It was during my teenage years that I got my first bike ride experience. It was the time before I lost my parents. It was a bike that belonged to my father’s friend. I happened to ride it for five minutes or so. Even though I had that experience eight years back, I still remember it very clearly.
That was 12 years ago. I am 25 now. I have a job. Sure, now I can say that I am doing well. But, things would have been different had I not learnt how to ride a motorcycle. And that would not have been possible without the help of my friend, Sunny.
Did you ever come across a person you met suddenly and realize that something in your life has changed because of that person? Sunny was one such person in my life whose arrival had changed my life drastically.
I had just finished my 12th Board exams. I was uncertain about my further studies. I didn’t have enough funds to support my education. That was when I met Sunny. I clearly remember the day. I was waiting for the bus to get to my place when I saw a person seated on a motorcycle just near me. I was fascinated by the bike. He must have noticed me ogling at his bike. He said, “Wanna go for a ride?”
I hesitated at his sudden friendly offer. I didn’t say anything. I just shook my head.
“I saw you taking interest in my bike. I can give you a ride if you want. How does that sound?” he said.
This time I agreed to go with him. I really wanted to have that experience of hopping on to a superbike. That was the first day of my encounter with him. Soon we became acquainted. He was in Delhi for his studies while I lived there. He would ask me about the best places to visit in Delhi. I would take him there. That’s how we got to know more about each other.
One day when we got talking about our career plans, Sunny got surprised to know that I had no plans for further study. I didn’t tell him that I couldn’t afford to go to college because of my poverty. I didn’t want him to pity me. However, I couldn’t hide it from him. He understood my problem and offered to help.
He was from a well-to-do family and there was no problem in helping me. The only problem then was that I refused to accept any financial help from him. I told him to help me in any other way he can. That was when he came up with the idea of me taking up a part-time job.
The best option according to me for a part-time job was being a delivery boy. To become one I had to learn how to ride a motorcycle. With Sunny’s help, I learnt how to ride a motorcycle. That was it. Once I learned to ride a bike, it was very easy to get the job of a delivery boy. Once I had the job, I could gather enough money to pay for my college fees. That was how having a motorcycle changed my life.
One of the best ways to learn how to ride a motorcycle without having your own bike is to get a rental bike. But of course, here you will need the help of someone with a driving license. Here is a website that lists bike rental providers in Delhi and other major cities of India. Check it out and get a bike on rent.