Interview - Colonel Manoj Keshwar – The Military Motorcyclist
Colonel Manoj Keshwar riding Kawasaki ZX14R. (Image: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)
Being passionate about the things you love is not something that can be taught or instilled in somebody. You are born passionate – be it the passion to serve your nation or be it the passion for riding motorcycles. And we had a discussion with a person who has done both – serve the Indian Army and ridden motorcycles across the globe.
Meet Colonel Manoj Keshwar, an ex-Army Officer, who loves to ride motorcycles. Colonel is now retired from the Army and follows his passion of motorcycling across the globe. He has this dream called ‘DREAM 25’. Here’s the excerpts from our discussion with Colonel Manoj Keshwar or Mike, as he is fondly called in the motorcycling community.
About Dream 25
Col. Keshwar - I was a Colonel in Army and left it 5 years ago. Motorcycling for me started 30 years back when I was a young Lieutenant. That was the time I bought my first motorcycle, a Kawasaki.
After I left Army, an idea came to mind to cover 25 countries in 25 years, a dream which I named DREAM 25. Any Biker beyond the show-off biking would love to explore the world on motorcycles and is free to join Dream 25.
About Countries covered on Motorcycle
Col. Keshwar - At about 50 now, I have covered 19 countries in just 5 years. I am now thinking of 50 in 25. A list of countries I have traveled-
Isle of Man
About Long Distance Ride
Col. Keshwar - I did the Long Distance Riders association called the Full Throttle after I left Army. You have to cover 1000 miles (1610 km) in 24 hours. I did that on one of the busiest route in India, from Delhi to Varanasi and back. I did the record on a Ducati Monster and a Kawasaki 650.
About Motorcycles he loves to ride
Col. Keshwar - I have ridden a whole lot of bikes from BMW 1200 GS to Grand Turismo to Africa Twin. I have also less capacity motorcycles like KTM Duke 390, Royal Enfield Classic and Himalayan. As far as they are on two wheels, I like to ride every one of them. My favorite is Africa Twin for its sheer touring abilities.
About Safety tips for bikers
Col. Keshwar - I am little worried about the biking culture in India. You have to enjoy powerful bikes with a lot of responsibility and the best way is to be safe. Wear all the equipment all the time, use good machine, respect the power and follow traffic rules. The rest of the world gives license from 100 cc to 400 cc to the litre class. It’s not like getting up from bed and going for riding. Motorcycling grows on you and you have to be mature enough to understand it.