29th May – 1st June
Think of everything associated with Harley-Davidson, motorcycling and having a brilliant time over four days and you will come up with quite a list. Great biking roads, impressive accommodation, friendly locals wherever you ride, meeting old and making new friends, sharing your passion for Harley-Davidson… Well, all of the aforementioned and more can be found encompassed within Ireland BikeFest, a free-to-go event supported by H.O.G.® Over the years this event has become the central focus for celebrating Irish motorcycling with the rest of the world.
Held in the country air of Killarney, found at the base of the of Ireland's highest mountain range, between the rivers Flesk and Deenagh, South-West Ireland, the hive of activity that will be Ireland BikeFest can be located between the grounds of The Gleneagle Hotel, The Brehon and the River Apartments situated on the Muckross Road , approx 1.5km from Killarney Town Centre. For the duration of BikeFest, an annual event, this location will be known as BikeFest Village and its where the action takes place…
Dublin Harley-Davidson and Waterford Harley-Davidson will be in attendance to show the current range of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and extensive genuine Harley-Davidson riding and casual clothing. The fleet of current model demonstrators will be available to riders looking to take a free test ride and, for non-riders looking to have-a-go, the Harley static riding simulator, Jumpstart will also feature.
The list of activities earmarked for BikeFest is outstanding. This international open and free motorcycling event will feature:
· CUSTOM BIKE SHOW – Sunday 31st May
· ENTERTAINMENT – four areas for live music and DJ sets
· PARADE – Sunday 31st May
· TRADER AREA – consumables, custom accessories, clothing and more
· H.O.G. GUIDED RIDES – Led by local H.O.G. Chapters
· TECHNICAL AREA – providing service and tyre changing facilities plus H-D diagnostic equipment
· CATERING – food and liquid refreshment to suit all the family
For motorcyclists keen to see what natural splendour Ireland has to offer, there will be regular organised rideouts through some of the most stunning archeologic and natural areas in Ireland. There is one route, however, that cannot and should not be taken in one day. The ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ is a 2,500km coastal route along the west coast of Ireland, from Donegal to Cork. Is it little wonder that many Harley riders often book a week off from work to take in everything Ireland has to offer… including Ireland BikeFest.