Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Putin Rides in at Biker Festival

HERO_1.jpg
HERO_2.jpg

Amongst the world's leaders, there might be plenty of power posturing, but we know who we'd back in a fight: Vladimir Putin.

David Cameron enjoys horse-riding, Nicolas Sarzoky partakes in stamp collecting and Barack Obama celebrated his inauguration by indulging in a spot of ballroom dancing.

But Vladimir is a true man of steel; as evidenced by this brilliant footage of him riding a massive 3-wheel Harley Davidson, with a battleship behind him, as the rocking anthem of the Night Wolves Motorcycle Club blasts out to soundtrack his arrival.

The stunt was part of Putin's campaigning ahead of the December 4 elections for Russia's Duma - the equivalent of the UK's House of Commons - and was held at the Russian city of Novorossiysk, which almost 68 years ago was liberated from Nazi troops.

Putin recalled how the humble motorbike sidecar was often used to take children to safety during the war years at the bike festival, organised by the Night Wolves group, whose leader, the brilliantly-named 'Surgeon', has met the Russian Prime Minister on several occasions.

Having previously been pictured riding a horse topless, scuba diving for ancient relics, hunting tigers, playing judo and flying a fighter jet, there can be doubt he is the hardest leader of them all. We'd hate to see what he'd do to Nick Clegg in a bare-knuckle contest.

Images: PA

Related

fig1_ink.jpg

How to slide a motorbike under a lorry

crash2.png

VIDEO: The weirdest motorbike crash in history

White_Russian_HERO.jpg

Make a White Russian

Comments

More

You can now buy 'luxury iceberg water' for £80

Water joke

by Dave Fawbert
17 Feb 2017

There is an eighth continent that you had no idea existed

Move over Australasia, there's a new kid in town

17 Feb 2017

Tony Blair declares "mission" to get UK to "rise up" against Brexit

Former PM claims people voted "without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit"

by Joe Ellison
17 Feb 2017

The most batshit crazy moments from Trump's latest press conference

"War with Russia would be a nuclear holocaust like no other"

by Emily Badiozzaman
17 Feb 2017

People are angry about this video of a woman talking to cheating ex

The brutal reality of #HurtBae is uniting the internet in outrage

by Dave Fawbert
16 Feb 2017

14-year-old gives chocolates to all 537 girls in his school

This guy. This guy. We should all be this guy

by Dave Fawbert
16 Feb 2017

Bulletproof glass wall to be built around base of Eiffel Tower

In an effort to protect the fragile tower from attacks

by Emily Badiozzaman
16 Feb 2017

Danny Wallace: My incredibly secret action film role

Another life lesson from our award-winning columnist

15 Feb 2017

The best bracing British train journeys

Rail guru Mark Smith recommends his favourite wintry routes

15 Feb 2017

These are officially the coolest places to visit in Europe

Time to dust off that EHIC card

15 Feb 2017