Sevastopol: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin leaped on a Harley Davidson and roared into an international biker convention in southern Ukraine.
Around 5,000 bikers from Europe and beyond gathered in Sevastopol for the annual festival on Saturday on Ukraine`s Crimea peninsula.
Putin, in Ukraine for talks with the country`s new Russia-friendly leadership, had his black shirt sleeves rolled up as he motored toward a stage along a dusty road on the three-wheeled bike.
In sunglasses, black jeans and black fingerless gloves, the Russian Prime Minister clearly revelled in the moment, smiling and waving to the enthusiastic crowd.
From a podium, he described the motorbike as "the most democratic form of transport" and praised the bikers` free spirit.
He also urged them to unite in promoting safe driving.