With 28 Royal Enfield Bikes, Royal Enfield flagged off its OneRide marquee event from Sarabhai Motors, Nehru Nagar, Ahmedabad on Sunday, April 03. The event assumed significance in the sense that it symbolizes the commencing of biking season in India.
Three pillion riders too were there, including two females in the pivotal event, the once in a year affair.
Covering around 180 Km, traversing via sophisticated highways to narrow streets of traditional hamlet to far-flung interiors, the team reached the biker’s delight – the little Rann of Kutch.
Treat to watch
Twenty eight bikes heading in a group radiated a wonderful landscape, a biker’s delight. Many of the bikers were donning top safety gears, a must for a long drive like this. Couple of bikers with passion for biking were completely immersed in intense biking fever. It appears as if for them biking was everything and the only thing. Modified bikes with tradition beating style became the hot favourite among the spectators.
The Vachchna Dada Temple
Exploration to the Rann brought forth a historic temple, ‘Vachchna Dada’. Not many in India are acquainted with the story behind the temple. Legends articulate, during the Mughal era, an army of soldier invaded villages to capture cows for slaughtering. Vachchna, a native of the area plunged into the battle with the army and sacrificed his life. His sacrifice compelled the army to leave the place empty handed. For his selfless service, natives started paying obeisance at the place, where he died. Inside the temple premises, cow shelters are there with space for hundreds of cows.
The ‘Vachchna Dada’ temple’s rich, unsung heritage was an eye-opener for the curios riders. None of us had ever visited the site in the past.
After exploring the treasure of The ‘Vachchna Dada’, the group headed towards the state capital – Gandhinagar. While making a U-turn, one of our team members, a Canadian suffered minor injuries as he failed to negotiate the terrible sand. Fortunately nothing serious happened. Here it’s imperative to mention – the entire team stood with the Canadian, enabled him in first-aid and left only when he was able to drive.
With the objective to make the event memorable, the excited bunch of Royal Enfield bikers did plantation at an orphanage.
Appreciating the initiative by Royal Enfield, Gaurav Bishnoi, a bike enthusiast, working with a leading company said: “Such events play a critical role in developing adventure personality. I guess, we should make efforts in encouraging the youth to participate in these kind of expedition.”
I dedicate this swashbuckling expedition to the ‘Dignity of Women’, one of the missions of my life. Let’s together make endeavours to ‘Stop atrocities against Women’.
Couple of senior executives from Royal Enfield were also there with the group to guide the group as a mentor. If you ask me, it was an amazing experience with lessons galore to learn. One could be – team bonding.