Harley-Davidson® European Bike Week® draws 120,000 visitors
European Bike Week® – Europe’s biggest open Harley-Davidson® event – drew more than 120,000 guests and 70,000 bikes to Austria’s alpine region of Carinthia from 6-11 September for an epic, free season-closing party for Harley® riders and music fans alike.
The global fame of European Bike Week, located around the beautiful Austrian lake of Faaker See, drew riders from across the world including Cuba, Dubai and Indonesia. One group of 32 Harley owners even made the trip from Vietnam and Cambodia to ride the alpine passes and take in the unique party atmosphere of European Bike Week.
The guest of honour at the event was none other than Bill Davidson, great-grandson of one of the original founders of the company and head of the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. Bill delighted the crowds by hosting the stage ceremonies, presenting the awards at the Custom Bike Show and leading the massive parade of 10,000 bikes around Ossiacher See, the traditional culmination of the event.
The heart of the event was once again the tented city of the Harley Village, including a Dealer Mile with 19 Harley dealers from five countries, 30 caterers, 130 retailers and the main stage hosting a line-up of bands including Physical Graffiti, Tito & Tarantula, Royal Republic, Trez Hombrez and Kitty Daisy & Lewis. Further musical entertainment was provided by a host of other venues including Bar 412, Hot Spot and many more who catered to all musical tastes – with a total of 60 live performances.
With Harley Village as a base, riders were able to explore the fascinating Alpine landscape on their own motorcycles. Local knowledge of the most exciting roads and scenery was made available to riders through escorted rides by the members of the local H.O.G. Chapter, Alpe Adria Chapter, who organised a series of trips across the spectacular alpine passes.
A must-see for many of the visitors were the brand new Harley-Davidson 2017 models, and the new Touring bikes with the all new Milwaukee-Eight engine drew massive interest on display at the Expo and for free test rides at the huge Demo Ride Area.
In the Customiser Area, visitors could draw inspiration for their own motorcycles and – at Friday’s famous Custom Bike Show – admire the custom bikes on display from the best customisers from across the world. Some of Europe’s best custom bikes competed for the prestigious awards, with the coveted Best In Show trophy – donated by bespoke jewellers 2 Saints Paris – taken by Verner Ortis’ exquisite hand-built Flathead.
And congratulations to Mr Ewald Harb who won European Bike Week® 2016's big prize draw - a gorgeous Fire Red Harley-Davidson® Street™ 750 - with the winning ticket drawn on the main stage, Saturday night by Bill Davidson.
European Bike Week continues to develop and evolve to meet the needs of new and traditional customers and remains open and free to everyone. The next European Bike Week will take place from September 5-10 2017 – once again, of course, at Faak am See. Save the date for 2017 - and book your accommodation quickly.
European Bike Week 2016 Custom Bike Show results
Many of Europe’s best custom bikes competed for the prestigious awards with the coveted Best In Show trophy – donated by bespoke jewellers 2 Saints – taken by Verner Ortis’ exquisite hand-built Flathead.
Best in Show
Verner Ortis, Italy
Gameover Cycles, Poland
1. PDF Motorcycles, Italy
2. Fritz Dietl, Germany
1. Sven Eckardt, Germany
2.Mercen Brugman, Netherlands
1. Christian Gietl, Germany
2. Alberto Giossani, Italy
1. Falko Reich, Germany
1. H-D Wurzburg Village, Germany
2. Stephane Voelckel, France
1. Hendrix Koen, Belgium
2. Dejan Dolenc, Slovenia
Ladies of Harley®
1. Sandra Vogt, Germany
2. Dana Eckardt, Germany
1. Alecsappy Mavec, Slovenia
2. Davide Curonici, Italy
1. Gameover Cycles, Poland
2. Stefan Frey, Germany
1. Verner Ortis, Italy
2. Michael Lorum, Switzerland
EUROPEAN BIKE WEEK® 2016 GALLERY