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HARLEY-DAVIDSON CLUB OF DENMARK
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History

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Harley-Davidson Club of Denmark (H-DCDK) is gradually approaching a grand old age with its traditions running back to the 1970’s. 

It all began in the fall 1976 when a group of young people decided to establish a new club for Harley-Davidson owners. One of the main motivations for creating a new club was that the existing one was difficult to gain access to and many considered it to be too traditional and boring. The founders of the new club were considered wild youngsters who sought the rock and roll life style inspired by blockbusters such as Easy Rider and The Wild One. 

 The first wave

After a couple of years H-DCDK could count more than a hundred members and the numbers kept rising ever more quickly. The first member’s magazine was published in 1978 and many new members joined when a wave of used Harley-Davidsons were imported to Denmark from America in the early 1980’s. Danish bike enthusiasts joined together in local clubs and some chose to live out the American outlaw biker way of life. Although most members were peaceful, many of these new Harley-owners were considered hard-core bikers, and their bikes were often customized. Therefore, many members had difficulties getting their bikes insured by established insurance companies, so in 1990 H-DCDK founded H-D Forsikring – which today maintains more than 4000 insurance policies on motorcycles in Denmark.   

The second wave

The number of members in H-DCDK dramatically increased for the second time in the late 1990’s, when the businessman and entrepreneur Chris Anker Pedersen established himself as a salesman of Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Denmark under the name Caps Harley-Davidson. Chris opened shops in Copenhagen and Aarhus, where his Danish customers could buy new Harley-Davidson models imported from the factory in Milwaukee. So it came to be that new Harleys started popping up on the Danish roads and the ordinary Danish biker could realise his dream of a owning a high-tech Big Twin Harley-Davidson with all the necessary guarantees. It was no longer necessary to get your hands dirty fixing up old bikes because with a brand new bike many could now press start, set off and have pure driving experiences.

In 2000 H-DCDK counted around 5.000 members and the numbers have increased steadily since with most new Harley-owners in Denmark choosing to join the community. In 2018 more than 16.000 people had been a member of the Harley-Davidson Club of Denmark since 1976 - and the number of paying members today is more than 6.500.