The Royal Enfield Rider Mania was back with a bang after a three year space. Of the numerous firsts in life that Ive looked forward to having actually experienced, attending the Royal Enfield Rider Mania has always been among the top on my list. No prizes for guessing who packed their bag, installed it on their Royal Enfield Hunter 350 long term bike and set out for Vagator, Goa, as soon as the strategy was confirmed.Some customized Royal Enfield builds were stunning and showcased the power of ones imagination.To be truthful, Rider Mania kicks off a day prior to the main opening of the event, with the narrow streets of Goa buzzing with the sounds of Royal Enfields of all kinds. Anyways, the next three days I spent at Rider Mania left some incredible photos plastered in my head.The theme for this year was Moto Verse, which is short for Royal Enfields motorbike universe. Its no wonder that the company decided to reward them by throwing open bookings for the Super Meteor 650 solely for those who participated in Rider Mania.In the end, although I do not own a Royal Enfield yet, it made me wonder what it d be like to buy one of their 650s.
The Royal Enfield Rider Mania was back with a bang after a three year gap. We participate in the mega event in Goa.Published On Dec 09, 2022 11:34:00 AMIt was the best stage for Royal Enfield to provide its latest motorbike, the Super Meteor 650, to a sea of devoted customers.Royal Enfield clubs like the BMR (Bangalore Malayali Riders)– seen here– were present.Music varying from Rock, Hip-Hop and Bollywood to fit every musical scheme possible. I wish to start by making a confession. Of the many firsts in life that Ive anticipated having experienced, attending the Royal Enfield Rider Mania has always been amongst the top on my list. It fascinated me to find out, very first hand, what it is that makes thousands of Royal Enfield customers throng the yearly celebration of motorcycles, music and more. Not to mention, the Rider Mania this year was being held after 2019, promising to be larger and better than ever. No prizes for guessing who loaded their bag, mounted it on their Royal Enfield Hunter 350 long term bike and set out for Vagator, Goa, as quickly as the plan was confirmed.Some custom Royal Enfield builds were stunning and showcased the power of ones imagination.To be honest, Rider Mania starts a day prior to the official opening of the occasion, with the narrow streets of Goa buzzing with the noises of Royal Enfields of all kinds. From old Bullet 500s and the Classic 350s to the Himalayan and the Interceptor/ContiGT 650s, Royal Enfields had actually literally taken over the streets of Goa. A fast look at the registration plates exposed people had ridden down to the most popular traveler destination in Indias western part from all corners of the country. KL, KA, WB, AS, MP and more were seen on a number of REs. Isnt it obvious that motorcycling can unify a nation? Anyways, the next 3 days I invested at Rider Mania left some unbelievable pictures plastered in my head.The style for this year was Moto Verse, which is brief for Royal Enfields bike universe. In reality, there were sub themes to different areas around the stretching facilities of Rider Mania. Moto Thrill, for circumstances, was where the dirt track races were held. It was rather a sight to see lots of riders, atop Bullets and Classics, replete with high-mount mudguards, knobby tires and aftermarket exhausts, move and slip around the track to see whos first. The rate may have been slow and you d feel for the riders muscling these heavy devices around the track, however the action was quite entertaining. Other activities like the RE Slide School– riding an FT411 flat-tracking bike on an oval tidal flat, which lets you choose up crucial skills in understanding traction or the path school– and hill climb time attack kept a number of individuals engaged.The Dunaali drag race bike got eyeballs at the motorsport section.On to the Moto Reel section, a large projector showcased films and the work of a variety of people who left us mere mortals awestruck. The films and talks, specifically by Dakar heroes CS Santosh and Ashish Raorane left lots of slack-jawed as they opened up about their experience of completing in among the most gruelling rallies in the world. Then, there were heartfelt stories that were screened, such as Royal Enfields epic ride to the Everest Base Camp.In in between participating in a variety of other occasions and efficiencies by musical greats such as Divine, Parvaaz, Thaikkudam Bridge and more, I also required time to gawk at some impressive custom-made develops that showcased the power of imagination. A bargain of my time was likewise invested admiring the sensational GT Cup bike and Dunaali– the drag bike made by Inidimotard that has actually taken the Drag Racing World by storm. Another emphasize was the astonishingly comprehensive 1:3 scale design of the Classic 500, yours for Rs 68,000 only!Besides the bikes, this years Rider Mania likewise highlighted the charm of art and its expression on canvases varying from a motorcycles fuel tank, a helmet and even a T-shirt. There were curated trips to different parts of Goa– heritage websites and pristine coastline.The attention to information on the 1:3 scale design of the Classic 500 was mind blowing.But over and above all of this, a continuous throughout the three-day occasion was the sense of belonging and sociability that was omnipresent. Picture thousands of people, collected to commemorate Royal Enfield, sharing a typical love for motorbikes made by the business. As objective as I must be, considering Ive my reporter hat on, I can not envision any other Indian two-wheeler maker being able to achieve such loyalty and passion from customers as RE does with Rider Mania. Its a testimony to the fact that buying a Royal Enfield not just gets you a motorcycle but also an entry into a vast community. Its no surprise that the business decided to reward them by throwing open reservations for the Super Meteor 650 solely for those who attended Rider Mania.In the end, although I do not own a Royal Enfield yet, it made me wonder what it d resemble to buy among their 650s. Such is the impact of attending what is potentially one of Indias most popular motorcycling occasions. In the meantime, Im grateful Ive struck it off the firsts-in-life list Copyright (c) Autocar India. All rights scheduled.