Motorcyclists Are Bad: Debunking The Myth
Accept it or not, we live in a world where being judgemental is a fashion trend that everyone follows. And when it comes to BIKERS, the misconceptions about them are never-ending. We all have a habit of rating them in our mind. We see them and call them junky, consider them to be irresponsible and think of them as one of those arrogant people we all hate. We are often told that Motorcyclists are bad, by our elders. They are considered to be one of those lovely rule breakers that we have seen jumping the red lights. And if they have tattoos, boy are they in trouble. Not just that, if you see a group of bikers, you just make a mental note that they are heading to places with easy access to stuff to make them feel light, and high. And all of this without actually getting to know them, in person.
‘Never judge a book by it’s cover.’ A saying that we all have heard and rarely do we follow it. So instead of judging them, let’s try and get to know who they actually are. A motorcyclist is not just a person who owns a bike and roams around on the street. He is the person who goes places with his love, his BIKE. WANDERLUST is turned into WANDERLOVE by these free spirits. And that is something that most of us can only dream of, because we are so busy in earning that we forget to live those dreams. But they find time for their passion and and make sure that they do it the right way. Not all of them need to get high, because going places is their drug and the destination is their relief. And there is nothing wrong in getting inked. Taking a little risk keeps that little spark in our life alive. Tattoos don’t make them, or anybody, bad. It’s a choice that they make ; a change on their body, not their soul. And Bikers also have a GROUP, just like we had in our high school and college. Group riding is all about a group of motorcyclists, having the same zeal and enthusiasm to travel, coming together and going places on their respective bikes as a team. These motorcyclists are experienced people and are well equipped with safety gears. At times, you may run out of good luck and that is when these safety gears come for your rescue. These safety gears include helmets, gloves, goggles, knee guard and many more. But getting into these motorcycles club is not everyone’s cup of tea. Different groups have different criteria and each newbie becomes the member of the club after completion of this criteria.
The journey that started with a knee guard led me to my second home; and what a journey it was! I had gone to buy a simple knee guard when I met Mr. Eshan, who using his insight asked me if I wanted the guard for serious riding or just for show. At that moment I wasn’t sure of my intentions for the future so I was a bit awkward but he understood my silence and offered me a good knee guard with the option of joining his riding group. At first i was a little uncomfortable with the idea of riding with so many new people. Questions like “How will the people be?” “Will i be able to ride for so long?” swam through my head but i accepted on a whim. Best whim ever. My first was a breakfast ride with the club called Brotherhood of Tourers which almost seemed like a solo trip to me, being the new guy, until we reached the destination. As I was parking the bike, chor aka Akhil came to me to strike up a conversation and ensured i had a good time with each member of the group. Eshan has since taught me many things about riding and bikes and soon enough we were as close as brothers; spending time and chilling together. He always recommends the best products to all the riding group members with selfless interest, keeping in mind the rider’s comfort and safety. Now this brotherhood seems more like a family and never have i seen such solidarity in a group. Thank you for all the memories that we have made on rides and for guiding and taking care of me through this time. We are tourers. We are brothers. We are family. THE BROTHERHOOD OF TOURERS #BOT4life #ridelife #BOTfamily #lmt #LetMeTour #lmtadventuretouring Respect to Dheeraj sir and Eshan
Well, seeing is believing. Ronit’s story has surely led us to believe that ‘Motorcyclists are bad’ is just a myth. You have got to know them before you judge them.