‘Ride Hard, but Ride Safe’
I am a regular reader of Bike India, although this is my first letter to you. Even though I own a 200-cc beast, I try my best to treat her like a queen. It gets its regular check-ups and timely maintenance in addition to the best quality petrol. What I have been noticing for the past year is that KTM motorcycles are hugely popular among youngsters, particularly the RC 390. What upsets me is the way these people abuse such a good piece of machinery. Furthermore, I hardly notice any of them wearing helmets. I am well aware that possessing motorcycle gear in India is expensive, but anyone can own an ISI-certified or a DOT-certified helmet.
I am a big fan of motorcycles and MotoGP, and this lack of awareness about safety gear upsets me the most. I try my best to spread awareness but it’s time I asked for some help.
Ride hard, but ride safe.
Amanjot Singh Kalsi, Lucknow
Thanks for writing in. We both understand and share your concerns about safety and about wearing a helmet in particular. It is the very least one can do to protect oneself when out and about on two-wheeler. We hope your words will inspire even more people to wear helmets and treat their bikes better.