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Nishigandha Sarolkar

i, THe biker
22 Year Old

Currently Riding

Yamaha-FZ16

Past Owned

Other

Riding Experience

No. of Years of riding motorcycles : 5,
Kilometers done (appox) : 28000

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

It means to elevate yourself to a level where in you stand at par with men in their field and show them that women are no less than them.

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How has motorcycling changed you and your life?

Motorcycling has given me confidence and strength. It has given me recognition and appreciation, and has lead to an ever increasing thirst to ride to new locations.

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

Risks and dangers are always there, even when we cross the road. That does not and shouldn't stop a rider from riding. Using proper safety gear and taking precautions is the only solution. As for me, I love the adrenaline rush the speed, the torque, or the off-road track gives..

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

1. Ride to Madhe Ghat - Perfect season, three riders, off to one of the toughest off - roading routes nearby - madhe ghat. After finishing the off-road track, other experienced riders, (aged 33 and 27 years) actually came up to me and said that they were proud of me for covering that path..! A great achievement.
2. Konkan ( Pune to Velas and back ) - 500 km + completed in just one day - Night riding on dangerous ghats, while coming back left at 8:30 pm and reached Pune at 1:30 am, nonstop. Again me being the only female rider, a great experience!

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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 a female rider, my main motive is to promote riding among women and get more and more girls into riding. Have taken part in Pune's first traffic parliament to discuss various traffic related problems and their solutions with town planners and top level police officers. Taken part in events for spreading awareness about use of helmets along with "Yugpath". Member of the safety in-charge team for Pune's women's ride (My bike my world) along with "The Bikerni"

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

The best thing - The sense of freedom and the "free bird" types feeling that riding gives !! Also the attention I get being a female rider (sometimes) :)
The worst thing - The kind of attitude that men in India have.
1. Some men just can not stand women riders getting at par with them.
2. Men always try to show extra help, like pull back the bike at parking, etc.

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Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?

S.E.X.Y.! Elevated! Free! Awesome :) A sense of pride! Riding is my meditation, gets my mood back on track.. A bad day.. and all I need to make it good is my biking on the highway!

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