That’s right, she’s riding through Pakistan, and for the most part, solo. Bike enthusiasts curious to know what she’s riding – it’s a red BMW F700 GS.
Women aren’t commonly seen riding motorcycles in Pakistan, let alone foreigners, but Gabrielle has been met with mostly positive reactions. That isn’t, of course, to take away from why women here aren’t seen using bikes as a means of transport. The problems that exist here are very much real and pressing.
However, Gabrielle’s experience is definitely refreshing to hear about. Speaking to MangoBaaz regarding the same, here’s what she said:
“I get a lot of shocked faces, a lot of smiles. People in Pakistan seem to be very excited to see me on a motorcycle. The funniest reaction was that of a 6-year-old, who asked if I was a boy or a girl when he saw me riding the bike.”
The love for riding motorcycles is in her blood.
“My father rode,” she tells us. “He passed away when I was 2, but I know he was very adventurous, and it’s something that’s been passed down to me.” She insists that riding on a motorcycle is the best way to experience all of the sights and sounds of a place.
“I bought my first bike in Thailand. I had never even ridden before, but right away, I knew that this was the only way forward for me. I rode 12,000 km alone after that.” Since then, Rosie has ridden over 30 different types of motorcycles, from dirt bikes to big adventure bikes.