Priceless Riding Experiences of The ‘Winter Wanderer’
“Today everyone wants to be a rider, but it is not something which you can just randomly pursue. Also, if you don’t have an emotional connection with your machine, your riding is not worth it!” says Akhtar. Who’s popularly known as the Winter Wanderer, a well-known professional rider. The Winter Wanderer had an interesting conversation with Mechnotechs in which he shared his priceless riding experiences.
I Inherited Riding From My Grandfather…
In answer to how did he get started, the Winter Wanderer said, “My grandfather had an Electra. He was a biker. Serious riding in my life started when my wife gifted me a Royal Enfield Classic 500 on my birthday. My Dad gifted me a Karizma in college days which was a prelude to serious riding. Now, I have more than a decade’s riding experience.”
First Road Trip Was Amazing!
“I may call it my first serious ride. I went to Ahmed Nagar with my best friend to his farmhouse. It was really a thrilling and awesome experience. It was a basic budget-constrained ride. We did not have mobile phones as well! I just informed my sister so that at least one family member knows about it. I didn’t inform other family members so that the thrill remains.” Told the Winter Wanderer.
Winter Wanderer’s Thrilling Experiences…
“Last year we went for a Himalayan Ride. It was called Royal Enfield White Out – 2017. For the first time, not only me but everybody else who was a part of it experienced something unique. We had chains on our tyres while riding. It was so much fun and of course thrilling! Those two days are simply unforgettable.” At this point, I asked, “Have you ever had a bad experience as well?”
To this, he told “Once I was riding on NH-17 and you won’t believe, there was a man sitting right in the middle of the highway. I was shocked to see this. But, I didn’t stop. After a few kilometers, when I stopped at a Dhaba, I asked the locals there about this strange thing that I had seen. They told that they are robbers! I was horrified to know that they normally stop the cars going by and loot them. They didn’t stop me because I was on a bike and they thought that they won’t get anything from a biker.”
After listening to this, my obvious next question was “Such experiences might have deteriorated your morale, isn’t it?” He replied “Not exactly. Every ride teaches you something and bad experiences are to learn from and not to get demotivated. The awesome experiences that you get while riding completely overshadow the not-so-good experiences. Like, when I went to Arunachal Pradesh, I met someone at Zero Village and also the people at Spiti village, they’re so caring! They’re selflessly nice and one would be surprised to see their goodness and also their love for nature.”
He added that he has done solo rides to numerous exotic places including Lucknow, Jaipur, Hyderabad… (and the list goes on) and that he wants to explore every bit of what’s left in the country!
Dear Youths, Please Remember These Key Points!
“Riding gives you an outstanding experience but you should pursue it responsibly. You can’t just pick up a bike an go. First, you should research about the place you’re going to. Then, you need to make sure that your machine is ready and you have proper gears.” Said the Winter Wanderer.
“You should also inform the local police before commencing your ride. This keeps you on the safe side. One of the most important things is to be responsible. You should save money before riding. I resigned from Rediff.com just last year because it was interfering with my riding passion. But, I’ve worked for quite some time now and I’ve created a strong backup for myself.” He added.
He further said, “Also I find many young riders trying to overtake others while riding. Once I was riding on the outskirts of Bombay and one such rider encountered me. He overtook me several times. Finally, I stopped him and said that you should do this on a racing track and not here. At least you’ll get fame and your effort will be utilized. By overtaking me you’ll not get anything. He said sorry and left.”
I Wish To Go For A World Tour on Bike!
When I asked him about his future plans he gave me an astonishing answer. He said “I’m planning to go for a world trip on the bike. I need to streamline many things for that and that’s under process. You see, I have a family so I’ve to take care of them as well. But, I’m determined and I’ll do it!”
He also shared his vision. He said “It would be very early and a very big thing to say but I wish that potential bikers should get some sort of professional training. If I can do something as in I can provide an institute for them, it would be wonderful!”
So what, if I can’t own the vehicles I love? So what, if I’m not a rider? I can write about them. Mechnotechs has given me the platform to express my love for automobile.