Tour tips for the 120th Harley-Davidson Anniversary Festival in Budapest 2023
Harley-Davidson Road Glide ST 117

First tour tips for the 120th Harley-Davidson Anniversary Festival in Budapest 2023

Tips for planning a trip to Budapest at a glance

What goes into good tour planning!

If you're going to the Deep East, good tour planning can't hurt. Hungary is not one of the typical travel destinations for the Harley-Davidson community, which is why I took the trouble to address a few topics that may be important for bikers. I often just drive off and let it happen to me, but there are countries where there can be small stumbling blocks that you wouldn't immediately think of and that make life difficult when things don't go well.

What you should pay particular attention to on the motorcycle tour to Budapest for the 120th Harley-Davidson Anniversary can be found in this article.

Preparation for the Harley-Davidson tour to Budapest

Travel documents: Make sure you have a valid passport or ID card and that your driving license is valid for riding a motorcycle abroad, sometimes your route will go through different countries.

Insurance: Check whether your motorcycle insurance is valid in other Eastern European countries and whether you should take out additional insurance if necessary. I will go into this separately later because this is one of the most important points that you should consider.

Pan America 1250 Special with Sun Downer seat for long tours.
Pan America 1250 Special with Sun Downer seat for long tours. If you're not used to long rides, you should think about the saddle!
Pan America 1250 Special with Sun Downer seat for long tours. If you're not used to long rides, you should think about the saddle!

Vignette! What you need to pay attention to!

Do I even need a vignette for my motorcycle in Hungary?

Yes, you need them and you should get them too! The authorities in Hungary constantly check toll roads using the latest technology. I'm not sure if they motorcycles

For around €18.90 you can drive the whole month. If you drive without a vignette and get caught, they may send you a fine notice to Germany. In general, fines for motorcyclists caught without a valid vignette in Hungary can range from HUF 15,000 (approx. EUR 42) to HUF 200,000 (approx. EUR 560). In addition, it is better to avoid a conflict with the Hungarian police, like everywhere else abroad.

Where can I buy the vignette?

You can still get the sticker sticker at the gas stations. The easiest way is to order them via the website https://digitale-vignette-online.hu/de . The site is in German and is very simple; in addition to your credit card, you can also pay with Paypal.

Digital vignette Hungary

Umlauts on license plates: Our umlauts do not exist in Hungary. When entering the license plate, you should proceed as follows, for example, as with the license plate for Plön: “PLÖ” = “PLO”, i.e. without the umlaut. Anyone who transcribes the umlaut with UE has done it wrong and that causes problems.

Pay attention to the correct information: – License plate (Rendszám / Registration number) – Country (Ország / Country) – Validity period (Típus / Type) – Vehicle category (Kategória / Category)

Vignette Hungary – Toll fees on digital vignette

D1M – Motorcycles (weekly and monthly vignette) The e-vignette can be ordered online in advance. 10 days cost €12.90 and 1 month €18.90, on the website https://digitale-vignette-online.hu/de/shop/motorrad

Vignette Hungary – car up to 7 people and up to 3.5 tons 10 days = €21.90 / 1 month = €29.90.

Vignette Hungary – mobile home or van 10 days = €28.90 / 1 month = €44.90.

In which countries do I have to pay tolls for the motorcycle?

If you drive to Budapest, you have to pay tolls for the motorcycle in Austria, Slovenia and Hungary. In the Czech Republic, or if you also want to go to Romania, you don't need a sticker. (as of 06/2023)

The vignette APP is also an option

VIGNETTE APP

You can find this app in the Apple Store or on Google Play

What you need to pay attention to in Hungarian road traffic

Speed ​​limits

In built-up areas the speed limit is 50 km/h unless otherwise stated. Outside towns 90 km/h, anyone traveling by car and trailer is only allowed to travel at 70 km/h. Motorhomes over 3.5 T are also only allowed to drive at 70 km/h on country roads. On motorways the speed limit is 130 km/h, cars with trailers are only 80 km/h, as are motorhomes over 3.5 tonnes. The speed limit is 110 km/h on expressways, cars with trailers are only allowed 80 km/h, this also applies to mobile homes over 3.5 tons.

Do I always have to keep my lights on?

Motorcycles must be driven during the day with their lights on.

High-visibility vest – You might not think about it at first, but in Hungary you have to have a high-visibility vest with you as a motorcyclist. In the event of a breakdown or accident, it must be tightened immediately.

Warning triangle – Especially if you are traveling with a sidecar, you should have a warning triangle with you. There are warning triangles with a small pack size, especially for motorcyclists, which you can easily store where you can get to in an emergency and it's best for everyone to have one with them on their tours.

First-aid kits – First-aid kits are also mandatory for motorcyclists in Hungary, and also in the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Slovakia.

Replacement lamp set - This is mandatory in Croatia, but only recommended in Hungary if it involves conventional light bulbs.

High-visibility vests, warning triangles, first-aid kits, spare lamp set

High-visibility vest – You might not think about it at first, but in Hungary you have to have a high-visibility vest with you as a motorcyclist. In the event of a breakdown or accident, it must be tightened immediately.

Warning triangle – Especially if you are traveling with a sidecar, you should have a warning triangle with you. There are warning triangles with a small pack size, especially for motorcyclists, which you can easily store where you can get to in an emergency and it's best for everyone to have one with them on their tours.

