Liv­ing leg­end: the only man to win the 250-cc and 500-cc world cham­pi­onships in the same year

Bike India - - FEATURE INDIA BIKE WEEK 2017 -


Now in the sec­ond year of their as­so­ci­a­tion with IBW as the of­fi­cial safety part­ner, CEAT chose the fifth edi­tion of IBW to launch their new Zoom Rad X1 range of tyres. The un­veil was done by none other than leg­endary three-time Mo­toGP world cham­pion Fred­die Spencer.

Other than the Zoom Rad X1 range of ra­dial tyres, aimed at the 200- to 400-cc bikes, the pop­u­lar Gripp XL range of rub­ber was also on dis­play, as were ex­am­ples from their other range of road rub­ber. CEAT also had videos, a vir­tual reality ex­pe­ri­ence of go­ing ex­treme trail rid­ing, and even a photo booth.


One of In­dia’s best-es­tab­lished mo­tor­cy­cle gear and ac­ces­sory shops, Mumbai-based Per­for­mance Rac­ing had a large stand at IBW at a prom­i­nent lo­ca­tion in the air­con­di­tioned pav­il­ion. Apart from a cou­ple of mo­tor­cy­cles on dis­play, they also had a range of Arai and HJC hel­mets for sale in var­i­ous sizes and de­signs. Other items at the Per­for­mance Rac­ing stand were Ixon jack­ets, pants and leathers, Forma boots, Sidi boots and a va­ri­ety of top-shelf mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ces­sories. As an added in­cen­tive to shop at IBW, all prod­ucts were be­ing sold at 20 per cent off their marked price. Fred­die Spencer also spent some time here, meet­ing fans and sign­ing au­to­graphs.


A cloth­ing brand de­vel­oped by en­thu­si­asts for en­thu­si­asts, Mo­tocult had a va­ri­ety of cloth­ing prod­ucts and ac­ces­sories to dis­play to the vast crowds of the festival. This is a fash­ion brand de­vel­oped for bik­ers who want to hit the road and there was a plethora of items for keen rid­ers who want to ex­press their love for bikes as well as fash­ion. The brand show­cased a se­lec­tion of jeans, jack­ets, T-shirts, shoes, and bags. Even Fast Fred­die dropped by for a visit and tried out some of their gear.


The Bri­tish mar­que has been a part of IBW be­fore, too, and was just as vis­i­ble this year, with a stall that was full to brim with ex­cit­ing mo­tor­cy­cles from their port­fo­lio. Th­ese in­cluded the brand-new Street Triple RS and the Bon­neville Speed­mas­ter, both of which made their pub­lic début at IBW it­self. So much so that they even had a Street Twin hang­ing from the ceil­ing! Cou­ple that with celebrity ap­pear­ances, in­ter­ac­tions with the Tri­umph own­ers, and a whole lot more this pav­il­ion was def­i­nitely a bee­hive of ac­tiv­ity on both days.

We were a part of a con­voy of hun­dreds of Tri­umph ma­chines that made quite an en­try to In­dia Bike Week as we rode into the venue astride the myr­iad ma­chines that make up the iconic brand’s di­verse line-up here in In­dia. A cel­e­bra­tion of four years of brother­hood, ca­ma­raderie and ad­ven­tures astride two-wheels, this ride un­der­scored the bonds forged amongst th­ese Tri­umph own­ers who rode down from all over the coun­try to Asia’s big­gest biker bash. There were also celebri­ties present: ac­tor Amit Sadh and In­dian mo­tor sport leg­end Vi­jay Par­mar, both of whom were part of the ride as well. The lat­ter even led ses­sions of the Tiger Trails Academy where the at­ten­dees could go and hone their off-road skills astride a Tiger 800. HAR­LEY-DAVID­SON

The big Bar & Shield brand has been part of IBW since day one and they didn’t shy away this time around ei­ther. Quite the opposite, in fact, since H-D’s funky Goan shack-styled pav­il­ion was the first one you saw upon entering the venue. Over­look­ing their flat-track rac­ing course, the stall had a cool café and bar vibe, com­plete with an in­ti­mate, live acous­tic ses­sion from In­dian rock ‘n’ roll leg­end Valen­tine Shipley. Har­ley’s Model Year 2018 line-up was also on dis­play as a col­lec­tive in In­dia for the first time and the new range of Amer­i­can cruis­ers were a sight to be­hold. The flat-track course too, was a novel in­tro­duc­tion, and show­cased the edge-of-your-pants fun you can have in a com­pe­ti­tion like flat-track rac­ing.


