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Americade 2021 Rally Report

Americade 2021 Rally Review
One of the guided rides at Americade was the Lake Placid Adventure, which included a stop at Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks. (Photos by the author and Andy DeLivron)

One of the many downsides of the pandemic was the cancellation of motorcycle rallies and other events. Americade, billed as the world’s largest touring rally, has been held in Lake George, New York, in late spring (typically the first week of June) every year since 1983.

The 2020 edition of Americade, which would have been touring guru Fred Rau’s 30th consecutive appearance at the event, had to be canceled. In January of this year, Americade announced that the event would be moved from early June to September 20-25.

Americade 2021 Rally Review
Riders head out on one of the many guided tours that took place daily during Americade. Rallygoers could choose from Twisties & Treats, NY & VT Covered Bridges, Vermont Spoiler, Scenic Riding & Fine Dining, and the Lake Placid Adventure, and each tour included lunch and door prizes.

“We want to make 100% sure that a 2021 Americade will happen,” said Christian Dutcher, Director of Americade. “Moving it to September gives us a very high likelihood of it happening. September is also a perfect time of year for riding, with mild temperatures, no rain, and fall foliage season beginning. It should be beautiful.”

Happen it did, and the event was a great success. Though, since it was Americade, of course there was some rain!

Americade 2021 Rally Review
Demo rides on the latest models are always popular at Americade.
Americade 2021 Rally Review
This is one of two wooden signs hand-carved years ago by Rider’s former National Sales Director Joe Salluzzo.

Rider has supported Americade since the early days, and as we do every year, we sponsored the Opening Celebration on Monday night, which is open to participants who preregister for the rally. Guests enjoyed dinner under the big tent on the lawn of the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center, overlooking Lake George and the surrounding mountains. The Rick Bolton Trio and mentalist Dustin Dean provided entertainment, and we gave away door prizes.

The rally kicked off in earnest on Tuesday with guided and unguided rides, seminars, vendors and food at the Tour Expo, demo rides (BMW, Honda, Indian, KTM, Triumph, and Yamaha), boat rides, live entertainment, and many other activities. Since Lake George is on the eastern edge of Adirondack Park and not far from Vermont, there’s no shortage of fantastic roads within a 100-mile radius.

Americade 2021 Rally Review
The Americade Knights of the Round Table, with Fred Rau, Bill Dutcher, Momma D, and Greg Drevenstedt telling tall tales.
Americade 2021 Rally Review
These guys really love Americade.

On Tuesday evening, as guests enjoyed the Medieval Feast under the big tent, I did an onstage interview for the Rider Magazine Insider Podcast with Bill, Gini, and Christian Dutcher, the family that founded and runs Americade. We talked about how the rally began and what has helped it become such a popular and unique event. (To listen to the episode, go to ridermagazine.com/insider.)

Onstage after the podcast interview was the Americade Knights of the Round Table. Fred Rau, Bill Dutcher, Momma D (Dee Jones), and I wore crowns and drank mead as we told humorous and embarrassing stories about our collective travels and experiences on two wheels. The crowd had plenty of laughs at our expense, and they especially enjoyed it when we took questions from the audience.

Americade 2021 Rally Review
Riders came from far and wide to enjoy the scenic riding and activities at Americade.

Wednesday morning began drizzly and gray. At 7 a.m. Fred Rau hosted his popular coffee club. At 7:30 a.m., with raingear on, I queued up on Beach Road for the Lake Placid Adventure, one of several guided rides that day. We were joined by a group from the Wounded Warrior Project, which Americade has supported for several years. The rain stopped after about an hour, and we enjoyed a scenic ride up to Whiteface Mountain, a delicious lunch at the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid, and stops at the Olympic training facilities for the long jump and bobsled.

Americade 2021 Rally Review
A group from the Wounded Warrior Project on the Lake Placid Adventure tour.

Under the big tent on Wednesday and Saturday nights, comedian Alonzo Bodden entertained large crowds. During his stand-up sets and “Heavy Lightweight” special on Amazon Prime Video, Bodden’s comedy is topical. But as a longtime motorcycle enthusiast with several bikes in his garage, when Bodden performs at Americade, he interacts with the audience and spins comedy gold from his on-the-spot moto-related dialogue. Bodden returns year after year, and every show is unique. (To listen to our interview with Alonzo Bodden on the Rider Magazine Insider Podcast, visit ridermagazine.com/insider.)

Americade 2021 Rally Review
Taking a moment to swap bikes on our Triumph ride with Alonzo Bodden, Peter Jones, Adam VanderVeen, and Dean Court.

