Bikers, bands join ‘song of freedom’ at Burapa Bike Week


Motorcycle and classic car enthusiasts joined international musicians in a “song of freedom” at the annual Burapa Bike Week in Pattaya.

City Councilman Rattanachai Sutidechanai and Prasan Nikaji, president of Siam Motorbikes and head of the Burapa Motorcycle Club, kicked off the two-day festival Feb. 12 at the Eastern National Indoor Stadium, where the grounds were filled with bike club members from around Thailand and the world.

The event featured a variety of motor vehicles from super bikes and Harley Davidsons, all the way to classic motorcycles of the past.

Alongside the two-wheelers was a car show with modified engines and interiors, accessories and products as well as super-sized sound systems blasting out the beats for coyote dancers. There also were various booths offering bike accessories, leather jackets and more.

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thai, guitarist for Guns ‘N’ Roses, and his band plays Saturday’s finale.

The place was packed with bike lovers, foreign and Thai, exhibitors and enthusiasts with police and soldiers from the 14th Military Circle providing security.

This year’s Burapa Bike Week carried the theme of “Song of Freedom” to highlight its emphasis on rock music. Goober Gun of the UK headlined the first night of concerts with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thai, guitarist for Guns ‘N’ Roses playing Saturday’s finale.

The second day also featured a Burapa parade, with big bikes rumbling down North Road to Beach Road, through Walking Street and up Thappraya Road, then through Jomtien Beach to the stadium grounds.

During their ride, participants wore helmets and kept their lights on to promote safe driving.

The Burapa Bike Stunt 2016 competition was won by (Center) Keng Zombie.

A huge monster chopper attracts the attention of viewers during the event.

The Dakota Group’s territory.

The event featured Big Bike Clubs from all over Thailand, great for exhibitionists and bike lovers to enjoy the atmosphere.

A rare classic hot rod makes an entrance.

Coyote dancer thrills the crowd.