Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary celebration in Prague was one hell of a party, featuring an amazing display of custom bikes and events. Held over four days between the 5th – 8th July, it kicked off with the Rolling Stones on the night of the 4th and didn’t stop rocking.
110,000 visitors from 77 different countries were welcomed to the event by Bill and Karen Davidson. And they really came from all over; the Rides-In – sponsored by Dunlop – had over 100 H-D dealers participating from as far afield as Moscow, Lisbon, Naples and Trondheim. 67,500 motorcycles flooded Prague and 4,000 Harleys took part in the Parade (one of many highlights).
One of the biggest attractions was the Harley-Davidson Historic display, which took event-goers on an interactive 115-year tour of iconic machines and memorabilia. The Custom Gallery was an extremely popular attraction that saw 45 stunning custom bikes from Europe’s best bike builder beautifully displayed, likewise the opportunity to demo ride the 2018 H-D range – including the new Forty-Eight Special and Iron 1200– and visit the H.O.G Village. There was also the chance to explore the Central Bohemian region with local guide riders and the over-subscribed excursions took in Kutná Hora, Krivoklát, Ceský Štemberk or Konopište.
The Central Bohemian region also helped riders with recommended routes on the official website or mobile app. Thousands travelled around Central Bohemia and participated in the Czech Bohemia Challenge, a tour of the most beautiful places in the region. The first thousand received commemorative coins from a special limited series.
As an extra treat the 115th Anniversary in Prague coincided with the European Championship in Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) and a series of major title matches, sponsored by the Czech Muay Thai Association, sanctioned by the Thai governing body and featuring Thai superstar Buakaw Benchamek, culminated at H-D’s Gala Muay Thai Party on the Friday.
Sunday’s action centred mainly in Holešovice for families with children; the organisers reserved one special day to celebrate the 115th Harley-Davidson Anniversary for even the smallest fan, and admission for locals was free on presentation of an ID card.
H-D has a 100-year history with Czechoslovakia and Prague itself is home to the world’s oldest H-D club – Harley-Davidson Club Praha, has been in existence for 90 years – a fact that was celebrated at Czechoslovak Island. Martin Hermanský, EMEA Harley-Davidson Managing Director of Strategic Growth Markets was pleased to show off the area, “The biggest attraction for the public was Saturday’s ride of 4,000 Harley-Davidsons to the centre of Prague. And around the Central Bohemian Region seven organised excursions and countless individual trips took place.”
Jarda Vavrina of Harley-Davidson Prague and head of the local organisational team added, “The feedback from the local community has been fantastic! Everybody has welcomed Harley riders with open arms, so much so that the most popular question from our international visitors is – when can we come back.”
Trevor Barton, EMEA Harley-Davidson Customer Experience Manager was equally a very happy man as the event wrapped up, “It was amazing to see Harley fans from 77 countries across the globe come together to celebrate 115 years of Harley-Davidson in Prague. Everybody had a great time and we really surpassed our expectations on attendance – by 10%! All motorcyclists were welcome and it was four days of fun, music and riding in and around beautiful Prague. What a great feeling.”
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