The first bike I ever rode was a 250cc Java at the age of 16, way back in 1978. The entire scene is as fresh in my memory as it was yesterday – I rode the bike without any prior experience with my two younger sisters sitting behind me. I guess that’s when the seed of biking as a passion was sown.
I am Moksha Jetley, 54 years of age, single mother with an adorable daughter. Based in Manali .since 2008, when I professionally took up motorbiking and started planning & leading bike tours to Himalayas. I own a biking tour agency and help fellow bikers with my expertise and experience in that region.
As a teenager, riding a bike was always easy for me and the only hurdle was kickstarting the bike. I remember asking a random guy the technicalities of it and since then, I would get on a bike every time I would get a chance.
All this while I had no idea how my passion would become a full time profession for me. On a friend’s suggestion in 2007, I left my job in Kathmandu and reached Manali with my bag and baggage. The idea was to start my own travel agency offering various adventure and cultural tours. As the destiny prevailed, I met an incredible American lady, Connie who was in her late 40’s and had toured the entire India alone on a Royal Enfield bike (inspired much). That formed the idea in my mind to do a recce bike tour from Manali to Leh. The following year, a company from south of India came forward to sponsor my recce trip and two of my friends and a wonderful Japanese lady (who was an expert rider) joined me on my maiden ride to Leh. Since then, IT HAS BEEN JUST ME AND MY BIKE.
I’ve taken some awesome solo rides and have covered the entire Himalayan region. I might sound crazy but I take my bike almost everywhere – be it a solo expedition to Sach Paas, riding from Leh to Srinagar, exploring the nooks and corners of the Spiti valley, riding with British TV actress-Caroline Quentin or covering the Leh-Manali stretch in 20 hours for which I hold a Limca record!!
My suggestion to solo women riders –
Get your bike checked up regularly while on long tours.
Try to start early and reach your destination before the sun goes down.
You must stay at good accommodations as it guarantees safety and security and offers a good and secure parking.
Carry spare parts especially if you ride an old bike – not available easily.
Ask for directions from multiple people if you are unsure of the way.
Happy & safe riding