NEPAL RIDERS MEET 2019 | THUNDER WITH THE RHINOSPosted On: May 12, 2019 By : AutoLife Team
The Nepal Riders Meet (NRM) is a concept to bring together Royal Enfield riders from an array of places, background and culture who shares one thing in common, the joy of riding to an annual event. NRM sets to promote motorcycle culture, lifestyle and support local tourism. The idea of NRM was initiated by FORE Nepal (Friends of Royal Enfield).
FORE Nepal is a united motorcycle club promoting two- wheel adventure tourism in Nepal and NRM was initiated in 2017 with its first installment being organized at Bardia which was a huge success. Later in NRM 2018, its records saw over 200 participants from 26 different clubs from all over Nepal and India. And it was no different for NRM 2019 since it was reported to have had over 300 participants and over 40 clubs attending the event.
Mr. Sunil Manandhar, president of FORE Nepal had called us on board for the third edition of NRM that took place at Dasdhunga, Chitwan (Sitadevi Community Forest) from the 2nd – 5th March, 2019. To get us there, he handed us a Royal Enfield Standard as our companion for our journey to NRM 2019. This time NRM was hosted by the Royal Enfield Club, Royal Rhino Riders, Chitwan in presidency of Mr. Raja Banskota under the umbrella of FORE Nepal. The main sponsors of the event was SWM Bikes, liquor partner Warsteiner Beer along with other sponsors including UM Motorbike, Bullet Bike Zone, Harsh Motor Cycle, New Sangam Hatchery, Countryside Camps, Hare Ram Hare Krishna Gold, Grace Education, Arihant Auto Agency and Gurkha Kitchen contributed to the event.
So with the Royal Enfield Standard, we make our journey to NRM 2019 at Chitwan and below is the brief journal on the Thunder with the Rhinos.
For our journey to Dasdhunga, we head out in the company of Kathmandu Standards, a Royal Enfield Club from Kathmandu. They were kind enough to let us join them and together we set out for the ride at a lax pace. On the way we saw other riders and Enfield clubs make their way to Chitwan.
Mid- journey, we made a stop at 56 Espresso Bar, a popular highway stop amongst the Enfielders and touring community located at Adamghat which is along Prithvi Highway. Later again, we stopped at Ramilo dada for lunch then made a final leg towards the venue.
Upon reaching the entrance of the venue, we were greeted by Mr. Pramod Shrestha vice president of FORE Nepal or rather fondly known as Goofy Dai and Sherab Sherpa, also vice president of FORE while handing us a cup of Aila, a Newari spirit which has always been the ceremonial welcoming drink for riders.
All arriving participants and clubs were escorted by Goofy Dai to the main venue while riding a dirt bike provided by UM Motorcycles, one of the sponsors to the event. The arriving clubs would make a scene as they circled the center, revving their bikes and blaring their horns and the emcee Mrs. Merina Casper Shrestha would make sure everyone knew who the arriving club was.
Meanwhile, the participants that have already made their entrance headed to the campsite, in search of a spot to pitch their tent. As for us, FORE was kind enough to provide us a dome tent along with the bedding necessities. Then participants went to claim their Goodie bags where this year they got a t-shirt and a tank bag.
The time after that was spent lounging and recouping from the ride or interacting with fellow riders and familiar faces. We could see the camp site get livelier as more and more clubs arrived. The main sponsor for NRM 2019, SWM Bikes took center stage where they showcased their entire lineup which consisted of the Silver Vase 440, RS 300 and Super Dual 650.
We also noticed stalls selling products and services for motorcycling needs namely Golden Riders, Gulf Lubricants, Hotel Jungle Vista, Ride on, The Legend Royal, Outdoor Travel Gear. Then a display of UM Bikes along with which there was also a food stall run by 56 Espresso Bar. FORE also set up a bar/ information desk in the middle of everything for drinks and queries.
Then as it got dark, there were dance shows by the local dancers. while that was happening, we noticed a big commotion amongst the organizing team, at the same time we could hear distant horns booming and the roaring thump of an Enfield. We found out that BRS Patna, this year’s largest motorcycle club which consisted of 25 riders who also happened to have made a long journey all the way from Patna, India for NRM 2019. It was quite a spectacle and the organizers had special welcoming for our friends from India with dazzling fireworks which was quite a sight. After such an entertaining spectacle everyone proceeded for dinner. The after dinner music were musical jam performance by live bands from the locality, local DJs and simultaneously some partying.
We started the day with breakfast and then proceeding to register ourselves for the day’s games which were slow race, beer chug, and tire throw. The slow race is pretty selfexplanatory, the last person to cross the finish line wins and it’s surprisingly not as easy as it seems. Then there was the tire throw; the rules were very unconventional as most thought of throwing the tires like a discus but it had to be thrown in the motion of a kettle bell swing. Beer chug contest was lively as well and we witnessed superhuman feats.
By the end of beer chug, it was nearing dusk and everyone settled down and headed for dinner. We had a different band from the locality performing for us. Everyone was also rejuvenated from their long trip and we saw more riders in front of the stage having fun.
Once again we begin the day with breakfast and continuing to register for the day’s game which consisted of Skill Race, Chicken Catch and Tug-of-War. Also having been Shivaratri the organizing team led a small tour to the local attractions. One group headed to the crocodile hatchery and the other to CG temple. We went to the CG temple and it was quite the scene. The short ride to the temple was great but we also wanted to visit the crocodile hatchery. Unfortunately time fell short and we did not want to miss the fun games that were in store for us to which we luckily made it just in time for i.e. the skill race. This year, we were also supposed to have a new game called the “chicken catch” but humorously before the event could even begin, the chicken ran away and could not be found. That resulted in the cancellation of the game but perhaps it was for the best but the next game, the tug of war was really fun to watch.
Once all the games ended, the members of FORE took stage and distributed their tokens of appreciation to each club and participants for attending NRM 2019. The winners of each game were also called out. Once the prize distributions ended, the members of FORE gave speeches and announced that FORE will be hosting Riders Mania by BOBMC. After announcement, everyone proceeded to make the most out of the last night of NRM 2019 and took forth to party hard throughout the night.
We woke up late and after breakfast, we bid our farewells and could see the participants and stalls pack up. Even this year, we didn’t want the event to end but we know that the next one is going be even more epic than the last. With that in our minds, we headed back to Kathmandu with a rejuvenated spirt and a better appreciation for riding. We must say that NRM 2019 was really fun!