Shaping the future on two wheels
During a couple of decades, danish motorcycle riders and parents has combined those two things,
that they love most, in a motorcycle meeting whith the children in focus
During the 1980ies a group of motorcycleriders decided, that they also wanted their offspring to be
a part of the life with and around the motorcyle.
It was not a problem to bring children along either as pillionrider or in a sidecar, but the common
motorcycle meeting was mostly based on fun for the adults.
After some years it formed into a more structural organisation, and they decided to organsie it every
summer in the week 29 and change every second year from western part of Denmark to the eastern
- Today we have people coming here who was children at the first meetings and now are here either
as parents or even grandparents, says 2021 organiser, Martin Andersen.
He and his group has found a campground, where the owner also rides motorcycle.
Although the ”Boernetraef”, as it is called in danish, is more quiet than other traditional motorcycle
meetings, the laughter and screams of joy from the youngsters give some extra sound on the
campsite, but every guest has got the info, that there will be some more noise in that week, and all
has accepted it.
Wisely enough the organsier has put the tent for the teenagers as far away as possible, but they
know, that loud music is a no-go after 2300 in the evening.
The activities are widespread, but among them are competitions between families, treasurehunt and
the big clou at the last day: The Ring Riding.
It's a competition said to be from the mideval times, where a rider on a horse had to catch a ring
hanging from a band with the tip of a spear or lance.
Here the horserider is sitting on a motorcycle either at the pillion or in the sidecar and with a
wooden stick catch the ring hanging in a clip.
The track was build in the camping and the speed is extremely low, so not only has the children to
be careful to find the hole in the ring. The adult on the bike has to ride slow without touching the
The participants are either staying in tents or cabins and the evening before it's all over there is two
”discos”. One for the youngest and there is no acces for adults there or even parents, because the
kids love to have a space, where they can dance, play or just laugh a lot with no interfrence from
mommy or daddy.
Over the years it has mostly been danish riders with children, but this year a father from Iceland and
his daughter decided to try the childrens meet.
Although ”Boernetraef” was on the FIM Touring Calender this year, Einar Vallson with his nine
year old daughter Maggie found the way after they saw it on social media.
- It's a very good event and we are already talking about coming here next year, he says.
Because of Covid-19 the event was cancelled in 2020, but is now back on track with appoximately
240 participants in total in 2021.
Find more info of a various number and types of motorcycle touring meetings at the FIM/CTL
More images here https://www.fim-touring.com/node/34
- FIM International Touring Meeting