THE MELT­ING POT

In­dia’s largest biker meet is round the cor­ner

Bike India - - IGNITION -

FOR OUR BRETHREN IN coun­tries where the bik­ing cul­ture is more devel­oped, the con­cept of biker fests and meets is not novel. How­ever, de­spite In­dia be­ing the sec­ond largest two-wheeler mar­ket in the world, we haven’t yet seen a biker fest on a truly na­tional scale that brings to­gether bik­ers of all creeds un­der one all-en­com­pass­ing plat­form. That is now set to change with In­dia Bike Week (IBW), the coun­try’s largest gath­er­ing of bikes and bik­ers, on the 2 and 3 Fe­bru­ary 2013.

To be held at In­dia’s favourite wa­ter­ing hole, Goa, the IBW is mod­elled on the fa­mous Sturgis Mo­tor­cy­cle Rally and will see more than 8,000 bik­ers from all over the coun­try con­verge at the scenic beach town of Va­ga­tor for a week­end of bikes, bikes and more bikes.

SEVENTY Event Me­dia Group, or­gan­is­ers of the IBW, have left no stones un­turned to en­sure that this in­au­gu­ral event charms its way into the hearts of In­dia’s bik­ers, billing it as “both a live tick­eted Fes­ti­val and the largest ex­clu­sive Mo­tor­bike Ex­hi­bi­tion in In­dia”. With an ex­hi­bi­tion area spread over seven acres, there should be am­ple space for the 26 live bands and DJs, three con­cert stages, Biker Build Off, Vin­tage Bike Con­cours and var­i­ous eater­ies and bars to hold their own. There will also be two race­tracks, flea mar­kets and a fight club, among other at­trac­tions. Mu­sic will play a spe­cial role in the event, with a line-up that in­cludes the who’s who from the in­dus­try, like head­lin­ers Gen­tle­men’s Dub Club, Pen­ta­gram, The Su­person­ics, Nu­cleya, Ox7­gen and Anish Sood. All in the space of two days.

Har­ley-David­son will also con­duct a spe­cial ride to cel­e­brate the 110th an­niver­sary of the mar­que.

As a pre­cur­sor to the event, IBW re­cently or­gan­ised the Delhi edi­tion of Chai and Pakora Ride in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Delhi Bik­ers Break­fast Run (DBBR). Al­to­gether 350 bik­ers and pil­lion rid­ers came to­gether at 6.00 am on a chilly Sun­day morn­ing from South Ex, Delhi, to a dhaba on the NH 2. The Chai and Pakora Rides were pre­vi­ously con­ducted in Mum­bai, Hy­der­abad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh and the par­tic­i­pa­tion has been in­creas­ing in leaps and bounds with ev­ery city.

Tick­ets for the IBW are priced at Rs 3,000 with a Rs 500 dis­count for ladies while chil­dren un­der 12 will get a free en­try.

Bike In­dia is an as­so­ciate spon­sor of the IBW and the team will be there, proudly tak­ing part in In­dia’s largest bik­ing fes­ti­val. If you’re there – and there’s no rea­son why you shouldn’t be – do drop in at our stall and meet us.

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