The first Vietnam Bike Week will take place through Christmas with many events, including a rally of 1,058km across beautiful roads in Vietnam’s Central Highlands and south-central coastline.
Nguyen Thanh Phuong, chairman of co-organizer Saigon H.O.G (Harley-Davidson Owners’ Group), said the event will be organized annually to offer a playground for bike lovers in Vietnam where motorbike is the major mean of transport.
“Many Vietnamese people have had to go abroad join Bike Week events in other countries. Now they have a chance to join it right in their country,” he said.
Jointly held by Harley-Davidson of Saigon, a launching party will be held on December 24, followed by a rally that will take place on three days from December 25-27 on three stages, including Ho Chi Minh City – Da Lat, Da Lat – Nha Trang – Mui Ne and Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh City.
Back in Ho Chi Minh City, there will a parade and several events on December 28, including exhibitions, family events with fashion, music and food.
Also, a Swap Meet – second hand market for bikers, will be held for the first time in the country where bikers can buy, sell, barter products related to motorcycles which the individual biker no longer needs.
According to Lawson Dixon, CEO of Harley-Davidson of Saigon, Vietnam is one of the most populous motorcycling countries in the world and many motorcycle lovers join in chapters, groups, and other motorcycle clubs regularly.
“Bike Week has been a long-time familiar activity which brings enthusiast who love motorcycles together, and is held in many countries in the world from Northern America to Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia.”
The first Vietnam Bike Week is expected to kick off at modest level with 200 participants but it can become much larger in the next year, he said.
Vietnam Bike Week now opens for registrations at Harley-Davidson of Saigon for members of bike clubs and free bikers across the country. Registration fee is from VND6 million (US$282) per person.
Organizers said that all money collected through the events will be saved for charity purposes.
Phuong, the chairman of Saigon H.O.G, said organizers expect to raise donations of at least US$30,000 to buy an ambulance boat for the Mekong Delta.