On Thursday, I had a chance to go on a ride with Bodden, The Moto Life columnist Peter Jones, Adam VanderVeen from Triumph America, and Isle of Man TT racer Dean Court. After the demo rides ended, we gassed up a Rocket 3 GT, Trident 660, Street Triple, and Speed Triple 1200 RS, and wound our way up Highway 9N along the western shore of Lake George. We made it back to town just before the rain began.

Americade 2021 Rally Review
At the Tour Expo, rallygoers can have audio systems, LED lights, and other accessories installed on their motorcycles while they wait.
Americade 2021 Rally Review
On Saturday the sun was out and the Tour Expo was a popular place for attendees to buy accessories, apparel, seat cush-ions, T-shirts, and more.

After a major storm blew through in the wee hours of Friday morning, the skies cleared and the next two days were sunny. Being only a few hours from the New York and Boston metro areas, Friday and Saturday are always the busiest days at Americade. The Expo was packed with folks shopping for new gear and having audio systems and accessories installed on their bikes.

Under the big tent was the Friday Night Spectacular, with a dinner, People’s Choice judging, Brown Liquor Social Club, Vintage Bike Roar, awards, and major door prizes. There was a boat cruise on the Minne-Ha-Ha and fireworks over the lake.

Americade 2021 Rally Review
The Ride for Kids charity event at Americade raised more than $17,000

Saturday featured a Ride for Kids charity ride that raised more than $17,000 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. From 1-10 p.m. was the Block Party & Music Festival. As with every night of the rally, there were bikes parked along Canada Street and others cruising up and down, many adorned with brightly colored lights.

Next year’s Americade will take place June 6-11, 2022, so start making plans now. For more information, visit americade.com.

Check out some of the bikes we saw at Americade:

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Harley-Davidson Hometown Rally Set for Labor Day Weekend

Harley-Davidson Hometown Rally Labor Day weekend 2021

The biker bash of the season is back and bigger than ever. Harley-Davidson has announced plans for the all-new Hometown Rally, a Labor Day weekend celebration of moto-culture centered in Milwaukee, the city where it all began for the Motor Company. The Harley-Davidson Museum will serve as a central rally point September 2-6, 2021, for events taking place at that downtown site and at six surrounding Harley-Davidson dealerships.

“The Hometown Rally is an event no Harley-Davidson fan will want to miss,” said Jochen Zeitz, chairman, president and CEO, Harley-Davidson. “It will be a celebration of all things Harley, a chance to re-connect with other riders who share the desire for adventure, freedom and community that is the real heart of the Harley-Davidson experience.”

Throughout the Hometown Rally weekend, the 20-acre campus of the Harley-Davidson Museum will host the party of the summer, with free live concerts on three consecutive nights, food-and-beverage sites, stunt exhibitions and skills demonstrations, 2021 Harley-Davidson motorcycle demos, and motorcycle showcases hosted by Born Free and V-Twin Visionary. The Museum will be open for general admission during the event.

The Museum will also host a H.O.G. member Check-In, and there will be a H.O.G. member Check-In at each of the six participating Harley-Davidson dealerships in the area. Event H.O.G. merchandise will also be available.

Harley-Davidson Hometown Rally Labor Day weekend 2021 Museum

Milwaukee-area Harley-Davidson dealerships will also be hosting Hometown Rally events and entertainment. Those dealerships include House of Harley-Davidson (Greenfield), Milwaukee Harley-Davidson (Milwaukee), Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson (Thiensville), Uke’s Harley-Davidson (Kenosha), West Bend Harley-Davidson (West Bend) and Wisconsin Harley-Davidson (Oconomowoc).

Hometown Rally details and schedules will be finalized and revealed throughout the summer. Check for updates at H-D.com/hometownrally, where links to dealer sites for specific info on those schedules and events will also be posted.

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Babes Ride Out 7

Babes Ride Out 7
Babes Ride Out 7 attracted women on all flavors of motorcycles — cruisers, sportbikes, ADVs and more — to the golden hills of central California. Photos by the author.

A women-only rally celebrating the camaraderie of two wheels.

It all started, like these things often do, with two friends who just wanted to share a newfound love of riding motorcycles. They planned a “girls’ weekend” of riding and camping in California’s Mojave Desert, and thought it might be fun to invite some of the fellow women riders they’d been connecting with on social media (but had yet to meet in person). Playfully, they dubbed it Babes in Borrego. The year was 2013, and to their surprise 50 women showed up, some having come from as far away as New York and Oregon. They were all there for one simple reason: they loved to ride motorcycles. 

The next year Anya and Ashmore, the two founding friends, stepped up their game for what they were now calling Babes Ride Out, renting a private campground near Joshua Tree, California. They expected 150 women; instead they got 500. The next year, 1,500. That same year, 2015, they hosted their first off-road-oriented event, called (of course) Babes in the Dirt. In 2016, Babes Ride Out — or BRO for short — expanded to the East Coast and then to the UK. Anya and Ashmore had tapped into a powerful force: women who were passionate about riding and who craved the camaraderie that only a gathering of motorcyclists seems to provide, without egos or expectations — and, incidentally, without men.

