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. IBW2017 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 Speedmaster. 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 and Most Stylish Biker. Adding to the glam quotient of the evening were performances by Coyote Ugly dancers and the Beach Fashionwear show.
All-day activities will include 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!