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The Top 10 Motorcycle Rallies

posted in: Fun  |  posted by: Jennifer Gregory on June 28, 2008  |  10 Comments

My first ride on a motorcycle scared the living daylights out of me. Now, I’m constantly begging my friends for a ride and dream of the day I get my own bike and ride off into the sunset. Ok, maybe not into the sunset, but definitely to the closest motorcycle rally in my hometown.

Each year thousands upon thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts gather in some of the country’s wildest party spots to mingle, and of course ride, with their fellow bikers. Looking to plan your next bike trip? Consider one of these fabulous festivals:

1. Laconia Motorcycle Week

Laconia Motorcycle Week

Laconia Motorcycle Week is one of the oldest and largest motorcycle Festivals in the country, taking place each year at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Between 300,000 and 400,000 bikers attend the weeklong event for camping, vendors, racing, and so much more! The 2008 event will be held from June 14 – 22nd and marks the 85th anniversary of Laconia Motorcycle Week!

2. Laughlin River Run

Women Bikers in Laughlin

Out west and along the banks of the Colorado River, the Laughlin River Run is the destination for Harley riders. The festival features concerts, a bike show, gaming, and several rides designed to support major charities such as the Easter Seals, Boys & Girls Clubs, and the Susan G. Komen Brest Cancer Foundation. Ladies are especially welcome in Laughlin, especially if they’re riding their own bikes!

3. The Rock Store

The rock Store in Los Angeles

The Rock Store isn’t so much a festival as it is a year round destination for bikers. Located in Los Angeles, California, a trip to The Rock Store requires a trip through the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains. Almost every biker in the area knows about this amazing destination – including hotshots like Jay Leno. Drop by one weekend for a drink or a burger!

4. Girl Power Run

Motor Maids in 1947

The annual Girl Power Run takes place in San Francisco, California every year and is for girls only! Sponsored by the Devil Dolls, it’s a short, three-hour ride designed to give biker girls a chance to bond without being overshadowed by the concept of women on the back of a bike. While the Devil Dolls is one of the most well known female bike clubs, there are certainly others. As a matter of fact, all-women biker clubs have been around since the 1940′s. The girls let the guys join in on the fun later on for contests and food!

5. Route 66

Route 66

Route 66 runs from Chicago, Illinois through to Santa Monica, California. Stops along the way include Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. The AMA runs regular motorcycle tours along Route 66, allowing you to ride and enjoy some of the country’s most beautiful and historic scenery without worrying about the route you’ll take or where you’ll be able to stop to eat and sleep. If you’re traveling from a distance and can’t bring your own, you can rent a cruiser in Chicago and then hit the road!

6. Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is another one of the largest bike festivals conducted each year, with anywhere from 450-800,000 riders flocking to the hills of Sturgis, South Dakoka. The 10-day festival takes place every August – this year from the 4th through the 10th. The rally started out almost 70 years ago as a small race and has evolved into an amazing event, chock full of bikes, rides, camping, and entertainment you won’t want to miss!

7. Daytona Bike Week

Daytona Bike Week

Bikers itching for the winter months to end flock to sunny Daytona, Florida every month for one of the earliest bike festivals of the year. Almost 500,000 bikers will visit Daytona over the course of the week for races at the Daytona International Speedway, bike and merchandise displays, crazy parties, food, fun, camping, and entertainment. Looking for a unique wedding experience? Dozens of couples get married on the beach during the Daytona Bike Festival every year!

Find a discount Daytona hotel for your stay during Bike Week.

8. Evel Knievel Days

The Evel Knievel Days festival is held in Butte, Montana – the home of the legendary Knievel himself. The festival is only 7 years old, and is designed to catch the attention of bikers on their way to the Sturgis Festival. This year’s event will be held from July 24th through the 26th. There will be races – there will be rides – and there will be dozens of crazy stunts crammed into this short event. Everything is Evel Knievel style. Don’t miss out!

9. Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder

The Rolling Thunder festival is held on Memorial Day weekend every year as thousands of bike riders and military veterans travel from across the country to Washington, DC to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to pay tribute to our country’s finest military members and those who gave their lives. The ride actually forms in areas all across the country, but the original ride started in New Jersey.