Babes Ride Out jacket
Sorry, gents. There’s only one rule at BRO: no boys allowed. Well…two rules. The other is have fun!

BRO is a female-only event, and 2019 was my second one. My first time, in 2017, I wasn’t sure what to expect. As someone who was never one of the “cool girls” as a teenager, I was actually pretty worried it would feel like a bigger, scarier version of the junior high school lunchroom. It turned out to be the complete opposite. The whole event was infused with an energy of inclusiveness and fellowship, unlike any rally I’d ever attended. I knew I’d be back.

For 2019, BRO made a location change for the first time, from the desert to the rolling golden hills south of Paso Robles in California’s Central Coast wine country. Most everything else stayed the same; BRO has always been a riding-centric event, and on Saturday the camp empties out as everyone hits the road one on of the pre-planned routes (sponsor Biltwell provided printed maps) or one of their own devising.

Big Sur motorcycle ride
BRO has always been a riding event first and foremost, so on Saturday the camp empties out as everyone hits the scenic California roads. My group chose to cruise up Highway 1 to Big Sur for lunch, not a bad way to spend a Saturday!

Most of the pre-planned routes are short, a few hours or so, to give riders a chance to return to camp and take part in welding or leatherwork workshops hosted by Real Deal Revolution (co-founded by the late Jessi Combs), Harley-Davidson demo rides, M1GP minibike knee-dragging seminars, bike games and more. In the evenings, there is karaoke, live music (this year was Twisted Gypsy, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band), vendors and craftswomen, a tattoo station, free beer and whiskey (“till it runs out!”), telescopes for stargazing and food trucks for late-night grub.

Entrance to the private venue is secured 24 hours a day, and they take the “no guys allowed” rule seriously. Most of us camped in the big open field, but plenty of women brought RVs and there are even some available for rent. For those who wanted to camp but don’t own all the gear or couldn’t transport it on their bike, items like tents, sleeping pads and sleeping bags are also available to rent.

Babes Ride Out camping
The private venue, which has 24-hour security, included a huge open field for camping. Meeting new friends is a large part of the BRO experience, so even if you roll in alone you’re likely to have a neighbor stroll up and introduce herself.

There was a lot of smiling, a lot of laughter, dancing like no guys are watching, fantastic riding in California’s Central Coast and, of course, the warm camaraderie of a couple thousand women coming together to celebrate the passion we all share. Consider me a Babes believer; this is a special experience and I encourage female riders of all persuasions to attend at least one if you can. You won’t be disappointed. 

BRO East typically takes place in early June; BRO West takes place in mid-October; Babes in the Dirt takes place in late April. See websites for locations and updates.

Babesrideout.com / Babesinthedirt.com

Keep scrolling for more photos!

Babes Ride Out barn
The barn was the center of the action each evening, with a karaoke contest the first night and live music by Twisted Gypsy, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, the second night.
Babes Ride Out Twisted Gypsy
Babes Ride Out
The barn also hosted several female artisans offering their crafts, like custom embroidery and helmet pinstriping. A raffle included items like hand-painted helmets, jackets, camping gear and more.
Real Deal Revolution
Between daytime rides and in the evenings, attendees could sign up for Real Deal Revolution workshops including leatherwork, welding, painting and more. This year was bittersweet, as the event paid tribute to Real Deal co-founder, land speed racer, television personality and all-around awesome lady Jessi Combs, who tragically died in a land speed record attempt in August.
Real Deal Revolution Babes Ride Out
Christina with Real Deal Revolution hosts a leatherworking workshop, making keychains participants got to keep.
Real Deal Revolution Babes Ride Out
The hands-on experience continued with welding classes. Real Deal Revolution’s self-stated mission is to “revolutionize the perception of skilled trades…and women’s role in them.”
M1GP Babes Ride Out
Most of the ladies in this picture had never dragged a knee before today, but after our M1GP minibike seminar we were all feeling like professional racers.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

17th Annual Blue Ridge Gatherings

Blue Ridge Parkway
The gently curving Blue Ridge Parkway helped us get to the Blue Ridge Gathering — and lots of twisty mountain roads that aren’t so well known. Photos by the author.

The Blue Ridge Gathering is an annual meeting of sport-touring riders in western North Carolina, one of the best regions in the U.S. for motorcycling. In October 2018, riders came from as far as Newfoundland to ride some amazing mountain roads.

“I dug through the archives and the first records are from 2002, so this must be the 17th annual Blue Ridge Gathering,” said Phil Derryberry of Nashville, Tennessee, one of the event’s founders. “The original goal was to bring together Honda ST riders in these mountains, but it’s simply become a gathering of people who like to ride here. It’s not about what you ride, just that you do ride.”

