Ride a rider must … but in today’s lifestyle with nine to five jobs and all the drudgery of leading a run of the mill life in a metro, the joy of riding a motorcycle on endless open roads is a luxury one can only wish for. But as they say where there is a will there is a way and where there is a motorcycle there is highway to ride on. The opportunity to go for weekend rides following a monotonous five-day week is what keeps us riders alive. Weekend rides are like those draughts of fresh air that make you feel rejuvenated and alive in the otherwise deadbeat life of a metro.
Now I will not say that Delhi is the ideal place from where one can go on exciting day rides, with open roads and beautiful vistas, however, if one is keen enough there definitely are some good rides to do on a motorcycle around Delhi. So, while I am in Delhi, I have no other option but to be the weekend rider.
Weekend rides in and around Delhi can cater for most tastes be it speeding your racer on the Yamuna Expressway, riding around Delhi’s historical monuments, cruising along the greenery of the Aravallis, sightseeing at the many known and unknown forts bordering Rajasthan or UP (yes UP has a few forts to offer) or just a breakfast ride on the Ring Road to Ama’s Cafe in Majnu Ka Tila. To make the most of the experience one must try out all.
There are mainly three types of weekend rides which I do; all by myself, with a likeminded pillion or with one or more other riders. All have their own charm and are suitable for one type of ride or another. To enjoy some fresh air, I like to go alone and for a longish ride to a destination I prefer having riding buddies for the support and fun. A breakfast ride is best enjoyed with a pillion.
As important as the riding part is and whom you want to go with, the route and the destination have to be chosen carefully specially in a place like Delhi. Some factors that need be considered are weather, duration, destination and of course the route. While summers favor short rides early in the morning, autumn rides can be long and in winters one needs to cater for morning fog.
A great advantage of going on weekend rides, especially with a motorcycle group, is the bonding that one develops and the connections one makes especially with like-minded people, people who love motorcycles. It is great sharing and enjoying coffee and sandwiches prepared ourselves in a hurry early in the morning and catching up on life in general and motorcycles in particular.
Now riding for fun is not the only thing that we riders do on weekends. There are other benign purposes too for which weekend rides are planned and conducted. I remember joining a ride for blessing and aiding under privileged girls in a mass marriage ceremony organized for them by the motorcycle group and some other charitable organizations. Now isn’t that an interesting event to ride to on a weekend?
Another associated activity which can be enjoyed during weekend rides is photography. Be it the reserved forests of the Aravallis or Delhi’s famous monuments, the countryside of Haryana or the forts of Rajasthan, all are a photographer’s delight. The early morning time when we usually ride is the best time for photography. Not only does it make the ride more interesting and meaningful, it gives you the time and opportunity to enjoy the journey as well.
To cut the long story short, actually that is exactly what weekend rides do to long tours, they cut the long story short. So even though you don’t get the detailed travelogues which generally result from a long ride, all the excitement of going on a motorcycle trip is very much there.
Weekend rides are indeed very refreshing and can be made interesting too. The concept holds much appeal in the present times when going to distant places is not recommended. So, put on your old leather jacket and jump on a two-wheeler to take a short trip out of town this weekend. Be the weekend rider!