UM Mo­tor­cy­cles brought the Com­mando, Com­mando Clas­sic, and Rene­gade Sport to their stall at IBW. The airy tent-like stall also had a wall ded­i­cated to biker ac­ces­sories, and the over­all vibe from UM was an ex­tremely chill one. There was also a fun selfie win­dow which paid trib­ute to Um­ling La, the new high­est mo­torable pass in the world. IN­DIAN MO­TOR­CY­CLES

The revered Amer­i­can cruiser brand had a mas­sive stall present as well, and show­cased a whole host of their bikes at IBW. They also launched the Scout Bob­ber, an old­school avatar of the Scout, at the event and then placed it on dis­play at their stall. Need­less to say, crowds came in droves to check out this lat­est cre­ation from In­dian, along with the cloth­ing, bike ac­ces­sories and as­sorted mer­chan­dise on dis­play here. AVAN­TURA CHOP­PERS

In­dia’s new­est cus­tom mo­tor­cy­cle brand was also on show at In­dia Bike Week, and was eas­ily one of the show­stop­pers of the event with their in-your-face ex­treme chop­pers on dis­play. Avan­tura Chop­pers, as a brand, was of­fi­cially un­veiled to the pub­lic and the two mod­els cur­rently in their line-up, the Ru­dra and the Pravega, were on show for the as­sem­bled mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts. To show off the level of cus­tomi­sa­tion th­ese bikes can at­tain, there was also a fully kit­ted-out ver­sion of the Ru­dra on dis­play.

BMW MOTORRAD The fa­mous Bavar­ian man­u­fac­tur­ers en­tered their first In­dia Bike Week and were def­i­nitely among the show-stop­pers. The two-storey setup, near the main stage, with a bar above the bikes at ground zero meant pas­sion­ate bik­ers could sip a cold bev­er­age while look­ing out at the ac­tion un­der way at the cen­tre stage. Their com­plete line-up of bikes was on dis­play to their afi­ciona­dos and the stall was al­ways packed with en­thu­si­asts. BMW Motorrad had also set up an­other stall, the Motorrad Cafe, be­side the food stalls where one could sit and grab a snack while sur­rounded by BMW bikes such as the S 1000 RR and R nineT. Visi­tors also got to wit­ness the un­veil­ing of two new bikes from the Bavar­ian gi­ants, for the R nineT Racer and the K 1600 B were of­fi­cially launched at the festival. SERVO One of the fore­most names in au­to­mo­tive lu­bri­ca­tion, Servo lu­bri­cants from In­dian Oil Cor­po­ra­tion, had a unique stall – the Pit Stop – one that let vis­it­ing en­thu­si­asts prac­tice their wheel­ies! No, it wasn’t a track, but a ma­chine set-up that in­cor­po­rated a Hero Im­pulse mounted to the ma­chine that, when fed with the right amount of throt­tle and clutch con­trol, would rise up and al­low the rider to hold and carry the wheelie. Apart from that, the several red-top tents made for some great park­ing and chill­ing, pro­vid­ing respite from the blaz­ing Goa sun, and several ex­am­ples of biker eye-candy. FOODERIES There was no short­age of good grub that re­quired ei­ther one hand or two. From the siz­zling Bike BBQ and the al­most tra­di­tional Noronha’s food cor­ner to the big food court and parked food-trucks that served burg­ers as you like it, lip-smack­ing fare was ev­ery­where.

BIKE WASH What IBW is com­plete with­out the Bikini Bike Wash? Af­ter get­ting down and dirty with your bike at the events on hand, there’s no better way to clean up than to have a sul­try siren soap up your ride and make it squeaky clean, as good as new, and ready to go.

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