Riding On The Edge: The Fatal Consequences Of Irresponsible Superbike Riding

Superbikes safe riding
by Nikita Dogra Kadam

The recent tragedy involving a famous 22-year-old YouTuber Agastay Chauhan. Who lost his life in a horrific crash on Yamuna Expressway, has reignited the debate surrounding high-end superbikes.

As the popularity of superbikes has risen in India, so have the risks associated with them. With their incredible speed and power, superbikes can be both thrilling and dangerous. The recent surge in reported superbike accidents is giving bikers a bad reputation. Should these vehicles be blamed for such accidents, or is it just another example of human error and reckless driving?

Upon closer inspection, it’s clear that most of these incidents have involved young riders. This has only served to demonstrate that some amateur riders are unaware of the potential risks when riding a powerful motorcycle.


In India, anybody with a motorcycle driving license can purchase and own any bike, regardless of its size and power. This is despite the fact that there are no laws or tests in place to determine if the rider is qualified or has the necessary experience and riding skills to handle powerful machines. In the UK, as well as in Australia and other Western countries, two-wheeler licenses are categorized into tiers and insurance costs. Moreover, they are dependent on the rider passing certain tests and gaining experience. All riders must complete Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) in order to ride a moped, scooter or motorcycle on the road. Based on the age and clearance of necessary tests the licenses are classified into A1, A2 and A.

For example, at age 17, a rider can undertake a two-stage practical test after passing the CBT and theory tests in order to gain an A1 license. This gives the rider the right to ride motorcycles up to 125cc with a maximum power of 14.75bhp. After two years of holding an A1 license or reaching the age of 19, a rider is eligible to apply for an A2 license. This restricts the power of a motorcycle or scooter to 46.6bhp. Upon completion of two years of A2 license holding and reaching the age of 21. The rider can take another practical test to obtain an unrestricted A Motorcycle License. This lack of regulation in India is one of the contributing factors to the problem of rider skill, experience and responsibility.


The two-wheeler market in India is expanding, with different types of motorcycles and scooters having different engine capacities and outputs. Therefore, it is important that licensing is made more strict and basic traffic rules are enforced. This includes staying in the right lane, abiding by traffic lights, speeding limits and wearing required protective gear such as a helmet. Many responsible riders make sure they are properly equipped when they go out for a ride, and obey all traffic laws, including speed limits. While some people think that full riding gear is only needed for street racing and stunt riding. It is important for all riders to purchase the right equipment. Which includes a full-face helmet, jacket, pants, gloves and boots regardless of the size and power of their bike.


Another contributing factor is that the roads in India are often not well-maintained, with potholes, broken pavements, and other hazards. This reduces the safety margin for riders and increases the chances of accidents. The government should focus on improving road conditions and also look at creating more dedicated lanes for superbikes, so that riders can enjoy the experience without worrying about other traffic.


In today’s digital world, Influencers have become an important part of the youth culture. With their ability to persuade consumer decisions, shape public opinion, and draw large audiences. Influencers have a great amount of power and influence. However, such power must be used responsibly, or else any miscommunication or misguided attempt to gain fame could have dangerous repercussions. Sadly, there are influencers who are willing to put their lives in danger by performing dangerous stunts and driving recklessly for the sake of gaining likes and followers. But, what’s even more concerning is that this trend is only increasing. Influencers have a responsibility towards their followers, and they should be setting a good example. Further, they should be encouraging their fans to be mindful when driving and avoid any dangerous stunts. At the end of the day, no number of followers is worth your life.


In conclusion, there are a number of initiatives like providing better training for riders, improving the condition of roads, and educating riders about the dangers of superbikes. However, it is also important to remember that rider safety is a shared responsibility. All riders should take the necessary precautions to ensure their safety as well as that of their fellow riders. We would like to invite your views on the topic in the comments below.

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