Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Urban Weekend Warrior | Go Getter

In 2013 when Royal Enfield launched the Continental GT Harsh was one of the lucky few to attend the awesome launch event in the UK which you can read about here. I on the other hand was on one of our maiden Pangi rides during the time.

So when it came to the launch in India which was to be held in Goa there were no way I was going to miss it. I secured a place on the ride and we flew to Goa to ride the new cafe racer from Royal Enfield. The weekend was a brilliant showcase of the motorcycle we rode many hours and met many of the people who designed worked and brought this motorcycle to life. So much fun the motorcycle was that Dad booked the first one in Chandigarh while I was still at the launch. (I still have it. Just needs a new battery and some spit and polish to get up and running)

Today the GT has been discontinued from the line up in India. Maybe its just to pave the way for the new 650 platform. (there is a GT varient that is coming as well). But here is remembering the New old Continental GT. I wrote about it in the January 2014 edition of Go Getter (Page 102) 

Monday, January 8, 2018

The Royal Enfield Garage Cafe, Baga, Goa

For years now, riding a Royal Enfield motorcycle has brought with it a certain cultural identity. Far more than simply a mode of transportation, the Royal Enfield motorcycle has provided a way of life, a counter-culture and a source of identity for a growing group of people. This is what Royal Enfield calls, rather grandiosely, ‘Pure Motorcycling’ where man and Machine are in sync while in pursuit of their passions, curiosities and interests.

Soon, by 2019, Royal Enfield will be putting a million iron dreamcatchers on the roads every year and the Enfield Garage Cafe on Baga River in Goa is a magnificent unfurling of the the brand’s flag that signals their growing clout, their ambition and the pure motorcycling mantra.

Behind the evocative facade that incorporates the brand through breathtaking artwork done in the local azulejo tiles, the Garage Cafe houses motorcycle sales and service, hip apparel that is biased towards everyday motorcycling life, a large exhibition space and a restaurant that serves food from the quirky to the divine. Fittingly, the beer on tap is called Susegaad, which is procured from a local micro-brewery down the road. A fully kitted dream garage is also available where one can work on their motorcycle and expert supervision is on hand. In a few weeks time, you will also be able to rent a Royal Enfield motorcycle of your choice.

The plan is to open more of these Garage Cafes in other cities in India and abroad. More power to them!

The  keeper of the flame at the Enfield Goa Garage Cafe, Jamshed Madon, dressed appropriately in a Helmet Stories tee

Monday, December 18, 2017

7 Days to Christmas - Instagram Giveaway

So lets get to the chase its seven days to Christmas and we have 7 Bolt Red Streak Units up for grabs. Every day we will randomly choose one person and give it out to them. All you have to do is go to this link fill up the form and wait till the next morning. We shall let you know if you are the proud owner of a new Bolt Unit.

To Enter The Contest
1. Follow the accounts of @helmetstories @theboltclubriders
2. Sign up here once a day (dont forget there will be a winner every day for 7 days so yea you can sign up every day for seven days.)
3. Sit back and wait for the morning and the winners will be announced on the @theboltclubriders Instagram page. 

1. Each person can sign up once a day.
2. We will choose the winner randomly 
3. Buying us many rounds of beers will not sway the verdict but you never know until you try.
4. You can be from anywhere in the world to be a part of the contest. But for shipping it outside Indian borders you have to pay your own damn shipping. 

Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

And the winners are....

After mulling over many many submissions for the Helmet Stories Instagram Contest our judge the honourable Harsh Man Rai has made his decisions.

man.vs.tarmac and the_himalayan congratulations you guys just got a new jacket each. (they didn't buy us any beers fyi)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Delhi Bikers Fest 2017

So for three years I have been trying to get my butt down to Delhi for this festival and for three years I have failed miserably. When I asked Josh last month about the dates he said "Whats the use you wont be able to make it anyway" I guess I deserved that because he was bang on I am going to miss it again.

What is the Delhi Bikers Fest you ask?

Delhi Bikers Fest – “Motorcycling at its Best!” is that incredible winter day when motorcycle
enthusiasts, clubs of Delhi NCR and neighboring cities, outdoor lovers and their families,
gather together for an engaging, adrenaline packed Sunday!

In its 4th edition, this family friendly (non-alcohol) festival will celebrate the culture of getting
out on road trips and pursuing unity in diversity. Whether you ride a scooter or a superbike
this fest is for you and your family!

DBF is a community centric festival initiated organically by various clubs and bikers and not
an event company’s idea. It provides a unique platform for Delhi’s budding custom bike
builders, vintage collectors and artists to showcase their genius.

Interactive games, competitions, seminars, documentary films, art and photo exhibitions, food
and merchandise stalls, live bands and much more ensures that it is a super memorable day
for young and old.

So what are you waiting for if you are in Delhi on the 17th of December go hang out.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Flashback: Rider Mania 2005 hosted by the Inddiethumpers in Panvel

Let me take you back in time. To a simpler time. To a time where the internet was just moving on from dial up, to a time where social media didn't exist(or maybe Orkut did), to a time where the Y2K bug was all we cared about, to a time when you had to decompress your Enfield before you actually kicked it to start, to a time where you had to scoured Yahoo groups to find out what was happening in the motorcycle world in India, to a time where the Royal Enfield 500cc was the be all and end all of big motorcycle available on the market.

I had been a part of the Inddiethumper and the Royal Beasts Yahoo Group for a while. I had never met anyone from these groups they were all just names on an email digest but every day religiously I would check into the groups see what they were talking about. One day I noticed some chatter on the groups about a gathering, a party, a place for many of us to come out to meet and have a great time and finally hang out in person. They called it Rider Mania.

The Inddiethumpers were hosting the party and just outside Mumbai. That was perfect because I travelled to Mumbai a lot as Amrita had already moved out there a few years before. So I got back on the group and booked my self a spot for this "Rider Mania" but since I had just sold my motorcycle and didn't have the time to ride down from Chandigarh (I had a proper day job) I decided I would get to Mumbai rent a bike and ride down with the Thumpers. Eventually the Thumpers sorted a bike out for me and I rode with a group of them to the venue.

What a sight it was riding in. That parking lot full of Enfields, and not stock ones there were loads of customs builds and chops. But to top it all of the people running the show were just brilliant. I am not going to carry on about the show because all of a sudden I can remember almost every tiny detail from those two days.

Today Rider Mania is huge a far stretch from 2005 when we were only about 300 of us. Royal Enfield runs one in Goa which is on this weekend and I am missing it. While the clubs host a separate one that travels the country and is hosted by a different club in their own city. 27-28th January 2018 Inddiethumpers are hosting it again outside Mumbai check the website for details.

I am now just going to shut up and let you check out the pictures. Remember this was before digital cameras and I had only two reels of 24 shots each for this weekend.