All the months of building excitement, curiosity & interest finally culminated into the Bike Festival of India held at Buddh International Circuit on 4th& 5th October 2014.
A festival that began with a month long National Safety Ride organized by Bike Festival of India, sponsored by Event Capital, managed by Ride Till I Die and flagged off by cricketer Ishant Sharma. A group of selected riders were chosen to ride across 8000 plus kms with the intention of spreading the message of safe biking. Riders Rahul Sharma, Rohan Monga, Pratish Ambekar, Jaspreet Aiden, Urvashi Patole, Sheetal Bidaye, Venkat Raman & Anjaly Rajan proudly spearheaded the ride across the country on Triumph Motorcycles best bikes; The Thunderbird Storm & Speed Triple. The Star Riders Venkat, Urvashi and Sheetal shared their experience at the event. Member of Bikerni Association, Sheetal Bidaye says “It gives me immense pleasure to be a part of the BFI event held at the prestigious Buddh International Circuit. Getting to see some new biker stuff here, apart from the usual stunt shows and arenas. Experiencing XDL take place here is one of the many attractions BFI has to offer. Quite a fun event where the food is good and so is the music! Really an event of bikers, for bikers and from the bikers! Cheers!!”
The first Bike Festival of India held at the Buddh International Circuit, a venue with world class amenities, well designed plans and superior infrastructure. Entering the circuit at first gives you that jaw-dropping moment when you just stare at the massive place with palpable excitement. Day one of the festival saw riders travelling in from across the country and reaching the circuit keeping in mind the schedule of events so as to not miss any of the activities lined up. Venkat Raman, Star Rider in the National Safety Ride from Kolkata to Chennai took the time to pen his view to us, “Whilst, the Indian motorcycle communities are highly scattered, across the cities falling under various breeds and sizes, the Bike Festival of India stands out as one hope where all the bikers come together to celebrate and embrace their passion for bikes. Be it the outstanding stunts, heavy breathe drags, new bike launches and once in a lifetime circuit ride, the BFI team has done excellent job, right from choosing the best of venue, the Buddh International Circuit to bringing in the best of DJs and Musicians. I am proud to be a part of this awesome event.”
And it definitely goes without saying that racers, bikers wouldn’t give up the chance of racing on the circuit which is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Not just watching, but just hearing the bikes race across the tarmac at unimaginable speeds (something you see only in MotoGP) is enough to set your pulse racing. The addiction of super fast bikes, the addiction to speed is what makes these racers thrive but racing with all the right protective gears. They burnt rubber & burnt the tracks that left viewers mesmerized with their riding skills. Ride time with MSD on the track was what most riders looked forward to. He rode the Yamaha R15 on the circuit along with a bunch of racers who had the pleasure of riding with him. After all it isn’t everyday that you get to ride with India’s bike aficionado & cricketing legend MS Dhoni. And Urvashi Patole, founder of the first female bikers association The Bikerni, conveyed her experience at BFI and her pleasure at being felicitated by MS Dhoni, “The Bike festival of India of was a mixture of pleasure & pain. Pleasure in the fact that there was a lot to see and do. Motorcycle launches, superbike and vintage bikes displays, stunt championships, circuit races, drag and wheelie races, and music concerts. Also got to meet a lot of fellow bikers on India under one platform. Pain was in the face of it being a first time event management by the organizers & lots of strict rules issued by BIC officials. Otherwise it was not a bad experience altogether. Hope for a better experience next time. Was proud to be felicitated by Mahendra Singh Dhoni as an official safety rider of BFI.”
The XDL Championships saw the advent of seventy plus stunt riders at the Bike Festival of India. Ashish Ranjan, the man behind bringing XDL to India after a hard work of two years held its first competition in India in association with BFI. It was a proud moment for both XDL & BFI in their combined efforts to make the championship a success & to give stunt riders a platform to showcase their talent. The championship was judged by internationally known stunt riders Chris Tice & Aaron Twite.
Present at the festival were prominent motorcycle companies such as; Polaris, Indian, KTM, Triumph & Royal Enfield along with Gulf Oil and various other clubs, publications & diverse automotive businesses. KTM of course showcased the recently launched RC 390 & RC 200 street sports bikes which were received well & appreciated by all. Indian Motorcycles utilized the platform to launch the Indian Scout which has been priced at 11.99 lakhs (ex showroom Delhi). Not one to be left behind, RajputanaCustoms showcased some of their beautifully crafted bikes that left people admiring them. Also on display was MSD’s beautiful collection of bikes, with him being the only other owner in Asia of the Hellcat X132 Confederate & one of the four owners in the world of this beautiful bike. Team Ride Till I Die launched their first print version, Rider Times with ace cricketer and biker Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The Rider Times was well received by the biking fraternity.
The Drag race at BFI was a huge success with twenty eight participants in various categories of the race. The race was won by Rizwan Khan under two categories while Riyaz Khan clocked the fastest time for the race. Mohammed RIyaz won the wheelie class drag race. Under the 250cc-400cc, 650cc-800cc and liter class categories, Imran Khan, Simran, and Gurvinder won the Top Gun events, respectively. All through the two day event, BFI had organized adventure sport activities for those interested in experiencing an adrenaline high apart from biking.
The event ended with MS Dhoni felicitating the star riders of the BFI National Safety Ride with an award & a felicitation to team Ride Till I Die for managing the Safety Ride. The final day of the festival also witnessed some scintillating musical performances from leading bands like Parikrama, MidivalPunditz, and Tides of Nebula amongst others.
With so many happening events at BFI we certainly look forward to experience a bigger & better second edition of the Bike Festival of India in 2015.
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