Jaipur, April 12: Called Jaipur’s Lady of the Harley, Veenu Paliwal, one of India’s first top woman bikers who rode the tough Harley Davidson, died in a road accident yesterday.
The accident occurred near Gyaspur, 100 km away from Bhopal. On their way from Lucknow, Veenu lost control of her bike, which skidded and slipped. She fell along with it. Although her biker friend Dipesh Tanwar, took her to a nearby hospital in Vidisha, she died in the evening. Post mortem reports suggest that she died due to internal injuries.
Chief MInister Vasundhara Raje has also expressed condolences on her untimely demise tweeting;” Sad to know of untimely demise of India’s ace motorcyclist Veenu Paliwal.Her passion will remain an inspiration! May her soul rest in peace.”
Veenu and Dipesh had started their journey early morning from Lucknow and the incident occurred around late evening in Gyaspur village yesterday.
Veenu was doing the 21/365 road trip for Harley Davidson bikes. The campaign was to visit all the 21 dealers of the bike in a year. The trip was to take her from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Her Facebook page has a;; details of her journey. Yesterday was her 16th day and she described her journeys and the numerous people she met on the way to accomplish the mission.
Veenu, 44, always believed in safe riding, said her friends and acquaintances. Veenu owned a Forty Eight model of Harley which was of 1200 cc.
Harley-Davidson is the most famous motorcycle manufacturer in the world and is based in the United States, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1903, the same Bill Harley and Arthur Davidson revealed their first motorized effort, calling it the first Harley motorcycle. It was a racing bike, built in a wood shed that had Harley-Davidson Motor Company scrawled on it.
Harley-Davidson globally introduced the Forty-Eight model in 2010. It has a peanut-shaped fuel tank, wire wheels, a fat, beefy front tyre and chopped front fender, under mount mirrors and a low single seat, and costs in the range of Rs 9 to 10 lakh.
Veenu was passionate about riding bikes. It was not meant to be a kind of style or gender equality statement. She simply loved riding, say her friends. She could ride her bike at a speed of 180 km per hour. Although the maximum limit for her make of Harley is 150 km per hour, say Harley Davidson officials.
Veenu lovingly called her bike Hograni. She was a member of HOG which stands for Harley Owners Group. The group felicitated her with the title of Lady of the Harley in 2016.
She got interested in riding by watching her father ride a bike and taking her mother for long rides on it. She started her biking lessons when still in school
She participated in the India Bike Week in Goa in February this year. Also an entrepreneur, when she was not riding, Veenu was overseeing her tea outlet called Chah bar, which is a kind of Victorian tea lounge. The name Chah Bar came around as Chah in hIndi means desire, whereas in Bengali it means tea.
A divorcee, her son studies in London while her daughter is studying in Delhi.
Her last Facebook post says :Day 16 from Durgapur to Lucknow. She wrote When the going gets tough…the tough get going.
We proved ourselves so true to this today. Despite of heavy traffic, bad roads, jams long distance of 830 kms WE DID IT…My leader was too strong for odds to have deterred us from moving ahead.”
She dreamt of riding to different destinations. She wanted to visit Leh, Rann of Kutch and Bali in Indonesia on her Harley.