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'Chithra Priya'

i, THe biker
29 Year Old

Currently Riding

Yamaha-YZF-R15

Past Owned

TVS-Apache-RTR-160

Riding Experience

No. of Years of riding motorcycles : 12,
Kilometers done (appox) : 3,50,000kms

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For you as a woman, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?

Motorcycling is an expression of freedom, a chance to break boundaries, push my own limits and live outside my comfort zone! As a woman it increases my confidence and help me realize that I can survive any odds.

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How has motorcycling changed you and your life?

Being on the Saddle has opened up a new pathways to freedom, better understanding of life, lesser worries, constant smiles, unlimited adventures, new friends and better appreciation for life!

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How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in motorcycling?

Dangers and risks are there in all aspects of life and in motorcycling they are a bit on the higher side but if we are aware and cautious about them, they can be minimized. It is this understanding of dangers and risks that give you a greater sense of achievement and a better appreciation for motorcycling.

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Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable incidents involving you as a motorcyclist?

The last 300kms of my SaddleSore( ride, shivering in the cold, eyes watering, standing alone in pitch dark, my body exhausted but still smiling at myself like an idiot and laughing, at how much I loved motorcycling, that moment and the journey ahead.
On 26 December a random morning bike ride to Pondicherry changed my entire outlook towards life. I got to see the Tsunami first hand and on the ride back home, I witnessed the massive destruction it had caused all around me. It made me realise how short life is and to live for the moment and not for the future.

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As a motorcyclist, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?

Being one of the very few Indian women on the race track i have been able to help promote gender equality and female empowerment and my work has instilled a lot of confidence in other women to fight against challenges.

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What are the best and the worst things about being a motorcyclist, especially a female motorcyclist, in India?

The best part of being a female motorcyclist is that people are more courteous and helpful, the cops are sweeter and the worst part is that, there is still a lot of doubt and negativity, and a lot of judgement is passed towards a female biker on indian roads

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Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?

Riding to me is like finding Nirvana somewhere amongst the open highway, with the wind in my hair, the song in my head, the freedom in my soul, and knowing that I am living a life with no regrets!

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