learn things in a harder way.
Instagram: @the.py.guy
YouTube: THE WING RIDER

GNR presents Rider Diaries Part 1

“Traveling is a feeling of adventure, biking is a need for a spontaneous thrill.”

Gear n Ride has been a go to place for all the bikers who needed to fulfill their wish list. Be it gear, equipment, maintenance kit and more, we got it all to for you to buy or rent. Our GearnRide club has also been an amazing experience for many due to the way we plan our trips – Simple yet fun!

This being about us, we decided to bring forth our confidants, who are fantastic riders! Today we share with you the life of a few bikers and their journey towards this passion.

Sumesh P N

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A brief introduction about yourself

A hardcore mallu with a strong yearn towards exploration on 2-wheels.

How did you get into motorcycling and how long have you been riding for?

I knew a couple of friends who did long distance touring and from that ignited the spark to travel further and further. I have been touring on motorcycle for the past 5yrs now.

How many different bikes have you ridden/owned and what is the longest ride you have done?

So far I have owned only 2 motorcycles. However, the number of bikes that I have ridden are numerous. Last year I did a solo ride across entire state of Rajasthan, covering a total distance of 2500 kms. That was the longest I have travelled till date.

What is so empowering about riding a motorcycle?

Riding motorcycle is like a one-shot drug for you, be it stress…boredom…good mood…bad mood…anything and everything…above all this, one does not need a reason or season to ride. “The moment you swing your legs across the saddle, you enter a different realm altogether.”

How does riding a motorcycle transform other areas of one’s life?

Riding motorcycle is not just passion, it’s more of a lifestyle that brings about a discipline within yourself and to the people around you. It is this discipline that gives you a code of conduct, which is respectfully known as the brotherhood. This brotherhood is not just a community, it is a legion of like-minded people that brings about togetherness.

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Riding a motorcycle is perceived as risky and dangerous. Some words / advice on safe riding?

I used to be a SQUID….Yes, Stupidly Quick Underdressed Imminently Dead…That is how my riding style used to be. Later, I joined riding clubs like Bangalore Bikers and GnR riding club, which made me understand what responsible riding is and why it is important. It is not just to safeguard your life, but also people with/around you. During late 1900s motorcycling was considered as a cult group, who came in large groups, big noisy chopper bikes, funky hairstyles and were a nuisance and trouble to the society. It is this perspective that has changed now, through safe and responsible riding. Thanks to many such riding clubs, who educate the younger generation on what actual motorcycling is. Learn yourself and in the process, be a teacher to others as well.

Connect with Sumesh here :

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Pramod Angadi

A highly positive and wildly bearded adventurous soul, who loves to be on the road in an urge to find unexplored self and quiet places.

A brief introduction about yourself

I’m an introvert (if you know me closely, you would disagree), just trying to explore peaceful places. Like to travel preferably on two wheels.

How did you get into motorcycling and how long have you been riding for?

To be honest, my best friends wanted to go on a bike ride (rented) and post that I just fell in love. It was love at first ride :D.

How many different bikes have you ridden/owned and what is the longest ride you have done?

My first was a splendour (Paapa ki gaadi). Currently riding RE Himalayan and a TVS NTorq

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What is so empowering about riding a motorcycle?

To get away from the materialistic world as much as possible.

How does riding a motorcycle transform other areas of one’s life?

Patience is one for sure. Time and money management.

Riding a motorcycle is perceived as risky and dangerous. Some words / advice on safe riding?

“What’s not risky is never fun!”

Connect with Pramod here:

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