Road trips on a motorbike put the rider’s life at risk for one never knows what will happen next on the road. But then life in itself is a risk, but it is worth living every moment and every day, especially if you are a rider on a two-wheeler off to a 15,000 km road trip across the huge sub-continent of India. That’s the Grand Indian Road Trip I am talking about. In India, every rider dreams of three things. A once in a lifetime motorbike tour of the whole nation, riding their way up to the highest motorable road of Khardung- La (18300 feet) and a ride across the globe. For Sandeep Goswami, Sunil Gupta, Himanshu Gupta, Sundeep Gajjar, Shivansu Sinha, Abhishek Bhatt and Ashish Guliani AKA Videographer this ride is bliss without any doubt because after 2006 this is the second road trip happening in India. When I say, every novice rider in the Indian motorbike circuit is excited about this trip, none will disagree with me.
With Castrol as its main sponsor, CEAT as its co-sponsor, Wrangler as its styling partner and Nokia Lumina as the mobile tech partner, Mercedes Benz as the sports car partner, this ride will surely have the backing of the biggies of the automobile industry. Pretty big names are there with Xbhp, who is the chief organizer of this road trip.
Sunday, 11th March saw a huge gathering of around 200 motorbike enthusiasts of New Delhi which is the second largest gathering after the Royal Enfield Rider Mania organized by Royal Beasts (New Delhi Bullet Club) on the last weekend of January, 2012, where 700 Bulleteers gathered for that two day annual event. At Chattarpur area in a farm house where the send-off was organized, all the riders from Born to Ride, FRMC, G.O.D.S., Bikers for Good and individual riders from places in and around Delhi came together. Half the bikes which were present over there were either 1000cc or more than that which filled the whole atmosphere with a vibe which can’t be explained but only felt. The GIRT 2012 will cross 25 cities on five superbikes (Suzuki Bandit, Yamaha FZ1, Honda CBR250, Kawasaki Ninja 250 and KTM Duke 200) along with a Mercedes car in eight weeks. The length of the road traveled would be around 16,000km by the time the team would return back to New Delhi where it started.
The team was flagged off by Gul Panag who rode to Khardung-La more than twice and did many road trips. Ms. Shabnam gave the team company for a few kilometers on her Royal Enfield Bullet along with other riders. The riders would meet biker clubs and groups on the way to promote the passion for biking. On this occasion, VP Marketing, Castrol India & South Asia, Mr. Giriraj Bagri said that Castrol has been associated since a long time with biking and bikers. It has been an integral part in the racing of motorcycle for over 100 years now. The GIRT is an excellent step to promote the enthusiasm for biking.
If you want to be a part of the GIRT, all you have to do is watch the map and figure out when they are reaching your town so you may welcome them and see them off later. Someone said it really right, “one life to live, one life to ride”.