Royal Enfield Rider Mania 2016 concludes, witnesses biggest gathering of Royal Enfield riders

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The three-day motorcycling extravaganza, 2016 Rider Mania, concluded on Sunday, November 20, 2016 with the largest turnout ever since the inception of the festival. Organized at Vagator in Goa, the biggest gathering of Royal Enfield riders, hosted thousands of motorcycling enthusiast from India and from several continents across the globe.

For the first time this year, Rider Mania showcased ArtatRiderMania – motorcycling inspired art. The deep connect and passion for riding, came to life with various motorcycling inspired art exhibits around the Rider Mania venue. Helmet art, tank paintings and 3D canvas creations were few of various ways artists used their own creativity to communicate a motorcyclist’s lifestyle and expressions.

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There were many attractions at the event. Fist of the many was S. Thiru, photographer & installation artist Hrishikesh’s work, ‘Singularity’. The artists described their work – an 18 foot tall metal installation, as the point where all parallel lines meet; the moment when man becomes one with the machine; and the journey begins. Another major attraction was the ‘Art Shed’ by Vidhi Khandelwal, a prolific illustrator, Ketaki Pimpal Khare, a multi-media artist and Ravindra Mahale, who specializes in water colors. The trio experimented and showcased art that signified the Rider Mania spirit through various mediums. A small bar at the venue was beautified by an artistic representation by Hammered, an Indian digital artist who specializes in automotive friezes.

The festival saw passionate motorcyclists participate in fun and competitive events. The most sought after event at Rider Mania – the Dirt Track Race saw participants turning up in their special race-tuned motorcycles to slug it out on a dusty, uneven race track. For the first time, a special Himalayan category was introduced. Sanjay Kumar won the first ever Himalayan men’s expert category dirt track race and Salman Khan was the winner of Mens Himalayan novice category.

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In the Mens 500cc category, Omkar Budhale won in the Experts and Suhail Ahmed in the 500cc Novice category. In the Womens 350cc category, Rinku Tahare took the top spot. Suhail Ahmed won the ultimate ‘Race of Champions’. Attendees of the 2016 edition of Rider Mania also witnessed the debut of Riding school STRE (or She Travels on a Royal Enfield), a program where women learn to ride a motorcycles.

The custom bike display was one of the biggest attractions at Rider Mania. This year, Rider Mania had some of the most prominent names in the Indian custom building industry. From experienced names like Old Delhi motorcycles to the new talents like Young Kid Customs showcased their best designs exclusively made for Rider Mania 2016.

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