Girl student, an avid biker rides Harley Davidson

Girl student, an avid biker rides Harley Davidson

Girl student, an avid biker rides Harley Davidson

When her peers just started to pedal bicycles, she wanted to do something unusual. Ride a mobike. Now, it is close to one decade, the girl in her early 20s has rode thousands of km, navigating through bumps and crosses with ease. Every weekend, she rides from Mysuru to Bengaluru and back.

Beginning from Yamaha, the bike she first experimented with, Supriya Chetty now rides a Harley Davidson. She has to her credit the experience of riding almost all superbikes from Honda to Duke and the urge to ride more doesn’t stop.

Supriya, who is in her final semester of engineering in Environmental Science at Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE), in Mysuru, claims to be one among a few girl bikers from the cultural capital. She is planning something big; a solo ride from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, covering nearly 4,000 km.

Chetty told Deccan Herald, she was inspired by her motorbike enthusiast elder brother Supreeth, vrooming around with ease. One day, when she saw her brother’s RX Yamaha, her adrenaline was pumping. Like every other first timer, she took the vehicle with much discomfort. However, it didn’t take much time to let go her fear. Since then, riding has become a habit for her. From Pune to Goa, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai, Western Ghats, Surat, Vadodara, Daman and Diu among others, she has manoeuvred through the arduous tracks from north to south.

On Friday, Chetty was the cynosure of all eyes, when she went on to speak about her passion during a conference on women leadership organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in association with Young Indians, an organisation.

Proud to be a Bikerni, an association of women bikers founded by Urvashi Patole in 2011, Chetty was swarmed by women during the conference with one common request; teach us riding.

Ask her, was it easy in the male’s domain, Chetty pat says ‘no’. Once, she stopped at a village and the enthusiastic villagers asked her about the Harley’s price. The moment she said Rs 14 lakh, many shrugged their shoulders saying, ‘We could have bought tractors with the amount’. At petrol bunk, it’s hilarious always. “The moment I stop to tank up, the boy asks ‘Sir...’, and pat change tone after learning it is a girl”.

When Chetty bought the harley, she rode it from Goa to Mysuru. For her, biking is in her blood with her father Sanjay also being a motorbike enthusiast in his younger days.

Chetty, who is also pursuing research on nano technology, wants to learn the nuances of track racing.

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