These women are making heads turn as they shatter the stereotype that only boys can ride bikes. They are role models to many women who are seeking the courage to follow their passion for riding bikes. Many of them embark on solo journeys throughout the world and are showcasing the fact that women can do anything they want.
Dr. Neharika Yadav
One of the foremost bikers in India, Dr Neharika is making waves in the biking circuit for her ability to manoeuvre herself in the fastest direction. She was bestowed with the title of being ‘India’s Fastest Lady Super Biker’ as she made it to the 2015 KTM open track by clocking in the 20th fastest time among 97 male bikers. Being a dentist by profession, she takes her passion for biking to the next level by practicing frequently at the Buddh International Circuit.
This Iranian born super biker has various feathers in her cap as she is marketing strategies and even has a PhD in the same field. Maral also has her own fashion label and often exhibits her work all over the world. She gained recognition when she embarked on a solo tour across the seven continents and travelled to 67 countries covering 110,000 km, which is an incredible feat in itself. She owns some of the most coveted bikes including models from Harley Davidson, Ducati and BMW.
This circuit and off-road motorcycle racer likes talking to the wind and has won numerous national championships including Road Racing and Rally Championships. She made headlines by becoming the first Indian female rider to compete in the Baja Aragon motorcycle event held in Spain in 2018. Her passion for biking commenced when she undertook a ride from Gujarat to Meghalaya at the young age of 18 and hasn’t looked back ever since.
Anam Hashim is making her country proud by becoming the only Indian stunt athlete to have secured a win in an international stunt competition. She amassed a massive feat of being the first woman to cover 2,150 km by riding to Khardung La on her TVS Scooty. She also completed one of the toughest circuits called Desert Storm and succeeded with flying colours. Her illustrious career at the young age of 26 demonstrates her hard work and diligence.
Dr. Sarika Mehta
Dr. Sarika Mehta is the founder of an all-female biking group called The Biking Queens which aims to motivate and form a community for women who have a passion for bikes. She came from a conservative family but with the support of her husband she quickly learned biking and has broken stereotypes since then. She gained the limelight by becoming the first female biker to travel to 10 countries in Asia on her bike including Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia etc.
Having first rode a bike at the age of 14, Shabnam has come a long way, riding bikes. She is one for shattering societal norms as she started riding when there weren’t many female bikers in India and also has a lengthy history with the biker organisation Bikerni, one of India’s first female biker gangs. She has been on so many trips that she has lost count and is an inspiration for all.
Roshni Sharma An engineer by profession, Roshni found rejuvenation amidst nature and a sense of thrill riding her bike. She became the first female biker in India to scale the length of the country from Kanyakumari to Kashmir by riding solo. Her journey was through the vivid landscapes of mountains, uneven terrains, unrelenting roads and with a solid determination she covered 11 states in this 5,453 km ride.