2014 India Bike Week: All you need to know

Second edition of India Bike Week 2014 gets off to a flying start in Goa next month, where there is an exciting series of events planned much to the delight of every biking fan in the country. Displays, contest and competitions galore have been scheduled which includes activities for both male and female riders in the country.

Bike Build Off, Bike Showcase, Long Haul Ride, music and entertainment promises to get bigger and better at the India Bike Week slated for January 17 and 18, 2014. Seventy EMG has entered into an agreement with Fox Traveller and will be offering a Special brotherhood zone, workshops and official rides, while also giving fans a chance to interact with biking legends which include the likes of Ted Simon, Nick Sanders and Sam Childers.

2014 India Bike Week

Mod Bike Competition and Bike Build Off will see most renowned bike customizers and engineers showcase their custom and modified bikes. Bike Build Off will see some outstanding bike customizers being honored while the judging panel will include the likes of Harsh Man Rai, Director and Co-founder of Rolling Stone, Aspi Bhatena, avid racer and Editor of Bike India and Frank Savage, Head of Design at Harley Davidson. Bike Build Off will provide a platform for bike builders in the country and will be judged by audience on the basis of best entries in Open Class and Chopper Class.

Continuing it’s support for woman riders in the country, IBW has collaborated with My Bike, My World, this is an initiative in association with Bikernis, the all woman rider-group. Under this, at the IBW festival, Safety &amp: Ride workshops for women bikers have been organised. Woman riders will be able to participate in activities such as Adventure Zone, Burn Out State while attractions will also include Bikini Bike Wash Bar & Lounge where bikers can get their bikes and tyres washed and serviced from MRF and Castrol.

Motorcycle Traveller’s Meet is also being organized to allow biking enthusiasts to interact with each other while Mod Bike Competition and Special Bike Showcase will see a host of custom bikes on display at the festival grounds which will be judged by Mumbai based mechanic O.A. Anthony Rolling Stone, Harsh Man Rai , motorcycle adventurer Sam Childers and Executive Editor of Bike India, Aspi Bathena. These bikes will be judged on the basis of Technical/Mechanical, and Design.

One of the most exciting competition for riders at the India Bike Week, is the Long Haul Ride. The competition is open to all with valid driving license. The winner of this competition will be the rider who has clocked the most kilometers on his/her bike to reach the venue of IBW, in Vagator, Goa. Top 10 clocking longest distance travelled with receive special edition Zippo lighter, pair of Oakley sunglasses, and Long Haul rider patches and stickers.

Taking part in the Long Haul Ride contest is really simple. All you need to do is authenticate the place and time you’re starting off at. This can be done in these three steps.
1. Take a picture on your smartphone with your location services on, and send it to the India Bike Week page on Facebook.
2. Check in on Facebook and Twitter, again with location services on, with the hashtag #indiabikeweek.
3. Get a time-stamped slip from an ATM, an electronic slip from a petrol pump and a picture of the mileage counter at your starting point.
Once you get to the IBW venue in Goa, meet an IBW representative at the registration counter and get your details verified.

FINALISTS CHOSEN for IBW Bike Build-Off

1. Chopper Class – Rajputana Customs
2. Chopper Class – Rag and Bone Customs (Paul Smith)
3. Chopper Class – Reza Hussain Choppers
4. Chopper Class – TJ Motor works
1. Open Class – Moto Exotica
2. Open Class – Bombay Custom Works
3. Open Class – Transfigure Customs

All shortlisted customisers will be given Rs. 50,000 in cash and four weeks to complete their build and get it to India Bike Week in Goa, in January 2014, where the eventual winners will be decided by the audience.

IBW Mod Bike Competition & Special Bike Showcase
The Mod Bike Competition at India Bike Week is the country’s largest display of custom bikes. Year One saw over a 100 entries, of which about 20 beautifully modified bikes were displayed on the festival grounds at IBW.

Customisers and owners of modified motorcycles from across the country had been invited to send in their entries for the second edition of the festival. In Year Two, IBW seeks to make the Mod Bike Competition bigger by getting an expert jury panel to shortlist 30 bikes for the final display.

This year’s judging panel has some luminaries on it – renowned Mumbai-based mechanic O.A. Anthony a.k.a. Anton; Rolling Stone creative director and co-founder of Helmet Stories, Harsh Man Rai; legendary motorcycle adventurer Sam Childers, a.k.a. Machine Gun Preacher; and executive editor of Bike India, Aspi Bathena. They will judge the motorcycles on the basis of two criteria – Technical/Mechanical, and Design.

Highlight Bikes from the Mod Bike Competition:

Tech/ Mech
Honda MS01, IC 350 – MaxSpeed Design
Electric Bike Concept, Nisttrakya – Santhosh

Design
X Spec All Purpose by Aniket Das

Bike Display
The Bike Display at India Bike Week will cover two categories – Special Bike Showcase and Vintage Bikes. The Special Bike Showcase has five sub-categories within – Race Class, Absolutely Nuts, Jewels of India, Mod Bikes, and Custom Harley-Davidsons. The following motorcycles have confirmed their participation so far. The highlights:

Race Class
Championship BSA Goldstar
Team Castrol Honda Gresini or Honda 1 Make (TBC)
Team Mahindra Moto3 (tbc)
Kawasaki Mahi Racing (tbc)
Norton Manx 350 & International
Absolutely Nuts
Radial Engine Chopper from JRL Cycles

Jewels of India
Triumph Trusty 1909
Swift 1911
Indian Chief 1912 – Cartier Concours d’Elegance 2013 Best of Show winner, Subodh Nath

Triumph 500, 1911
Mod Competition

Speaking on the occasion, Martin da Costa, CEO of 70 EMG said, “With an aim to get the entire biking brotherhood together, we want to make this legendary biking festival an unforgettable experience for our fellow bike enthusiasts. We have lots to offer to all the hard core bikers, female bikers, fans of two wheelers, stunt men, record holders, travellers and festival fans such as Motorcycle Traveller’s Meet, interaction with biking legends, customized merchandize, brotherhood zones, a massive bike display including the Radial Chopper and Racing teams. We are getting the best talent at the festival not just in biking but international Bikers, brands, customizers, bike and accessory manufacturers.”