Just as each motorcycle is a reflection of the rider, leading to lots of variety on the road, there is a lot of diversity in bike rallies as well. Some are beer fests, others are cruises, shows, or have –uh, questionable adult contests. Still, they have one thing in common; they are all worth going to.
Las Vegas, NV
You can’t really come up with a better name than Bikefest, and Sin City nails the bike rally. Live music all weekend from big name performers, bike shows, gorgeous bike babes. Vegas knows how to party. One of the more interesting and unusual aspects is the Artistry in Iron exhibit. You can meet 20 of the biggest names in bike building, see their current work, and get a glimpse into what makes a masterwork bike build. What happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas, and after seeing these great builds from LA Speed Shop, Ken’s Factory, and others, you’ll know that’s a good thing., as these guys are setting the trends of the future.
Yup, Arkansas is known for more than the home of Wal-Mart and Bill Clinton. Every year, the Bikes, Blues, and BBQ rally shows the country what is great about the Ozarks. 100,000 plus attended this event last year, now in its 15 year, and this one looks even better. Sure, there’s tons of bikes, poker runs, races, and so on, but this bike event is about more than bikes. The BBQ is outstanding, and music is unforgettable. The Miss BBB contest attracts some of the best biker babes around. This is a relaxed biker rally with nothing to prove. Come as you are, ride, eat, and have a great time.
Daytona Bike Week Motorcycle Rally is one of the biggest motorcycle events in the country, is beautiful sunny Florida. The location allows Bike Week to take place in March, when many parts of the country are still under tiresome snow. Daytona really plans for this, with participating local events dotting the city and surrounding community. There is something for everyone, including families, with old school biker parties, races, concerts, bike games, people games, contest and gambling, music and more. Sure, it is a little corporate, but the weather and sheer number of bikers make this one sweet rally.
No list of bike rallies is complete without the Black Hills Motor Classic. This year is the 74th anniversary of the legendary gathering, and should be an event for all motorcycle enthusiasts to enjoy. Each year, the tiny South Dakota town of 7,000 people is buried under a half million bikers. The natural beauty of the Dakotas, plus nearby Mount Rushmore, offer fantastic cruising. The bars, food, vendors, sponsors, contests, and especially the unbelievably good live music, make Sturgis what it is. It’s the bike rally even cagers know well. It’s bike Mecca. Don’t miss it.