One of the latest owners of a Harley Davidson in Kerala is Anjali Rajan, an avid bike enthusiast, who has created a record of sorts by travelling from Thiruvananthapuram to Hyderabad on her bike.
This is the fourth bike owned by Anjali and her dream is to travel all along India on bikes. She says that any woman can ride a bike and adds that her 55-kg frame can easily manage the 200-kg bulk of her Harley.
Anjali was interested in bikes right when she was in school and rode her first bike, a Suzuki, when she was in her tenth. She later brought a Suzuki Splendour, an Avenger and now a Harley Davidson at 27.
She says that women can handle bikes well; they only need passion, skill and confidence. She was also afraid when she tried her hand at bikes, but that fear will thin soon, she says.
She purchased her Harley on February 2015. This is not a normal bike and is not suited for short trips, she says. The test drive of the superbike itself was carried out from Ahemedabad to Goa and back. Since the bike is a very powerful one, the abilities of the bike should not be underestimated. It goes without saying that it is very comfortable too.
Now, many ladies have come forward to ride bikes, inspired by her, she says. She is thrilled to drive a two-cylinder bike, she says.
Disturbed by the fact that few women use two wheelers in Ahmedabad, she started a club called 'Riderni', which teaches women to ride bikes. It has been running well for the past few years.
She says she enjoyed the Thiruvananthapuram-Ahmedabad trip the most and covered the 2231 km-ride in seven days. She completed the Bangalore-Mumbai stretch of 900 kilometres in one go. She travels alone and counts the support provided by her parents as her strength. She says her mother is more of a friend to her.
She has an upcoming travel plan in mind, one that would not be undertaken alone. She is planning to travel along with a Delhi-based, Army officers group called Triumph and is planning to travel from Kanyakumari to Kashmir in her next adventure outing.