THE MELTING POT
India’s largest biker meet is round the corner
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.