Life becomes more beautiful when you find someone who is passionate about the same things as you. In this year’s BOBMC Rider Mania at Ropar, many such people, be it couples or parents and children, spoke about their common love for riding to HT City.
Daddy daughter duo takes to the bike
14-year-old Tanieshaa who was the youngest rider at the event came all the way from Nepal with her father Pramod Shrestha (42), better known as Goofy among his bulleteer friends. Founder and captain of Himalyan Enfielders Group formed in 2000, Goofy came with his daughter to represent team FORE (Friends of Royal Enfield). Goofy shared, “This is my third Rider Mania after Shillong and Chennai.
I have been riding for 14 years now and Nepal too has a lot of people who’re professional bullet riders.” Tanieshaa, on the other hand, who had come to attend her first Rider Mania, said she was still learning to ride for long hours and used to feel sleepy in the middle of long rides.
“While my father is very encouraging, it was my mother who asked him to take me along. My 8-year-old brother already wants to take to riding,” she added. She revealed that it took them five days in all to ride from Nepal and that they had a 20-day-long trip lined up ahead.”
A proud father, Goofy was seen excitedly clicking photos of his brave daughter at the event. On being asked about how he feels about his daughter and him sharing the same passion, he said, “It feels great! I think her enthusiasm for biking comes from the fact that she has been on journeys on my bullet ever since she was born. I want her to see the ground- level life which one gets to explore while riding.”
Tanieshaa is very positive about the future of women bulleteers. “We are three female members in our team and there is no insecurity whatsoever. Besides, it is a good opportunity to discover India and it feels great to experience the feeling of brotherhood when so many bulleteers come together,” she said. Goofy and his daughter were already looking forward to promoting the “Chalo Nepal Rider Mania 2017” and wished to come back to India again whenever possible. “It’s lovely how Indians are always willing to help in case anyone’s bullet breaks down in the middle of the road, so I observed,” said Goofy.
For Delhi’s Karthik and Shina, BOMBMC Rider Mania 2015 held a special place in their hearts as it marked their seventh wedding anniversary as well as their baby’s first birthday, who was interestingly born during the Rider Mania last year. Their love for the bullet made this couple come together and has only strengthened their bond over the years. Karthik has been riding for 25 years now and this was the twelfth Rider Mania for him and Shina, on the other hand, has been riding for 10 years and attended the first event in 2006.
“We met during one of the biking events. I ride a lot and she loves travelling, so we planned a long bullet journey as our first date and that’s when we fell for each other,” said Karthik while Shina added, “Even our wedding card said two wheels, one engine.” Representing team Royal Beasts, Delhi, they plan to inculcate this habit in their son as well.
Sharing what made the experience of riding a bullet so thrilling, Karthik said, “We both started on our bullets from Delhi at 9 pm for a short ride. As soon as we saw some other bulleteers riding in front of us, we planned to catch up with them. We covered 1000 kms in 24 hours just to catch up with our bulleteer friends and that was amazingly insane! That’s what the thrill is all about.”
Mutual love for the motorcylce
Pooja Balhara(30) and Arun Khatri(35) have been married for over three years. They met as mutual members of the Royal Beasts Club, Delhi and fell in love because of their common love for riding. They spent their honeymoon riding all the way to Ladakh in 2011.
Talking about her children, she said, “If in future we have a boy, I will never ever force him to opt biking; it’ll be his choice completely. But I will definitely try and persuade my daughter to live a rider’s life, to live the freedom and strength of riding.”
“I belong to a typical Jat family of Haryana, and my folks allowed me to ride; I hope that one day more women from the state will have the choice to take to riding,” Pooja added.