How do we end up as bikers or car nuts? – A completely unscientific theory

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Good morning and happy Mondays, friends. Hope everyone had a great Eid and a great weekend. We sure did.

I have this theory that the first set of wheels you learn to ride or drive is the one that stays with you the rest of your life. So, if you happen to learn to ride a scooter, motorcycle, or any two-wheeler before you learn to drive a car, you will be a biker for life. And, vice-versa, if you learnt how to drive a car or any four-wheeler before learning how to ride a two-wheeler, you will end up preferring cars to bikes for the rest of your life.

“In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame.

On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.”

― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

This is just a brain wave, an idea, with no evidence to back it up. The team and I would like to know your thoughts on this. Let us know how and why you became the sort of petrolhead that you are now in our revamped comments section, and we will feature the best comments in an upcoming feature story.

Speaking of upcoming stories, we have a great list of stories, reviews, features, and articles lined up for you this week. Without spoiling anything, let’s just say that this week will feature some insightful, informative, and quirky stories that you will hopefully like.

Now, excuse me while I go raid the office fridge for any Eid leftovers.

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  • Nirmal Raj says:

    I started with riding a bike, I don't mind whether its an 100cc or 350cc. the distance how much I travel that's the big think to me. but still now I haven't been for full day ride. but in one stop. I riding for 142 km. wen it come to car. I travelled the whole South India buy car with driver I hope it might be more than 25k km. including Panaji because yearly twice I travel to some new places. that brought a serious crazy in long drive. in my 1st car long drive it was an two day drive. from blr to vellore. in two days I almost covered 780 km. buy travelling to its interior village. but I felts the two days were the shorts day in my life.

  • kaushik says:

    The theory does not apply to me. I learnt to drive 2 wheelers first and 2 years after that, learnt driving. But, I'm a complete car guy. It's not like i hate bikes or anything but lets just say – if i had to buy a bike, i'd rather get a preworshipped car and spend more to modify it and maintain it! 😛 I still LIKE riding bikes but LOVE driving cars 🙂

  • Ashwin says:

    I m not sure how true is this theory but I first learnt driving in a Montego but am a hardcore car lover I believe your theory buddy…..:D

  • Lonan Jones says:

    I can say I'm an auto enthusiast since I was 4! Things like identifying cars from a distance, educating friends on car companies, just came naturally to me for some reason. Maybe this happened due to my Mom buying me car stickers when I was young, (I specifically remember my first 4, an alpha romeo gtv6, a buick wildcat, a lamborghini diablo and some toyota!) or my frequent trips with my Dad in his Premier Padmini, Maruti 800 1st gen, and yamah rx 100.
    Growing up, this obsession got way too much. I currently eat-sleep-breathe automobiles, owning a yamaha r15, and a fiat linea (yeah life came full circle from dad to son, a yamaha and a fiat!)
    But when asked the question about a car or bike person, well that puts me in a dilemma always. I love both! No, seriously! I can't get enough of a committed means of getting an adrenaline rush through a long bike ride, neither can I resist the feel of the gas pedal at my disposal to burst into a surge of power! I would readily draw up a list of cars and bikes I loved or absolutely disliked, but car or bike person? It may be a disappointing answer, but yeah, one's my life and the other, my breath!

  • Mr.Khan says:

    Agree with the frame and sense stuff, But the love for the machines and power is incomparable. Some choose that affection to be on four wheels and some choose on two. It all depends from whom that one gets affected. As being a Biker, I get that feeling from my Bike rather from a Bike. If I ride better bike or car then the current i get affected to it.
    – Mr.Khan