Bangalore woman tames Harley-Davidson

 
BANGALORE: Sheeja Mathews, an HR professional with an MNC in Bangalore, is the first woman in India to own a Harley-Davidson. Sheeja, 34, had placed an order for the Harley-Davidson; Iron 863′ model, costing Rs 6.5 lakh (ex-showroom), in February this year; it was delivered to her on Monday.

“Though there are other superbikes available in India, I always dreamed of owning what I firmly believe is the ultimate superbike: a Harley-Davidson,” she says.

Sheeja has a passion for bikes and adventure sports, like drag racing. She has been riding bikes from the age of 15. For the past 10 years, she has been riding her husband’s Yamaha Rajdoot 350 to work. “Due to heavy traffic in the city, I intend to take the Harley to office only once a week. I will mainly use it for long weekend cruise trips,” she says. Sheeja’s husband, a drag racer, is supportive of her passion. “My 7-year-old son is very excited and wants to show off the bike in school,” she says.

Sheeja believes women are increasingly taking to biking, and wouldn’t be surprised to see many more sporting Harleys on the street. Bangalore already has a sizable number of women riding bikes like Bullets and Pulsars.

“People are concerned about the weight of the bike. However, I am no sizezero lady and can comfortably ride the Harley-Davidson. My weight works perfectly for this bike.” Sheeja plans to become part of the Harley Owners Group in Bangalore. Groups such as this regularly make trips to places like Ooty, “and I would be interested in being part of these rides”.

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Sheeja says buying her dream bike would not have been possible without Harley opening its new showroom in Bangalore

The American bike maker started selling bikes in India last year, and offers a total of 15 models priced between Rs 5.5 lakh and Rs 38.66 lakh.

 
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