India, in spite of the current slowdown in motorcycle sales, is the world’s largest motorcycle market. Over 30 million motorcycles are sold every year — a mind-boggling figure as it is. The country also boasts of the world’s longest road network. At 4.32 million kilometres that’s enough road to go around the world 107 times. Granted that all the roads aren’t in great shape most of the time, it’s still a fantastic figure. Now, to that, we must also add the rising affluence of the middle-aged and upper-middle-aged class of citizens, who ride because they want to and can afford the necessary high-end safety gear. Now, you have an interesting mix of factors that has set off an explosion of motorcycle groups across the country. They come in all shapes and sizes, and some only allow specially-abled riders. Here’s our list.
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Convoy Control Club
The Convoy Control Club is a group of motorcycle riders spread across the country. They’re based in Jaipur, and conduct all-India rides with a social cause all the time. One of the most inspiring things about CCC is that they only allow riders with a physical disability.
Assam Bikers’ Club
As the name suggests, Assam Bikers’ Club (ABC) is based in Assam. They’re a mixed group of motorcycle riders with a passion to open up their land to the world. Generally, the largest motorcycle riding clubs are the RE ones, but that’s what sets ABC apart. Everyone’s allowed. The group has risen to fame thanks to a number of brand sponsorships and event management contracts.
The Mumbai Musafirs was (and still is) one of the most professionally-run motorcycle clubs in India. There’s an admin panel, support staff, planning staff and accounts staff, along with a marketing team that make sure that the overall operations run as smoothly as a well-oiled chain. They were born in 2011, and till date, have covered lakhs and lakhs of kms together. All you need to participate is to sign up on their website.
60kph is an all-India motorcycle group founded in 2002. The group ethos revolves around smaller groups and long distances. The minimum ride distance is 500km, so it’s going to be tough for a newbie to step into 60kph without some experience.
Naked Wolves only allow Pulsar 200-NS owners. It’s one of the first offline brand-loyal motorcycle clubs in the country. NW has chapters in 12 cities in India, and in 5 cities abroad, with numbers rising as Bajaj expands operations all over the world. Naked Wolves has a strong adventurous streak in them, and they also organise and shoot stunt videos.
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Teesta Thumpers Motorcycle Club
In case you’re still wondering, West Bengal is very much a hotbed of motorcycling activity. Key to this is the state’s proximity to the North-East, and hill stations like Darjeeling, Kurseong and others, which until recently were only considered honeymooners’ haunts. Teesta Thumpers was founded in 2013, and since then, has organised and participated in almost every major motorcycling meet in India. As the name suggests, you will need to purchase a Royal Enfield to participate in their events.
Nagaland Motorcycle Club
Nagaland is one of the most beautiful states in India, and to know all about the state, follow the Nagaland Motorcycle Club. This group of tough and rugged riders was founded in 2010, and if you scroll through their news updates, you’ll see how much they’re doing to promote tourism in the state. Most of their rides require expert-level off-roading skills, by the way
Bangalore Jawa Yezdi Motorcycle Club
The Bangalore Jawa Yezdi Motorcycle Club is a vintage enthusiasts’ club founded in Bangalore in 2008. Over the years, they have added thousands of followers and active riders to their social and off-line channels. They also organise events to celebrate the history of Jawa Motorcycles, an iconic brand that swept teenagers off their feet in the 60s and the 70s. If you own a Jawa and are looking for a spare part that’s long gone out of production, BJYMC is your best bet. They have chapters across the country, but they’re based in Bangalore.
Bajaj Avenger Club
Not to be confused with Bajaj’s Avenger Gods, the Bajaj Avenger Club is a self-sufficient guild of Avenger riders founded a decade ago. The first chapter started in Bengaluru, and they have now expanded all over the country. The Bajaj Avenger Club is a brand-loyal club, and their rides have some of the highest attendances in India. When there’s a BAC ride, you’ll see hundreds of their bikes trundling along, expertly piloted by experienced riders.
Inddie Thumpers is a Bullet-only motorcycle group that was founded in 2001, back when riding for pleasure was almost unheard of. Over the years, the Inddie Thumpers clan grew big, and soon they started organising events. IT has held the Rider Mania twice, in 2005 and 2010, and that’s considered a great honour for a motorcycling club. They’re spread all across the country and abroad.
Dukes of Nagpur
Nagpur, the centre-point of India, is also a huge hub of motorcycling activity all throughout the year. One of the biggest clubs in Nagpur is DON, a KTM-centric motorcycle riding fraternity that has made off-roading it’s own. The group is led by an expert team of medical professionals and other highly-experienced people and is the go-to club for all new riders in Nagpur.
Palampur Bikers Club
The Palampur Bikers Club was founded in 2010 by a group of adventure enthusiasts in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. Over the years, they’ve expanded operations into the tourism business. Along with that, PBC also supports a number of key initiatives for better tourism and a cleaner environment. This is one biking club you have to check out the next time you visit Himachal Pradesh.
Warriors Motorcycle Club
A relatively new player, Warriors Motorcycle Club is a Royal Enfield-only biking group with chapters in Mumbai, Pune and Vadodara. The group was formed in 2016 and has started to gain attention because of their high-quality riders and their strong support of social causes.
Call Of Riders Biking Club
CORBC for short, the Call of Riders Biking Club was actually formed by colleagues (later best friends) who worked at the same organisation. The group consists of like-minded motorcycle enthusiasts who ride everything under the sun. The best part about CORBC is their iconic ride start signal, which is a tune played by honking their horns.
Lady Riders of India
If you’re new to the biking scene, then you should definitely read up on one Dr.Maral Yarzaloo-Pattrick. Let’s just say she’s the hardest lady rider ever to kick-start a motorcycle. She holds a world record for clocking the most kilometres on a single bike (250,000). And when she starts her own all-female club, you know it’s special. Lady Riders of India, founded in 2016, in Pune, is exclusively for female riders who own big bikes (650cc and above).
On the whole, we’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to listing the best motorcycling clubs in the country. But you need to realise that the best motorcycling club in the world is one that lets you be who you are, and rides at a pace you’re comfortable with. Whether it’s big or small, a good motorcycle club is made up of good people. And that’s what counts.
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