When Ya Wanna See Bike Stunts-Who Ya Gonna Call- ‘Ghost Ryderz’?
Mangaluru: Remember the 1984 American supernatural comedy film “Ghost Busters” where film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as three eccentric parapsychologists who start a ghost-catching business in New York City. Do you remember the song “Ghostbusters” Lyrics by Ray Parker, “If there’s something strange in your neighborhood; If there’s something weird and it don’t look good – Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters! As the name “Ghost Ryderz” rhyme like “Ghostbusters”, here’s our version of the original song- ” If you wanna see something strange bike stunts; If you wanna see some weird bike stunts-Who Ya Gonna Call? “Ghost-Ryderz”! – that was something on the lighter side of the vein.
As part of the Bajaj Auto Pulsar Maina stunt shows, the “Ghost-Ryderz” team who have performing bike stunts all over India, showcased their 48 stunt-act out of the 67 scheduled shows throughout India, at Forum Fiza Mall premises on Sunday, 27 March 2016 from 4pm onwards. Enthusiastic Bike lovers and bike stunt lovers from the city and nearby areas thronged the venue to witness the breathtaking stunts performed these two expert and professional stunt-bikers. This street act involved the participation of the crowd, which kept them entertained and excited. Out of the six original members of Ghost-Ryderz, only two had come down to Mnagaluru, namely Abhishek Raj, and Prabhakaran from Chennai, who showcased a range of jaw-dropping stunts that left the cheering crowd baying for more.
Speaking to Mangalorean.com, Abhishek and Prabhakaran said, ” We utilize the raw power and agility of the New Range Pulsars to showcase world class Freestyle Stunt Routines. Other than making routine wheelies and stoppies look like child’s play, we also perform well synchronized, precision stunts that will surely lead the crowd in a tizzy. We request the spectators not to try these stunts at home or on the streets since we are professionals and had years of training and experience. Also, that Bajaj Auto/Pulsar promotes stunning as a sport in a controlled environment on closed roads, utilizing standard safety gear. They do not associate with irresponsible, unsafe stunting on public roads. So please don’t try these stunts”.
Guest appearance by model and Tulu film actress Sushmitha added charm, glamor and attraction to the performance of the stuntmen. The event has been promoted by Impresario- an event management group from Mumbai, while locally it has been organized by Supreme Bajaj Showroom, Valencia- the authorized dealers for Bajaj Auto Ltd. The event was professionally compered by Aashiq. Pulsar has been the leading brand in the sports segment with the highest market share consistently for the last 15 years. With the launch of the RS200 and AS Series, Pulsar has created a different level of benchmark leaving the competition far behind in the race.
To know more about the GhostRyderz- This is the story of India’s first stunt biking group-the Ghost Ryderz? – who are one of the forerunners in the stunt biking or “street freestyling” scene in India. They have done over 200 shows across the country and are the Indian brand ambassadors of the biggest stunt organization in the world. Even people who don’t own a bike would love a chance to pop a wheelie. That wheelie is the first alphabet of Street Freestyling. Given the number of motorcycle enthusiasts in India, the sport has had several participants.Meeting up with friends and popping tricks. That’s pretty much how Ghost Ryderz began in Thiruvananthapuram. They initially came together for road trips and these road trips united several young bikers and gave them a sense of brotherhood and belonging.
Eventually, they took to Orkut (the coolest deal of its time, yaw!) and formed a community to discuss these trips and give it an online voice. Inspired by the Hollywood flick Ghost Rider starring Nicholas Cage, co-founder and team coordinator Suraj Panikker named this team “Ghost Ryder”. They later released a video of the same name documenting their trips and activities. It became a landmark moment for “Ghost Ryderz” as they garnered a lot of attention in and around Kerala. Primarily there was no such organization in Kerala at the time. Their popularity grew much faster than they were prepared for, and their screening process became more selective. The team believed that their videos now needed to be more interesting and shots of riding the motorcycles wouldn’t do anymore. That’s how they started doing stunts, and once they started doing stunts it elevated their excitement and they understood that they had truly discovered their passion.
From there on the growth of the team was exponential in terms of; fans and followers, brand visibility, live performances, commercial shoots, movie shoots and sponsorships. The beginning of stunt riding in India can be attributed mainly to the entry of affordable and higher capacity bikes in the range of 150cc-250cc. Ready to take the sport to the next level, they’re planning to compete in the international arena. If everything goes well, Ghost Ryderz could very well be India’s first export into the world of extreme sports.