Daytona Bike Week
Kick off rally season in Florida at the world-famous Daytona Bike Week, which celebrated its 75th year in 2016. One of the largest and most popular rallies in the United States, it stretches over ten days with such events as motorcycle racing, concerts, parties, and street festivals.
Laughlin River Run
Join the fun during the four-day Laughlin River Run in Nevada. Enjoy the custom bike show and concerts, and go all-in for prizes during the Early Bird poker run, or for charity at the American Heroes run, benefiting tri-state veterans.
As the temperatures begin to rise, so do your motorcycle event options. Since 1987, the Rolling Thunder “Ride for Freedom” has been held every Sunday before Memorial Day in Washington, D.C. The ride was founded to honor and support continued efforts to find United States Prisoners of War and those listed as Missing in Action. Members take a slow ride from the Pentagon to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, dubbed the Ride for Freedom.
Republic of Texas Biker Rally
If you’re ready for the heat of summer, head to Austin for the Republic of Texas (ROT) Biker Rally. Motorcycle-centric events usually include flat track racing, stunt shows, and biker rodeo games, but in true Austin style, music plays a huge part at the ROT rally. Past musical guests have included Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ted Nugent and many more. A motorcycle parade, hundreds of vendors and a well-appointed food court round out the four-day event.
Black Bike Week
Another option over the holiday weekend is Black Bike Week in Myrtle Beach, SC. Also known as Black Fill-in-the-Blank Week for the large crowds of non-bikers it attracts, it’s the largest African-American motorcycle rally in the United States. Events include motorcycle racing, concerts, parties, and street festivals.
Laconia Motorcycle Week
If you prefer cooler climates and a rally steeped in history, head to New Hampshire for Laconia Motorcycle Week. Dubbed the “World’s Oldest Motorcycle Rally,” the Laconia tradition began in 1916 with its first Gypsy Tour. As a nod to its historic beginnings, there are daily scenic gypsy tours and vintage races during the first weekend.
Hollister Independence Rally
The Hollister Independence Rally in California got its start in 1947 and has been coined the “Birthplace of the American Biker.” The free event is open to the public and is the largest of its kind in California. There’s a vendor for every enthusiast and activities for all to enjoy, including headline entertainment, poker walks, and custom bike shows.
The Hollister Independence Rally has been canceled for 2018.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
America’s largest motorcycle rally happens in August in Sturgis, South Dakota. The small population of Sturgis often swells to more than half a million people during the ten-day event. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is a family affair for many, with something for everybody. There are organized rides and shows, as well as eating, tattoo, and beard contests, surrounded by some of the best scenery in the USA.
Bikes Blues & BBQ
As the summer winds down, head to the Ozarks for the Bikes Blues & BBQ “Motorcycle Rally with a Purpose” in Fayetteville, AR. Founded on the principle of giving back to the community, this family-friendly event has donated more than $1.5 million to local charities since the year 2000.
A little less known than Daytona Bike week, but no less fun, is Biketoberfest. Head back to Florida to enjoy motorcycle races, live music, and premium vendors during this beautiful time of the year in Daytona Beach.
Lone Star Rally
Sneak in one last blast before year-end at the very popular Lone Star Rally in Galveston, TX. An event for all ages, there’s entertainment for everyone, including the Motorcycle Rodeo, scavenger hunt and charity poker run, live music, and bike shows.
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5 Tips for the Ultimate Motorcycle Rally Experience
Now that your calendar is filled in for the year, and considering we’re taking you all over the map, FreightCenter asked a few rally regulars to offer their top tips for the ultimate rally experience.
1. Ship your ride
2. Safety first
3. Book accommodations early
4. Take care of yourself
5. Check rally websites for information
Above all, make your trip safe and easy. With a little bit of planning and a lot of flexibility, every rally season is the best rally season.