We took part in the Pune edition of the One Ride. Here is what happened
The annual Royal Enfield ride to promote biking culture around the world
ON THE FIRST SATURDAY of April, the social media were chirping and erm... tweeting about royal Enfield one ride 2018. we watched the digital space with smug satisfaction because we were going to be part of the Pune chapter of this international event. the one ride is an annual event unique to royal Enfield. rides are organized across the globe at select royal Enfield dealerships to promote the biking culture and to introduce their customers to the brotherhood of biking. At 6.00 am the following day, while the rest of the city was still waking up, about 117 bikers and their trusty steeds gathered outside royal Enfield dealers, Brahma Motors, in Pune. the gathering comprised three main clubs — the guardians, road shakers, and the Bikerni (an allwomen club) — and individual riders among whom there were a good number of new riders. i was handed the key to a black, fuel-injected himalayan astride which i merged into the procession of royal Enfield motorcycles, the air around us reverberating with the iconic thump. the first part of the ride involved escaping the urban jungle and riding in formation can become a bit taxing. nevertheless, the riders adhered to the code and tailed their fellow bikers without fuss; occasionally greeting courteous motorists and pedestrians with a thumbs-up.
soon we left the city behind and set course for Mulshi, a valley just outside Pune city. the roads became narrower and sometimes the surface bore no evidence of ever having worn tar. that’s where the himalayan came into its element. in addition to improved road manners, the new level of refinement made the ride more enjoyable, even over rough surfaces that the motorcycle dismissed without much ado. we arrived at our destination an hour later where the organizers had another surprise waiting for us. riders had to register in teams of eight and take their places at either end of a rope. the tug of war competition that ensued was fun and yielded a lot of great memories.
to summarize, the royal Enfield one ride is a great platform for veteran and fledgling riders alike. it gives them a chance to interact with other likeminded people and learn more about the motorcycling culture. if you own a royal Enfield bike, this is an experience you can look forward to.