I am Shohrat Shankar, I’m a leadership coach, a trainer, facilitator and an organisation transformation consultant by profession; however, by Passion I’m an adventure enthusiast who loves riding to remote places and exploring uncharted territory.
As one of the founders of the club I’m passionate about inculcating a passion to ride in many riders, as well as have a passion to enable riders to be better every time they get on two wheels.
My passion for riding began with a Thunderbird 500 on which I’ve traversed a large part of the country clocking many thousands of miles. I now ride a Himalyan BS4 which has just doubled my passion for exploring.
Both these steeds have together taken me on many many trips:
Pune to Kanyakumari and back covering Coorg, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Rameshwaram, Kollam, Thekkady, Munnar, Kannur, Goa and back to Pune. A very scenic ride with every day bringing a different experience and completely different views. Probably the best first long ride for a new rider, as it eases one into the feeling of being a rider without stressing your skills too much.
Solo ride from Pune to Bhutan and back, going in from the northern states and returning via the east coast. The Bhutan section was done with a group of friends; however 8,000 kms was an amazing solo experience. From the straight highways of the north to the lonely and cold mountains of east Sikkim and returning down the eastern coastal road. This was probably my most memorable ride as it taught me a lot about myself and built a strong bond with my only companion (My Bike). It made me realise how fun it is to travel when you are one with the bike!
My next wild trip was leading the KRRC Spiti Expedition in which we rode from Pune to Spiti and returned via the Cliff Hanger route of Killar-Kishtwar. Another amazingly memorable trip that made us experience what Offroads truly are. From slippery dirt trails to frightening river crossings and narrow steep cliff tracks, this trip was the biggest teacher for a rider as it has the ability to humble the best of riders on a given day.
The latest epic trip was to the mecca of all riders Pune to Ladakh and back, where again I had the privilege of leading the gang to some of the highest and most twisted roads you can ever experience. Having driven to Ladakh earlier, riding in those beautiful barren mountains was a mind blowing experience which I hope to do again very soon and explore some of the trails less travelled
Rider mania in Goa is another yearly pitstop that connects us with the larger riding community
Along with these epic trips I’ve explored many ghats, lakes and valleys around Pune and am always searching for the next crazy winding ghat or offroad trail
Personally I ride for the ride and not really the destination. I believe in always looking for new routes and am happy to just keep riding without really ever reaching anywhere particular. I use the time to dream and introspect, to learn more about me and how my bike responds.
Most importantly I see biking as an analogy for how I want to live my life. Explore the unexplored, try the untested, push yourself beyond what you think you are capable of.
While I love the experience of riding solo, I’m addicted to the riding brotherhood, the feeling of camaraderie, togetherness and being there for each other. This bond between a great group of riders and now friends reminds me of the quote in Alexander Dumas’s book, The Three Musketeers, “All for one and one for all!”
I was a new rider some years ago and I tell every new rider, You’ve bought a bike for a reason- To feel the wind in your face, to be one with yourself, to bond with a machine that soon moves like an extension of you, to explore the hidden adventurer in you, to satisfy your wanderlust…..Don’t let anything come in the way of fulfilling your destiny as a biker!!
My riding mantra is a quote from Star trek, “To boldly go where no one has gone before”