started riding at the age of five,” says Uzir Thapa, a graduate from Woodstock School, India. Obviously he didn’t learn to ride a motorbike at that young age but he began his journey with cycling, which is every child’s best sport. He would often see his father and his colleagues planning their cycle tours every year and it never ceased to excite him. “So basically the passion for riding was instilled in me by my father and his friends. If it had not been them or my bike, I cannot imagine how my life would turn out,” he adds.

Uzir’s father, Rabi Thapa, CEO of Sacred Summit and the event organizer of Poker Run (Royal Enfield Rendezvous) is his best companion when it comes to discussing bikes, more precisely Royal Enfield motorbikes. Talking about his ride, Uzir currently owns a 500cc Royal Enfield which he describes as simply the best in comparison to any other bike that he has ridden till date. “First I rode a Yamaha FZ but after riding the Bullet, it was no competition,” says Uzir adding, “I chose Enfield because it’s old and classic and riding it has always been so thrilling and exciting.” For him, riding has always been a passion because he loves the control he gets from his body and every time he rides, the overpowering thrill of the bike excites him and makes him want to ride even more. Uzir says he loves the sound produced by the bike- so loud that you can’t even hear yourself and it just shakes up the energy in him. The strong sensation that he feels from riding on streets, on the main roads and on the highways has always had a raw and fresh allure for him.

When asked about the traffic rules of Nepal, Uzir says, “They are trying a lot but they still have a long way to go to improve and bring changes to the current plan. They still have to think about solid measures to completely eradicate road accidents that constantly take place in the valley.” Luckily, he hasn’t had any accidents so far and God forbid won’t have any in the future as well. He prefers taking precautions rather than regretting it later. So far, he has only witnessed accidents from which he’s made it a point to learn. “The blame goes both on the rider and the other party, but the rider should always remind himself of the serious consequences that he might have to bear if he is riding just for the sake of riding or for looking cool.” A point that he completely disagrees with other fellow riders in is riding at an extreme speed unaware about their limits at public places and trying to pull off stunts. “It’s so stupid when they do that. For a moment’s pleasure, they’ll willingly put their lives as well as others’ at risk,” exclaims Uzir.