Superbikes and Supergirls
In this world of stereotypes, machines are meant to be toys for boys and a girl should amuse herself with cosmetics & dolls. We have grown amidst such categorising, but there are girls out there who are ready to challenge such thinking. There are girls who are already pounding on drums, reaching for the moon and others who are thrashing the typecast in Bike Racing.
Credits- Neharika Yadav
Currently there are many groups and individuals who are promoting feminism in all aspects, and one such aspect is Biking.
In India, there are three sections of bikers arguably. One being the daily commuter, who uses his bike as a daily ride to workplace, with prodigious mileage bikes. The other section being the Students. This section uses the bike to travel to college and for frivolous sightseeing, youngsters who just enjoy riding. A fraction of them who can't resist riding, whether it is a Pulsar 200 cc, or a Yamaha 150 cc or a KTM Over powered bike. The third section are the ironic bikers, who want to build careers in biking, who love Moto Gp and Isle of Man more than anything. Whether it is Valentino or Pedrosa, Honda, Aprila or Ducati, this section just loves pure speed and the adrenaline. They care less about anything but their ride. 44 BHP Duke is just a beginners's toy for them, they just want 1000+ cc, because what matters is the engine’s colossal horsepower to high end torque the bike runs on. They attend the Riding Schools in MMRT or Cari Speedway, Chennai. Well, I can't miss mentioning the ‘Bullet Riders’ here. Those Ladakh riders are a special class who take time-out from routine, pick up the Royal ride and aim to infinity. Now, I have mentioned all the sections of Bikers, haven't I?
Credits- Tanya Nirmal
NOPE! I am yet to mention that special class – The Women Riders. This class doesn’t want to ride bikes for supporting feminism, but just for expressing their shear love for the machines. Some girls ask their boyfriends to teach them biking and some just go and buy bikes from the market; assured that bike riding needs just understanding between human and machine, where gender is no bar.
Credits- Priyanka Kochhar
The gender stereotypes are already being broken. As I type there might be a girl revving her bike, a shiny helmet hiding her mane, a leather jacket to face the winds, and gloves to accelerate as much as she wants.
Such is the story of Priyanka Kochhar, Tanya Nirmal, Anam Hashim, Neharika Yadav and thousand other girls like them. They don’t care about genders bias or what the society thinks. They just put their kits on, close the helmet visor and take off. Groups like Biking Queens, Regals, Riderni, Lady Riders of India and so many others are making it all happen for women bikers.
Bikes just need a human captivation and nothing else- And the girls know it better than anybody else!
Credits- Anam Hashim