Last year, there were over 6,500 riders in attendance. This year, India Bike Week will see gathering of over 10,000 riders, of which, 1000+ will be members of India’s National HOG riders. Of the riders expected at Goa, a large number of biker groups have already gathered here.
NH4 is vrooming and buzzing with the sound and fervour with excited bikerhoods all riding down. Most popular dhabas and road side refreshment joints saw different groups of bikers stop through the day. Without fail, every stop ensured an excited gathering of locals who made it a point to stop and marvel at India’s best bikes.
While it is a difficult journey for some of the larger cruisers along narrow ghats, it only added to additional stops along without taking away from the excitement. The road leading to Vagator saw streets of Anjuna, Baga, Calangute and Candolim filled with a great number of bikes parked along shacks, since a major chunk of attendees have already reached before event day.
While it would have been ideal to ride down, we decided to tow in behind riders headed to venue using an Audi Q3 as our mode of transport, which apart from getting us to venue, ensured we could watch every bike headed to Goa, alongside offering to carry a few bags for passing bikes.
The combination straight roads on the highway and ghats once you turn in for Goa at Nipani is easy, and smooth for Audi’s Q3 to the point that you can drive your 450 kms, get to a shack, and drink to the evening’s spirit without feeling the need to stretch your back or legs.
Most importantly, our not so long, safe and comfortable journey gives us plenty of energy to enjoy India Bike Week 2014 to the fullest, as we except things to be busier this year. The venue stands the same and if you aren’t sure where to head, every big enough roadside tree that has a trunk wide enough to hold a poster will point you in the right direction. For those who were at SunBurn this year, you already know the venue. Parking space at #IBW14 is in ample and plenty, and our Audi Q3 gives us a place to store additional equipment and chargers, apart from letting us a take a much needed break as needed, as temperature here is already rising.
With interactions planned through the day, and music at full blast at all times, the need to transfer data will see us head to the parking lot a few times during the day to our weekend’s orange SUV. The need for capable support vehicle can only be fully understood at times such as this. There’s only that much you can carry when riding.
We arrived at the IBW venue yesterday. As IBW is expected to commence from 12 noon today, we will start the LIVE feed with some images from our drive to Goa.
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LIVE coverage of #IBW14, follow bit by bit updates below
Shutting LIVE thread Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for DAY 2 updates @IndiaBikeWeek @rushlane
Time to rock @IndiaBikeWeek #IBW14 Thank you for following @rushlane
the food stalls at @indiabikeweek offer variety, but prefer local delicacy #IBW14
Winner of long haul ride competition @indiabikeweek #IBW14 rode 3049 kms
Time to enjoy some music concerts @indiabikeweek #ibw14
Stunt show @indiabikeweek #IBW14
Wonderful evening @indiabikeweek #IBW14
3 customized #Harley s from America @indiabikeweek #IBW14
@HarleyIndia unveils #Street 750 in India @IndiaBikeWeek #IBW14
Bikini bike wash in action @indiabikeweek #IBW14
MRF tyre lifting competition @indiabikeweek #IBW14
The bikini bike wash girls @indiabikeweek #IBW14
The loudest bike @indiabikeweek #IBW14
Racing class @indiabikeweek #IBW14
Live band @indiabikeweek #IBW14
BATMAN mod BIKE @indiabikeweek #IBW14
Images of mod bikes @indiabikeweek #IBW14
Mod Bike display @indiabikeweek #IBW14
MRF FMMX display of stunts @indiabikeweek #IBW14
@indiabikeweek #IBW14 centre stage and FMMX display
Harley Davidson Custom display @indiabikeweek #IBW14 picture
Which is the third largest gathering of Harley Davidson motorcycles in Asia
Of which 1000 have gathered here
Over 4000 Harley Davidson motorcycles sold in India till date
Right now we are in media tent for interaction with organizers
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Walking towards the venue #IBW14 Will keep posting images and updates as soon as we get a chance
This morning. Thats the #IBW14 venue in background at Vagator.
And we arrive in Goa @AudiIn #Q3 #IBW14 @IndiaBikeWeek
It was not only the superbikes, there were smaller one’s as well. #IBW14
Forgot to share this, he took almost both sides of the highway. Ride to #IBW14
Those who couldn’t ride, some did get their bikes transported to #IBW14 . All are welcome
@AudiIn #Q3 enroute #IBW14 . Nature’s trail.
More riders heading towards #IBW14
#Harley rider checks out the @AudiIn #Q3 , what’s he thinking?
Amboli Ghat #IBW14 @AudiIn #Q3
Countryside. Drive to #IBW14
While bikers were refueling, we waited. @AudiIn #Q3 gives impressive mileage of 12+ kmpl
We continue with our journey to #IBW in @AudiIn #Q3 , 158 kms more
We will later share the entire post with loads of images of Pulsar 200SS and some more bikes that were getting tested.
Benefits of going to #IBW14 via road and @AudiIn #Q3 sunroof. #Pulsar #200SS #SpyShots
This yellow bike attracted a lot of attention. #IBW14
Now what is this? #IBW14 ?
@Audi #Q3 with some riders to #IBW14
Another break at the exit from NH4 after Tawandi Ghat on NH4. @AudiIn #Q3 with #IBW14 bikes
Fully loaded. #IBW14
Finally an empty stretch for @AudiIn #Q3 after crossing Kolhapur on NH4. #IBW14
let’s stretch our legs a bit #IBW14
And a truck goes off the road. #IBW14 @AudiIn #Q3
suited and booted #IBW14
Chai break with some bikers enroute #IBW14 @AudiIn #Q3
Starting from Pune, it didn’t take us long to spot our first rider to #IBW14
Journey to #IBW14 begins. @AudiIN #Q3 dlvr.it/4jwLf5