Indian Motorcycle has announced official support for the 2023 staging of the Indian Riders Fest (IRF), which is expected to be the world’s largest gathering of Indian Motorcycle owners following the impressive attendance at the 2022 event. Located in České Budějovice (Budweis), Czech Republic, the festival will centre around a large event village in the city exhibition grounds and will see a rich programme of events from June 9-11, 2023.
The IRF was born from the desire of organiser Jean-Marie Guyon to bring riders from Europe and beyond to Budweis, regardless of language or cultural background, to share their passion for the iconic Indian Motorcycle brand and have an incredible weekend. Expectations are high that 2023 could set new records after IRF 2022 saw more than 2500 motorcycles attend the festival and the celebratory parade featured 1200 Indian Motorcycles.
“IRF 2023 will include all the elements that made previous editions successful, beginning with freedom and friendship. The Indian Riders Festival is undoubtedly an international event, with attendees from over 37 nations and the organisation team is thrilled to welcome Indian Motorcycle again as a main partner,” said Jean-Marie Guyon.
“Our Indian Motorcycle Riders groups throughout Europe have really gained momentum in recent years and the desire for special destination events is evident from the outstanding success of IRF 2022. Interest in the festival has only continued to grow and I feel certain that the 2023 event will again be the largest gathering of Indian Motorcycle owners anywhere in the world. We’re delighted to continue and expand our support for the IRF and I really look forward to being among the riders in June,” said Grant Bester, Vice President International for Indian Motorcycle.
Just a short walk from the city centre, the event village will welcome riders with a large Indian Motorcycle area and, to kick-off the weekend’s events, a big live concert followed by a DJ led afterparty will be held on the Friday evening.
With a genuine apparel shop, the Indian Motorcycle Roadshow truck offering test rides on the latest models, an official Indian Motorcycle Dealership presence providing full servicing and maintenance, festivalgoers will also have plenty of entertainment and shopping opportunities from more than 100 exhibitors and stands, plus the chance to win a customised Indian Challenger in the big prize raffle.
In addition to more live concerts throughout the weekend, creative talent will be on display in the Custom Indian Motorcycle Show, heritage on show in the Vintage motorcycle exhibition while The Lucky Daredevils defy gravity on the famous Wall of Death, Martin Krátky performs stunts on his Indian FTR and expert riding of a different kind thrills in the regular rodeo shows.
The Saturday parade has become a famous highlight of the festival and has grown from 465 Indian Motorcycles in 2019 to 1200 last year. Now, organisers are preparing a new 25km route on roads closed especially for the ride in anticipation of breaking the 2000 Indian Motorcycle mark. The ride will also put a spotlight on women bikers with the Ladies First group heading the parade following the success of this initiative in 2022.
After a ride through the beautiful Bohemia area, the parade will finish at the heart of the city in the Přemysl Otakar II square providing a spectacular photo opportunity as the Indian Motorcycle Riders groups lay their flags in the centre of the historic square surrounded by their motorcycles.
For those who’d like to attend the festival but can’t ride to the event, there is the option to hire an Indian Motorcycle onsite over four to six day periods through the official rental partner, ZM-Moto.
Rentals will be available onsite from as early as Tuesday 6th June and there is a choice of 17 Indian Motorcycles across the Scout, FTR, Chief, Chieftain and Springfield model ranges.
Prices start at 184 € per day based on a six day rental of an Indian Scout.
For more information, terms and conditions, and bookings please visit the IRF e-Shop (links below).
The Indian Riders Fest has become an essential date for European riders, welcoming everyone regardless of motorcycle brand, and tickets are selling fast. Interested riders should head to the festival’s website to secure their tickets for a great summer weekend with like-minded people.
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