Asia’s only scooter stuntman does deadly stunts for a living
This is the moment an Indian man is seen doing some gravity defying wheelies on a 100 cc scooter.
31-year-old Dinesh Verma, from Punjab, has been doing dangerous scooter stunts ever since he was 16. He performs at road shows on his pimped up scooter – often leaving audiences in awe.
Verma calls him the only ‘scooter’ stuntman in Asia.
“People do stunts on bikes but I am the only one who uses a scooter. A scooter has a small engine, the weight is off to one side, the wheels are too small so no one tries to do stunts on it,” said Verma.
“Which is why it is harder to pull off stunts on a scooter. But I love scooter because they have their own charm.”
When Verma started, he was one of the youngest people to take up freestyle riding on any kind of two wheeler – he had an obsession to become the best scooter stuntman in the world.
Dinesh can do all the kinds of stunts that bikers do. He never let the limitations of s scooter come ahead of the stunts he always wants to try. He can do wheelies, cries, zero circle, doughnut, fire shows, bar tricks, ape Hanger, cliff hanger, stoppie, biscuit eater, burnouts, hyper spin, switchback, christ, deactivator, spreader, high chair and many others.
But the stunts come with their own risks.
Verma said: “There have been times when I have fallen down head first but the helmet saved my life. But these risks can’t stop me because I enjoy the thrill.
“Learning new tricks is addictive. Every time you land one, you want to instantly move onto something bigger and better. I am 31 but not too old no not learn new tricks.”
He said: “I make £50 – £60 in one show which is not enough to maintain the scooter and the team that does stunts with me on different vehicles.
“The money in stunts is very uncertain because you never know how many shows you might get in a month. It just depends how lucky you get in a month.”
India”s only scooter stunt man is single and plans to marry a woman who can understand his profession and allows him to teach his skills to his children.
“If I get married soon and I have children, I will make sure that I teach my children all the stunts that I have leant in last decade. They can choose a profession they want but they must know what their father did for a living,” he said.