* Anita Yusof is the first Malaysian to enter Asia’s Book of Records for longest solo bike ride
Famous Malaysian solo biker Anita Yusof was in Qatar while exploring the Gulf on her Yamaha FZ 150. Described as the first Muslim woman to circumnavigate the globe solo, she traveled to Qatar on her Global Dream Wrinkled.
Anita, the first Malaysian to enter Asia’s Book of Records for the longest solo bike ride, told the Gulf Times in a statement that she was looking to spread the message of female empowerment.
“This is my second world tour and I want to say to women, especially those in remote areas, to continue their education and break down barriers,” the 55-year-old former lecturer told the Department of physical education from IPG Campus Ipoh and mother of two sons.
Anita learned to ride a motorcycle in 2012 and started her first world tour in 2015. The race, which started in Putrajaya in Malaysia, saw her cover 40 countries on four continents in one year. Anita covered a total distance of 65,369 km before returning home.
The solo rider has so far visited more than 60 countries on her motorcycle. During the current ride, she aims to visit 70 countries while covering seven continents. In the meantime, she had to take a break after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. She stored her bike in Ethiopia and returned home.
” I follow my heart. This time I am traveling without any delay since I took early retirement from my job,” she said. Traveling and the passion for motorbikes have made Anita a technical expert able to repair her bike if necessary during the journey. “I know the technical aspects very well and I am equipped with the necessary tools,” she said.
While visiting countries, Anita spends time learning about their culture and communities. “The best part of my trip is meeting local people. I stay with them while learning about their cultures and enjoying their cuisine,” she said.
Anita has no intention of stopping after this ride. “I will always travel. I will choose other modes of travel if my health does not allow me to ride,” she said.
The solo rider was received by Malaysian Ambassador Zamshari Shaharan. She also attended an Iftar program of the Malaysian biker collective in Qatar.
After a tour in Qatar, she left yesterday for the United Arab Emirates.
“The best part of my trip is meeting local people. I stay with them while learning about their cultures and enjoying their cuisine,”