Meet Rajath Shenoy, the young biker from small-town Karnataka who is introducing biking to a whole new generation of motorcycle enthusiasts. Find out more about how he made his biking dreams a reality.
There are a set of passions that young people seem to relentlessly pursue, despite their parents usually not being big fans. One such craze is biking, and only people who ride with a passion can understand the thrill of it. Others only wonder what good can possibly come out of such a tiring activity.
Just watching a group of bikers speed off—almost fly—without a worry in the world is enough to give you chills. So, you can only imagine the thrill they experience! It’s probably a common sight in cities, but in a small place like Karkala, the passion for biking has only just seen its initiation in the past few months.
Rajath Shenoy B., a 22-year old passionate biker is among the very first people in Karkala to give the passion of biking a solid form. He and his team are making the existence of their bikes worth to the core.
Rajath Shenoy says that his passion for biking started very early. Coming from a business background, he never had a lack of resources, but as is common, was deprived of permission. After graduation, he convinced his parents that his passion for biking is more than just a fun thing to do. When Rajath began making long-distance expeditions on his bikes, more ideas came rolling, and more like-minded people joined him in order to undertake a never-seen-before biking expedition from Karkala. Thus, the adventure of establishing the biking passion – even in a conservative town like Karkala – was set in motion.
The journey – and return – to Ladakh from Karkala amounts to a total of 10,892 km. Rajath Shenoy and his team – consisting of Stephan Gomes, Stanley Fernandes, and Rajesh Salian – undertook this adventure of riding from Karkala to Ladakh and back, and successfully accomplished it in 21 days.
This expedition was quite unique because the passion for biking is not as well accepted in South Karnataka as it is elsewhere. However, Rajath and his team have changed a lot of opinions about young people pursuing biking, after they undertook this adventure.
Rajath says, “It was claimed that it would be an impossible venture to travel so far on bikes, but after our return, a lot of people in Karkala have themselves volunteered to take up a similar expedition.”
He says that it feels like they have been successful in making an impact, and this is evidence that passion can make miracles happen.
The expedition was completed in 21 days because Rajath and his team painstakingly rode day and night, taking only a few hours of rest. For the passionate bikers, however, it was the time of their life, rather than an ordeal. Rajath says that it was a splendid experience to ride through different areas meeting different people, relishing different cuisines, experiencing different weathers, and mingling with varied cultures. “It is impossible to experience such majestic transformation of culture through any other means of transport,” he adds.
Rajath and his team also made a mark by gaining access to Siachen, where no civilians are allowed. He says that the best part of the expedition was getting to see nature in all its glory in different landscapes—including mesmerising forms of forests, lakes, and waterfalls—as they rode.
Rajath and his team have now initiated a club for like-minded people in Karkala. They call it the Royal Enfield Club, where passionate bikers can come together with ideas for expeditions and execute them in groups. This club is the first of its kind in Karkala, and by the response it has received, one can easily claim that Rajath Shenoy is making a huge impact. There are already 80 people in the club, and more flowing in every day.
Next is an expedition from Kanyakumari to Kashmir and back, which Rajath and his team want to execute next year. Now they have complete support of the people of the area, as well as the authorities and media. Rajath has plans to make the expedition as large as he can.
On paper, biking seems like an easy passion to pursue, but that’s not always the case!
Rajath says, “A biker must study everything about bikes before he can even say that biking is his passion. It takes a lot of patience and technical intellect to understand how one can deal with bikes. After all, they can get as moody and difficult to handle as people!”
Also, making long-distance expeditions requires a lot of material and non-material resources. These include possessing the right knowledge, optimum health, and brimming energy to complete what has been taken up. Because, as Rajath says, “There is generally no turning back once an expedition has started.”
Rajath Shenoy is unique because he has given a spin of productivity to something otherwise considered a waste of time. Young men from rural backgrounds rarely choose biking as a passion, but Rajath has made it possible for Karkala’s youth. A passionate biker, he is also an artist, singer, and actor, and is already working on an album. He continues to inspire young minds to responsibly achieve their dreams – however crazy – and make memories that last a lifetime.