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Royal Enfield debuts Interceptor INT 650 and Continental GT 650 in India

Parichay Malvankar
Written by Parichay Malvankar

Royal Enfield Rider Mania, India’s most definitive motorcycle festival, concluded on Sunday, 19th November 2017. Rider Mania 2017 was the largest ever gathering of Royal Enfield enthusiasts and saw participation from enthusiasts in India and across the world that converged at Goa to be a part of this motorcycling extravaganza. Organized at Vagator, Goa, Rider Mania 2017 was home to a host of activities, including the popular Dirt Track racing, Custom Motorcycle showcase, Trials, Long Distance Travel Forum and Maze Chase amongst other revered activities amongst Royal Enfield enthusiasts.

The festival was also witness to the first ever community unveil of Royal Enfield’s new ground-up modern twin motorcycles, the Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650. Exclusive for the community members who have defined and grown the brand’s culture over the years, the unveil was hosted by Mr. Siddhartha Lal, CEO and Rudratej Singh, President, Royal Enfield.

The road to Rider Mania commenced with countrywide rides in key cities with Royal Enfield clubs and communities participating in large numbers. Rider Mania 2017 saw participation from attendees from diverse backgrounds and geographies. Enthusiasts rode from as far as Delhi, Gwalior, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar and even far flung cities of Kolkata and Guwahati for the annual get-together relishing every moment leading up to Rider Mania.

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. The holy grail of Dirt Track racing, the Race of the Champions saw Gaurav Patil from Kolhapur, Maharashtra emerge victorious amongst the champions from each of the categories. The Himalayan expert category, introduced last year, saw Suhail Ahmad from Bangalore beat the competition in a tightly fought contest. In the novice category, Murti R from Tirupur, Tamil Nadu was crowned the champion. The cleanest bike competition was won by Mumbai based Dushyant Jadhav whose 1979 Bullet 350 won him the contest. Vineet Sharma from Pune registered a convincing win to finish at the top of the podium during Trials while Rithu from Pune, Maharshtra as crowned the winner in women’s category of the competition.

Motorcycling is a way of self-expression and keeping up with its initiative from last year, Rider Mania showcased Art at Rider Mania – motorcycling inspired art. The deep connect and passion for riding, came to life with various motorcycling inspired art exhibits around the Rider Mania venue. Graffiti inspired by tales on a motorcycle, 3D canvas creations and art on acrylic blocks were few of various ways artists used their own creativity to communicate a motorcyclist’s lifestyle and expressions.

This year, Rider Mania had some of the most prominent names in the Indian custom building industry showcasing evocative renditions of their Royal Enfield motorcycles. The festival saw TNT Motorcycles from Delhi, Bulleteer Customs from Bangalore, Jedi Customs and Haldankar Customs from Mumbai, Buraq motorcycles from Hyderabad apart from other premier custom builders showcasing their best designs exclusively made for Rider Mania 2017.

About the author

Parichay Malvankar

Parichay Malvankar

Founder, owner and editor-in-chief of www.Shifting-Gears.com; a born gearhead, nothing apart from a set of wheels gets his pulse racing.