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China: Annual Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Gathering - China’s Sturgis

17
May
2013
  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  Harley-Davidson
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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No matter where you are in the world, like-minded motorcycle owners will turn up at some annual event. The biggest is Harley-Davidson's Sturgis, and this Chinese event falls way behind in terms of participants.

But in a country where a Harley-Davidson's import tax is as much as the motorcycle itself, it's only the rich that can afford it. And not many of them participate in these "rowdy" events... BTW is that the Village People in photo #10?


China Annual Harley Davidson Rally 2013
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A man wearing a skeleton mask prepares to ride a Harley Davidson motorcycle during the annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian Dao Lake, in Zhejiang Province May 11, 2013. Around 1,000 Harley Davidson enthusiasts from all over China met to celebrate the 5th Harley Davidson National Rally in China, as part of the company's 110-year anniversary. Major Chinese cities ban motorcycles from circulating on highways and major avenues. Meanwhile, Harley Davidson motorbikes are considered by Chinese tax authorities to be luxury items, so they are taxed at extremely high rates-- sometimes the taxes alone is equivalent to the bike's U.S. price tag. Traffic and transportation authorities have also weighed in, putting Harleys in the same category as electric bikes, horses and bicycles, meaning that they cannot be on highways and major avenues. Picture taken May 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 

China Annual Harley Davidson Rally 2013
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A couple rides a Harley Davidson motorcycle during the annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian Dao Lake, in Zhejiang Province. Picture taken May 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

China Annual Harley Davidson Rally 2013
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A combination picture shows the backs of motorcycles riders' jackets as they attend the annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian Dao Lake, in Zhejiang Province May 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

China Annual Harley Davidson Rally 2013
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A local boy wearing a helmet poses next to a Harley Davidson motorcycle during the annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian Dao Lake, in Zhejiang Province May 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

China Annual Harley Davidson Rally 2013
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Harley Davidson riders pose for a picture during the annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian Dao Lake, in Zhejiang Province May 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

China Annual Harley Davidson Rally 2013
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Local residents look at a Harley Davidson motorcycle during the annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian Dao Lake, in Zhejiang Province May 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

China Annual Harley Davidson Rally 2013
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A Harley Davidson rider takes a break during the annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian Dao Lake, in Zhejiang Province May 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

China Annual Harley Davidson Rally 2013
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A man rides a Harley Davidson motorcycle during the annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian Dao Lake, in Zhejiang Province May 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

China Annual Harley Davidson Rally 2013
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A woman takes a picture of a Harley Davidson motorcycle during the annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian Dao Lake, in Zhejiang Province May 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

China Annual Harley Davidson Rally 2013
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Harley Davidson riders pose for a group picture during the annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian Dao Lake, in Zhejiang Province May 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

China Annual Harley Davidson Rally 2013
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A Harley Davidson rider dances as he takes a break during the annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian Dao Lake, in Zhejiang Province May 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

China Annual Harley Davidson Rally 2013
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A Harley Davidson rider urinates as he takes a break during the annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian Dao Lake, in Zhejiang Province May 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

China Annual Harley Davidson Rally 2013
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A man rides a Harley Davidson motorcycle along a tunnel during the annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian Dao Lake, in Zhejiang Province May 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

China Annual Harley Davidson Rally 2013
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Harley Davidson riders attend at the annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian Dao Lake, in Zhejiang Province May 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

China Annual Harley Davidson Rally 2013
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A woman sits on a Harley Davidson motorcycle during the annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian Dao Lake, in Zhejiang Province May 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria


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