Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rode a Haley-Davidson tricycle during “the Russian Sturgis” 2010 which took place last week in Sevastopol, Ukraine. Putin wore a black shirt with rolled up sleeves, black jeans, and sunglasses as he rode along a dusty road toward a stage.
From the stage, Putin called his tricycle “iron growler” and addressed the biker rally participants as “brothers.” Putin also said that motorcycles are “the most democratic form of transport…a symbol of freedom.”
“The Russian Sturgis”
“The Russian Sturgis,” called Bike Show Sevastopol is a biker rally held every year in Sevastopol, Ukraine. This year the motorcycle rally brought together nearly 5,000 bikers, mostly from Europe.
The Oldest Russian Biker Club
Among the organizers of the event is the Moscow biker club Night Wolves MC. The President of the Wolves, Aleksandr Zaldostanov (“the Surgeon”), is the biker who rides along with Putin in the first picture above. Putin and Zaldostanov met last year, when Putin visited the Wolves’ clubhouse. The Night Wolves MC, founded in 1989, was the first biker club in the former USSR and the first in the Russian Federation.