Newfoundland license plate
Just how good are the roads in these parts? Good enough that Jim G. Gow rode from York Harbour, Newfoundland — 2,400 miles one-way — just to get here.

Phil is a self-described 7th generation Tennessee hillbilly. “The first Derryberrys were Adam and Eve — yes, really,” he smiled. “They settled there before Tennessee was a state. Both of my grandfathers were moonshiners and bootleggers at one point in their lives.” Though he’s a software developer and highly accomplished pianist, Phil embraces his hillbilly roots. Part of that, he told me, is knowing the best mountain roads, and he says they’re in these parts.

“People come to the Blue Ridge Gathering with a goal of riding some great roads they’ve never seen before,” he explained by a blazing campfire. “I study maps and explore, so it changes every year. If you’re not from around here, you’re not likely to find the roads that I found.” 

Moonshine Creek Campground in Balsam, North Carolina
Moonshine Creek Campground in Balsam, North Carolina, is ideally situated for easy access to some of the region’s best twisty mountain roads.

I can attest to Phil’s talent finding roads. These aren’t the ones you’ve heard of, like the gently curving Blue Ridge Parkway or the 11-mile stretch of U.S. Route 129 known as the Tail of the Dragon (which crosses into Tennessee). Such roads are fun, but they’re also tourist attractions that get crowded. Phil finds roads that most people wouldn’t, ones with unexciting monikers like Lower Flat Creek Road and Macedonia Church Road. They are challenging, technical and demand each rider’s full attention. 

When riding these roads in a group, it helps to have a simple approach that keeps the group united while everyone rides their own ride. Phil is a proponent of Drop and Sweep. “Some guys who come to the Blue Ridge Gathering have skills close to pro racers and some are relative newbies,” Phil explained. “If you ride to the lowest common denominator, it’s not good for everyone. With Drop and Sweep, you ride your own ride at your own speed, but the group remains a group, just spread out. It’s a safer way to organize a group ride because it relieves dynamics based on skill level. I learned it while I was touring in England and it worked so well I started to use it here.” (To learn more about Drop and Sweep, visit unclephil.us/groupride.htm.) 

touring motorcycle riders
After breakfast, people joining the group ride review the simple rules for Drop and Sweep.
touring motorcycle riders
To learn more about Drop and Sweep, visit unclephil.us.

After riding several of Phil’s roads, I sat down at a coffee shop in Marshall, North Carolina, and asked Blue Ridge Gathering riders about their experiences. “All of us are at least a day’s ride from this area and we think nothing of riding here to ride these roads,” said Ashley Horn, a Honda ST1300 rider from Jacksonville, Florida. “I came here in my pre-motorcycle years for hiking and wished I had a motorcycle. My wife then was a big ‘no motorcycles’ person, so I got a new wife — and a motorcycle. This is my happy place.”

“I first came up here in my car to visit friends,” said Dave Doolin, also of Jacksonville, who came on a Honda Gold Wing. “They didn’t ride and when I was up here in their truck and saw the roads, I was fit to be tied without a motorcycle to ride. Ever since, I come on a motorcycle. This region has become an important part of my life.”

motorcycle camping
Honda ST1300s are still the most commonly seen bikes at the Blue Ridge Gathering, but all riders and bikes are welcome.
motorcycle camping
The Blue Ridge Gathering has always been primarily a camping event.

Wayne Efthyvoulou, a long-time sportbike rider from Easthampton, New Jersey, was on his first long tour aboard a purpose-designed sport tourer, his newly acquired Honda ST1300. He was succinct: “It’s great here.” 

The Blue Ridge Gathering is not a commercial event so riders only pay for a campsite or cabin, meals and gas. (Fair warning: you’ll eat up tires faster than usual!) “What makes the Blue Ridge Gathering different is we take roads that aren’t on anybody’s radar,” said Phil. “Most don’t make the ‘Tour North Carolina’ maps. They’re steep, twisty, challenging mountain roads unique to this part of the U.S. I’d love for people who come to have a great safe ride, enjoy some scenery, talk around a campfire after dark and leave feeling like they learned something. And that’s about it.”

For more information, visit blueridgegathering.com.

Macedonia Church Road (State Route 1326) in Rosman, North Carolina
Steve Efthyvoulou and his son Wayne, both from New Jersey, rest along wonderfully winding Macedonia Church Road (State Route 1326) in Rosman, North Carolina.
Macedonia Church Road
Speaking of wonderfully winding Macedonia Church Road…here it is.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

The Quail Gathering XI

Quail XI, Quail 2019
The weather was wonderful, the motorcycles beautiful (mostly), the food delicious, and more than 3,000 people came to enjoy the show. Photos by the author and David Fairchild

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering has been going on for 11 years now, and I’m happy to say it was just as good the 11th time around. You ride along Carmel Valley Road, going east from Carmel, and signs soon indicate the Quail Lodge is off to the right (on Valley Greens Drive, in case you need that for your GPS). Ride past the lodge, cross a little bridge, then you see a lot of white tents off to your right and a straight road ahead — lined with hundreds of parked motorcycles.

