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Down by the River

From July 19th to 21st, Vienna celebrated 110 years of Harley-Davidson and five years of Vienna Harley Days on the Danube Island

Austria's lively and creative capital has been hosting the Vienna Harley Days since 2008.

Reason enough to have a particularly big time at the 2013 edition of the event, which also marked Harley-Davidson's 110th anniversary.

On July 19th the time had come: the first V2 engines could be heard on the Reichsbrücke over the Danube - they formed the vanguard of the big “Capital Ride” , for which Harleys from all over Austria set off to Vienna.

Bike after bike followed, people and motorcycles from all over Europe filled the large event area on the Danube Island with life and pure rock'n'roll: Over the three days, more than 40,000 visitors celebrated like hell. As always, entry was free.

on “ Main Street ”, at numerous dealer stands you could buy not only food and drinks, but also everything related to the Harley-Davidson lifestyle, and in the large expo tent you could marvel at the latest motorcycle models and the latest fashion trends made in UNITED STATES.

, Harley-Davidson advised their customers on tuning, chrome and ergonomics in their own technology pavilion.

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On Saturday, the most beautiful converted machines faced the astonished eyes of motor maniacs and the verdict of an expert jury.

Anyone who didn't just want to look at the bikes in awe, but also wanted to get into the saddle themselves, was allowed to take a free test ride on a brand new Harley - whole truckloads of them and an authentic driving simulator for fans without a license were available.

Six hot stunt shows gave visitors lots of adrenaline rushes, while bands like “Acht” and “Alkbottle” brought the atmosphere in front of the open air stage to a boil in the evening hours. A guest who tested “Casino on Tour” Meanwhile, hundreds of little event visitors found happiness in the new Kids Zone: face painting, sack races and juggling made their eyes shine. On Sunday, around 4,000 bikers enjoyed all the Habsburg splendor of the capital: once again the large motorcycle parade led along the magnificent Ringstrasse through the historic center of Vienna.

Of course the party continues - for example in Faak am See, where the European Bike Week September 3rd to 8th, 2013 .


Text & Photos: Copyright Harley-Davidson 2013

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