With Enfield enthusiasts gathering in Goa for Rider Mania, expect dirt riding courses, filmmaking workshops and more.
The allure of Royal Enfield motorcycles is hard to describe. But it can be experienced. Just head to the dusty makeshift parking lot outside Vagator’s HillTop on November 18. Close to 6,000 Indian and international bikers are expected to gather near Ozran Beach—to celebrate their love for ‘The Thump That Binds’—at the 13th annual edition of Rider Mania. While some flock to Vagator with the hopes of catching a sneak peek at Royal Enfield’s (RE) yet-to-be-released 750cc flagship bike, others are coming to the three-day event to participate in an expansive lineup of motorcycling contests. “We meet at Rider Mania each year to celebrate a shared feeling that goes beyond words, with other like-minded Royal Enfield enthusiasts. It’s a feeling of completeness when man, terrain and a Royal Enfield come together. We call it pure motorcycling,” shares RE’s president Rudratej Singh.
While thousands have registered for the ride to North Goa from Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru, dozens of RE clubs from cities like Kochi, Chennai and Hyderabad will also make their presence felt. The fairer sex is also expected to participate in large numbers. With this is mind, Sarah Kashyap, the sole woman motorcyclist in the 2015 edition of Raid de Himalaya, will host a special riding school for women riders at the venue. While staple events like slow, obstacle/maze chase and dirt track races will put riding and manoeuvrability skills to the test, hands-on events like assembly wars and carry-your-bike will add to the fun element. Himalayan owners can rejoice, as off-road training sessions (by professional coaches) on day one will provide training to improve basic riding skills on dirt.
Beat goes on
If none of this excites you and you’re just itching to explore Goa? Sign up for early morning rides (on day two and three) from the venue to Mahadai Wildlife Sanctuary via Panjim. Riders with a flair for filmmaking have a chance to showcase their art through a special ‘Shoot your Rider Mania 2016’ workshop, led by Starving Artist Films’ Rahul Datta, who’s worked with popular brands like Rajputana Customs Motorcycles.
Come evening, grab a few drinks and unwind with your squad, as live music acts like Sapta, Parvaaz, Papon Live, Reggae Rajahs, Ankur and The Ghalat family will provide the soundtrack for the night.
November 18-20. Registration at Rs 2,000. Details: royalenfield.com/ridermania