I am Surinder Singh Jangira and am working as an IT Consultant. I have been riding since September 2015 and am still going strong and following my passion.
I ride a RE Classic 350 (2013 model) and since last year am a proud owner of Himalayan (2019).
My most memorable rides have been to:
Pune – Spiti – Pune in June 2018 covering Killar-Kishtwar’s Cliffhanger route and a ride to Sach Pass
which had all the elements one could ask for – slippery surface, water crossings, steep slopes. It tested the endurance of both bike and the rider.
Pune – Ladakh – Pune in June 2019. One has to experience it oneself to believe the scenic beauty enroute Hanle, Tso Moriri and Suru Valley. I had an opportunity to ride alongside many seasoned riders who made the journey even more enjoyable.
Apart from these long distances have done Konkan parikrama (coastal roads), Pune to Melghat Tiger Reserve, Lonar crater and many rides around Pune covering ghats & off-roads.
What I take away from riding is a sense of freedom and being with oneself, it makes me calm after a week of hectic work schedules and gives time to introspect. Apart from that each ride teaches you something, allows you to push your boundaries to become a better rider and boosts your confidence. Constantly increasing your skills is what makes the ride even more enjoyable.
My advice to new riders would be to follow your passion, follow a disciplined approach and don’t let your dream fizzle out or give up easily. You have one life, use the time wisely. Don’t regret later.
For me it’s always been a simple philosophy – “IT’S NOW OR NEVER.”