COMING UP IN 1.06 | A few years back, I made a couple new friends over in India. Anukraman Rathore told us a little bit about Western Motorsports and the The Monsoon Ride, two big, well-respected names in Indian motorsport, thanks in part to their dedication to taking the sport of rally to the masses.
Anukraman points out Western Motorsports is not a source of income for him (no surprise to any rally organizer in the world, I suspect). Bringing people together around motorized, vehicular adventures. In the years since last we spoke, they’ve run into some snags and had to put The Monsoon Ride on hold. Today, Anukraman is focused on growing his group, the Jeypore Bike Riders.
WHY JEYPORE BIKE RIDERS?
In the last year, I’ve noticed Anukraman sharing all kinds of pictures on Facebook; pictures of places I didn’t even know existed until he shared them. I’m talking ancient temples hidden deep in tropic jungles; craggly mountain roads with stunning views of you just don’t see in mainstream travel stories. I wanted to know more.
“Through our rides,” Anukraman told me, “we at Jeypore Bike Riders promote the heritage of Rajasthan by sharing the ride experiences and photographs using various social media platforms. Every weekend, our fellow bikers anxiously look forward for yet another exciting ride, with twisting and twirling, sandy, muddy, slushy, rocky, forgotten, laid-back off-roads leading to yet another ignored location with a forgotten history, with the rides sometimes ending with journey back to Jaipur after a cup of coffee or lunch or in a camp out under the clear, starry sky.”
It would seem the pictures I’ve enjoyed so much are the result of those weekend excursions.
WHAT WE TALK ABOUT
- how Western Motorsports/The Monsoon Ride is doing
- when & why he selects a motorbike over a truck for adventure
- why he’s been earning motorsport certifications & how they help
- how Jeypore Bike Riders came to be
- what’s it’s like riding with the JBR through Rajasthan
- a little bit about his modified KTM Adventure
- which adventure he’d share with a fellow Indian
- which adventure he’d share with a visitor from abroad
- 3 places in the world he’d love to take his KTM
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