Find a slot to back your bike into, and then walk over to the entrance. For 11 years I’ve left my gear on the bike and never lost anything, but there is a free “gear valet” tent should you be of a nervous nature. If you didn’t get an $85 ticket ahead of time, pay your $95, pick up a very well-done program — makes a great souvenir — and head on in. By 11 o’clock some 3,000 people are walking around this large grassy area, looking at more than 300 motorcycles on display, from scooters to customized creations, some gorgeous, some bizarre. A tasty lunch is provided for the price of the ticket; since the culinary pavilions are open from 11 to 3, peckish types can eat several lunches. Encircling the grass are a whole lot of tents featuring everything from motorcycle manufacturers to auction houses to medics with their electric bicycles, waiting to rush off and succor any ailing individual…perhaps someone so stricken by the beauty of the motorcycles that he or she faints from overwrought pleasure.

The Quail has never discriminated, as long as a machine has two wheels (sometimes three) and a motor, internal combustion or electric. For the awards there are nine traditional competing classes running from Antique to Custom/Modified, and a dozen featured classes that can be quite subjective, as they include subjects like Innovation and Design & Style. The tents on the sidelines may be showing off the very latest in modernism, including a rather expensive Arch motorcycle from the company of which Keanu Reeves is part owner; one of those will probably appear in the next “John Wick” movie. Or the latest battery-powered streetfighter from Italy, the Energica Eva, claiming a top speed of 125 mph and a range of less than 100 miles.

Since 2019 is the 50th anniversary of Honda’s CB750, that was a major part of the show. And it happened to be the 100th anniversary of the Brough Superior, so there were a few of those on display, most restored, but one had 90-year-old paint. By the way, it is important that that word Superior word be kept in there, as Daddy Brough had been building Brough bikes for a few years, since 1908, and then his son George came along and had the nerve to make what he claimed was a superior version. Which, apparently, it was. More than 3,000 Brough Superiors were built between 1919 and 1940, and to the surprise of many perhaps a third survive to this day. But not a single Daddy Brough to be seen.

Quail XI, Quail 2019, Brough Superior
This 1939 Brough Superior SS100 used a 998cc Matchless V-twin, and the 100 stood for guaranteed miles per hour, not engine size.

Somewhat more CB750s came off the production line, like 53,000 in 1969, and I’ve seen the figure of 444,000 total for the single overhead cam version, which was around for a long 10 years before becoming the double overhead cam. And Honda models with that 750cc (roughly) air-cooled in-line-four engine have stayed around into the 21st century. A pseudo-replica came out in 2007, though I don’t think that model ever made it stateside due to problems with the Department of Transportation.

More than 7,000 of the first batch of CB750s were called “sandcast” models, but an interesting tidbit of information is that the sandcast name is a misnomer. As Honda was concerned about the sales possibilities for this all-new-and-different motorcycle, rather than making more expensive production casting dies for the long run, it used less expensive gravity-casting metal molds for the first batch of engine cases. This left a rough finish that was mistaken for sand casting. Once the popularity of this bike was established, production die-casting molds were made.

Quail XI, Quail 2019, CB750 display
That is part of the Honda CB750 display, and the people who brought their CB750s to display are relaxing, while the mass of viewers are busy viewing.

A third featured class was for (pre-2000) Off-Road Wonders, covering every aspect of off-roading, from enduros to motocross. History tells us that observed trials riding began in Scotland more than 100 years ago. It was fun to look at some middle-aged machines intended for grueling events like the original Paris-Dakar Rally in the Sahara Desert.

Quail XI, Quail 2019, Sportster Enduro
We’re not sure why anybody would want to turn a Harley Sportster into an enduro bike, but this aesthetically questionable version was done by Jim Carducci.

Since The Gathering happened to coincide with International Female Ride Day, three women had their time on stage, including much-published Cristine Sommer-Simmons, who has motivated a lot of women to try the pleasures of motorcycling. The star of this three-way chat was obviously 11-year-old Kayla Yaakov, who has been road racing for two years and winning — much to the disgruntlement of those she has beaten. Also on hand was Ginger Damon, of Moto Couture, a company making fashionable protective gear for women.

There is always someone of note to serve as the latest Legend of the Sport, and this year it was legendary racer Malcolm Smith, who starred in the “On Any Sunday” movie. When he got on stage with his movie buddy Mert Lawwill, listening to their reminiscences hosted by Master of Ceremonies and sartorial wonder Paul d’Orleans of The Vintagent was pure pleasure.

