February 20th-23rd 2020
Story (tekst and photo's) by Horst "Motographer" Roesler
It is about one hour of tram, railway and about ten minutes foot march from the Messe Zuerich in Oerlikon to one of the most scenic panorama views of the Swiss Alps: Looking down from the Uetliberg –just above the city and lake, once the „last stand“ in times of war – one can see the importance of Zuerich as Switzerlands main business city, as well as the crowded conditions inside the city limits and the surrounding countryside.
Zuerich remains THE secret capital of Switzerland and is still expanding into the countryside. But the newly built tower on top of the 869 meter high peak also gives a stunning view on the Alp mountain range that offers so many great riding opportunities for motorcyclists – at least when the weather allows. Swiss Moto/Swiss Custom in Zürich, for years the complete showcase on Switzerland’s enthusiastic motorcycle scene and the “gateway” to what is happening to the Swiss scene. As small as the country might be, there are major names in European Customizing at home in Switzerland – and that includes all cantons of the country! 2020, the annual HOG Rally will again hit Lugano –and the LOVE RIDE will hopefully recover from last years devastating „rain out“ – snow in may! Who needs that? Switzerland has a lot to offer, but it certainly has its price...
When it comes to travelling, Switzerland does not range among the „bargain“ countries to have a vacation. SFr. 5,-- for a bottle of plain water, 24,-- for the entrance fee – and don‘t ask for accomodation and getting a dinner after a hard and busy show day. Having travelled in and around Switzerlands motorcycle scene for 40 years, „Swiss Moto“ and „Swiss Custom“ have become „hit and run“ affairs that can be performed in a one day visit – including the long awaited tour to the Uetliberg Panorama Tower, which was on the authors „to do“ list for twenty years, since the first Swiss PERFORMANCE hit Dietikon in the year 2000. Swiss PERFORMANCE is now history, having been part of Swiss Moto for some time, but the spirit of customizing is still alive, despite rising challenges, of which costs for displaying at Zuerich Trade Fair have become a considerable portion.
Indian had not just the complete „stock“ model line present, Patrick Meyer of PM Performance and others presented new – and sometimes extreme – custombike projects, introducing a supercharged „111“ V-Twin recycled from a accident „parts spender“ that is looking for a new life! Mark Wilsmore of Ace Café London heritage enjoyed a visit to Switzerland, as the very active Ace Café Luzern was exhibiting at the Indian booth. Mark is exited that his Swiss-based location, just beside the motorway from Zuerich to Luzern, is creating as many events as the London original and buzzing with themed motorcycle and car dates!
With this years HOG Rally in Lugano running again, it will be a great chance to ride the Swiss mountain roads again. Lugano also has the benefit of being close to the Italian border and thus cheaper accomodation. The Dead Riders Sumiswald will also be held July 22nd to 26th –and this is certainly a place to be in 2020, as the event is with free entrance – something that is rarely seen in Switzerland these days...
Text and Fotos: Horst Roesler
ALL IMAGES: As every year, Harley-Heaven and Harley-Davidson Zuerich have introduced several new custom bikes, based on current and past Harley models. „Motographer“ Horst Roesler had them photographed in the Harley-Heaven Showroom and on his Studio at Motor Bike Expo.