Ranchi’s one-armed biker breaks the stereotype by his zeal for racing.
Ranchi’s Rohan Singh proves ‘if you have will there’s a way. Born with a disability that turned into his strength, conquered hindrance to pursue his passion of superbikes.
Rohan from Ranchi has a chronic birth defect that retarded his left arm growth beyond the elbow but his passion and zeal lead him worked hard to overcome his disability to ride several world’s fastest motorbikes. The talented motorbike rider is 28-year-old law graduate from Ranchi.
In his teenage, he developed a passion for motorbikes and also, for more than a decade he dedicated to adapt to riding the two-wheelers. Initially he used ropes tied to his hand but that resulted in a badly injured hand. Later he tried his hand on a cooker rubber gasket, but this method failed badly during the rains.
Once while having dinner, an idea came to him in his mind to use his small left elbow to grip the motorbike clutch when he moved dishes with his stunted arm. Initially he failed for the consecutive three times, later after that, there was no looking back.
Singh, in 2014 took up the challenge to become a certified member of the United States-based Iron Butt Association. The target was to cover 1,600 km within 24 hours. At morning 3 am he started from Ranchi on an Austrian motorbike, KTM Duke 390, and then hit Delhi by 9: 30 pm the same day, covering around 1,400 kilometers in 17 hours.
He could have easily covered another 400 kilometers but stopped in Delhi. He had won the challenge and there’s no need any certification for his skill. The following year, he rode six days from Ranchi to Hyderabad and back, travelling around 3,500 kilometers on his friend gifted Italian motorbike, Ducati Monster 821. Participating in the International Isle of Man TT Race, the most prestigious motorcycle race in the world is his dream.
Rohan is a law graduate from the prestigious Nalsar University in Hyderabad, is a skilled cyclist and drives the car regularly. He often faces extraordinary reactions when people realise he is a disabled motorbike rider. Once another biker was riding next to him and as soon as he saw him, he was surprised on seeing that he doesn’t have a hand and fell down and he had to go and help him.
Rohan credits his triumph to his parents who never made him feel he was disabled but always said he is differently abled. They raised him like a normal child and never stopped him from taking any challenge. As a kid Rohan often faced exclusion by other children who be afraid of me him, as he did not have two hands. As days passed by, Rohan developed positive aspects about himself and proved that he was better than others.
According to him motor sports can be more compensating than cricket as it’s stimulative, boosts concentration, self-control and ability to develop strength over natural factors.
For his friends, Rohan is their role model for his friends, who never stopped admiring his determination. According to his co-riders, Sandeep Kapoor and Ganesh Reddy, Rohan is their inspiration.
In social media he is quite popular, also his admirers call him a Superhero and Superhuman. Rohan’s affection for biking has inspired several youngsters to keen interest in the sport in Ranchi.
One thing that can be seen in the two famous residents of Ranchi i.e Rohan and cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an eye pleasing collection of motorbikes. While Dhoni has the costlier ones like Harley Davidson Fat Boy and Kawasaki Ninja, Rohan is not far behind with the Suzuki GSXR 1000, considered the world’s fastest-accelerating motorbike. Rohan oo have Royal Enfield.