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Tuesday 28 March 2023

Indian Riders Fest (IRF)

Indian Riders Fest and 'AMD Approved' Budweis Custom Show 

Czechia, June 9-11, 2023

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 the third annual Indian Motorcycle owners following the impressive attendance at the 2022 event. Located in Cesk√© Budejovice (Budweis), Czech Republic, the festival will center around a large event village in the city exhibition grounds and will see a rich program of events from June 9-11, 2023. 

Additionally, the Budweis Custom Show at the IRF is to be one of the first to be part of the new 'AMD Approved' international custom bike show program.

The IRF is designed to bring riders from Europe and beyond to Budweis to share their passion for the iconic Indian Motorcycle brand. Expectations are high that 2023 could set new records after IRF 2022 saw more than 2,500 motorcycles attend the festival and the celebratory parade featured 1,200 Indian motorcycles.

Fred Duban of Dub Performance and co-owner of Indian Motorcycle Luxembourg won the custom FTR prize in 2022.

"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 organization team is thrilled to welcome Indian Motorcycle again as a main partner,” said show organizer Jean-Marie Guyon.

Grant Bester, Vice President International for Indian Motorcycle, said: “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.” 

'expected to be largest gathering of Indian Motorcycle riders in the world'

There will be 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, and the chance to win a customized Indian Challenger in the big prize raffle.

Creative talent will be on display in the 'AMD Certified' Budweis Custom Indian Motorcycle Show, there will be Indian Motorcycle heritage on show in the vintage motorcycle exhibition, a Wall of Death and an FTR stunt show.

The Saturday parade has become a highlight of the festival and has grown from 465 Indian motorcycles in 2019 to 1,200 last year. Now, the organizers are preparing a new 25 km route on roads closed especially for the ride in anticipation of breaking the 2,000 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 countryside, the parade will finish at the World Heritage site at the heart of the city in the Premysl Otakar II square, providing a spectacular photo opportunity as the Indian Motorcycle Riders groups lay their flags in the center of the historic square surrounded by their motorcycles.