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