Motorcycle star ride again a welcome excursion destination. Of it alone 10 were.000 arrived by motorcycle. The prevention event of the program "Bayern mobil – sicher ans Ziel" (Bavaria mobile – safely to your destination) initiated by the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior, the Upper Franconian police and the Bavarian Driving Instructors Association with the support of the city and district of Kulmbach, Kulmbacher Brauerei and Antenne Bayern fulfilled the expectations of all those responsible in terms of road safety.
The patron of the event, Minister of the Interior Joachim Herrmann, himself arrived in Kulmbach on a motorcycle in glorious sunshine. Herrmann emphasized on his arrival: "Arriving instead of getting around must be the motto". Under this motto, the motorcycle star ride in Kulmbach offers the optimal conditions for conveying the topics from the road safety work. In 2017, every fifth road user killed on Bavaria's roads was a motorcyclist. "Especially too risky and fast driving are main causes of serious accidents," added the Minister.
Highlight: the motorcycle parade with record attendance
On Sunday, the motorcycle star riders set off in the early hours of the morning from more than 30 departure points across Bavaria in the direction of the "secret capital of bikers". Around noon, the motorcycle parade, led by the Bavarian Minister of the Interior Joachim Herrmann, the Upper Franconian Police President Alfons Schieder and the Lord Mayor of Kulmbach, Henry Schramm, set off through the city center. They were followed by the Kulmbach District Administrator Klaus-Peter Söllner and the spokesman for the Kulmbacher Brewery, Markus Stodden, before police motorcycles from twelve nations and other delegations from Germany and abroad as well as around 4.000 bikers joined. This year's motorcycle parade had a record number of participants.
The organizers officially opened the event on stage at 1 p.M. On both days, in addition to a comprehensive road safety and sales fair, the many visitors were treated to an informative and at the same time entertaining program that offered something for visitors of every age group. Minister of the Interior Herrmann announced to come again next year to the motorcycle star ride on 27. And 28. April 2019 to come to Kulmbach.
New Bavarian police motorcycle suit unveiled
Also just in time for the start of the season, Minister of the Interior Joachim Herrmann presented the new motorcycle clothing of the Bavarian police, which was manufactured in a blue design analogous to the newly introduced Bavarian police uniform. "Our police motorcyclists have opted for a two-piece suit on a high-quality textile basis", explained Herrmann. "It was especially important for us to significantly increase safety for our colleagues", he continued. Alfons Schieder, Chief of Police of Upper Franconia, added: "The new police motorcycle suit is functionally tailored to the missions of the motorcycle police officers and meets the latest safety requirements for protective suits. With the incorporated conspicuous yellow applications, the motorcycle police officers are now even better perceived by other road users". With the introduction of the new uniform, all Bavarian police motorcyclists are to be equipped with the blue combination before the end of this year.
"The relocation of the safety fair to the center of the event area had the effect we had hoped for: even more visitors came to the stands and took part in the various hands-on stations," said a pleased Johannes Schaller, organizer of the Kulmbach Motorcycle Star Ride from Kulmbach Brewery. "The highlight, in addition to the rollover simulators and the Segway course, was the rescue helicopter of the ADAC air rescue service. So not only motorcyclists but also car drivers and all other road users could get in the mood for the upcoming motorcycle season."
Festival feeling on Saturday, 21. April
In sunny spring weather, the overall program on both days of the event attracted many thousands of people to the Kulmbacher Brewery event site. Already on Saturday afternoon the event was very well attended. The visitors not only actively participated in the numerous hands-on stations and visited the exhibitor fair, but they also celebrated in fantastic weather until late at night. A first-class music program on Saturday was provided by "Rocking Seats and friends", "The Blueballs", "Vol.Beatclub" and "HellsBelles". From rock, cover pop, punk to heavy metal, there was something for every musical taste. The most booked tribute band in Europe, "DIE TOTEN ÄRZTE", was a crowd puller and the absolute highlight of the evening program.
Enjoying with all senses in the food truck court
The enjoyment area was also significantly expanded this year. "We have seen in recent years how well the food trucks are received by our visitors. That's why we invited even more food truckers this year," reports Johannes Schaller. "To make it especially cozy for the visitors, we have created a separate beer garden for this purpose. This was very well received by the visitors."To sounds of a Rockabilly band the visitors, apart from the large beer garden, could devote themselves completely to the benefit. Rounded off with a wide range of beer specialties in the Mönchshof BrauSchänke. The Sternla stand left no culinary wishes unfulfilled for the guests.