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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Delhi's Royal Beasts

The road not taken: Delhi is packed of ‘unstable Uranium isotope’ adolescents ready to take on the world head on, its not only city of Nizams, Nomads, Wealthy & underprivileged but also full of young turks of richie-rich parents.

If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on: You can love them or hate them, but you just can’t ignore them! Started on April 6, 2002, by two friends, Kartik Krishnan and Ajeet Hundal, with an ambition to form an exclusive club of Bullet enthusiasts, the Royal Beasts have today grown to a huge 202 members.
The Royals Beasts: In fact, so rapid has their growth been that within one-and-a-half years they have became the third largest group in India. Yes, Royal Beasts is part of a nationwide phenomenon of Enfield bikers coming together to enjoy their bikes. Similar Enfield bikers’ groups are running in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and even Aizawl.
Why should boys have all the fun? Gautam Da (Inddie Thumpers) & Mahima Nijhowne (Royal Beasts):Talk to the youngest member of the group and you know that biking is no longer a male thing... 18-year-old Mahima Nijhowne, owns a Royal Enfield, and joined Royal Beasts the day she turned 18. Ask her about the reaction she gets from fellow motorists on roads, she says, “I get a lot of thumbs-up signs from people. Sometimes they clap or smile or just look at me in amazement.” Does she face uncomfortable moments? She says, “Not really. But then, who would mess with a girl riding on a Royal Enfield?”
I have miles to go before I sleep, Bally (Road Raiders - Doon), heading towards Rohtang: Sachin Chavan, an automobile journalist, “Last time we went to Ladakh, we had to cross this stretch which was very close to the China border. It was a dirt track and we had no map to help us navigate. That was a real tough one.” The group goes on two big rides every year, one to Ladakh in summers and to Goa in January. Besides, the group organises short trips to Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, etc. When in town, the group meets every Sunday evening at Qutab Institutional Area, opposite the Fore School of Management.
Man, Machine and Myth - Romancing the Roads, on way to Ladakh: Take a look at them and you know that this is a wide variety of people brought together by one passion, Royal Enfield. There are doctors, lawyers, students, marketing guys, journalists, entrepreneurs... and many others, who are part of this group. Says Sachin Chavan, “There’s this unbelievable camaraderie amongst us.
No commerce: The Royal Beasts members may adore the Royal Enfield bike but they would never like to promote it on a commercial basis. "Ours is an exclusive club of adventure. We don't want any kind of commerce to enter our club. It will ruin everything," says Kartik.
For this reason the club refuses any sponsorship for their cross-country bike expeditions.
You don't suffer, kill yourself and take the risks I take just for money. I love bike racing: It is a very free and independent group, and we do our own thing. If sponsorship comes in, one has to listen to the dictates of the sponsors. That goes against the spirit of our club. We encourage our members to save money and expect them to be enthusiastic enough to spend their own money for the expeditions," says Kartik.
I enjoy dirt bike riding, reading classic literature, impressionist art, traveling, and music: Therefore any Royal Enfield enthusiast who wants to join their club is thoroughly examined before being accepted as one of them. Tour operators are especially discouraged from joining the club. "It is not just love for the machine, the member should also share the passion for adventure and travel, says Mahima, 19, the only female member of the club.
A bike is only as bad as it's worst rider: She has her own Royal Enfield bike and rides it to her college everyday. The club was founded three years ago by Kartik and his friends. "We saw that most people who rode the Royal Enfield were different, so we decided to contact them," he says.
The mean machines: A lot of fun stuff happens when you go out on a bike compared to when you're in a car. You're more in the environment. It's enjoyable. Even when It's raining It's still fun. So, if you’ve always wanted to don your leather pants, leather jacket and leather shoes, and ride ‘peacefully’ into the sunset on your Royal Enfield... ride into the Royal Beasts. There’s no entry fee, no joining procedures... all you need is a ‘thumping’ love for the Royal Enfield! Happy cruising!


Prachi Pandey February 11, 2009 at 12:46 AM  

Nice to see ROYALS OF THE ROADS.....wonder how much they travel and more than that how much they enjoy it.....

Er. Snigddha Aggarwal February 11, 2009 at 12:51 AM  

girl riding the royal enfield is still rara, nice to see first pic......

