“Would I recommend attending - hell yes! Indeed Sam and I are already considering going next year.”
In late 2019, Keith’s wife, Sam, said “Have you seen this Indian Fest in the Czech Republic? I know, let's get over to Budweis next year and see if others want to come along.” With VIP tickets purchased for 2020, and an invite out in their Facebook group, plans were made for the epic ride to the festival. Unfortunately, the global pandemic raised its ugly head and delayed the Indian Riders Fest (IRF) twice until June 2022.
“We made our way for two nights in Germany via the mad Dutch motorways and then onto some fantastic roads alongside the Rhine to Berghausen for our first stop. The next day was skirting by Frankfurt before calling in the dealership, Indian Rheinland, at Bergheim. A few goodies were purchased before we had some more fabulous roads to Etzenricht for our second German stop.”
Staying at the festival late into the night on Saturday, the MCO Riders enjoyed the great music food and drink and waited for the prize draws, “I think we all hoped to win the main prize of a Chieftain. But it ultimately went to a French rider, the lucky man.”
"There was so many good memories, a good rally site, bands and plenty to see and do. But the run through the Black Forest will stay with me forever. Great views, good roads and I didn’t even mind the rain so much. And of course the fantastic company. I had a ball with you guys & girls thanks…! Looking forward to the next trip!"
"Riding the renowned B500 was always an ambition for me and doing it with a group of Indian Motorcycle riders made it even more memorable. Also, riding in the Parade with the streets lined with people and seeing the square packed with Indian Motorcycles was a sight to remember."
"I agree that the the B500 and riding around Atersee were my highlights."
"The Dutch motorways being reminiscent of The Wacky Races will forever be etched on my mind. Through the Bavarian forests on our second day were fantastic, the Parade was amazing seeing so many people out cheering and waving. The Atersee lake in Austria was WOW and of course the Black Forest too. The write ups and pictures of the Black Forest don’t do it justice. It was incredible. And finally, having Frank and Phil taking turns assisting with the overtake manoeuvres on the Autobahn made those parts of the trip so much less stressful. Finally, the roads were paved so well I had to take us down an old country track to remind the group of the difference between the British tarmac and German/Austria/Czech tarmac."
"Being part of something so fab. My my highlights are the B500 through the Black Forest, Austria and Atersee around the lake even the rain, some of the most beautiful roads I’ve been on. My whiskey and wine lessons from Frank. Powerful words from Phil that will stick with me forever. All round an amazing trip with fabulous memories."
"The one memory that will stay with me forever (amongst all the other amazing parts of the trip & event) was arriving at a set of lights to be warned of the impending road ahead closure. Now the diversion was the least sign posted I've ever seen, basically 'Right Turn' and that was it... OMG, it took us to a road made in heaven. The views, roads (not one pot hole to be had) and weather were above and beyond belief. If all diversions were like this, I'd take them every time. Huge applauds to the organisers and Police in České Budějovice for how the ride out was conducted. Amazing to see so many locals out waving and welcoming everyone. Meeting some real characters of other IMRG's around Europe. Roll on 2023."
"So many memories, the views, the roads, the company, and laughs all stick in my mind. Feeling part of something with so many other Indian Motorcycle riders was something else, especially on the ride out. I took so many photos and videos from the back of the bike that I did have to stop sometimes to just take it in, not just through the lens. The Bavarian Forests, Austrian lakes and the Black Forest just wow. Great times shared with great people."