Every now and then, our inbox is graced with a note from a rider, one who has had a brush with the harsh reality of the open road. Whether it’s their first minor crash or a near miss that shook them to their core, the message is always the same: fear and a quest for assurance.
We understand the love that India has for its two-wheelers. From the bustling streets of Mumbai to the serene terrains of Himachal, motorcycles are an integral part of our nation’s fabric. However, the truth remains that with the freedom of two wheels comes the vulnerability of exposure.
In the United States, statistics show that motorcycles account for only 3% of registered vehicles but contribute to 17% of road fatalities. And while Indian roads and traffic conditions are vastly different, the inherent risks of motorcycle riding remain universal.
For many, the joy of motorcycling begins with an invincible feeling. The wind on your face, the thrill of acceleration, and the allure of the open road. But the first time reality hits, be it a fall or a close call, that bubble of invulnerability bursts. Suddenly, the adrenaline rush is accompanied by a realization of the real-world risks involved.
To those who seek comfort or assurance, our message is clear and honest: Riding is risky, but acknowledging that risk is the first step towards minimizing it.
We urge our fellow riders in India to embrace a safety-first approach. The thrills of riding need not come at the cost of your safety. Here's how you can take control:
Invest in Training: Before you hit the road, ensure you're well-trained. India has several motorcycle training schools that can equip you with the skills to navigate our unique traffic scenarios.
Gear Up: Protective gear is not a luxury; it's a necessity. Helmets, jackets, gloves, and boots – they all play a crucial role in keeping you safe.
Know Your Machine: Understand your motorcycle's capabilities and limitations. Regular maintenance checks can prevent unforeseen mishaps.
Ride Sober and Alert: Alcohol and two-wheelers don't mix. Neither does fatigue. Ensure you're in the best state of mind and body before you ride.
Ride Defensively: Anticipate the actions of other drivers. Remember, you might see them, but they might not always see you.
Life, in all its unpredictability, is filled with risks. As the old saying goes, "You could trip on a stone and hurt yourself." But as riders, we choose a path that has its own set of challenges. It’s essential to be prepared and informed, to face these challenges head-on.
In conclusion, while motorcycles offer an unparalleled sense of freedom and joy, they also come with a responsibility. We hope that as we continue this journey together, we tread with caution, respect, and an unwavering commitment to safety. Ride safe, India. 🏍️❤️🇮🇳