Rohan Singh has a congenital birth defect that stunted the growth of his left arm beyond the elbow. This may not seem to be an ideal condition for a passionate biker, but Rohan showed everyone that sometimes determination and passion are more important than physical conditions.
Rohan says he uses “small left elbow” to grip the motorbike’s clutch – an idea that came to him at dinner when he moved dishes with his stunted arm. “I failed the first time and similarly I failed the next three times. But after that, there was no looking back.”
A 26-year-old law graduate living in Ranchi, Rohan Singh is not just any other biker. Sure, riding a bike with his condition is unbelievable in its own right, but he has taken his passion one step further by taking part in multiple races and travelling across the country on his beloved bikes.
In 2014, he took up the challenge of becoming a certified member of the United States-based Iron Butt Association by covering 1,600 km within 24 hours. He set off from Ranchi on his KTM Duke 390 at 3 am and reached Delhi at 9:30 pm the same day, covering around 1,400 kilometers in 17 hours.
He says he could have easily covered another 400 kilometers but stopped in Delhi for he had won the challenge and ‘did not need any certification for his skill.’
The following year, he rode from Ranchi to Hyderabad and back in 6 days, travelling around 3,500 kilometers on his Italian motorbike, Ducati Monster 821, gifted by a friend.
His bike collection, just like his exploits, is rather enviable too. In addition to the KTM Duke 390 and the Ducati Monster (his personal favourite), his garage consists of a Harley-Davidson SuperLow and the insane Suzuki GSXR-1000 which happens to be one of the fastest accelerating bikes in the world.
An ardent fan of bike racing, Rohan Singh one day hopes to participate in the Isle of Man TT, the most prestigious and dangerous motorcycle race in the world.
Rohan attributes his achievements to his parents who never made him feel he was different. “They raised me like a normal child and never stopped me from taking any challenge. As a kid, I often faced rejection by other children who be afraid of me as I did not have two hands. As days passed by, I developed positive feelings about myself and proved that I was better than others,” he says.
He says he often faces extraordinary reactions when people realise he is a disabled motorbike rider. “Once another biker was riding next to me and as soon as he saw me, he was like ‘Oh shit! What’s that? That guy doesn’t have a hand!’ and he fell down and I had to go and help him.”
Rohan is the pride of his friends, who don’t stop saluting the positive energy and determination in him. His fellow riders, Sandeep Kapoor and Ganesh Reddy call him a great inspiration.
He is quite popular on social media too. His admirers call him a Superhero and Superhuman. Rohan’s penchant for biking has inspired several youngsters to take up the sport in Ranchi.
It is truly inspiring to see such passionate people who don’t let anything stop them from doing what they love.