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Rider Stories: Gyandeep Srivastava, the Man with a Golden Heart

A software engineer by profession and a die-hard riding freak @mr.gyanu is sharing his stories in this week’s Rider Stories with Team Wheelstreet. In 2008, he bought his first bike by saving his pocket money and started exploring destinations which were located close by. Gyandeep Shrivastava loves to explore destinations and discover the stories related to the place. In 2014, he purchased the Royal Enfield Thunderbird and was introduced to the biker’s brotherhood.

 

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This Indore-based techie efficiently leads a community called Rides of Riders which has a large number of members. Gyandeep claims, “All bikes are allowed in our community because not everyone can afford to buy high-end bikes.” He added proudly, “People with 100cc bikes have also been to Ladakh with us!” Gyandeep has many achievements in his bag and he had traveled 85,000 kilometers in his previous bike. He has touched almost all corners of the country and has also been a part of Rider Mania, an event organized by Royal Enfield.

 

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His two and a half-year-old Royal Enfield Himalayan has already toured 57,000 kilometers. Gyandeep had ridden solo from Indore to Goa in a single day covering almost 1250 kilometers. Apart from being a bike fanatic, Gyandeep wants to do something for the society and has been a part of numerous awareness campaigns. This dauntless rider adds,” If we visit the villages in our riding gears, the villagers attack us. So we started talking to them and helping them out. We collect money from our group members in order to help the villagers. We recently visited a village where the people were wearing tattered clothes and we provided them with new comfortable clothes.”

 

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Gyandeep claims, “We should do everything to help others because it is our duty as humans. While visiting different villages or tourist destinations, if we come across dirt and garbage, and we clean it. Along with riding, one needs to do something for the society as well.” Gyandeep also encourages lady riders to join his community and goes to convince the parents of the lady riders, assuring them of safety. This die-hard rider is endorsed by Royal Enfield as he has covered a lot of distance on two wheels.

 

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During one of his awareness campaigns in Madhya Pradesh, the High Court Justice had flagged them off. Gyandeep and his fellow riders were felicitated and appreciated. Gyandeep feels that it was one of the most memorable moments of his life. This bike fanatic shares another memorable incident of his life. “I was at a naval base close to Goa and there were many kids around. When I stopped, the kids asked me for toffees but I was not carrying any. So I asked the kids to accompany me to a nearby dhaba so that I could feed them. I was not going to give them money because they might misuse the money. I felt good because the children were happy. I did spend some money but it did not matter to me because I felt satisfied seeing the smiling faces of the children.” Gyandeep believes in sharing what he has, with the ones who are not as fortunate as him. This accomplished rider tries to find happiness by making others happy.

 

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Gyandeep shares another memorable incident, “When I reached Srinagar, I visited the Royal Enfield Service Centre which is located quite close to Lal Chowk. While talking to the people, I found out that the people wanted free Kashmir and things are portrayed in an exaggerated manner on social media. A couple of boys took me to their house and fed me. I was literally moved by them. Then I met the Vice-President of Royal Enfield which is an achievement in my life.”

 

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When we asked him his satisfaction on riding, he replied, “We ride for ourselves but during that ride, if we can make someone happy, then that ride becomes fruitful.” On being asked about his foreign trip plans, Gyandeep states that ”India has a lot of destinations to explore.” He wants to go to the North-East and Bhutan in the next year for a 20-day trip and also plans to attend Rider Mania in November.

 

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Gyandeep is a safety freak and he always advises every rider to wear helmet and riding gears while riding. He feels that riders should give attention to the road. If one is riding at a high speed, the visibility decreases and hence the rider needs to follow an optimum speed while riding. The riders should also use rear view mirrors and check their mirrors while riding. The wrong side of the road should be avoided and unnecessary honking should also not be done. Gyandeep claims, “Safe distance should be maintained while riding in groups because if the vehicle in front of you applies brakes suddenly, you will end up in an accident. Ride at a speed which you can control. It is not a task that you have to complete the ride within a given time frame.”

 

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He is really inspiring, yes? More than riding, he does other services for his satisfaction and the happiness of other people. Follow @mr.gyanu to stay updated about his journey on wheels. Also, stay tuned with Wheelstreet until next week for yet another inspiring human!

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