Maybe you have just returned from the H.O.G.® 30th Anniversary celebrations in the Golfe de St-Tropez, or perhaps you’re making your preparations for an epic ride to Rome for the European leg of the Harley-Davidson® 110th Anniversary celebrations?
Whatever else you have planned in this most spectacular riding season, you won’t want to miss the grand finale to a year of fantastic fun. As ever, the start of September heralds the arrival of a teeming mass of motorcycles to the beautiful surrounds of Faak am See in the picture-postcard region of Carinthia in southern Austria. For six days, the usually quiet roads around the crystal-clear Lake Faak will become a tumult of activity, as every available hotel and guest house will be filled with exuberant bikers coming to laud their love of all things on two wheels.
Of course, Harley-Davidson will take centre stage; the rumble of tens of thousands of V-Twin engines will fill the air, with all the standard entertainment you have come to expect from this incredible event, plus one or two surprises thrown in for good measure! The Harley-Davidson Village will contain everything you've come to expect, including the Expo Tent, Fit Shop, the all-important event merchandising, a surfeit of H-D® dealers and an expansive trader area, as well as the Customiser Area, which always proves popular.
If the noise of the V-Twin is the one that permeates the long, sunny days of the festival, then the nights are similarly associated with music. From Tuesday to Saturday, the Main Stage, Choppers Bar, Hot Dot Café and Harley Bar will play host to a mind-blowing array of musical talent, with headliners that are sure to serve as the perfect coda to a wonderful week of entertainment.
The Friday of European Bike Week® is synonymous with one thing – the Custom Bike Show. Dozens upon dozens of the finest custom creations from across the continent and beyond will descend upon the Harley Village to battle it out across 10 different categories, with each owner dreaming of walking away with the coveted title of Best in Show. Of course there’s also the People’s Choice award – even if you're not thinking of entering, come and survey the array of amazing custom bikes, grab a voting card from the entrance and place your vote for the bike that turned your head the most.
If Friday is the day for custom bikes to take the stage, Saturday is the day for total inclusivity; the Parade around Lake Faak will always be one of the most memorable moments on any riding calendar. Previous parades have encompassed more than 25,000 motorcycles out of an estimated 70,000 at the event! As the seemingly endless line of bikes snakes its way around the lake and then onwards and upwards into the stunning Carinthian mountains, the locals will flock to the roadsides to look on in awe and amazement at the phenomenal spectacle.
Last year the total attendance at this flagship event was approximately 110,000. In this 110th Anniversary year, no doubt the numbers will add up once more – a thousand passionate bikers for every year of Harley-Davidson® history!