2017 In­dia Bike Week Pre­view

The leg­endary In­dia Bike Week (IBW) kicks off on 24 Novem­ber, and here’s all the ac­tion you can ex­pect from the na­tion’s mad­dest mo­tor­cy­cle blowout


Ev­ery­thing you want to know about the fifth edi­tion of IBW to be held next month

If you’re from around th­ese parts and of the bik­ing per­sua­sion, then the acro­nym IBW is one you’re in­ti­mately fa­mil­iar with. Considered one of Asia’s most prom­i­nent biker meets, the In­dia Bike Week is now in its fifth edi­tion. Those of you who, like us, have been there from the very be­gin­ning might find your­selves a lit­tle per­plexed at the tim­ing of the event, though. Hav­ing tra­di­tion­ally taken place at the be­gin­ning of the year, the or­gan­is­ers, 70 EMG, have shaken things up and planned a win­ter car­ni­val to en­sure that fes­ti­val-go­ers can have some fun with­out too much sun. The venue, too, has changed, we hear, be­cause IBW 2017 is slated to be held at its first home in Goa, Va­ga­tor beach, in­stead of the more re­cent lo­ca­tion near Ar­pora. The big­gest news, though, is that tick­ets are on sale since 21 Septem­ber, and have been priced at an eco­nom­i­cal Rs 1,750 for the two-day pass.

Two days, 10 acres and thou­sands of roar­ing party-go­ers and their mean ma­chines will wit­ness classic events such as the Mod Bike Dis­plays and the Biker Build-Off to sa­ti­ate their needs for cool cus­toms. The Hon­our Roll, which salutes stand-out in­di­vid­u­als in the field of bik­ing (our Ed­i­tor, Aspi Bha­thena, is an in­ductee) is also back. And the usual fare of In­dia and the world’s big­gest two-

wheeler man­u­fac­tur­ers, the best in the bike ac­ces­sories and pe­riph­er­als, the crowd favourite Bikini Bike Wash, and more will all be back for this year’s cel­e­bra­tion. Another IBW in­sti­tu­tion, the bike pa­rade, will fea­ture a mas­sive 280 rid­ing clubs this time around.

The re­turn­ing favourites will be aug­mented with a film fes­ti­val re­volv­ing around ev­ery­thing twowheels, food fes­ti­vals, Strong Man and Women of Bik­ing Com­pe­ti­tions, a huge meet ’n’ greet in­volv­ing In­dia’s top two-wheeler YouTube per­son­al­i­ties, called the Moto Vlog­ger Meet Up, and a whole lot more.

What’s IBW with­out mu­sic, though?

And as usual, the fes­ti­val will have some hot bands and artistes strut­ting their stuff on ded­i­cated mu­sic stages.

As al­ways, there’s also a mar­quee spe­cial guest com­ing in. This year, its Bon­neville vet­eran and “world’s fastest woman” Les­lie Porter­field. And, of course, your favourite Bike In­dia magazine will also have its very own ex­clu­sive pres­ence where you can meet the ed­i­to­rial staff, check out some hot ma­chines and more. Here’s what the man be­hind the big bash, Martin da Costa, CEO of 70 EMG, and Di­rec­tor of In­dia Bike Week, said, “I’ve never been so ex­cited by In­dia Bike Week as I am this year. We’ve been work­ing on it since last Novem­ber, and we’ve thrown ev­ery­thing at it. It’s go­ing to be just one enor­mous party and I can’t wait to ride down to it. Who would have thought five years ago that IBW would be­come so big, so im­por­tant glob­ally, and such a fan­tas­tic cel­e­bra­tion of In­dian bik­ing and bikers? It’s a once-in-a-life­time fes­ti­val this fifth year and I can’t wait for it to roll by!”

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