Our series on lady riders, who have proven that bikes can be a girl’s best friend, continues with a chat with Dipti Trivedi on her journey. A Mumbaiker at heart, she admits that, while the support of family is a big plus, it takes the inner passion to ride your dreams. Dipti has quite unwittingly broken stereotypes and blazed a trail for others to follow. Read her story, an exclusive for Solorider.
- How did you get interested in motorbike riding?
I had always been fond of motorcycles. When I didn’t know how to ride, I’d join my friends as a pillion on long rides, spreading my hands out to feel the breeze hitting my face. But even then, I wasn’t satisfied being only a pillion. Very passionately, I wanted to be a rider. But learning to ride, especially the mighty Royal Enfield, was a challenge. Once I was able to do it, it gave me an incredible sense of independence and confidence which I’d never felt before in my life. Riding with the Road Stallions Bullet Club, Mumbai also brought me closer to the riding culture and taught me how to discipline my riding
- Where did you spend your childhood? Is there anyone else in the family – sisters, brothers or cousins who are also into bike riding?
I have spent my entire childhood in the crazy city of Mumbai and during those days motorcycles were merely a medium of commuting. The thump of an Enfield passing by me on the roads made my head turn. I used to wonder, what that giant machine was, royally making its presence felt to the whole world, I found the answer to my wonder once I started riding the beast myself. I belong to a Gujarati family hailing from the city of Jamnagar which has always encouraged two wheelers within the society. Be it a man or a woman, two wheelers, specially the gearless scooterettes, are a part and parcel of life. But in Mumbai, my parents never had a two wheeler, they always feared the risk involved. I realized the difference between riding a motorcycle in the city and riding the Royal Enfield across states when I started riding with my husband (Aditya Phadke) as a part of the Road Stallions Bullet Club. I thank the club for all the awesome riding memories and the riding family that I now have.
- Was your hobby encouraged by your family?
I have to say I am pretty blessed to have such daring and encouraging parents. More than them being proud of me, I am proud of them and the way they look at my passion and interests. Taking up this passion seriously and buying a motorcycle for myself was like a test for me. I had to promise my mom that I’d never ride above 60kph (haahhhaaa) so she’d let me ride to office every day. I needed to prove to them and to myself, that now I am on my own and I am capable of taking care of myself. Come what challenge in life I will be able to face it with all the strength and will not give up and shy away in difficult times.
It does not just stop there; I am also truly blessed to have a husband and parents in law who equally support my love for motorcycles. The very reason that I and my husband met each other and are married today is because of our love for motorcycles and adventure touring. Aditya, too is a motorcyclist and his life now revolves around adventure and motorcycles. His work, his passion and his wife (me) is also now a part of his motorcycle culture and lifestyle. It is crazy to be called The Motorcycle Couple – The Honeymoon Ride Couple – The Motonomous Couple.
- Share some of your memorable moments from your best ride.
The best ride for me so far has been and will be my ride to Ladakh with Aditya for our Honeymoon. We decided to get married in June just so that we can have our honeymoon during our ride to Ladakh as a part of the Road Stallions Bullet Club, Mumbai. I rode my RE Thunderbird 350 cc and he rode his RE Standard 350 cc Cast Iron – all the way from Mumbai to Khardungla (World’s highest motorable pass)
- According to you what are the prerequisites for a grueling bike ride?
According to me a grueling bike ride is where you put your riding skills to a test while not making it a fight against time. I am absolutely against riding for continuous long hours at a high speed where life is at risk for you and others.
Some of the prerequisites that I ensure on a ride are good sleep, knowledge of the route and the conditions, wearing all safety gear with armour, carrying all spares and tool kit, first aid kit, bike health and servicing, hydration during the ride and of course maintaining a good and safe riding pace with complete focus and concentration on the road.
- Can you share some fitness tips with our readers?
I am not the best example in terms of fitness but yes I do strongly follow and recommend every rider to stay hydrated during the rides, adjust your riding posture to your comfort during long rides. Eat healthy, eat well and eat on time to avoid acidity and dizziness. Follow breathing exercises and stop smoking in high altitude regions.
- What kind of planning goes into your ride?
I ensure that I know the route to the destination, the start and end time for the ride needs to be kept in mind, weather conditions and road conditions. Safety gear, bike readiness, bike spares and tool kit for facing any kind of breakdown are a must.
- How do you handle undue male attention on the road?
Most of the time there is a lot of respect shown by men on the road, which gives you a lot of encouragement to keep going. Also all the male riders so far that I have ridden with and have come across have always treated me and the lady riders as equals.
There have been times when both genders have given me those crazy looks with a huge question mark on their face showing a lot of disregard towards why I want to ride, but all those times it has made me more proud of myself and just a smile at them has made me feel how lucky I am.
- What is the biggest learning you have had from bike riding?
My biggest learning is that nothing is impossible when you decide to try and give your 100% to it.
Well said, Dipti! Doesn’t her story prove that the only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking?