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Crotch Rockets : Creating A Culture In The Sports Bike Community

At some point of every man’s life, he will want to own his very own superbike. A blisteringly fast crotch rocket screaming gratifyingly between your legs is the ultimate dream. Now, with some of the most coveted names in the motorcycling world available in the Nepali market, this dream is being lived by many in the nation. Apart from a budding market for brand new sports bikes, the second hand market is prospering as well. Consequently, the number of head turning machinery marvels is increasing in Nepal.

But, as with everything else new, the sports biking culture too is slightly rough around the edges. There are serious riders, but there is a striking dearth of a strong community. However, it is only a matter of time before it is nurtured into full maturity.

At the moment, there are many things that can be improved. High performance engines and a lifelong dream coming to fruition sometimes makes one overlook the more practical nuisances of owning a super bike. “Riders lack the discipline that is entrusted upon you when you own such a high cc machine”, says Neeraj Shrestha, owner of Gearventure Bike Nepal. After bringing in the MV Agusta marquee into the Nepali market, Neeraj has been in constant contact with a large portion of sports bike owners.

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“Once you own a high caliber machine, you take on a lot of responsibilities. Along with the increased power and capabilities, the risks increase in proportion as well. Of course, you will be able to go much faster, but that isn’t the definitive point of owning these machines;” explains Neeraj.

Things are definitely looking up. Weekend rides have become a norm for a sports bike owner, which helps in doing its part in building a strong culture. However, until every aspect of the ride is taken seriously, there is always a risk of being pegged as a bunch of rich brats. As brutal as it sounds, it is true. With the risk factor balancing on the higher end of the spectrum, it is imperative that the riders take things seriously.

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As the sports bikes increase in number, the fender benders you rarely heard about before are slowly escalating. Luckily, and astonishingly, none of the accidents have led to major injuries or fatalities. Apart from a hefty bill from the mechanic and a broken ego, there has been little lasting damage. Of course, things could have come off much worse. If this goes unattended, as the number of sports bikes in Nepal grow, the accidents and casualties will also inevitably swell.

“It’s a good thing the riders were wearing proper riding gear. That’s why they came off with as few injuries as they did” said Shashwot Sharma in reference to the accidents that happened. These machines are fast, and sometimes you lose sense of that when the only thing on your mind is tallying up the numbers on the speedometer.

“We are still new to high performance two wheelers and it is important to create a solid base in order to establish a proper culture;” said Neeraj between sips of coffee. “Organizing rides on Saturdays within a few hours’ notice is immature. It just means we’re not taking things seriously. Every ride has to be planned keeping safety and security as the highest amongst priorities.” Most mishaps during rides occur on account of a lack of coordination and irresponsible riding. A certain predetermined decorum should be maintained on every ride.

Another reason things go awry during rides is because riders exchange their bikes during long rides, “it’s one thing to try out new rides within the city, but when you’re planning on pushing your boundaries you need a motorcycle that is an extension of your own body.” added Shashwot.

Neeraj is expectant of a better future for the industry. “It is highly uplifting to see the sports bike market growing in Nepal, we are sure it is only a matter of time before a solid culture builds up as well. And we have to be the ones who get the ball rolling.”

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He has plans of doing his bit to create a strong name for the bikers of Nepal, something that rids the community from the stereotype of being spoilt hooligans. Gearventure is looking to organize something that will help the Nepali group of sports bike enthusiasts with those from India with the hopes that an exchange of ideas and experiences will help the growth of the sports bike community. Word has it, the riders might be taking on the spiritual Circuit route with experienced overland motorcycle tourer Pramod Shrestha leading the way. It seems like a great idea and we at AutoLife will be eagerly waiting to see how it works out.

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