One Ride

We took part in the Pune edi­tion of the One Ride. Here is what hap­pened

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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.

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