LAHORE - Like elsewhere in the world Lahorites too love sports. They love the excitement, thrill and the rush of adrenaline to satisfy their spirit of youth. Every Sunday around late noon they come out with their heavy bikes in DHA Phase VIII to enjoy joy rides just for fun.

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. The city has a large number of heavy bikers. These guys love their bikes more than anything else and take care of them as their dearest possessions. These bikers import latest bikes from the foreign countries and ride them for fun usually only on Sunday when there is very little traffic on the roads and in the suburbs of city so as not to disturb anyone. These bikes have everything perfect this is they have ABS system, EFI engine, launch control system and quick shift system.

Pakistan is gifted with talented people in each and every field, drag racing, tuning car, bikes and stunts are no different for this matter. But the dilemma is that government doesn’t recognize drag racing as proper sport hence it is labeled 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. 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 enjoyment.

Biker Mansoor Bajwa told The Nation that they spend a lot of money to bring these bikes in Pakistan. “We have Hayabussa, BMW Hp4, Yamaha R1 skull edition, Suzuki Gsxr, Harley Davidson, Ducati and many more but the only thing we don’t have is proper tracks. We know that these souped-up bikes with their sweet-ass custom paint jobs go about 170 miles per hour, but we don’t learn much more.

“And we’re told that you have to have a lot of heart to win the quarter-mile street race, but we’re given very little of the strategy: How you come off the line, why you outfit the bike with a narrow front tire or any other information about what wins a race. In a way, with smoke burning and sparks flying, we never know what we’re looking at. When you start to see motorcycling as something well beyond the status of a hobby, when you start to put it truly in its real perspective within your personal “hierarchy of needs,” you’re taking a step toward healthier levels of self-knowledge and self-acceptance,” Mansoor explained.