2019 India Bike Week: A Wild Ride Makes A Comeback
The sixth edition of India Bike Week may have ended last week but we’re yet to be over with energy, madness and craze that we felt during those two days of December 6-7. The event saw 21,000 riders brought their mean-machines along with friends and families. Since IBW took a break in 2018, there were high expectations when the announcement came it would happen this year.
This post is for all you guys who, unfortunately, missed out on the fun. We’ll take you on a verbal tour of this awesome bike week.
The new Tech
The 2019 IBW saw tech-companies bring in their new tech creations for the bikers and motorcycles, along with performance parts, riding gears and all sorts of accessories. Two of these techs which stood out were Kogo’s unified travel platform and Eume’s massager backpack for bikers.
Kogo is a Delhi-based travel start-up and its unified travel platform that lets AI-powered storytelling with automated content creation, travel discovery and enhanced experience. The app uses a tracking device to track your travel and uploads contents on the app itself, along with other social media platforms of the user. The device and app are set to be launched by December end.
On the other hand, Mumbai-based Company – Eume, brought out their massager backpack for bikers. According to the company, the massager is built-in into the bag, with USB charging point, and is available in different sizes.
The India Bike Week was full of adventurous activities for riders to take part in. From Hill Climb to Harley-Davidson organizing Flat track competition and Moto Mob that made riders and audience get hyped and try new things. The FMX4EVER made the audience gasp with their enthralling stunts, putting up a spectacular show of skills, control and balance.
There was Big Enduro training for both amateur and veteran riders to help them learn and master their skills under the watchful eyes of trained professionals. People also got a chance to meet some renowned names in Indian Motorsport like Ashish Raorane, Simran King, Aishwarya Pissay, Rajni Krishnan. They offered their insight into the scope of motorsport in India and what could be done to make it better.
Travellers on a stop-by
A number of experienced two-wheeler travels from around the world settled inside the famous ’Big Trip’ tent. These included experienced travellers like Candida Louis, Pankaj Trivedi, Debu & DJ (One World One Ride), Alex Chacon and more who talked to novice riders and shared their experiences.
Motorcycles, motorcycles and motorcycles
While the IBW is about bikes, the 2019 edition saw a number of new launches than any edition before. KTM partnered in the event and launched its India-spec version of much-awaited 390 Adventure. The event also saw Swedish bike maker, Husqvarna making its Indian debut with the Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 quarter-litre offerings.
The people also got to witness the launch of 2020 Triumph Rocket 3R with more power, lighter kerb weight and a plethora of new electronics to enhance the ride experience for the rider. Since 2019 has been about electric power and electric vehicles, the IBW was the centre stage for the debut of all-electric motorcycle – Orxa Mantis. Work of Bangalore-based Orxa Energies, the Mantis wowed the audience with its design and impressive figures like a top speed of 140 kmph and a range of 200km on a single charge. All the motorcycles mentioned will hit the Indian market next year.
A Chopper fair
The custom-building market in India has slowly but surely expanded across the country and there are a number of truly good custom-build shops here. Several renowned bike builders like Rezza Hussain, Vijay Singh, Adil Dumasia, Leroy, Arjun Raina, Aditya Deshmukh and Kyle Pereira brought their creation. But it was the Royal Enfield Bullet based Kadak that won the Biker Build-Off at IBW 2019.
The festival ended with a soulful night of live music performances by Pineapple Express, DJ Surreal featuring Dr Zoo, DJ Ritwiz, Best Kept Secret. The crowd went crazy, dancing away the night and the event until it comes back next year.
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