Riding super bikes is the new craze in Kolkata and the Bengal chapter of Harley Owner Group (HOG) recently completed the 3rd International HOG Rally in Bhutan. There are over 2,000 Harley-Davidson superbikes in West Bengal.
There are two women Harley riders. Every Sunday morning the HOG take their motorcycles to Durgapur via NH2 and come back. It is a really spectacle when over a dozen Harleys move in a convoy.
Harley owners from the city also participated in the international show at Goa which took place in 2015. Those who took part in the rally said the roads in the districts in West Bengal have remarkably improved.
It is the thrust of Mamata Banerjee government to improve the roads and she took the initiative to improve the roads and infrastructure. It may be recalled that the Panchayat and Rural Development Department has constructed over 10,000 km rural roads in five years.
The Harley owners said that there were potholes in some stretches where widening or upgradation of roads are going on but by and large the condition of roads has improved.
The riders gathered at Phuntsholing and from there went to Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Tsirang.
It may be mentioned that Kolkata was the main entre of huge bikes in the British period and till 1970s the traffic sergeants of the Kolkata Police used to ride Harley-Davidson motor cycles with side cars. Some of these bikes were taken to old Delhi and used as phat phatis.
The owners of Bullet motor cycles have formed several groups in and around Kolkata and long distance bilking is the new adventure sport. There are women bikers like Sukanya Pal, who go to remote places frequently.