Struck by wanderlust

Struck by wanderlust

It’s one thing to be a solo rider, biking across the country for the love of the road. But a passion for travel and motorbikes led three Bangalore riders — Abijith Rao, Shreyas Kamath and Vishal Kumaraswamy — to start ‘Trailbug and Wanderlust’, a group that organises offbeat motorcycle tours.

“The idea for the group started out as a way of documenting the rides we were already doing back in April 2012. We were visiting some really beautiful places and putting up photographs on social media. That’s when people started requesting us to help them out with their rides, which finally led to the group’s formation,” shares Vishal.

The group has started organising a series of breakfast rides called ‘Thindi and Halli Roads’ every alternate Sunday, which explores different villages near Bangalore. “The idea is to have a platform where like-minded people can get together on a Sunday morning, go for a half-day ride and have breakfast somewhere. With busy schedules these days, people who are keen on seeing new places can’t get out very often. For them, these rides are a welcome change from the usual chaos,” says Abijith. “We focus on places that people don’t go to and want to show them how gorgeous they are. It’s like we are recommending a good movie to someone who, we know, would appreciate it,” he adds.

The first breakfast ride took place on February 2 and a group of 14 riders assembled at Jayanagar, rode to Renukamba Tatte Idli Hotel in Bidadi for breakfast, proceeded to the Kanva reservoir and then rode through the villages near Magadi. “14 might not seem like a big number but those who rode enjoyed what they experienced. The second ride on February 23 will explore the Hoskote countryside,” informs Shreyas, adding that it is an unpaid event where all expenses are borne by the riders themselves. It’s also about promoting riding as a culture, adds Vishal. “There is a small element of education built into our rides in terms of how riders act and behave in situations. During group rides, there is team work, formations and safety aspects that come in and change the biker dynamics. We’ve faced a lot of these issues ourselves and want to show others how to respond to any unplanned incidents. After all, riding is a test of one’s mental and physical capacity,” he says.

Safety is of primary concern on these rides, notes Shreyas. “One has to be spontaneous, aware and handle situations with a presence of mind. Before every ride, one must check the bike, run a series of tests and carry essential tools and a first-aid kit,” he says.

What other rides do they have planned in the near future? “We have a four-day off-road trail in April and a wet tarmac ride right after the monsoons. Frequent weekend getaways are on the cards and there will be also a ride across South India.

There are also possible tie-ups with similar riding communities abroad to expand the thought behind ‘Trailbug and Wanderlust’ and cross borders,” wraps up Abijith.

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