Lahore Jun 5th 2016: On weekends, riders come alive with the sound of enthusiastic engines as the omnium gathem titled as ‘Lahore Biker Boys’ come out with their heavy bikes in DHA Phase VIII to get pleasure. Treating motorcycle enthusiasts and the objects of their obsession with the utmost reverence, the lovingly called “Biker Boys” are very serious about their love – motor bikes. They import latest bikes from different countries and ride them for fun usually only on Sunday when there is very less traffic on the city roads and in the suburbs so as not to disturb anyone. Pakistan is gifted with talented people every field and drag racing, tuning car, bikes and stunts are no different for this matter. But the dilemma is that government doesn’t recognize this motorsport as a proper sport hence it is labelled as illegal racing.
Although rallying of jeeps is supported by government but motorbike rallies are not patronized. Perhaps jeep riding is considered much safer. The most popular spot where drag racing is done privately is in DHA Phase VIII that has no public transport plying on the roads and the number of people in cars and bikes is very little especially on Sunday. The trend of importing used and new bikes has increased since 2012. These machines are not cheap or easy to maintain here, since they require only the best parts and oil and if the bike breaks down or a part is damaged, a replacement has to be imported. The increasing interest of youth has pushed bike dealers to bring latest bikes in Pakistan in which ‘Torque Motorsports’ is playing a significant role. It is one of the leading brands of Pakistan which import latest bikes from 300cc to 2300cc according to the requirement of the client. Riding is something most people don’t have to do, but rather feel compelled to – for a wide variety of reasons ranging from passion to practicality.
One of the most distinct things about riding is that nothing feels quite like a motorcycle; the thrill of being at one with a two-wheeled machine that weighs only a few hundred pounds is one of the purest ways to get from point A to B, and the risks involved sometimes even heightens that gratification.
Sunny Ch, owner of Torque Motorsports, said, “I have been in the biking business for past many years. It is not just a business for me but passion which I can’t explain. When I started riding my first bike was Honda 250cc. At that time I didn’t have money and my family didn’t support me. With the passage of time I started collecting money then went to a bike dealer and told him to sell me his Suzuki Hayabussa but his rates were too much expensive. The dealer said rudely if you are not satisfying with my rates go import yourself. That idea fascinated me and I brought three heavy bikes. It is said once a biker forever a biker. With the passage of time I opened Torque Motorsports and started importing latest bikes in reasonable price. Today “Torque Motorsports’ is said to be the top showroom of Pakistan to import latest cars and heavy bikes.
“Now we usually ride on weekend in a group of 50 to 60 bikes all young and professional riders. The most important thing is that there is no official track in Pakistan which is sad and on behalf of all the biking community of Pakistan I request the government to please keep this under consideration. These bikes are really safe it’s us who make them dangerous. I always insist my friends to wear full safety gear and helmets. Government should recognize this passion as a sport activity and provide the biker community official tracks.” he said.