Quail XI, Quail 2019, Malcom Smith
The Quail always nominates a Legend of the Sport, and for 2019 it was Malcolm Smith, who was one of the trio starring in the “On Any Sunday” movie.

The judges, under the leadership of Somer Hooker, finished their work in early afternoon, and more than 30 awards were handed out — Sam Roberts’ sandcast 1969 CB750 won Best of Show. All of the awards can be found online.

As a postscript, I will add that it takes a lot of work to keep a show like this going, and a fellow named Gordon McCall should probably take credit for that. He’s a local man, raised on the Monterey Peninsula, and well versed in the art of promotion as he puts on expensive car shows and very expensive airplane events. He is also good at promoting himself, with a pleasant short article about his buying his first motorcycle (a Honda 50) at age 14 appearing in an April edition of The Wall Street Journal.

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That’s Sam Roberts looking proud as his 1969 “sandcast” Honda CB750 just won the Best of Show award. (Photo by Tom Meadows)

How do The Gathering’s finances work? At last count there were 46 sponsors, from Geico insurance to Marianne’s ice cream — which people have been enjoying since 1947. The sponsors all contribute to the costs, from rental of the property for three days to feeding the crowd. And the tickets bought by the attendees probably add $250,000 or more. Money in, with money out including expenses, charitable donations and profit — if there is any to be had. The 2020 show is already being advertised…May 16th.

Keep scrolling for more pictures of the bikes at Quail XI….

Quail XI, Quail 2019, Curtiss Warhawk
The Curtiss Warhawk is powered by a 2,063cc OHV V-twin bolted into a monocoque frame, and can be yours for a mere $105,000; only 35 will be built.
Quail XI, Quail 2019, BMW with sidecar
Cars being expensive in the early 1950s, sidecars were popular; this classy outfit has a 1954 BMW R67/2 bolted to a S500 Steib.
Quail XI, Quail 2019, 1953 Indian Chief
This 1953 Indian Chief is the final example of the original marque; its demise was partially attributed to the company’s not upgrading the flathead V-twin to overhead.
Quail XI, Quail 2019, Revival The Birdcage
Revival Cycles’ “The Revival Birdcage” custom has a titanium trellis frame built around the Big Boxer engine that will power a BMW cruiser in 2020.
Quail XI, Quail 2019, Laverda
Laverda was a noted Italian company in the 1970s, coming out with very fast motorcycles, including this 3C triple with two disc brakes on the front wheel.
Quail XI, Quail 2019, Asymmetric Aero
So what is this curious machine? It’s called the Asymmetric Aero, powered by a Triumph 650 pushrod engine, and did 175 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats.
Quail XI, Quail 2019, vintage scooters
Anything with two—or sometimes three—wheels and a motor is welcome, as with this quartet of scooters, a Lambretta at the front, a trio of Vespas behind.
Quail XI, Quail 2019, BSA Bantan, Moto Guzzi Cardellino
A pair of tiddlers, with a 1950 BSA Bantam 125 in British post-office red, backed by a 1956 Moto Guzzi 65cc Cardellino in MG red.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

2019 National Touring Events Calendar

The Quail 2018
Golfers might disagree, but one has to admit that the Quail Lodge & Golf Club’s driving range makes a dandy venue for a motorcycle show, with 350 bikes and 3,000-plus visitors. Photo by Clement Salvadori.

Your bike is tuned, the weather is good, your GPS has been ported and polished and your credit card has been bored and stroked; it’s time to head out on the road! You want to go where riders gather, where you can find like-minded souls for rides, rallies and camaraderie. Well, we have the lowdown on the major touring events this year so grab your calendar, check our list and finalize your plans. Before you raise that kickstand, however, visit the event’s website to catch up on any last-minute changes.

The list below consists of major, national-level events. Check out our calendar for even more smaller, regional and local events.

 

Ride for Kids

Twenty-seven rides all over the U.S.

Ride for Kids is the longest-running motorcycle charity event in the nation. Since 1984, through these rides, motorcyclists have raised funds to help children with brain tumors, which are the major cause of cancer death in children. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation was created in 1991 by the founders of Ride for Kids, and is now the leading nonprofit organization funding research into childhood brain tumors. Their events also fund free educational resources, college scholarships for brain tumor survivors and emergency financial aid for families.

American Honda is the presenting sponsor of Ride for Kids.

