A man-machine rendezvous that set the roads of Bengaluru on fire


Thousands of motorcyclists connected over stories of trips across the country at a big event to mark World Motorcycle Day here on Sunday.

Organized by Deccan Herald and the Association of Biking Community (ABC) India, it started with a traffic awareness tour from Global Malls, Rajajinagar, followed by a day-long exhibition on all things motorcycling at Jayamahal Palace Hotel.

Nearly 500 bikers embarked on a ride of about 20 km before heading to the exhibition site.

The expo saw the convergence of over 4,000 people and 70 cycling clubs under the umbrella of ABC India.

It included a fashion show hosted by the Lulu Group International, talks on tires and maintenance, and a panel discussion on traffic discipline attended by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) BR Ravikanthe Gowda.

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“Whenever I’ve had a bad day, getting on my bike instantly clears my mind. Even though I’ve had the best day of my life, going for a ride makes it even better. My bike is my best friend,” said one of the participants as he prepared for the slow motorbike race towards the evening.

The event also saw fitness enthusiasts compete in push-ups and arm-wrestling contests, accompanied by foot-tapping music by bands such as Fourplay, Beat Boys and Beat Gurus. Riders from across the country spoke about their long love affair with motorcycles in front of delighted audiences of all ages and walks of life.

Vintage and modified bikes stood out in a sea of ​​leather and metal.

Veteran motorcyclist Navroz Contractor and Chief Mechanic Joseph Raja also spoke about the importance of safety equipment and the need to pre-check bikes before riding.

They shared tips for motorcycle maintenance and stories from their travels. A sumptuous lunch was followed by more fun activities including a tug of war.

“It was a wonderful experience. I had ideas to modify my bikes, there were YouTubers and other stars there and it was a pleasure to interact with them. The material on the stands was amazing to browse,” said Pulsar Fortune Club member Venkatesh.

Presented by IndianOil XP95, the WMD 2022 event was organized in association with Ceat Tyres, Suzuki and The Roadster Life. Lulu Group International was the Fashion Show Partner, Royal Enfield Traffic Awareness Partner, Manipal Hospitals Health Partner, 6 Miles to Isle of Man Accessories Partner, Coca-Cola Hydration Partner and Unibic Snacks Partner.

While the audience was blown away by fabulous musical performances, it was the roar of bicycles punctuating the air that really stole the show. As one biker said, “Do you hear that? It is the sound of freedom.


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