10. Harley-Davidson USA

Harley Davidson Factory Production Line

The Harley-Davidson factory in Milwaukee is an incredibly popular destination for bike enthusiasts, and for obvious reasons. Harley-Davidson festivals and rallies form all year round, all over the world and the company also sponsors it’s own Rolling Thunder Ride each year. Eat in the Harley-Davidson restaurant in New York, visit the factory in Milwaukee, or locate any of the Harley-Davidson stores throughout the country and stop in on your next ride. You’ll be greeted with a warm biker welcome!

It doesn’t matter where you ride, as long as you get there safely and have fun. Enjoy the summer on your bike – especially as you take advantage of the incredible gas mileage those of us without bikes are NOT getting these days!

Photo Credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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10 Responses to “The Top 10 Motorcycle Rallies”

  1. BodyguardGates says on

    Evel is sadley missed, RIP EVEL KNIEVEL !
    Evel Knievel Days will NOT be the same , This is the First year without the appearance of Evel , Im confident his spirit will be larger than ever there in the mountains of Butte Montana ! The Knievel Family is ALWAYS our and about in full force. Spanky Spangler Stunts are the GREATEST, and Go eat at Danny Wongs The Best Chinese in the World , Get a Wop Chp at Muzzy;s Freeway Tavern and Ride the Mountains ! The Beggest most Intense Knievel Fands from all over the world will meet up!
    The Legend Continues and Kaptain Robbie Knievel has Jumped and sealed this event prior years and would be GREAT to see him there again !
    Brian Gates of Pennsylvania

  2. Nancy Regg says on

    Thank you for including us in the 10 ten motorcylce rallies but we are not a rally or a festival but a demonstration. Rolling Thunder, Inc. is not a motorcycle club and about 45% of our members don’t own or ride on a motorcycle. Our demonstration is for the full accounting of every POW/MIA from all wars.

    Also, thank you for writing that we pay tribute. All of your photos were great!

  3. Gia Anderson says on

    All those bike rallys sound awesome but everyone that I talk to say that Sturgis is the best, and it is definitely going to be awesome this year. I just started working for progressive motorcycle insurance and I have become fascinated with the whole motorcycle culture. It?s so cool. Since delving more into the whole ?Motorcycle Culture? I have heard nothing but how amazing Sturgis is and I can?t wait to check it out.

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  5. Motorcycle Women says on

    I have been to Laconia, Daytona and Sturgis. I have to admit, I really could not pick one over the other. I think all of them were great! Each one was different in their own right, but they all have a uniqueness that makes them enjoyable. For me though, its not so much the bike event its self, but rather the ride in.

  6. Jack@Motorcycle Paint says on

    Thats a fantastic list. I’ve been to Sturgis just once. Had a rocking time! The others seem as inviting. Hope to catch a couple more in 2009.

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  8. biker chick says on

    This site list is supposed to be the top 10 rallies, but 3 are not even rallies and from my experience, aren’t event the BEST. Plus 2 very “can’t miss” rallies are missing. First – there is AZ Bike Week. This first weekend in April last 9 days with pre-rally festivities, rides and partying. The actual rally is 5 days. This event is only for those who like riding. Each day of the event has an organized ride that will take you around Arizona’s finest landscape. Each evening ends with a concert from a national recording label and then there is always vendor village to fill in the gap.
    The next “can’t miss” is the Rocky Point Rally. Always the first weekend in November. Now if decadence and debauchery aren’t your gig, stay home this weekend. Mexico does not have the laws of their northern neighbor. So there are girls a flashing (without pasties), beer drinking on the street, burnouts in the crowd and lots of fun, fun, fun. Fresh seafood and beer will be your dining experience for 3 days!
    Please reconsider your top 10! You are missing two of my top three!

  9. Robert Hess says on

    Hi Everyone. Join us for a part of the Tour de USA 2010 as we ride from Los Angeles to Washington, DC and back to raise awareness about prostate cancer (

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