PRAGUE: Tens of 1000’s of “hogs” roared into Prague on Saturday as Harley-Davidson fans from all over the world converged on the Czech capital to honor the storied motorbike maker’s 115th anniversary.
Prague, house to a 90-year-old Harley-Davidson membership, the oldest on the earth, is internet hosting the most important anniversary bash for the bikes outdoors of their U.S. house of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the place an identical get together begins on the finish of August.
Greater than 60,000 bikers and about 40,000 different guests from over 70 international locations convened in Prague, within the coronary heart of central Europe, organizers estimated.
Some 4,000 bikers chosen in a lottery and clad in leather-based, denim and helmets of all kinds paraded by way of town middle on Saturday, revving motors and honking horns.
The occasion attracted bikers from throughout, like Piotr Sobczik of Poland, to share their love of the bikes.
“It’s freedom, it’s a life-style. It’s a method of spending our free time – a ardour,” he mentioned.
Riders from so far as the US and China additionally got here for the four-day gathering which options biker video games, music and Czech beer.
“This (Harley-Davidson) model is so robust for thus many individuals throughout all the globe,” mentioned Karen Davidson, a great-granddaughter of one of many founders.
Europe has turn out to be vital for Harley-Davidson, already the dominant participant within the heavyweight U.S. motorbike market.
In 2017, Harley-Davidson bought practically 40,000 new bikes in Europe, greater than 16 p.c of gross sales. Income from European Union international locations was second solely to the US.
The corporate, although, was slammed final month by U.S. President Donald Trump after saying it could transfer manufacturing for European clients abroad to keep away from retaliatory tariffs after the US imposed tariffs on EU metal and aluminum imports.