Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Misfeka Rahman and I am a student. Currently, I am pursuing my second semester in law at the Canadian University of Bangladesh. I reside in Uttara and if I had to talk about my hobby or passion it would be biking as that’s something I really like to do. So when it comes to presenting myself, that’s really about it.
What inspired you to be a biker?
Ever since I was little, I was always drawn towards bikes. My brother had a bike, and whenever I looked at it, I got the urge to ride it. But I was really young back then, so it wasn’t really possible. However, I always told myself that when I grow up I would ride a bike or a scooter. Eventually, when I was old enough I came across two great individuals on Facebook. One being Alina Cateyka who has recently passed away and the latter being a female motorcyclist and racer, Alisha Abdullah from India. Seeing them, I got really inspired and it was from there my love for bikes grew and my whole biking journey started.
What would be the one thing you would like to change about the biking scenario of Bangladesh?
Even though having the power to change something in a community that is so big is beyond impossible. But If I had the ability, I would definitely use it to change the way individuals think. I want to show them that girls can do it too and that the phrase “girls can’t do it” has no meaning. The community has to support the few female bikers who exist and needs to bring forward equality in a scene that is dominated by men. Hence, at the end of the day, the domination needs to stop.
How was the journey for you as a biker till now?
It’s been more than four years since my biking journey started. Initially, I began with normal city riding, but I always had the desire to go on tours with my bike. Hence, from there my touring adventures started. I have been lucky enough to go on many tours, like Dhaka to Cox Bazaar, Dhaka to Rangamati, Dhaka to Mymensingh, Kishorganj, Tangail, and so many other places. And for most of the tours I have mentioned, I used my scooter. But I do have a wish of visiting all the 65 districts, and I hope I can fulfill it in the coming days. Also, I have a very big dream of going on a world tour with my bike. It’s something very big, but would be nice if I get to do it.
What does traveling mean to you?
Traveling is actually a very big deal for me. I am part of a female bikers’ group and we go on tours together. This means a lot, mainly because I can see how far girls in Bangladesh have come and aren’t behind anyone. This as a result makes traveling by my bike a very important part of my life. I also want to mention another thing. In society, we have girls who can do a lot, but don’t have the courage to do so. So for those girls out there, I want to tell you all to put one leg forward and you will notice you will get the opportunity to put your other leg forward too. So, don’t fall behind, move forward as you too can do something great.
In my life, the most memorable trip would be my Dhaka to Rangamati tour. This was my first trip where I had ridden my scooter for the longest time. I had approximately covered 750kms on the whole trip, making this one of the greatest journeys of my life. It also means a lot to me because it was the first time I had gone so far with my scooter. Initially, I didn’t have the courage, but at the end of the day I completed the journey and I shall never forget it.
What motivates you to continue biking? Does your family support biking?
My family members are extremely supportive, and this reminds me of a very small story. My hometown is in Tangail and most of the time I visit the place using my scooter. My parent also never stopped me from doing so. Recently, as we all know, the government had imposed a lockdown due to the pandemic. So on the way back, my father had offered to tag along with me on my ride back to Dhaka from Tangail. This really showed how my father trusted me and was more than prepared to go on a bike journey with me. My parents support me so much and if had to be honest, without their support I couldn’t have been able to come this far. Also at the end of the day, a family does think about the societies’ say, and me being the only daughter of my parents, they were initially scared about the thought of me riding a two-wheeler. However, as time went by the fear eventually died out. I personally feel like I was successful in showing them something that built their faith on me. And thanks to their support, so far I have been an able to change around 6-7 scooters and bikes.
What are the challenges you have faced while biking in Bangladesh?
In Bangladesh, the situation is such where nothing is safe for girls. Rickshaw, Bus, and name any other mode of transport, nothing is safe. This is something that I used to explain to my family, that if I had personal transportation it would be much safer. And when it comes to riding a bike in Bangladesh, we have to face a lot of problems. Like when I ride on the highway if a bus driver finds out that I am a female rider, sometimes they would use their horns very loudly or would drive in such a way just to scare me. This is very risky and not safe. However, these are some of the problems that female riders have to face on a day to day basis.
What would be your favorite quote and why?
Whenever it comes to riding a bike, there are some commonly used slogans in the biking community like “safe drive safe ride” “Use helmet ride safe”. These are some of the quotes that I always try to keep in my mind whenever I go for a ride. If I go in-depth, when we talk about “Use helmet ride safe” it shows how a helmet is such an important thing for a rider’s safety. And these are some of the small details in the biking community that really touches me.
What bike do you have now?
Currently, I am using a 113cc Yamaha scooter.
When it comes to buying my dream bike the spot is undoubtedly taken by the Yamaha R15 Version 3. My main reason for always going for a Yamaha would be for its incredible braking system and also for how easy it is to control the bike. This as a result makes the Yamaha R15 V3 one my favorite bikes. Also I personally really like the looks of the R15 V3 hence making it my dream go biking.
What would you wish to buy next?
Without asking any questions I would go for the Yamaha R15 V3.
Is there anything you would want to say to our readers?
I would tell the readers only one thing and that would be to support the biking community, support Turbine as at the end of the day you might learn something useful. That’s basically it.
What is your dream garage? (Can have only three vehicles of your choice)
If I had the choice, the first car would be a Range Rover, the second one a BMW, and the third one would be a Mercedes. The main reason for choosing these cars would be the fact that they dominate the premium segment of the market and are on a class of their own. But if I get the opportunity, I would definitely buy the Range Rover first.