It's still rock'n'roll to me
From June 28th to 30th, the Hamburg Harley Days rocked the Hanseatic city
- 400,000 Harley fans attended the event over the three festival days
- E-Motorrad LiveWire can be seen for the first time at a German Harley event
- Parade through the Hanseatic city with 7,000 participants
(Neu-Isenburg, June 30, 2019) Rock'n'Roll is more than Bill Haley, Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley; It is - not only musicians agree - an attitude to life: intense, groovy, and independent.
In 2019, the Hamburg Harley Days from June 28th to 30th proved once again in scorching hot summer weather.
Around 400,000 motorcycle, music and party fans made a pilgrimage to northern Germany over three festival days - to party, bike, dance, marvel, talk shop, meet friends again and celebrate the spirit of rock'n'roll.
Europe's largest free-entry motorcycle city event once again lived up to its reputation: Harley-Davidson had a huge showing on an area of around 40,000 square meters at the wholesale market.
What was probably the most comprehensive motorcycle and accessories exhibition in the republic could be found at around 100 dealer stands. If you watched the bikers come and go in a relaxed manner, you could see that no two Harleys are the same.
Battle of Kings Contest
This uniqueness was underlined by the German and Austrian winning bikes of the Battle of Kings Contest - made by Harley-Davidson Niederrhein and Harley-Davidson St. Pölten - which were presented on stage, and the Ride-In Bike Show on Mönckebergstrasse, at which on On Saturday the most beautiful motorcycles competed against each other in a tough contest.
The LiveWire was a topic of conversation
LiveWire provided at least as much topic of conversation. This could only be admired for the first time at a German Harley-Davidson event - in fact, touching it was expressly desired because the machine was mounted on the Jumpstart, an authentic driving simulator.
Road movie “Easy Rider”
While it represents an important part of Harley-Davidson's future, four detailed replicas of the custom bikes from the road movie “Easy Rider” represented an important part of the brand's history. 50 years ago, the cult film summed up the rebellious lifestyle of youth and its real stars were the “Captain America” and the “Billy Bike”, two converted Panhead Harleys.
Free Harley-Davidson test rides
The fact that motorcycles in Hamburg were not just for admiration was underlined by the fact that every guest with a valid driver's license was able to test drive a new Harley for themselves. Around 350 visitors took advantage of this offer.
Pitt's Wall of Death provided the audience with adrenaline rushes
Pitt's Wall of Death, Germany's most traditional steep wall show, provided powerful adrenaline rushes for the spectators, and on guided tours the guests were able to see for themselves that Germany's north also has a lot to offer bikers.
Numerous caterers quenched the guests' hunger and thirst and 15 bands performed their best on the two open-air stages. A wide spectrum of blues, rock, country hard rock and - Barras Band from Great Britain and the Laura Cox Band from France came into the spotlight.
Everyone who wanted to continue partying until the early hours of the morning went to the Reeperbahn, which presented itself as a colorful biker and party mile.
Hamburg Harley Days Parade
Around 7,000 machines formed up for the big parade on Sunday under the leadership of actor Marek Erhardt, “Kiez-Pirate” Kaller Haverland, ex-Bodygard Eddy Kante, actor Ingo Kantorek, YouTube celebrity Keno Veith and cult neighborhood tour guide Fabian Zahrt .
The starting signal was given by US Consul General Richard “Rick” Yoneoka. A farewell indeed – but by no means forever. Of course, Harley-Davidson is coming back to Hamburg: the time has come from June 26th to 28th, 2020.
Text: Copyright Harley-Davidson Photo credit: Harleysite