Biker girl’s motorcycle diaries

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | NAMITA GUPTA
Published May 12, 2016, 12:00 am IST
Updated May 12, 2016, 12:47 am IST
She is a business management graduate with a yen for adventure and has taken the long road to the Himalayas.
Shubra Acharya after completing a successful ride
 Shubra Acharya after completing a successful ride

She can bargain for the price of onion or diamonds just as well as she structures travel deals and rides her mean machine. The young Bengaluru-based biker and entrepreneur Shubra Acharya took the longest and highest motorable road to the Himalayas. But that’s not her only claim to fame. This 27-year-old Bengaluru girl also shares many other hobbies with equal passion. Her other ventures include chocolate making and The Travelling Circus.

Shubra learnt to ride a motorcycle at  13 and the day she turned 22, her brother gifted her a Royal Enfield Classic 500. She went on to organise The Himalayan Sojourn— a Ladakh ride with 16  friends and family, including five women. Over the years, she has spearheaded many weekend tours. She has also organised The Western Indian Travelling Circus in 2015 with 11 riders touring Gujarat and Rajasthan over 17 days.  

 

She completed her graduation as well as MBA from Christ College and confesses to have always had a love for everything outdoors. “I was part of gymnastics and also head of  athletics in school. But the actual sport I took up seriously was Karate. I won 11 national championships.  After many rides down south, I rode to Leh. We were out riding for 22 days. And recently I did Rann of Kutch from Bengaluru. I’ve also done a lot of rides to Goa and Maharashtra.”

The entrepreneurial bug in her led her to run other ventures too. “I also started a chocolate manufacturing firm for corporates who wanted chocolates with their logos for branding purposes.  But my heart is in motorcycling and with my  company, I love to curate itineraries for motorbike tours across the country. Our next one is coming up in June, followed by Leh and Ladakh in July and August. We’re always doing our weekend two and three day bike tours in the south. Even the most novice riders have taken to bike rides now and are happy that we helped them get their first kick.”

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