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Here are 5 Indian women bikers you need to know about. They are taking over the roads on their own terms!
Often used to further encourage the trope of the masculine, or ‘macho’ man, the motorbike has had a long history of being associated primarily with men.
Fortunately, the feats of these five Indian Women stands testimony to the fact that women aren’t catching up in this race – but instead, leading the way.
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With the conviction that gender is irrelevant when it comes to the love of motorcycling, Urvashi co-created a Facebook group back in 2011 – a group that now boasts of several tight knit communities of women riders around India, as well as the honour of being India’s first Pan-Indian Women Bike Riders’ Association. The Bikernis currently have over 15,000 likes on Facebook, and use their page to encourage other women too to give their passion a try.
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Having developed the love for biking at an early age of 16, Roshini Sharma does not let anything stop her from chasing her dreams: not even 5453 kilometres. The first Indian woman to drivefrom Kanyakumari to Kashmir, she embarked on the journey alone. She went on to lead an All Women biking expedition in Thailand earlier this year, proving that she just got started.
Over twenty years of experience in the field has resulted in a ton of accomplishments for seasoned rider, Sheetal Bidaye. With a streak of adventure, Sheetal and her bike have explored every terrain imaginable: from rocky cliffs to low lands. Her desire to explore has always culminated in pushing the edge for women drivers in India, which is why her pursuits are eagerly awaited.
It was a curious incident that drew Rutavi into the tantalizing world of bike riding: she witnessed a Maharashtrian lady, decked in traditional attire, casually zooming away on a bike. The memory stuck, and a curiosity to be a bike rider with the perspective of a photographer led her to this path. Now a renowned woman travel blogger, Rutavi’s tales and stories with her bike in the spotlight are definitely to be looked out for.
India’s youngest, and first Woman Superbike racer, Alisha has a flair for the thrilling pursuit of speed as well as bike riding: from back when she was eight years old. Several circuits and close calls later, she became a name to be reckoned with, and her legacy has thereby only continued, with accolades and feathers in her cap.
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