Dr. Pragya bajaj February 11, 2009 at 12:53 AM  

For people of all walks of life the bicycle is the great unifier. Brothers and sisters on two wheels, another cyclist is a friendly face in a crowded sea. Through this a wealth of culture is within reach much of it focused on our shared love of two wheels.

Anonymous,  February 11, 2009 at 12:54 AM  

It's quite easy to start Trials riding. You just need a bike and you're set.

lovely post and blog

Anonymous,  February 11, 2009 at 12:55 AM  

I believe there are two periods in life, one for the bike, the other for becoming active on one's work

Er. Nidhi Mishra February 11, 2009 at 12:56 AM  

In my opinion we are at the limit now, and 17 races is really too much. With all the testing that we do now, it means we're always on the bike and it's quite difficult.

Didnt knew about these beasts

Er. Nidhi Mishra February 11, 2009 at 12:57 AM  

Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul.

Puja February 11, 2009 at 12:58 AM  

wooo!!! the royals of the roads, lovely post

It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end

Er. Paayal Sharma February 11, 2009 at 12:59 AM  

You start the game of life with a full pot o' luck and an empty pot o' experience.. . The object is to fill the pot of experience before you empty the pot of luck.

good one

Ashok February 11, 2009 at 1:01 AM  

wow rohit remined of college trips on bikes

When you look down the road, it seems to never end -
but you better believe it does.

Alec February 11, 2009 at 1:03 AM  

that was very good post on Enfield lovers
A good long ride can clear your mind, restore your faith, and use up a lot of fuel.

Austeen Sufi February 11, 2009 at 1:04 AM  

Good to see some thing for automobile lovers on this blog, after Vinage car posts couple of days back its again treat to eyes.

Keep Posting

Dr. Neha Srivastav February 11, 2009 at 2:14 AM  

the royal of delhi roads seems to hav big time adventure and fun.

Well documented Rohit.

Glennis February 11, 2009 at 3:26 AM  

I didn't see a safety helmet amongst the lot of these motor cyclists

Priya Talwar February 11, 2009 at 9:20 AM  

good bolography on Royal Lovers

Shreya Rajput February 11, 2009 at 9:21 AM  

good one, liked the first pic

Shweta Saxena February 11, 2009 at 9:26 AM  

liked the roal lovers and lady with bullet...good presentation

magiceye February 11, 2009 at 10:19 AM  

that was a lovely post!the pics and the captions - all wonderful!

Ria Taneja February 11, 2009 at 12:55 PM  

good post, like d first pic most

Nice to read this from a man

Ritu February 11, 2009 at 1:05 PM  

good to see something for bike lovers and vintage one was also good

Fantastic team n blog

Keep Going

Dr.Ruchika Rastogi February 11, 2009 at 1:06 PM  

loved this post a lot

thx 4 sharing

Shilpi Verma February 11, 2009 at 2:10 PM  

good royals beasts, the girl with bullet in first pic looks so good

Nice post

Patty February 11, 2009 at 9:05 PM  

I guess it can be fun. But think how bad the body feels if it falls off the bike, all the skin that would get cut, mangled or burned. But then at 72, I wouldn't be about to ride even a small bike. LOL That's for the young people.

Anonymous,  February 12, 2009 at 9:34 AM  

Enfield - In-field always.

Jyoti Dixit February 12, 2009 at 10:10 AM  

the beasts are beautiful n eye catchy speciallly the first one

Anouska Awasthi February 12, 2009 at 12:23 PM  

nfield being noisy vechile, i was wondering how much noise they woud be making moving n group.

Nice post anyway.

Ritu February 12, 2009 at 2:56 PM  

good one, never knew delhi has club for enfield lovers too.....

Preeti February 12, 2009 at 5:24 PM  

loved the lady with enfield

3 5 0 DEGREE April 17, 2009 at 1:27 PM  

He y , Iam Pravin from Gurgaon . I have no idea how to get in touch with you folks and become a member asap . I own a Royal Enfield - 97 standard- its been 3 weeks now . Somebody, somebody somebody tell -- how to get in asap !---Pravin- 9873686226, pravinmac@gmail.com,Gurgaon Haryana

Anonymous,  April 17, 2009 at 1:41 PM  

Hey - i want to join the Royal Beasts -- I have no contact info . some body help.--Pravin- 9873686226, gurgaon , haryana, 97 Standard RE

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