The recently concluded India Bike Week (IBW) in Goa was a big success in terms of turnout with thousands of bikers around the country thronging to the venue off Vagator beach in North Goa. There were significant improvements, too, over last year – most riders got to park inside the venue, and the event was more seamlessly organized. Our India Bike Week Pics follow this brief report on the event.
This year there was an enormous collection of vintage and modified bikes. The vintage bikes included makes like Indian, Zundapp, Ariel, Norton and so many more and the enclosure where the modified bikes were on display had bikes whose modifications ranged from the subtle to the way out. In fact, in some of the creations, the original bikes could not be recognized at all, the design apart from the engine being all new from the ground up, but mostly using RE engines. Fabulous artwork mixed with innovative design was there for all to see. It was heartening to see the results and one appreciates the efforts put in by these people as well as the efforts of those whose painstaking attention to detail has restored the classic beauties to a pristine condition once again.
Harley Davidson being a co sponsor, the annual meet was also held at the IBW, with hundreds of Harleys at the venue ranging from 883s with noisy exhausts to the big, silent Glides. HD also took the opportunity to launch the newly introduced Street 750 twin at their stall which displayed several customized street 750s as well.
Among the other “eye candy” type of bikes were at least one Gold Wing with all the bells and whistles, a Victory Vision tourer (longer than most cars!) and my personal favourite, a Valkyrie Rune which completely overshadowed a Triumph Rocket III parked nearby. Several superbikes were also there from the Japanese, Italian and German manufacturers.
The organisers had several talks and presentation lined up from noted biking personalities and there were several stalls selling biking accessories, parts and bike related products. Last but not the least, several eminent bikers of yesteryear like Aspi Bhathena and Zubin Patel were felicitated for their achievements.
India Bike Week 2014 image gallery