Roshni Misbah, learnt to ride from her father is today known as the “Hijabi biker” of India. She has ridden 100+ motorcycles, around 1 lakh + kms. Has been a participant of the Mtv Ace of space 2, a 2x teDxspeaker. Today she is the owner of 2 superbike store “The Bikers World”
She is only girl to own the fastest legal motorcycle in the world, Ninja H2 & rare superbikes including yamaha r1, suzuki Intruder1800, Triumph Rocket, Hayabusa.
Catch her in an interview with Namita Nayyar, Predident, Women Fitness.
You were born in a simple Muslim family. Grew up to be popularly known as ‘Hijabi Biker’. Share your journey and what led to you riding a bike?
I have been a shy, simple girl, who would go to college, study, come back to helping mom with household chores. I wanted to do every possible thing in this one life. Got myself enrolled in every possible course, wanted to do everything that I could, because if the fear that I will never get to follow My dreams and passions or hobbies later in life.
At one time I wanted to be a Singer, a rockstar! But it all came to an end with trying to keep up with the career competition & busy life.
I always wanted to ride bikes, but never knew where to start from & if I did, I was told “you will fall, or this is not for girls.” Hence, I just let it go for a while. 3 years ago, while I was preparing for my CAT exams, when the rut of everyday life bore down on me — I was at my lowest. I remember leaving the house to give CAT exam, when it hit me that I really didn’t want to — so I turned around and came back.
Honestly, at the time, all I knew was that I wanted to do something I loved. So, I took admission in Jamia University because it gave me an opportunity to ride a bike to and fro.
My parents were hesitant, but I kept pushing and convinced them. I had some money saved up from working at a publishing house — pooled it all in and with my father’s help, bought my very first bike.
According to you “Unlike many girls, I wanted to ride a bike rather than a scooty (gearless). I always had a passion for bikes, and I am fulfilling it,” What excites you most about riding a motorbike. The model you presently ride & why you chose it?
The foremost thing was to make myself mentally bold enough to take this step. Riding a bike 16kms to college every day.
People are not used to seeing a girl riding a bike often. As much as we say, “We Are Living Modern & Free.” In some parts of the world, women are still not ALLOWED to do a lot of stuff just because of the Gender Discrimination. However, it was my father who supported me so much! It was my mother who encouraged me to do what I like & not listen to anyone.
I got my first bike, Bajaj Avenger Cruiser 220 as soon as I got admission in Jamia.
I have been riding since 3 years & in the first 2 years of riding went touring around India riding from k2K to the dgolden quadrilateral on a 1800cc Indian Chief, also the youngest to do it on an Indian. I have been participant of the Mtv Ace of space 2.
Today, I am the only girl to own the fastest legal motorcycle in the world, Ninja H2 & rare superbikes including Yamaha r1, Suzuki Intruder1800, Triumph Rocket, Hayabusa.
Share your daily fitness routine.
I do not follow an elaborate exercise routine, do cycling as a workout. Riding a Motorbike is a struggle and exercise for me as both my legs do not reach the ground. I handle weight on toes and arms.
Your diet pattern. Foods you avoid and 5 foods you enjoy eating?
Avoid Oily food. Love having watermelon salad, grilled chicken , briyani , ice creams, kebabs
Riding a bike can take its effect on skin & hair. Share Daily skin & hair care ritual you follow?
Wash my hair after every bike ride, cleanse my face every night before sleeping.
A Memorable incident?
Once I was wearing my normal abaya dress & my 450 kg indian motorcycle ws parked outside a cafe. Everyone was gathered & were in awe looking at the bike, thinking there must be a muscular guy riding it. When I was to leave, I ask everyone to please give me a side & let me reach to the bike. They weren’t letting me in as they were sooo mesmerised by the bike.
This or that way I go to the bike sit on it & everyone stares at me. I took the bike off the stand n start reversing it. The faces & reactions were jaw dropping. I start the bike, smiled & started riding. They all looked at me till I was not seen anymore. The scene was difficult for everyone to digest, but it gave me a really good feeling.
Message for your fans?
“I think it’s all here in the mind, for you to stay up to your passion. I always say. You can follow your culture, your ethics & still follow your passion. You can be an absolute woman & also be smart & tough and not lose your femininity “
To do her bit for women’s empowerment, she has taken part in bike rallies with NGOs like Breakthrough and Khushi…Ek Ehsaas to further the cause of education and saving the girl child.
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