1) 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.
2) Urvashi Patole
The founder of the first all-women motorcycle club in India has set the pace for others to follow. Unhappy with the lack of a proper platform for female bikers in the country, she established Bikerni with 14 members. Today, it’s grown to a whopping 700 and is represented across 17 cities.
3) Aparna Bandodkar
A doctor by profession, Aparna Bandodkar learnt to ride at the tender age of 13 and continues to blaze a trail with her fellow bikers. She admits to courting looks from people occasionally but doesn’t let that stop her from doing what she loves – riding! “If men can ride, why can’t women?” she says. We totally agree!
4) Deepa Malik
An inspiration that needs no introduction, Deepa Malik has not let illness stop her from living life to the fullest. The award-winning athlete and paralympian skier has won accolades for numerous achievements including riding a special bike for 58 kms and driving across 9 passes in 9 days on the highest motorable roads in Ladakh including some thrilling bike tours in India.
5) Maral Yazarloo
An Iranian by birth, Dr. Maral Yazarloo is a committed rider and lover. She’s also the proud owner of several superbikes and also founded the Lady Riders of India, the country’s first female superbike club.
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6) Sarika Mehta
Dr. Sarika Mehta took up motorcycle riding as a challenge and ended up becoming the first female biker to ride across 10 countries. Founder of the Biking Queens, she also initiated the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Abhiyan in Surat. Along with fellow bikers, she journeyed 10,000 kms in 2016 to publicise the Beti Bachao campaign.
7) Ruby Singh
27-year-old Ruby Singh has been riding for the past 3 years. She loves biking in the hills and is looking forward to more exciting adventures. Like many of her fellow riders, she’s faced naysayers who believe women can’t and shouldn’t ride motorcycles. Her family believe otherwise and stand behind her love for riding.
8) Alisha Abdullah
Alisha is the country’s first female national racing champion. Her love for racing goes back many years to when she was a child. A go-karting champ during her tweens and teens, she moved to four-wheeler track racing and then switched to bikes in 2004. An accident in 2010 left her shaken and she moved back to car racing. However, she hasn’t given up her love for bikes and even won an All Ladies Race recently.
9) Dr. Neharika Yadav
Superbikes are her passion and Dr. Neharika Yadav has taken it to the next level by completing 2,000 kms on the Buddh International Circuit. She was the only female participant in the 2015 JK Tyre Superbike Championship and also participated in the KTM Open Track Day as the sole female rider among 97 males.
10) Sarah Kashyap
The Raid de Himalaya is the world’s highest rally raid and one of the toughest even for experienced riders. Yet for Sarah Kashyap, it was a challenge she wanted to meet head-on. She became the only woman to complete the Raid back in 2015 despite slipping on ice and cracking her collarbone. She’s also the only female participant in the India Baja 2017, a 3-day event that covers over 400 kms of Rajasthan’s harsh desert.
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