Motorbiking has always been considered a dangerous hobby to pursue, add to that the stereotype that women cannot drive and you’ve got yourself a proper conundrum. Over the first decade of the new century though, some women broke all the wrong stereotypes in all the right ways. Their feats of extraordinary strength, resilience and dedication toward their passion to ride motorbikes warrants that we give them the recognition and respect that they deserve. While it’s still not too common to see a lady biker on Indian streets, the number of women who ride a motorcycle has been on the rise.
So, here are such women and their stories of rebellion that make them, the top Indian female riders.
1. Priyanka Kochhar
Priyanka Kochhar is a model and an avid biker. Priyanka has attended many track days and has even ridden on the famous MMSC and the Kari Speedway. Priyanka has a passion for motorcycling and loves to ride as many new motorcycles as possible. She also blogs about her motorcycling adventures.
2. Esha Gupta
The first rider on this list with some serious road time under her belt, Esha Gupta is a woman who believes in the power and determination of women. Esha has ridden on ‘Mickey’ her trusted Bajaj Avenger, across 16 states, covering close to 30,000 kilometres between January 26th 2016 to 14th May 2016, all in an attempt to find an answer to the question, ‘Is India safe for women? For a female solo rider?’
3. Alisha Abdullah
Alisha Abdullah is among the fastest Indian women on two wheels. Her father, RA Abdullah, is a seven-time national champion. Alisha’s racing career started at the age of 10. She has been a runner-up in the National Bike Racing Championship in the open class. She has even driven in the Volkswagen Polo Cup. She has also represented the country in the International Toyota Vios cup. Alisha has even launched her own racing academy for budding woman racers.
4. Roshni Sharma
Roshni Sharma is a name to contend with. The first Indian woman to motorcycle her way from Kanyakumari to Kashmir learnt to ride at just 16 years old. Since then, the engineer has never looked back and wants to encourage women to break social taboos and go on adventures.
5. Maral Yazarloo
Iran-born Maral Yazarloo holds the title of ‘India’s best female Superbiker. Maral has clocked more than 1.4 lakh kilometres on her superbike. A proud owner of several superbikes and a lover of riding on open roads and the big outdoors, Maral too, like Urvashi, wanted other women to join her and be free from all of society’s rules and stereotypes, this thought led her to create India’s first female superbike club, ‘The Lady Riders of India.’
6. Anam Hashim
Anam Hashim is a young professional bike stunt performer. She is the only Indian Stunt Athlete to have won an international stunt competition. She believes that riding isn’t just about the speed or the thrill. Instead, it’s a way of life that can’t be expressed in words.
7. Kalyani Potekar
A professional motorcyclist from Dewas, Madhya Pradesh, Kalyani Potekar was awarded as “Outstanding Woman in Motorsports” by FMSCI (Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India). Kalyani has participated in various motorsports event across the country like Honda National Championship, Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (INMRC) and apart from achieving the motorcycling glory,
8. Dr Sarika Mehta
A dare-master of sorts, Dr Sarika took up riding motorcycles as a challenge and ended up becoming the first female biker to ride across 10 countries due to her love for the road and her super-engineered companions. Founder of the biking group, The Biking Queens.
In today’s world, a motorcycle is independence personified, making the rider, the incarnate of freedom. Riding a motorcycle has and will always be empowering, irrespective of what the rider’s sex is. For women to pursue their passion for riding motorbikes in society as orthodox and judgmental as India’s, makes me hopeful that our country could finally be limping its way into the light that is sexual equality
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