Aus­trian Ad­ven­ture

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Q Faaker See HOG Fes­ti­val Q Free (to the event) Q Septem­ber 6-11 Q Faaker See, Aus­tria Q www.harleysite.de/har­leydavid­son-event/euro­pean-bike-weekam-faaker-see Septem­ber is the month of the Euro­pean Bike Week, an an­nual Har­ley Own­ers Group-or­gan­ised event held in the lake­side town of Faaker See, Aus­tria. Bike Week reg­u­larly at­tracts over 100,000 Har­ley fans from across Europe for five days of Mil­wau­kee wor­ship, Bratwürst, Jaegermeis­ter and Ger­man heavy rock bands. What’s not to like? You don’t have to own a Har­ley-david­son to at­tend… all riders are wel­come, although peo­ple may try to con­vert you to the V-twin tribe.

The HOG event opens on Wed­nes­day but comes alive on Fri­day when the Ital­ians ar­rive in town. Har­ley-david­son riders in the UK and Ger­many tend to be slightly older than the av­er­age but Ital­ian Har­ley own­ers are shock­ingly dif­fer­ent. Stylish, at­trac­tive and – shock of shocks – young. Com­bined with the cool bob­ber style chop­pers they turn up on they trans­form the feel of the cel­e­bra­tion from a pot belly sausage fest to a very cool place to hang out.

The Faaker See event it­self is mostly free (some ar­eas are re­served for HOG mem­bers only) but you have to pay for camp­ing.

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