First-aid kits – First-aid kits are also mandatory for motorcyclists in Hungary, and also in the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Slovakia.

Replacement lamp set - This is mandatory in Croatia, but only recommended in Hungary if it involves conventional light bulbs.

Drinking alcohol while driving in Hungary?

Alcohol and motorcycling generally don't mix well, but what if I drank a beer at the event in Hungary, am I still allowed to ride? No, in Hungary and also in the Czech Republic the 0.0 alcohol limit applies.

The fine starts at €370, in the event of danger/accident etc. it depends on the situation. You don't really want this hassle, especially abroad, so 0.0 per mille, or take a taxi. Fines starting at 70 euros are also enforced in the Federal Republic, so you sometimes carry the hassle home with you.


If the last drop of fuel is gone, having a 1 liter reserve on board won't do any harm.

This has actually happened to me twice already, I've now exceeded the low range display on the Harley-Davidson twice because I thought I could still do it. Under normal circumstances this works really well, once there was no turning off the motorway to the gas station and once I misjudged it. This can happen, so there should be room for a 1.25L reserve bottle somewhere when traveling.

Harley-Davidson Road Glide ST 117 - Breakdown due to lack of fuel
Harley-Davidson Road Glide ST 117 – Breakdown due to lack of fuel

3 kilometers before the next gas station, low range is actually less than low range at some point! An emergency liter in your luggage can't do any harm.

Harley-Davidson insurance

Now comes a very important topic! It doesn't matter who you're insured with; before you get started, you should ask your insurance company what you need to consider, or take a close look at your contracts before you drive your Harley-Davidson east.

What is to be considered? Some insurers have an Eastern Europe clause  

Basically, it always helps to look at your own contracts. If you still have an old contract, there may be different conditions as to how your motorcycle is insured.

If you stated that your motorcycle is always in a garage at night, then it should also stay in a garage in Budapest. Then you can only hope that the hotel garage in Budapest is not overcrowded. Everything has already happened and these are exactly the problems that no one needs. What do you do if someone drives into your Harley in Budapest? Let's say a Romanian or French biker and he only knows English by hearing it, then you have a problem! A good insurance company takes care of the settlement and pays in advance; it collects the money from the other party in the accident if he is obviously to blame for the accident.

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What do you do if you have a breakdown, for example the tire breaks, how are you going to replace it so quickly, even here there are hardly any tires for the Harley available at the moment? For these two scenarios, your insurer will certainly have a solution. I checked with Harley-Davidson Insurance Services and they told me the following. In any case, you should generally call your insurance advisor so that he can look at the contract to bring you up to date on the situation before you drive east.

Liability is usually not the problem, but in the event of theft it can be a different story. Keyword is, is there an Eastern Europe clause in your contract!? Otherwise you may have limited protection.

and a letter of protection are recommended

When abroad, the law of the country you are currently in always applies. This means, for example, that in the event of an accident, the opposing insurance company may have different standards when it comes to settling claims. There are countless possibilities of what everything could be and you always hope that you don't need it.

But a letter of protection can also be really helpful if things aren't going well. This is not expensive and can be activated as an additional component to your insurance. It covers breakdown assistance, recovery, vehicle and medical repatriation, etc. The scope of insurance depends on the respective insurer.

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ADAC members should check their status

What many ADAC members haven't even noticed is that the ADAC has restructured its services. There are now ADAC membership , Plus membership and Premium membership .

What used to be a plus is now a premium. Anyone who is an ADAC member should check their status before traveling to Hungary so that there are no unpleasant surprises if the worst comes to the worst. Compare the prices and services with your Harley insurance, as an additional component they are often cheaper.

Store your helmet and jacket safely at the event

The Harleysite partner DEEMEED has a security bag with an alarm system in its range. Anyone who tampers with the smart lock will trigger the approx. 110db loud alarm; the alarm function can be turned off. The bag is secured with a plastic-wrapped steel cable and an inner steel net prevents it from being cut open. Small pack size and the bag is waterproof. DEEMEED bags are available at many authorized Harley-Davidson dealers.

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The Hungarian currency

In Hungary the forint is used, although the euro is also accepted, but change is usually forint. The best way to pay is by credit card. According to Google, the exchange rates in Budapest are better than at our banks, which is generally not unusual.

The Czech Republic is also not part of the euro area, but if you pay with a credit card you won't notice. But you should be careful whether you enter euros or your respective national currency and not mix up euros and your currency. This has happened to me before, but I always get a message straight away and was able to complain about the oversight straight away.

1 forint is approximately equal to 0.0026 euros

Do I have to pay roaming fees in Hungary?

No, since 2017 there are no more roaming fees within the EU. Anyone who wants to make calls with their cell phone in Hungary can do so across providers under the same terms and conditions as their normal domestic tariff.

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Budapest

1014 Budapest I. District, Úri utca 64-66 / Telephone information at +36 1 4883 -500 / Email: konsulat@buda.diplo.de / Internet: www.budapest.diplo.de

Of course I assume that we will have a great and safe Harley-Davidson meeting in Budapest. There is a lot of interest in this event and these tips can be helpful for some people who are not very experienced when it comes to motorcycle tours abroad.

All information has been compiled to the best of our knowledge and belief, not advice.

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