(800) 253-6530
rideforkids.org, pbtfus.org, curethekids.org

 

Progressive International Motorcycle Shows

Various Dates and Cities

Though the spring shows have already occurred, be sure to check the schedule for the fall shows where you’ll be able to see all the current and new models from the major manufacturers. These shows also present products from many accessory manufacturers, and you can enjoy custom and classic bike displays, along with live entertainment. To introduce new riders to two wheels, “New to 2” puts new riders on Zero electric motorcycles and Yamaha Power Assist bicycles and includes a series of online videos paired with live presentations at the shows.

Check the website for the 2019-2020 schedule when it becomes available.

(800) 331-5706
motorcycleshows.com

 

Thunder in the Smokies

Maggie Valley, North Carolina
May 3-5, June 28-30, September 6-8

Thunder in the Smokies consists of three rallies throughout the spring and summer. Each will feature a bike show and bike games with a $1,000 prize. You can ride the nearby scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and enjoy the major street scene in Maggie Valley. While there is no camping on-site, it is available nearby.

handlebarcorral.com

 

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Carmel, California
May 4

Not simply a motorcycle gathering, this high-end vintage event features a gourmet barbeque lunch with offerings from local wineries and breweries, live entertainment and displays by leading motorcycle manufacturers, lifestyle vendors and more. You may enter your vintage and classic bikes in the various judging categories.

(831) 620-8879
signatureevents.peninsula.com/

 

Riding Into History

St. Augustine, Florida
May 10-11

This 20th annual event bills itself as “Celebrating the Great American Motorcycle.” There will be a Grand Marshals Historic Vintage Lunch Grand Tour Ride on the 10th, during which you can ride your vintage bike through the back roads of historic Florida to a delicious destination, then continue on to a Grand Marshals Dinner that night (attendance limited). Stick around for Saturday’s K9s for Warriors Charity Ride and Concours d’Elegance.

(904) 827-7379
ridingintohistory.org

 

Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally

Myrtle Beach Area, South Carolina
May 10-19

This 80th anniversary rally will have you riding the Grand Strand, taking local tours and enjoying live bands, racing and the Myrtle Beach night life. Come party with about 200,000 of your closest friends.

(336) 643-1367
myrtlebeachbikeweek.com

 

Run For the Wall XXXI

A Cross-Country Ride to Washington, D.C.
May 15-24

Founded by Vietnam veterans, Run For the Wall recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation. This cross-country ride takes three different routes to reach Washington, D.C. by Memorial Day, and you’re invited to take the full ride or join along the way. You may also contribute to the Benevolence Fund to help vets and their families.

rftw.us

 

AspenCash Motorcycle Rally

Ruidoso, New Mexico
May 16-19

Now in its 22nd year this four-day rally, held in the scenic mountains around Mescalero and Ruidoso, New Mexico, features live music, demo rides, a four-day trade show and a big parade. The poker run is responsible for the “cash” part of the name.

motorcyclerally.com

 

Run-A-Mucca Motorcycle and Music Festival

Winnemucca, Nevada
May 24-26

This 18th annual event in Winnemucca features bike shows, free band concerts, a $1,000 poker run, a stunt show, casino action, a tattoo contest and the Burning Bike. The raffle prize is a new Harley Street Glide.

(775) 623-5071, (800) 962-2638
runamucca.com

 

Americade

Village of Lake George, New York
June 4-8

The East’s largest touring rally is now in its 36th year and begins with an Opening Celebration sponsored by Rider magazine. In addition to new guided and unguided rides in the Adirondacks and Vermont, Wednesday’s Diamond Tour will feature the special opportunity to ride with Rider’s editors. There’s a Ride for Kids Charity Ride, a Mardi Gras Boat Cruise and a Block Party benefiting the Ronald MacDonald House, with two days of great music and motorcycle entertainment. Enjoy more demo rides than ever, a stunt show and hundreds of vendors. You could even win an Indian Scout 60!

(518) 798-7888
americade.com

 

Laconia Motorcycle Week

Laconia, New Hampshire
June 8-16

This will be the 96th edition of “The world’s oldest motorcycle rally.” Laconia is centered on Weirs Beach and the rally includes daily scenic “gypsy tours” (rides), a swap meet, demo rides, bike shows, a stunt show, live music, a Wall of Death and the Loudon Classic race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

(603) 366-2000
laconiamcweek.com

 

Mother Road Ride Rally

WillowBrook, Illinois, to Los Angeles
June 11-23

If you really want to get your kicks, this ride follows most of the old, historic Route 66 from east to west. It will include stops at severalmuseums, the Ozark Trail, Bob’s Gasoline Alley, Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Parksand the California ghost town of Oatman. See some of the original road’s brick pavement, and attend the Awards Dinner in Santa Monica for your Certificate of Accomplishment.

(352) 684-5293
ridert66.com

 

BMW Motorcycle Owners of America 47th International Rally

Lebanon, Tennessee
June 13-16

The BMW MOA’s “Scoot Boot’n Boogie” is sponsored by Metzeler and will feature vendors, seminars, live entertainment, rider training classes, BMW demo rides, local rides and many door prizes. Riders on all brands are welcome.

