Mumbai,By Kabir Ali
“Biking Legends, 5 Music stages headlined by Babyhead, Drag Race, Ace Café London, Exciting bike launches, National stunt championship, Ride for chari
ty…IBW 2015 will absolutely enthrall you”India’s largest festival planners the SEVENTY Event Media Group, together with the #1 Travel and Lifestyle channel, FOX Life, is back with the largest, most important Festival of Bikers, Bikes, Music and Mayhem in India to be held in Goa at VAGATOR on 20th & 21st February 2015.
Over 10,000 riders and bike enthusiasts are expected to ride cross-country to Goa to celebrate the spirit and lifestyle of the Indian Biking community. India Bike Week (IBW) engaged the biking brotherhood with a 6-month season of activities including several Chai & Pakoda rides and the just-kick-started India Bike Week on Tour, DIY sessions, culminating into one great party in Goa.
A few highlights for the third edition in Goa:
SHELL Big Trip
Hear stories from over 15 legendary Indian and international motorcycle travelers:
Grant & Susan Johnson (Horizons Unlimited, the most popular network of motorcyclists, Canada), Rashmi Thambe (Editor, Global Women Who Ride),Avinash Thadani, Hubert Kriegel (on a Ural sidecar bike), Sheonagh Ravensdale (Women’s International Motorcycle Association), Deepak Thimmoji, Sushant Shetty (London to India solo on a Hayabusa), Kedarnath, Major Gen. VK Iyer, Sangeetha Jairam, Gokulram, Frank Voellm, Om Vaikul (winner of the Wrangler True Wanderer 3.0), and many more. Check out their ride videos and photo exhibits, camp with some of the guys from Motorcycle Travelers Meet who come back to IBW for the second year and are curating the Shell Big Trip.
o This zone also integrates the
Motorcycle Movie Festival (movies like “On Any Sunday”), an adventure travel gear and motorcycle expo, the Ladakh Tent and the Zippo Lounge for fun games and contests such as the Zippo Be The Man games and the Zippo Flame of Freedom contest (all expense paid trip to 4 deserving bikers) and a Zippo Lighter Design competition.
o Women’s Travelers Meet (WTM) invites, inspires and equips other women to travel on motorcycles. It will be jointly conducted by our women Big Trip speakers, and other established ladies biker groups such as Bikernis (India’s largest women bikers club) and individuals who are promoting safe riding for women – Sarika Mehta (Ducati sponsored Ride for Safety across 8 countries), Riderni Anjaly Rajan and Labdi Shah.
o The Great Indian Trail (GrIT) – the launch of this crowd-sourced web-based repository of the most scenic roads, ride and cultural experiences, places to stay and eat across India. The Great Indian Trail will provide content for the “Shell Rides to IBW” feature for India Bike Week riders.
o Long Haul Ride winners – IBW will identify exceptional rides covered by people in their individual capacity like Shaheen Basheer, who has completed 30,000 kms in 3.5 months on his Harley-Davidson Street™ 750, Harley owner Puru Manvi, who has undertaken a Pan-India ride starting from Mumbai and culminating at IBW Goa over a period of 1.5 months, or Jerry Philips, a 51 year old who is spreading the message of ‘Swacch Bharath’ across villages and towns panning over 25,000 kms in 2.5 months.
Harley-Davidson 5 Years in India Celebratio
The 3rd India H.O.G. ® Rally, will lead the IBW festival on February 19th. The rally is expected to witness the largest number of Harley-Davidson riders in India, coming together to celebrate 5 years of the brand in the country.
IBW Bike Build Off
Finding India’s BEST Bike Builder of 2015 – in its third edition and the only competition of its kind in India for professional custom bike builders, builders create a custom design and create the bike from scratch. This year it only gets bigger, better and fiercer. Crowned emperors from last year Moto Exotica andReza Hussain Customs will be coming back this season to defend their title and battle 3 other shortlisted entrants from 25 registered entries to the IBW Bike Build Off 2015 Call for Entry. The Bike Builders Collective at IBW brings together the best Custom Bike Builders in one place, facilitating an exchange of ideas and exposure to international legends in this area such as Ace Cafe’s Mark Wilsmore. The Mod Bike competition is to identify the trends and the best bikes built in the past year.