5th Annual Harley Davidson National Rally in China [Photo Gallery]
That's right, more than 1000 Chinese H-D owners have gathered in Qian Dao Lake, in Zhejiang Province to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the Motor Company, and we can now share these cool picture gallery with you.
When we first heard about this we thought it's some sort of a joke, but seeing the photos changed our minds: a HOG rally in China is just as cool as anywhere else in the world. Too bad that in China, the transportation authorities deemed the Harley-Davidson machines just similar to electric motorcycles, horses and bicycles, Reuters tells us. That is, they cannot be driven on highways and major roads!
Despite this weird regulations, the H-D bikes are considered luxury items and are heavily taxed. And we really mean it wen we say"heavily": in some cases, the taxes are as big as the price of a new bike in the US.
The Atlantic reports that a 2013 motorcycle might sell for around $32,500 (€25,270 or 200k yuan), roughly 4 times the average annual salary in Chinese capital, Beijing. This means the guys who can afford to buy and ride Harleys are really making a good living!
❐ Check out the Harley Davidson National Rally in China photo gallery