Roaring into town here they come
Last month saw Ao Nang’s annual Bike Week extravaganza come and go with chrome, loud pipes and plenty of beer and partying.
The Ao Nang Bike week has become somewhat of a tradition in our little beach town, drawing in crowds from all over the province and far beyond. In fact a good number of visitors come from Trang, Phuket, Koh Samui, Nikkon si Thammarat and many more far off destinations. This goes to show the dedication and love these riders have for the events they partake in. While these events can draw in some unwanted bad apples, for the most part the attendees are great, upstanding and honest individuals who are only looking for likeminded people to share a beer with and talk some gear head shop.
First established in America, the birthplace of the chopper, these bike weeks have taken the planet by storm. Some of the larger global events draw in crowds of well over 200,000 riders. From Sturgis and Daytona, to Lake Faak in Germany and Singapore, Harley Davidson events and rallies draw people from all over the planet and from a range of demographics.
Asia has been a hotspot for growth of the Harley Davidson brand as well as other iconic names such as Honda and Yamaha creating chopper style bikes. The region has been experienced an economic boom for the past 2 decades making the bikes easier to buy for people from nearly all Asian countries. There is also a certain desire for Western culture permeating the Asian mentality, that being said a great symbol of the West are iconic chopper motorcycles. Therefore one can only see how these events have been springing up all across Asia.
Ao Nang’s popular bike week has been growing in popularity over it’s seven year life. It started as a small rally and has since grown into a much larger event event drawing an audience from throughout Southern Thailand.
Some facts about Harley Davidson:
- The company was started in 1903 by William Harley and Arthur Davidson in Milwaukee
- The first bikes manufactured by the pair were built on a bicycle frame and features a 116cc engine
- in 1905 a harley davidson bike won a race for the first time
- in 1917 the official Harley Davidson race division was set up
- In WWI half of all bikes used were Harley Davidson bikes
- In 2010, a Harley Davidson XR1200 broke the long distance motorcycle jump world record, jumping 183.7 feet (a record that was once held by Evel Kneivel in 1975 & Bubba Blackwell in 1999).
Harley Davidson is an iconic brand in the world of motorcycle enthuasists, it’s a household name and a respected one as it seems to inspire people to go where they thought not possible, to venture on in the face of danger or adversity. The brand of Harley Davidson has inspired other manufactures to create similar chopper styled vehicles which can be seen in great numbers at the of the bike weeks throughout Thailand. In Krabi a large Honda presence was in force with shadows and customs choppers with Honda engines, Kawakasi vulcan’s could be found (although not in great numbers) as well.
Next years Ao Nang bike week will be a great event and we hope you can partake in the event.