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Nikhil Sharma (34 yrs. old)


Licence No.: BOTY11-7469
Name : Nikhil Sharma
Location : On the Highway
Date of Birth : 11/07/1983

Bajaj Pulsar 200
Current, ridden 32000 kms
Current, ridden 6000 kms
About Me
I Started biking as soon as I learned riding two wheels. The highways and monsoon rains were the initial motivating factors that started the hunger to cover greenery. After initial rides, the two wheels just got stuck to me, any place I wanted to explore, near, far, in same city mall, night ride, cross state ride, I took my bike with me. After scaling almost all of Eastern Ghats nowadays exploring Himalayas. Have a amazing group as BLADERUNNERZZZ... that gave me inspiring company to explore more in biking. Non Stop unplanned 750kms ride or a 1600+ kms Himalayan adventure, rain rides to Konkan in floods and night ride to waterfalls, explored a gud starting part and will keep doing it. I believe I what our chakra of National Flag says, stagnation is death and Motion is LIFE.
Do I think I have contributed to the motorcycling community, however a
small way it may be?
When I started touring, I had so many doubts and queries in my mind that caused trouble to me. I use to look for answers and then thankfully I got XBHP and bike mag. I made sure that whatever I learn I pass it on to my office companions and fellow bikers, write about it in any forum, my office blogs, bulletin board anywhere I got chance. My biking group in pune has a small forum where I started posting and inspired everyone to be a safe and intelligent contributing brotherhood biker.
How can I contribute more in the future to the motorcycling community?
I am still a rider, so will keep learning and keep posting wherever there is need or chance. I wish to become capable enough to contribute and write to people where expensive mediums can't reach. I think as the Indian market is opening up with so many bikes, I can be a good test biker and reviewer specially funder 250CC segment.
My Touring Experience
Total Kms. Clocked
Best Ride
Tarkarli ride has been my best ride so far. Although the ride to Spiti and Chandratal sits closer to its place, Tarkarli had the fun element. The trip had everything rain, waterfalls, butter smooth twisties, bumpy roads, slippery roads, night riding and beach bonfire. Tarkarli is a southern beach of Maharashtra. We kept riding towards Koyena and then towards Chiplun. On the way we enjoyed in a big waterfall and had fun filled photography. Enjoyed lots of ‘pakodas’ and ‘bhajji’ on our way. Food gave us the warmth to continue ahead in the rains and we were on the unexplored highways. The traffic was sparse due to blinding rains. It was dark when we reached a village and came to know that the highway ahead is closed due to flood water has come on the roads. We found shelter in a local accommodation and arranged food and tea. Night we chatted and shared the experience with jokes and songs to add to the party. Next day morning came to know that vast floods have hit the Konkan region. We still decided to move ahead against the advice, after few hours of beautiful riding in the jungles we finally reached the MTDC resorts. Since there was no accommodation Me and my friend went for search on one bike. We reached a place where sea water has come inside the houses and on the road and we had to cross that and while we were doing that a stranded boat was floating our way, avoided that. When we got nothing the MTDC guys gave us one room with extra bedding. We had bonfire in slight drizzle on beach with Manchurian and ‘Paneer tikkas’. Explored the area next day and left for Pune in again harsh rains. Reached Pune with content in heart.
One dream ride that I want to do
A round trip around southern states of India covering all small and big ancient cities.
Places I have ridden
Tarkarli, Goa, Matheran, Kashid, Dapoli, Dive-Agar, Harihareshwar, Varanda Ghats, Spiti-Kaza, Chandra-Tal, Massorie, DevPrayag.
Best touring Bike according to me
Pulsar 200/220, Suzuki Bandit.
Tips to budding tourers
Choose your bike wisely.Looker are good for eyes but for touring you need something with torque and no-nonsense egronomics. Always keep basic repairing equipments with you and learn basic repairs related to your bike. Consulting experienced tourers and people who have visited that place already helps. Maps are good investment and lif savers. Last but not least investing in riding gears is always better then spending on docs later.
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