It’s been an on-and-off again kind of year for motorcycle events, especially in Europe, but word has just come over the transom that the Biker Fest rally is officially back on the calendar for 2021. Known as the Italian Daytona, one of Italy’s most popular custom bike blowouts has announced that it will be celebrating its 35th anniversary this September 16–19 on the picturesque peninsula of Lignano Sabbiadoro, a relaxed beach area along Italy’s northeast coast.
As in the past, the event unfolds across four different areas of the city, making it feel more like a community than a monolithic, static performance. When it first kicked off in 1987, then known as the Biker Fest Custom Bike Show, it was solely a European custom showcase and also affiliated with Rats Hole in the US. Nowadays, however, it’s ballooned into a kind of Italian Bike Week with a full slate of activities that include various racing classes, touring components, freestyle motocross shows with a dedicated off-road area, a showcase for new machines along with demo rides, and live bands all being part of the mix too. Major manufacturers will also set up shop again, with the likes of BMW, Kawasaki, Triumph and Royal Enfield just some of the names being represented. And then there’s the Parade of Lights, traditionally the big finale of Biker Fest, which invites thousands of riders to wind through the city streets at dusk, taking place on Saturday night.
But a big custom component remains at the heart of Biker Fest, and the long weekend schedule will see the final of the IMC Custom Bike Show Championship (Italian Motorcycle Championship) and the only date of the AMD World Custom Bike Show Championship in Italy (though the overall AMD event is still in limbo for 2021). We got our hands on some images of last year’s winners, so check them out below.
If you do go, know that there will be COVID-related restrictions at this year’s Biker Fest, with attendees required to show either proof of vaccination or a negative result from a test performed within 48 hrs of the date of entry to the exhibition. Get more info here: https://www.bikerfest.it/en