Bike India - - FEATURE INDIA BIKE WEEK 2017 -

The huge tent filled with chairs and bean bags alike was the hot spot for as­pir­ing bik­ers and fans to get up close and per­sonal with the many rid­ers and bigtrip speak­ers who took time out to come and share their ex­pe­ri­ences with those present. The list of names in­cluded the likes of Fred­die Spencer, who spoke about his rac­ing ca­reer and the fa­mous, un­beaten cham­pi­onship dou­ble; Les­lie Porter­field, the fastest woman on the salt flats, who encouraged more woman rid­ers to pur­sue their pas­sion, among many other solo trav­ellers and rac­ers who hap­pily shared their mo­tor­cy­cling ex­pe­ri­ence with the au­di­ence.


The Howl­ing Dog Bar was the of­fi­cial wa­ter­ing hole for most who took part in the fes­tiv­i­ties. The bar and the stage­cum-ramp ad­join­ing it hosted a va­ri­ety of events, start­ing off with the launch of In­dia Bike Week 2017. Festival Di­rec­tor Martin da Costa kicked off the fifth edi­tion of the bik­ing festival in the pres­ence of Fred­die Spencer and Les­lie Porter­field, sur­rounded by a mix of en­thu­si­asts, me­dia folk, and, of course, the bik­ers. The bar also hosted the Coy­ote Ugly bar crew, Moto Art Project, a beard and tat­too con­test, the beach and bike fash­ion show, and per­for­mances of nu­mer­ous DJs over the du­ra­tion of the festival.


There were all kinds of cus­tom bikes at IBW, and those en­tered in the Mod Bike con­test high­lighted some se­ri­ous in­no­va­tion and crafts­man­ship. Amidst bikes with short­ened chas­sis, stretched swingarms, and raked out front ends, it was Mumbai’s Mean Green Cus­toms who took home top hon­ours in this cat­e­gory for their Project Omega build, based on a Benelli TNT 600i. The bike is an ag­gres­sive street­fighter whose high­lights in­clude a novel head­light de­sign, mas­sive rear tyre, com­fort­able seat, and a trio of ex­haust pipes pok­ing out from un­der the pil­lion perch. Other no­table en­trants were scram­blers, street-fight­ers and bob­bers based on Royal En­fields, a café racer based on a Yamaha RX135, a cus­tom chop­per based on a Har­ley-David­son Su­per­low, and a cou­ple of cus­tom Yamaha RD350s.


The at­mos­phere at our stall was elec­tric. Not only did we have the Trib­ute to Calvin Ray­born Jr, built by Ed Aspi Bha­thena, the cus­tom Har­ley-David­son Street 750-based race-bike, as well as the hot new Du­cati Su­per Sport S and the Tri­umph Tiger 800 XCA, but we had rac­ing leg­end ‘Fast Fred­die’ Spencer in our midst, tak­ing pic­tures, sign­ing pic­tures, T-shirts, caps, and hel­mets. A young en­thu­si­ast from Mumbai also showed up with a 1994 race-liv­er­ied 900 Fire­blade and its owner (shak­ing with ex­cite­ment) got a chance to meet the leg­end af­ter whose bike he had mod­elled his own. Screen­ing high­lights from Fred­die’s past rac­ing ca­reer on the big screen also built up the crowds fur­ther. All in all, the Bike In­dia stall was the place to be at IBW 2017.

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