Kicking up some dirt and beating the sun.

Everyone complains about the potholes this side of the sub-continent. Well, these folks relish it.

Meet the new generation of bikers. These folks aren’t ones to buy low-riders and go for long rides, not even the ones to zoom past you on their superbikes. These bikers love roughing it out, outdoors.

A dirt-biker leaving a cloud of dirt. Image courtesy: Jean-Daniel Echenard via Flickr/Creative Commons

The riders are no strangers to the intense sport. Even before India’s first competitive race took place in 2009, bikers took advantage of off-roads that can be found a few miles away from the metros.

The bikes these riders mount aren’t big on power, but they do pack a mean pick-up that can easily sail them through the most unruly of tracks.

Motocross is especially fun during the summers when the soil is dry and firm. The sun may be unforgiving, but the thrill of conquering mounds and dunes is something else.

Wearing protective gear that includes helmets and gloves, these bikers mean business. If they see a small elevation, a jugging rock or even a heap of soil, they rev their bikes and take off, certainly towards the sun.

Nothing’s out of reach. Not even the sun. Image courtesy: Christopher Schmid via Flickr/Creative Commons

This may sound easy, but it takes years and many miles on the bike to master the dirt roads. A pro biker might cover an off-road distance faster than you can ride on a smooth tarmac road. Such is their skill.

Now, there are biker groups that have dedicated off-road bikers as their members. And these groups often head out in search of awesome riding terrain. This gives novice riders a good opportunity to ride along with the pros while they can watch, learn and practice with the same group.

Watch out, sun. Here I come! Image courtesy Christopher Schmid

Now since the summers have hit their peak, don’t be surprised to see swarm of dirt bikes go past the toll gates and outside the city limits.

They are dirtbikers who are not going to let the dirt, mud or even the sun come in their way.