Two women riders – Debolina Mukherjee, 26 from Bardhaman and Riya Roy, 22 from Asansol – completed a 1,701 km long road trip starting from Bardhaman on October 23, 2018, in a record time of eight days. It’s the first time that two women in India have accomplished such a feat.
Their journey began on their self-owned Aprilia scooters from Bardhaman to Siliguri, taking the Singtham-Dichku route to reach the Northern Sikkim town of Mangan, travelling across Gurudongmar with a stop at Gangtok before turning back to Siliguri and touching base at Bardhaman, completing the road trip on October 31.
Riya Roy, an avid biker, purchased an Aprilia SR 150 eighteen months ago and has gone on road trips to Nagaland, Myanmar and Arunachal Pradesh in the past. Commenting on her experience of riding the Aprilia SR 150, Roy said:
(On the SR150) I could maintain great speed even riding uphill and the 14-inch wheels were of great advantage for off-roading as well as eliminated unnecessary vibrations; making the journey smooth and comfortable.
Debolina, who was on her first road trip, said:
I purchased my Aprilia SR 150 Race two months ago and I was delighted to explore Sikkim by road. The journey was comfortable, and the bike did not require any service throughout our eight-day trip. My Aprilia SR 150 Race was easy to maneuver even across the uneven and slippery roads; giving me more control of the bike.
The 'Race' model benefits from Aprilia's MotoGP racing motorcycle – the RS-GP – inspired livery. Regarding specifications, both vehicles use the same 154.8cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that is tuned to deliver 10.4 hp of maximum power at 6,750 rpm and 11.4 Nm of peak torque at 5,000 revs. Stopping power comes from a disc brake at the front and a drum unit at the rear.