Gallery: India Bike Week 2014

Big bikes, small bikes, electric bikes, custom bikes, chopper class, superbikes, racing bikes, mod bikes, vintage and classic bikes, bikes more than 100 years old, bikers, non-bikers, women bikers, gorgeous women, excited kids, dogs, expensive food, expensive beer, loud music, louder bikes, stunts shows, burnt rubber, blistering hot sun and pleasant nights, all put together at Vagator, Goa. This was the 2014 India Bike Week in a nutshell.

The second edition of India’s biggest and loudest biking festival saw bikers and non-bikers from all over the country thumping their mean machines towards Goa to enjoy the sheer emotion and essence of biking. Not just that, the event also witnessed legendary long-distance motorcyclists Ted Simon, Sam Childers and Nick Sanders ride on the narrow and twisty lanes of Goa, sharing their stories, experiences and biking tips with our desi riders.

One of the biggest highlights of the festival this year was the Bike Build Off showcase that witnessed incredible motorcycle customisers shortlisted from all around the country fight for the title with their unbound creativity. It also gave motorcycle enthusiasts an opportunity to drool over some of the finest and beautifully crafted choppers, café racers, cruisers, and electric bikes on display.

In addition, especially for the camera lenses, there were classic and vintage motorcycles – some of the oldest and well preserved Triumphs, BSAs, Nortons, Indian Motorcyles and the Royal Enfields in the country – with three of them as old as our very own Bollywood industry, celebrating 100 years of existence. That wasn’t all, the event also had participation from international biking legends, Freestyle Muscle Motocross stunters, entertaining the crowd with 40 feet high backflips and other gravity defying acts. Meanwhile on land, there were various acts performed by some of the best professional stunt bikers from all over India.

And then, while Harley-Davidson unveiled its smallest bike yet, the Street 750 to Indian audiences, the event also witnessed the premiere of India’s first electric concept motorcycle, Nisttarkya. Who said IBW was all about big, mean motorcycles doing little to save the depleting Ozone layer? Apart from motorcycles, there were the very popular flea market and expo mart that displayed and offered for sale everything from performance parts to bike mod options, from adventure/outdoor gear to riding gear, and tattoo parlours too.

No biking event or for that matter a riding experience to Goa, is complete without food, beer and loud music. And IBW 2014 had plenty of that. If the inaugural event had its own share of loopholes, the 2014 IBW had most of them sorted. For starters, it was more organised and the non-H-D bikes had a reasonable parking space within the event, which was highly appreciated. But we did miss bikini bike wash this time around. At the end, if you love motorcycles, good food, loud music and wanted an excuse to ride/drive/fly down to Goa, there couldn’t have been a better one that this.

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(Words and pictures: Devesh Shobha)