i, THe biker
25 Year Old
No. of Years of riding motorcycles : 10,
Kilometers done (appox) : 3,30,000 kms
For you as a woman, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?
Be it a man or a woman, the passion for motorcycling remains the same. Passion is not measured by the gender one belongs to, it is based on the love for the motorcycle and adventure alone.
On a personal note, motorcycling a source of freedom for me. A way to tell the people around me who assume that women can't ride well or that they are not supposed to be riding motorcycles at all that ,"Listen buddy, I am a woman, I ride motorcycles and upon that I ride them extremely well. So take a hike!"
Being a motorcyclist has been one of the best gift's in life for me.
How has motorcycling changed you and your life?
Motorcycling has made me independent, made me braver and has heightened my reflexes further. I started motorcycling when I was 14 years old and even then I could realise that I was born to ride motorbikes.
Motorcycling made me understand that I have a great sense of responsibility and it was high time I give back to the society.
So in 2011, I decided to organize all the women bikers I knew under one roof and create a platform to empower women through the field of motorcycles in India. Thus, the first and largest pan India association of women motorcyclists was born and I named the association 'The Bikerni'.
Today, the association holds a Limca Record, has done various social cause rides, has encouraged women to get onto motorcycles, have done TV shows, holds worldwide recognition and respect of the fellow motorcyclists.
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in motorcycling?
"When the going gets tough, the tough get going." I believe that every passion, every thing you want to do in life, involves a certain amount of risks and danger. Some are anticipated and some are not. It is how you take it in your stride, how you prepare yourself for those dangers is what really matters in the end.
You must be properly geared up at all times. Respect the rules of the road. Always keep in mind that the road is full of idiots and always be prepared to expect the unexpected. Danger is present in some form or the other, it is how you anticipate the risks involved is what will save you from it.
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable incidents involving you as a motorcyclist?
An amazing and memorable incident was once when I was riding in MP with a fellow Bikerni and we had stopped enroute at Bhimbetka. A family had come on a picnic. They were astounded to see the two girls on the RE Classic 500 cc. They came up to us and asked 'Are you Bikernis?' We were pleased and proud to hear that they knew all about The Bikerni. On our ride throughout MP, we met a lot more people, who told us that they had read, watched or heard about the association and felt that they were lucky to see some of it's members in person and clicked pictures with us. We felt embarrassed and proud.
Another was when I rode from Delhi to Nubra Valley via Khardung La with ten other members from Bikerni. It was an amazing and challenge filled journey. One which I can never forget. We came back with beautiful memories and a Limca Record.
As a motorcyclist, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
I am proud to say that I am an influential member of the fraternity and have put my heart and soul into my association. I keep my feet firmly on my footpegs and have never let success get to my head. My only aim is to inspire and motivate women to experience life to the fullest and believe in their capabilities.
I kickstarted 'The Bikerni' to create a strong,long lasting and respectable platform for budding as well as established women motorcyclists in India.
I encourage the members to bond and interact with their biking brothers and do not encourage rivalry at all.
It is a small bit from my side to ensure that India becomes the top motorcycling community of the world. One that is looked upon as a positive example to others for the strong band of disciplined motorcyclists it has.
I will keep encouraging women to believe in themselves.
What are the best and the worst things about being a motorcyclist, especially a female motorcyclist, in India?
Women getting into what had been perceived as traditionally male dominated areas is required in the present scenario.I prefer riding alone or with fellow female bikers because we tend to ride in harmony and have no need whatsoever to prove anything to each other. There have been questions raised that,Why are you being a feminist? Why a separate term for a female biker as 'The Bikerni'.They argue that in the end, man or woman, all are bikers, isn't it?I ask them that before the term 'Bikerni' was created or before our association was kickstarted, were women bikers in India given a respectable platform or recognized? Since the founding of the all women association, recognition has come to women bikers and they are acknowledged as fellow bikers on the highway of adventure.
so yes, we created a separate platform for women bikers.We overcame.
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
When I Ride, I feel empowered and I am aware of every single moment around me. I feel a deep sense of peace and my body gets filled with bright energy. I feel like I am the Queen of the most beautiful of mountains and that while I am on my motorcycle nothing can break me or stop me. All matters are trivial and that all challenges can be overcome. I experience nirvana in a way that only a motorcyclist can explain. Especially, when he/she is riding in search of an adventure that would create another chapter for the memories of tomorrow. I feel like I am born again and never felt more alive.