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MY AUTOLIFE WITH REVMANDU

Yamato Sherpa is a popular motovlogger on YouTube and has nearly 40,000 subscribers. His fans know him as ‘Revmandu Sherpa’. For the past two years, he has been vlogging about his life, from road trips to his exotic collection of motorcycles. Currently, he owns several cars and motorcycles including a superbike. We caught up with him and asked him how it all began. 

HOW MUCH OF AN AUTO ENTHUSIAST ARE YOU?

It’s been only five years since I started my automobile journey. I had neither the interest nor knowledge about automobiles before that. In this short span, I became obsessed with everything automobile and I credit my brother and driver. They shared their knowledge with me and my driver taught me how to ride. Now, I like to keep up-to-date with everything happening in the automotive industry. Being a motovlogger, I get to review new motorcycles and learn new things about them. With each new motorcycle, my passion grows. 

WHAT VEHICLES HAVE BEEN PARKED IN YOUR GARAGE? 

My first bike was a KTM Duke 200 and I soon picked up a Suzuki GSR 600 and Ducati Monster 821. I also owned a Land Rover Defender and a Toyota van so old that I don’t even remember the model. Now, I have a Yamaha R3, Honda Dio (for daily commutes) along with Isuzu D-Max and Kia Sorento. My most recent addition is the Honda CBR 600RR. 

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH DRIVING/RIDING? 

The first motorbike I rode was KTM Duke 200 which was 5 years back and the first car I ever drove was maybe the Isuzu D-Max. 

WITH THAT MUCH HORSEPOWER SITTING IN YOUR GARAGE, DO YOU PREFER DRIVING OR RIDING?

Definitely riding. While I do have a driving licence, I don’t like to drive and let my brother drive instead while I enjoy the view. To me, cars don’t evoke quite the same excitement as motorcycles and I generally don’t like driving. On the other hand, I love riding and I constantly scour the internet for motorcycle news. 

AS SOMEONE WITH OWNS A PREMIUM SET OF WHEELS, WHAT PROS AND CONS CAN YOU SHARE WITH PEOPLE INTERESTED IN GETTING THEIR OWN SOMEDAY?

Pros: 
Talking about Suzuki bikes, the engine is really reliable and durable. Suzuki bikes are comfortable to ride as well. The best bike I owned was a Ducati which I sold recently. Ducati had various electronic features through which the bike can be customised according to your riding preference. Ducati was also the first 800cc motorcycle that I rode. Because of its advanced braking system, the motorcycle can be easily controlled even at high speeds. Riding a premium motorcycle, especially in Nepal, you will attract a lot of attention which can be both good and bad. Owning a premium motorcycle also boosts your social status. 

Cons:
A major drawback of owning a premium set of wheels is that it’s really hard to maintain. You will encounter many complications related to its electronics and tech. Even a slight damage in the wiring system can cost a lot. As spare parts are not easily available in our country, we have to import it, which is costly and time- consuming. For example, I faced a problem with the throttle wire on my Ducati and I had a very hard time fixing it. It took nearly six months to fix the problem and it was very expensive as well. 

WHICH VEHICLE WOULD YOU SAY GAVE YOU THE MOST JOY? 

For me, the Suzuki GSR by far. While owning a riding a Ducati was nice, nothing beats the GSR experience. The feeling when riding a raw superbike is beyond words. I loved riding the GSR so much that I wanted a modern motorcycle which could keep me entertained like the Suzuki and I bought the CBR 600RR as a result. 

IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE CAR AND ONE MOTORCYCLE, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

I could do without a car but if I had to choose, I would like to have either a Land Rover or a Mercedes Benz G-series. My dream motorcycle would be the MV Agusta Dragster 800 even though I am a huge Honda CBR fan. I recently got the chance to ride the Dragster 800 which was decked out in carbon fibre and I loved it. 

IF YOU WERE GIVEN COMPLETE CONTROL OF THE COUNTRY, WHAT CHANGES WOULD YOU BRING ABOUT IN THE AUTOMOTIVE SCENE?

There are a lot of things I would like to change if I had the authority:
– I would legalise modification of bikes but would limit it to a certain extent. People will be able to modify their exhausts up till a certain decibel limit.
– I would introduce legal racing tracks as this would let people hone their skills in a safe environment and prevent rash driving on the streets.
– I would fix the traffic lights and maintain proper zebra crossings, reduce import and road taxes, fix other traffic rules and regulations and reduce the use of old vehicles to control pollution. 

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