Speedster, motorcyclist or road star: Shyni Rajkumar is all these and much, much more. When she kickstarts her Bullet to life and zips off, the lady is transported to another world… a realm of daring and adventure.
Dear Royal Enfield, search no more for a female model. She’s right under your nose! On her Bullet, Shyni covered 12,000 km in 42 days before touching down in Thrissur to inaugurate the Sports Day of Devamatha CMS School.
Her commitment to driving a two-wheeler and her passion for her Bullet prompted her to happily give up her job in the Delhi police department for the onerous task of training women to ride a two-wheeler. Today, she presides over her Bullet Club, which helps women shed their inhibitions to ride off to their aspirations.
It was on June 16 last year that a team of bold women, under Shyni’s leadership took off from Kanyakumari on their bikes on an arduous trip to Ladakh. The trip, committed to the cause of women empowerment, was a strong statement of fearlessness, perseverance, and commitment as the women weathered many a storm for 42 days and covered a distance of 12,000 km.
For Shyni, who was born and raised in Kerala, life took a turn for the different when after her studies in All Saints College, Thiruvananthapuram, she left her homeland for North India. Her biking days had begun.
She then landed a job in the police department in Delhi. Her craze for the Bullet made her succumb to its power and her intense passion for it saw her buying five Bullets. When Royal Enfield unveiled the Himalayan edition of the Bullet in India, Shyni promptly bought one. She was the first woman to own that special edition. She dabbles in cricket too and has had her innings in the state women’s cricket team.
Shyni is the founder-patron of the Bullet Club that trains women to ride two-wheelers and more closely, a Bullet. Hence, she frequently keeps shuttling between Kochi and North India.
The Bullet Club members take off on short trips every second Saturday. It’s usually a three-day break. Following in Shyni Rajkumar’s footsteps are a whole lot of women training to be Bullet bikers. Their greatest joy lies in driving away to freedom and self-discovery.