The 2017 Phuket Bike Week started as Songkran proper ended on Friday 14th April. Literally set on Patong Beach, on the west side of the island of Phuket, motorcyclists from all over S.E.Asia came to enjoy a party in the sun. Good live music from a variety of bands, stands with motorcycle clothing and accessories, and Thai food shared with friends old and new, made for an enjoyable long weekend.
Set under the palm trees towards the north end of Patong Beach the Bike Week was centered on a main stage with tables and chairs for food and beer from a multitude of Thai food stands.
Close to the main entrance was our friends Rider’s DNA with a wide selection of jewelery, accessories and their famous custom painted helmets.
Adjacent to the Rider’s DNA stand was the launch of Bike Touring Thailand’s (BTT) new “Happy Cheeks” motorcycle seat pad. Combining British design, Thai ingenuity, and a cheeky sense of humour (sorry!), the seat pad has been developed and manufactured in Thailand. It felt very comfortable and is an easy way to improve long distance rides.
Open from 10am to midnight, the Phuket Bike Week was long and hot but it had something for most kinds of biker. Many people appeared to visit after 4pm and it was truly busy once the sun had gone down. Lots of food stands at both ends of the show area meant plenty of delicious Thai food was available, and two areas for live bands kept everyone entertained. And of course there were lots and lots of bikes. Everything from full custom bikes to Harley-Davidson cruisers to BMW touring bikes to 1000cc road bikes to the Yamaha 150cc, 17″ wheeled under-bone bikes favoured by some brave souls who had ridden from Malaysia.
I asked one group of Malaysian motorcyclists on 150cc bikes how long it had taken to ride to Phuket. “Twenty-nine hours,” they said, “Without sleep.”