Friday, March 24

Women Motorcycle Diaries: Raveena Luthra on her motorcycling stories

Hi, I am Raveena Luthra  and currently working with Hexaware BPS. I have been riding motorcycles for 10 years

technwheelz: Any specific reason you ride for?

Raveena: No specific reason, superbikes always fascinated me and that how I got pulled into riding.

technwheelz: Describe on how you got to where you are with motorcycling today

Raveena: Currently I am riding the Bajaj Dominar 400, having it with me for almost 2 years now, I did rides with couple of friends to Goa and Kerala recently.

I learnt bike riding on a TVS Apache, back in 2007 when I was in 12th grade..but then gave it a halt. Later started learning the techniques of motorcycling with a determination to ride with perfection. A friend of mine taught me riding on his TVS Apache 160. Years passed,  borrowed bikes from friends and enjoyed my passion of riding motorcycles. So, from 2008 onwards, I became a full-fledged bikerni.

technwheelz: Tell us more about your motorcycle

Raveena: As said, I own a Dominar 400 and has nicknamed it as Bageera. My motorcycle is extremely close to my heart. I purchased the motorcycle in June 2017 and unfortunately it was with me for a very short period of time. The reason, someone stole my motorcycle- the Bageera from parking lot of my home on October 31st 2017.

I did search for my motorcycle everywhere I could. Even I lost the hope of getting it back. Surprisingly in less than 25 days I found my Bageera but in a pathetic condition. The motorcycle was repairable and I could get back to the stock condition and since then there was no turning back on the journey with Bageera.

technwheelz: Do you maintain and repair motorcycles on your own?

Raveena: Oh yes !! I do. I started with the basic maintenance and repair and it feels great to work on your motorcycle. It also helps in understanding our ride much easier.

technwheelz: Joined any motorcycle clubs?

Raveena: Actually a lot. Recently happened was the Big Biking Commune which is South India’s biggest motorcycle festival which brings together passionate bikers, motorcycles, riding clubs, bike brands, all under a single roof and I did manage to attend all 3 days.

technwheelz: Is there a local motorcycling event that you try and attend regularly?

Raveena: Distinguished Gentlemen Ride, Big Biking Commune, Madras riders , Chennai Agile Riders , D400 Club India, Cavaliers Motorcycle Club, Leokarts, TN Bike riders etc.

Was lucky enough to attend the launch events and raise the curtains of Royal Enfield Interceptor launch at Ispeed Motors and Bajaj Dominar 2019 launch at Khivraj mount road.

I was working with Bajaj from August 2018 to January 2019 as a ride champion and was the lead rider for the Pulsar Stampede Event happened in Chennai

technwheelz: Three things you learnt from motorcycling

Raveena: Three things that I learnt is believe in yourself , discipline and nothing is impossible..

technwheelz: Do you have a motorcycling achievement that you take pride in?

Raveena: Attended the first anniversary of Cavaliers Motorcycle Club and received the award for the inspiring feminine rider

technwheelz: Do you have any motorcycling heroes?

Raveena: 46 VR

technwheelz: How are women motorcycle riders treated by most people and by male motorcyclists?

Raveena: I personally have gained a lot of respect by motorcyclist and people on the road. Most people are stunned on seeing a girl with her machine and too completely geared !!  They usually choose to take pictures and always encourages us.

technwheelz: Parents/ Friends- How do they feel of you riding a motorcycle. Any special comments

Raveena:  Parents are proud as well scared, no doubt on that but have never stopped me from riding . Back in December 2017 when I was on a road trip I met with an accident and broke my left wrist .The only thing my parents told me is break anything from your body that is repairable and also encouraged me to get on the bike as soon as I get well.

All my friends are motorcyclist and they understand and respect the feel I have for riding, they reach out to me for suggestions and comments with regards to motorcycles.

technwheelz: The motorcycles you wish to see parked in your garage?

Raveena: I am fond of many bikes and wish to have many. My favourite is my Bageera – the Bajaj Dominar 400  and  in future I hope to have a Honda Africa Twin, BMW 1250 GS and the Kawasaki Z900!

technwheelz: Message to other female riders?

Raveena: Do what it takes to achieve your dream.. every wish is small when we are determined to achieve it!

Interview as told to team technwheelz
Image credits to respective owners

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