Another memorable week has just passed and I cannot wait tot tell you how amazing and inspiring it has been attending this bike festival full of adrenaline rush. India Bike Week 2017 5th Edition , nowhere else but in my hometown, Goa. Before the event , I had no idea what I was suppose to do at this event , not that I don’t know about bikes but considering this was my first bike festival ever attended. I am always on a hunt for adventures and new experiences . Attending IBW would just be another new experience for me , but little did I know that I’d be leaving the event with lots of inspirational stories by the female riders as well as the male riders . One thing that I’ve learnt from this event is to ‘Never to give up , whatever challenges come your way . If you are obdurate towards it ? my friend , you will positively make it .’ This is something I will always remember and never let go off things that easily .
Lets talk about Day 1 at IBW . The moment we entered , we had to attend the press conference where we had the fastest woman in the world , Leslie Porterfield left us girls inspiring and yes , the entire crowd patiently listening to her and Freddie Spencer , a biking legend and the only man to win back-to-back championships in two classes 250cc and 500cc.
As soon as the conference ended, suddenly we heard roaring bikes coming towards us and there were these different bike clubs entering the event, the sound was so powerful, the noises made by the each motorcycle just seemed as the power and confidence portrayed by each clubs as they made their mighty entrances.
Bikers from across the country rode into Vagator on Nov 24 & 25 as the landmark 5th edition of the much-awaited India Bike Week kicks off to celebrate their passion for moto-culture. IBW 2017 began on a high note as Martin Da Costa, hosted Freddie Spencer, one of the greatest and youngest world champions of the 80’s, and Leslie Porterfield, the fastest Woman on a Motorcycle – the icons of motorcycle riding. A treat for biking enthusiasts, the tete-a-tete was peppered with quirky experiences and anecdotes from their inspiring journeys.
Brand launches, always a highlight of Day 1, included Triumph Motorcycles unveiling the Street Triple RS and the new motorbike. BMW Motorrad launched its latest New K 1600 B Bagger and the brand-new 2017 BMW RnineT Racer. Avantura Choppers announced its launch as the first and only production Chopper motorcycle brand from India, and MaximusPro unveiled the product for the first time ever at IBW. Indian Motorcycles had a special preview of the Indian Scout Bobber for the IBW audience and CEAT launched a new range of tyres for 200-400cc sports bikes. As yet another first, Harley-Davidson brought in expert flat track riders to demonstrate flat track riding skills on a purpose-built Flat Track Harley-Davidson Street 750 by Rajputana Customs.
This year, IBW showcased the Moto Art Project where artworks by biker illustrators, sculptors and painters from across the country who have brought alive the magic of the brotherhood of biking in their own language. The Project this year featured exhibitions of murals, street art, photos, upcycled moto parts by Sawant Sanskar from Bacon & Eggs, Prankur Rana, Appupen, Garage 52, Rohan Joglekar, HAMMERed, Ironic and Maria Jurkina.
Big Trip saw speakers including Amit Sadh, Mech Spesh, Ravi Verma, Kumar Shah, Melissa Pierson and Dhruv Dholakia regale the audiences with the cross-continental journeys. The music line-up for the day included popular acts including Apache Indian Live and Mojojojo.
The bikers’ community also came together to applaud the film makers who had been able to capture the zeal that held the community together through the IBW Film Festival. The winners of the Festival Gaurav Prabhu, Rohit Upadhaya and Venkatesh Jartarkar were awarded by noted actors Rohit Roy and Ram Kapoor.
Day 1 thundered to a start with parades by BMW Motorrad and Triumph Motorcycles. The Bike Build-Off and Mod Bike Showcase, Tiger Training Academy and Mega Moto Vlogger Meet were among a slew of other activities. Prizes like Victorinox knives, Bell Helmets, Rev’It jackets and Wrangler vouchers were awarded to winners of the Beard & Tattoo contest, Loudest Bike, Burnout Competition at the CEAT Burnout Stage, Most Stylish Biker and King & Queen of Clubs. Adding to the glam quotient of the evening were performances by Coyote Ugly dancers and the Beach Fashionwear.
All-day activities included the largest Bikers Mart, Karaoke and games at the Servo Club Village, the Beerbulance, the Servo Wheelie machine and the Food Park with Food Trucks and the BBQ Bike and. The Servo Club Village and the Howling Dog Bar were abuzz as the brethren came together to raise a toast to the good times over much holler!
After the perfect Day 1 at IBW 2017, Day 2 of India Bike Week lived up to the expectations of yet another adrenaline-pumping round of experience. And those expectations were met; above and beyond!
After the perfect Day 1 at IBW2017, Day 2 of India Bike Week lived up to the expectations of yet another adrenaline-pumping round of experience and those expectations were met; above and beyond!
The Big Trip Stage was front-and-centre on Day 2 with Freddie Spencer, Leslie Porterfield, Neel Jagtap, Trichakra Riders and Vinod Rawat chronicling their journeys. As is customary to the IBW Honour Roll, M.R. Rajkumar was recognised posthumously for his exemplary dominance of two-wheeler racing in the 1980s. The Loudest Bike competition, Burnout competition, Strongman Games and the Biker Jam session through the day made sure that the 2nd day carried Day 1’s momentum for bikers from across the country to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Day 2 was also marked by the continuation of most of the activities such as Flat Track Racing, the Beer Games, Strongman Games amongst a host of unique activities for bikers and fans alike.
There were also big events that had the community hooked in to the Main Stage Area where the ceremony was to honour a true legend of legend of motorcycle racing – Freddie Spencer. The World’s Fastest Woman, Leslie Porterfield, presented an autographed UM Renegade bike to Dashrath Desai as part of her Win-A-Bike competition. The most awaited Biker Build-off Award was judged by Kyle Pereira (Motoring World/ Garage Build Motorcycles), Arjun Raina (Moto Exotica) and Leroy (North Goa Choppers) and awarded to 36 Moto’s Mohit Chawda. The winner of the Mod Bike judged by Leslie Porterfield and Reza Hussain was Aditya Deshmukh from Meangreen Customs.
Legends of rock, Colt Silvers showed an eager crowd a brilliant time, while Lagori headlined the Main Stage into the end of the festival at a high. Signing off on India Bike Week 2017, Freddie Pithavala, from Mumbai based superbike club, H.O.I., remarked, “As always, we go back from IBW with sweet memories. This exclusive time spent with the community over two days allows all of us the opportunity to come together and celebrate the passion that makes this annual do a reality and a successful one at that!”
Mod Biker Award Winner Aditya Deshmukh (Meangreen customs)
Bike Build off Competition winner Mohit Chawda
Win a bike competition winner Darshrath Desai
Magical performance by LAGORI