Its rightly said….. “Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter” — Izaak Walton.
For me it was my first bike…..the UM Renegade Commando 300cc…and wow!! what a journey it was…..
Before I get into sharing my other adventures on the bike, I thought you all should know where it all began….every story has a beginning, so did mine…here it is….read on…
My journey began when I decided I wanted to buy me a bike….A much awaited thing that I put off for quite sometime…since I didn’t know how to ride a motorbike, that’s right!! I DIDN’T KNOW ANYTHING ON RIDING A MOTORCYCLE….I was scared….was embarrassed that at my age when people think family cars I was thinking bikes…
On 10th of January 2017 I gathered all the strength in the world, as every cell in my brain was screaming “Are you crazy!! Don’t do this!!” but I silenced my brain and just entered the dealership and boldly approached the person at the front desk, and said “I wanna buy a bike”….at first i thought should I ask for a test ride, but then I did….. selecting which bike I wanted was easy, I’m a big fan of cruisers, so when I first saw the commando bike I fell in love…the looks itself is something that would make your head turn. The bike was bulky looking and finally the colour I went for was matte green.
The test ride was hilarious as no one except me knew that I have never ridden a bike in my lifetime except for this present moment, it was like you giving an exam but you know you haven’t read anything, you haven’t prepared but you have to give your final exam. I decided to take help of the service personnel, told him its been long since I haven’t ridden a bike, could he ride it instead with me as pillion!! lol….Hilarious isn’t it!! It was so embarrassing sitting behind as pillion for a test ride….
On 18th March 2018 was the bike’s delivery, me and my dad went to get the new member of our family. Little did my dad knew that his son hasn’t ridden a bike in his life, but would be riding the bike almost 20 kms from the showroom alllllllll the way home…..shocking!! but I was determined to ride the bike. And thus began a long and scary return home….the bike shut down many times because I didn’t know the clutch and acceleration engagement plus to add to it, the bike shut down right in the middle of traffic, where the ones behind were honking like crazy but i still went on. Finally covering those kms not in the usual 45 mins but 2 long hours, imagine borivali to andheri in 2 hours….hahaha… I mean it couldn’t get worse right? Wrong!! in all that mishap, I forgot to refuel the bike which was only given 2 litres of petrol.
After taking the bike on test rounds within the colony I stay, I completed 70kms…..and took it for it’s first service, this time I rode the bike like a pro so to say….and reached the service centre in about 30 mins….I knew then I can ride and now yearned to go places, explore different geographies become a wanderer and just travel….but on my bike….so the first solo ride was Mumbai-Tarakeshwar-Palghar-Vandri Lake-Mumbai, a fantastic ride on the western express highway and my very first solo trip….that was the day i was born again.
Thereafter the journeys I have made were like a road towards happiness, each time I grew. It was as if we were meant to be, the road was my friend and I was his….the bike, my brother, my best friend who carried me to wherever I wished to go.
I started researching on places i could go to, started collecting money for protection gears like a jacket, gloves etc. Soon i had the bear necessities for biking. My journey had jus begun….
Some of the places I went exploring on my bike…..
- Udvada, Gujarat
- Sula Vine yards
- Malshej Ghat,
- Daang Forest
- Rann of Kutch and many more….the list goes on…
Be it a small or a long journey, it’s something that teaches us a lot. We change as we grow and as we travel. The travel bug in me bit me long back when I had first gone to Indonesia for work, fresh passed out of my university, but I had no idea that it would become this addiction and one day turn that into a passion. Riding became my passion with it travelling added to the recipe. You can do what others tell you or you can take charge and do what you want, do what makes you happy, this is what makes me happy. It defines me, at 33 years of age I have discovered my passion, but like they say, its never too late to do anything….and so I continue this journey, with all the passion and dedication that one day I will be touring the entire world on my bike and be writing about it too…Cheers!!