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Monday, Oct 21, 2019

Find out why this female Pune rider rode to Gujarat in 9 hours

Biker and motorcycle tour guide Pooja Dhabi recollects her first dramatic bike ride; talks about safe biking practices

pune Updated: Nov 01, 2017 22:41 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune’s Pooja Dhabi will eb sharing her biking story at the India Bike Week rally in November
Pune’s Pooja Dhabi will eb sharing her biking story at the India Bike Week rally in November

A motorcycle tour guide, Puneite Pooja Dhabi encourages motorcycle tours for those who haven’t yet started biking but always wanted to experience it. Recollecting her first long ride from Pune to Gujarat, she says, “I wanted to express my passion for riding to my parents. My parents were in Mehsana, Gujarat and I decided to ride there from Pune. It was about 750km, I left at 5am and reached at 6pm. They were shocked to see me come so far all by myself. That was the moment they were convinced and never stopped me from riding.”

Dhabi’s passion for biking led to her getting a certification and later working as a motorcycle tour guide. “Motorcycles, for me, are like breathing. If I don’t ride, I feel like I have been locked in a room. From learning how to ride and riding solo, to doing an entire solo trip across India and Nepal, and becoming a motorcycle racer, everything has changed for the better. I am a completely different person now,” she says.

The biker will be participating in the fifth edition of a popular bike rally in Goa to be held this month. She says, “All this time, I had been an observer at the India Bike Week. I always admired people who spoke about their experiences. Being one of them feels amazing. I hope my story inspires people.”

She also has a few tips for amateur bikers, “Keep yourself hydrated, never wait until you reach the reserve limit, and plan your night stays for a stress-free ride. Route your rides prior to your departure. There are so many amateur bikers taking up the sport without knowing how fast or risky their superbikes can be. I would urge them to get professional training rather than aping people they see on the Internet.”

First Published: Nov 01, 2017 18:58 IST

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