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Jul 20, 2016
Biking runs in the family, as they say. This is the story of one such family which has produced three generations of motorcycle fanatics. The Ashtikar family, hailing from Nagpur, has the love of motorcycle running through its blood. The oldest member of the family, Ashok Ashtikar, aged 74, rides a classic 1970s Jawa, an iconic machine that instills respect in even the most hardened riders today. He is a retired divisional inspector of the Excise Department in Maharashtra. Ashok was posted in the thickly-wooded areas near Melghat, where tigers used to roam freely. His bike was so loud and fast that even tigers were scared of it. This was a real-life example of a bike saving its rider’s life more than once.
He still rides today, and keeps the love of his life in pristine condition.His son Prasad, is a businessman and heads a motorsports association in Nagpur. He is a regular visitor at most biking meets and makes one trip to Ladakh every year. He is, needless to say, ever-ready to ride to the most inaccessible places in India at the drop of a hat. He had once ridden his bike to the Rohtang pass, when the temperature was 8 degrees below zero. He has also ridden to Bhutan. He has named his trusty steed “Basanti” Hardcore, isn’t it? The youngest member in the family, Pushkar, a Thrill Ambassador, by the way, learnt to ride at the age of 15. The day he was old enough to ride, his father (Prasad), gifted him a bike. There was no stopping him since. He always tries to find an excuse to ride 120 kilometers to his farmhouse in the outskirts of Nagpur. He is currently conditioning himself for his first ride to Ladakh. He has named his bike the “White Horse”, by the way.
This proves to us that the love of motorcycles transcends generations. We really wish to see more families like the Ashtikars riding their hearts out, always looking to #RideAlongWithMRF.