The second edition of India’s biggest biking festival, the India Bike Week (IBW), kickstarts tomorrow and bike enthusiasts from the city have put their helmets on and straddled their mean machines to make it to the show. With the distance from Hyderabad to Goa being about 650 kilometers, these self-styled bikers are an excited lot.
“I went for the first IBW as well. Even during that time, I had ridden to Goa from Hyderabad and I’m thrilled about doing it again,” shares Chandra Obul Reddy, a self-employed businessman.
Though having always been passionate about the two-wheeler, being a bike enthusiast wasn’t always an easy ride for Reddy, since his parents disapproved of it. “Since I was six years old, I have been a huge fan of the machine. Unfortunately, before I was born, my father’s brother met with a bike accident and tragically passed away. Ever since, my parents have been against the idea of riding two-wheelers,” shares the 27-year-old.
For these people, the allure of the IBW isn’t just the chance to stretch their machines to their potential and get out into the open, but is also the chance to meet and be among others with the same passion.
Says Reddy, “It is one thing to ride a bike in Hyderabad, but a completely different experience to be a part of a bike festival. You can get the chance to meet so many different kinds of drivers. There will be people from all kinds of age-groups -- from 21-year-old youngsters to 70-year-old men riding different kinds of bikes.”
And with Hyderabadi roads being pot-hole riddled and congested with traffic, riding the highway to Goa will be a joy. “The road from Hyderabad to Goa is excellent, so I’m really looking forward to it,” he adds.
Others looking forward to the road include 28-year-old Adnan Hashim who will be at the IBW for the first time. Though he’s been to bike shows abroad, this will be a special occasion for Adnan.
“Earlier, I participated in several bike festivals in Chicago and other parts of the US. This is the first time I will be attending a bike festival in India. I’m really excited also because Reza Hussain (of Reza Hussain customs) is a very good friend of mine and he is taking part in the Bike Build-Off competition being held. I will be there to show my support for him,” he shares.
A mechanical engineer, Adnan enjoys going on long drives on a regular basis, and the drive up to Goa will be another excuse to get on the road. “I will be driving to Goa from Hyderabad. It is a 14-hour journey but I’m used to long distance driving since I’ve done it a lot of times,” says the 28-year-old who has been passionate about bikes since the age of 10.
The IBW is being held for the second time at Goa and will span two days.