Charge Event To Celebrate ‘Motorcycle Culture’

July 1, 2022

A celebration of Bermuda’s “unique motorcycle culture” will be held on Sunday with the annual Bermuda Charge festival.

The event includes Motor Fest, which will involve custom and classic motorcycles leaving from Front Steet, starting at noon.

A small barricaded section will also be set aside for demonstrations and displays from local motorsports clubs.

The event will feature street entertainment, such as a bouncy castle, face painting, dancers and vendors.

David Cahill, the event’s organiser, believes Bermuda’s relationship with classic motorcycles, including old-time favourites such as the Mobylette, is akin to Cuba’s love of vintage cars.

“We’d like Bermuda to be famous for its motorcycle culture,” Cahill told Bernews. “When you think of Cuba, for example, one of the first things that come to mind is vintage cars.

“That’s become part of its identity. Bermuda has a unique motorcycle culture, especially the scooter culture. There isn’t a big scooter culture in the United States. There is in Europe, but it’s very different to here.”

A slideshow of the 2018 Bermuda Charge event


There will also be prizes for Best in Show mopeds, scooters and step-through motorcycles, where owners will compete for $3,000 in cash prizes.

The show vehicles will be flanked by 30 display tents offering products and services from local auto and motorcycle businesses.

“Bermuda customises and decorates their scooters like no other country I’ve seen,” Cahill added. “It deserves to be celebrated. We’re happy to create a platform and bring the motoring community together to show off the island’s motoring culture.

“There are two cruise ships in port on the day of the show, so we’re really excited about showing the day-trippers our sensational bikes and cars. They will be treated to an aspect of Bermuda that many visitors are not lucky enough to experience, and I’m certain it will be a highlight of their vacation.”

Raffle prizes, including a brand-new motorcycle courtesy of Scooter Mart, a $1,000 fuel card and five $100 fuel cards from Rubis will be on offer, while visitors to the Greenlight Energy tent can claim $2,000 off a Tesla Power Wall for their home.

Awards will be presented to Best in Show winners at 4.30 pm, and the motorcade will leave Hamilton at 5.15 pm, heading towards St George’s.

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