The 115th anniversary rally in 2018 is anticipated as being one of the biggest Harley-Davidson rallies in Europe. Set in historic Prague in the Czech Republic, the rally is sure to attract Harley-Davidson owners from all over Europe and the world.
If you want to ride from the UK to Prague using mainly motorways, the journey is relatively straightforward, but if you want to ride much better and scenic roads, with someone else making all the arrangements, then riding with Tour1 is for you. We are hugely experienced riders having ridden all over Europe and we know where he best roads are.
The tour concentrates on riding terrific roads with terrific scenery. Many of the roads we have selected for the tour run through national parks, alongside rivers or through glorious countryside – our aim is to put a huge smile on your ace as you ride east towards what promises to be one heck of a party.
We catch a train from Folkestone to Calais in France and make progress to leave the less exciting roads of northern France behind. The best roads are further east on our trip and the sooner we get there the better. As soon as we leave the train we therefore use some French and Belgium motorways to get to more enjoyable areas. After 120 miles we leave the motorway and ride better roads. We stay the night in a hotel on the banks of the River Meuse in Belgium.
We ride many scenic roads today starting by riding out on the banks of the River Meuse into the Ardennes National Park and then follow the River Semois east as we cross back into Belgium. Soon we cross the next border, into Luxembourg where we ride ride more scenic roads. Tonight we stay in a four star Chateau in northern Luxembourg.
This is a stunning days riding, again on many scenic roads. We start by again riding on the banks of the River Our on magnificent twisty roads in Luxembourg, and then alongside the mighty River Mosel, diverting away from those banks only to ride twisty bends that climb on the steep hills that look down over this impressive river. Near Coblenz we cross the Rhine to ride even more twisty roads that are a delight. In the afternoon we continue to head east across Germany very traditional German hotel for the night in a small village. This will be 221 miles of some of the best roads Germany has to offer.
It is another day of riding very scenic smaller roads today in the heartland of Germany. As soon as we leave the hotel, the smaller twisty roads start on the rolling German landscape and they continue for most of the day. Lunch will be eaten in a typical German restaurant, with local meat dishes are a speciality. Our hotel for tonight is a wonderful historic hotel within in a parkland setting. We will ride 215 miles today.
Now in eastern Germany, we ride more scenic roads as we get closer to the border with the Czech Republic. In the morning we will go see the impressive Göltzsch Viaduct, the largest brick-built bridge in the world.. The area we will be in is called Saxony and we will ride in the low-lying Ore Mountains that straddle the border between Germany and the Czech Republic. Our hotel is in a ski resort in the Vogtland Nature Park on the border between Germany and the Czech Republic.
This is the final day of riding before we reach Prague and the great roads continue. We continue to ride wonderful roads along almost the entire length of the Vogtland Nature Park in the morning before crossing the border and heading towards the impressive city of Prague. In Prague, we will be staying in apartments in the centre of the city, just 3.5 kms from the rally site.
At the Rally
There is always much to see and do at the Harley-Davidson main European rally. The rally site hosts bands, dealer displays, demonstrator bikes, vendors, bars and all shapes and sizes of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. On our arrival day of Thursday, or perhaps on Friday morning, we will have a group orientation ride / walk to ensure you all know where the various rally activities take place.
For most of your time in Prague, from Thursday afternoon to Sunday morning, you are able to do as you please, whether that is ride in the local area, visit the rally site, watch some of the live bands on the beachfront main stage, or do some sightseeing in the city – it is up to you. If your partner wants to fly down to the rally and spend time with you, we do not charge you anything for your partners stay at the hotel.
On the Friday afternoon we are likely to ride to the location of the custom motorcycle show.
On the Saturday, if you wish, you can join thousands of others in riding in the parade.
On the Sunday morning, we will take our motorcycles to the We Move Bikes base and leave them there, along with any reasonable amount of helmets / luggage, ready to be shipped back to London on one of the WMB trucks. From that point, you are responsible for you own journey home. For flying back to the UK, Prague Airport is close to the city and has flights back to many UK airports on many different airlines. You are responsible for booking your return flight to the UK to whatever airport best suits you. Some people may choose to stay a few more days in the area before flying home.
Our group sizes normally range from 10 to 14 motorcycles.
Each day, we normally start riding at 8.30am sharp and cover in the region of 150 to 200 miles. We try to avoid motorways wherever possible and only use these when there is no real alternative. We take mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks and of course find somewhere for lunch. Our plan is to normally arrive at that evening’s hotel by around 6pm.
We use good quality hotels – not super luxury and not bottom end, but mid-range – normally 3 and 4-star.
We ride at a pace to suit all of the riders. We stick to all speed limits in towns, but in rural areas we ride at, let’s call them ‘more appropriate’ speeds. We generally ride in staggered convoy on straighter roads.
As we have pre-booked hotels and a schedule to stick to, we ride in all weathers. During any exceptionally inclement weather, we will pull over for short periods. We could experience a range of different types of weather, so bring waterproofs, just in case.
Each of our rides has a difficulty rating and this tour is rated as ‘moderate’. That means this tour is not recommended for new riders. You should have at least four years of riding experience on large motorcycles. You must have ridden on the right-hand side of the road before and you must be comfortable with travelling in a group of riders and be able to keep a good pace within that group. We do not ride fast, but at the same time, it is better if riders do not go too slowly. While there is not much motorway riding on the tour, as a guide, the group will be riding at speeds of 75mph on motorways. You must be confident of riding in rain and on wet roads. Each day’s riding will be around 9 hours, with breaks. You should be able to ride all day. If you are at all unsure if your riding ability is good enough for this tour, then you must contact us by telephone to discuss.