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A ride to remember

D. Radhakrishnan
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Royal Enfield riders participating in a re-union in Udhagamandalam on Saturday.– Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
Royal Enfield riders participating in a re-union in Udhagamandalam on Saturday.– Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

With its reputation preceding it,a three day meet of Royal Enfield enthusiasts which is in progress now has become a topic of discussion in various circles here.

As many as 297 motorcyclists from eleven cities including Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Madurai, Kochi, Mysore, Shimoga, Udipi, Kottayam, and Kozhikode, who swear by Royal Enfield are participating in the re-union which got underway on Friday.

After setting the meet in motion, the Chief Executive Officer of the company Venki Padmanabhan told The Hindu that the objective was to facilitate a get together of motorcyclists whose common interest is to straddle a bullet from the stable of Royal Enfield.

The experience, to say the least, is uplifting he added.

With a rock show by Bangalore-based band Galeej Gurus setting the tone for the meeting on Friday, the participants showcased their riding skills in a number of ways on Saturday.

Competitions were kicked off with a team event ‘Assembly Wars’ in which participants had to first disassemble, then reassemble and finally ride their motorcycles.

It was followed by ‘Carry Your Bike’ which required a team of 4 to lift a Royal Enfield Motorcycle and then walk or run with it for 30 metres.

The last in the team category was a Slow Race in which riders were asked to take the longest time to ride through a track without putting their legs down or crossing their lane.

The highlight of the individual events category was arm wrestling.

Giving away the prizes Mr. Padmanabhan said that such events for owners of Royal Enfield motorcycles are organized periodically to promote the man-machine relationship.

Some of the participants said that the ride up to the blue mountains was exhilarating.

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