(864) 438-0962
bmwmoa.org

 

CMA National Rally

Gillette, Wyoming
June 18-22

The Christian Motorcyclists Association bills this as the largest camp meeting, revival and family-friendly gathering in the nation that involves motorcycle riding. It features praise and worship, a parade, bike games and scenic self-guided rides, and John Ogden Sr., CMA CEO/Chairman, will be the keynote speaker.

(870) 389-6196
cmausa.org

 

Thunder in the Valley

Johnstown, Pennsylvania
June 20-23

This rally offers scenic rides, a parade, vendors, displays by various motorcycle manufacturers and live concerts by rock groups Firehouse and Hairball.

(800) 237-8590
johnstownthunder.com

 

Motorcycle Sport Touring Association Rendezvous (STAR)

Bristol, Virginia
June 23-27

The Motorcycle Sport Touring Association was founded in 1982, and its purpose is to bring together riders whose focus is motorcycle sport touring, regardless of the type or brand of motorcycle. “STAR” is their Sport Touring Association Rendezvous, which this year will feature Honda demo rides and a lunch ride into Tennessee, and the raffle bike will be a new Honda Gold Wing.

(970) 667-0460
ridemsta.com

 

American Voyager Association International Rally

Summersville, West Virginia
June 24-27

The American Voyager Association (AVA) defines a “voyager” as anyone who loves to ride and travel by motorcycle. Their 30th annual rally will feature seminars, dinners, guided and self-guided rides, a bike show and light show, a rider skills class and an awards banquet.

amervoyassoc.org

 

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

Lexington, Ohio
July 5-7

Come to the Ohio Sports Car Course for this major rally presented by Honda. It will feature demo rides, seminars, live music, a bike show and America’s largest motorcycle swap meet. The vintage competition includes road racing, trials, flat track and hare scrambles.

(800) AMA-JOIN, (800) 262-5646
americanmotorcyclist.com

 

Women on Wheels 33rd Annual International Ride-In

Casper, Wyoming
July 9-11

Women on Wheels spells “WOW,” and this club (which has many local chapters) is for women riders. Its International Ride-In usually draws upwards of 250 participants who take part in local scenic rides, listen to speakers, attend seminars, browse the vendors and enjoy the banquet and awards ceremony.

(402) 477-1280
womenonwheels.org

 

5th Annual Deadwood 3-Wheeler Motorcycle Rally

Deadwood, South Dakota
July 9-14

All brands of three-wheelers and their riders are invited to enjoy poker runs and seminars, vendors, a trike show and light parade, an awards dinner and a watermelon social. Destination rides go to Devil’s Tower, the Badlands, Jewel Cave, Spearfish Canyon and the Crazy Horse Memorial.

(800) 274-1876 X1102, (605) 717-7174
d3wr.com

 

FIM Superbike World Championship Round

Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway, Monterey, California
July 12-14

The best Superbike racers in the world are coming once again to show their skills and be tested on this hilly, curvy, technical course in scenic central California. Camping is available at the track, and there’s plenty of nightlife in nearby Monterey.

(831) 242-8200, (831) 242-8201
mazdaraceway.com, laguna-seca.com

 

Gold Rush XXXII

Medford, Oregon
July 22-25

Though this is the rally of the Gold Wing Touring Association, riders on all brands are welcome. In addition to the usual onsite bike shows and seminars, attendees can ride to such attractions as the House of Mystery, the Wildlife Safari, caves and lavender farms, and participate in zip-lining and visit Crater Lake.

(800) 960-GWTA (4982)
gwta.org

 

Concours Owners Group Keystone National Rally

Williamsport, Pennsylvania
July 22-26

If you ride a Kawasaki Concours sport tourer, this is your rally. The Concours Owners Group is for fans of the bike, though all brands are welcome. Day routes can take you to the Finger Lakes region, Gettysburg National Military Park, an auto and air museum, the “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania” and the Flight 93 Memorial. Then head back to the rally site for seminars, socials, dinners and more.

cog-online.org

 

42nd National Bikers Roundup

Gulfport, Mississippi
July 30-August 4

The National Bikers Roundup claims to be the largest camping motorcycle rally in the United States, and is organized by a group of African-American motorcycle clubs. Its location changes yearly, but once every decade it returns to its founding city of Kansas City. This year the Roundup will be held in Gulfport, Mississippi.

(662) 374-4401
nationalbikersroundup.org

 

Star Days

Roanoke, Virginia
July 15-19

This event is presented by the official riding organization of Yamaha’s Star line of motorcycles. It will feature vendors, a silent auction, a motorcycle skills class, seminars, bike games, a bike show and a charity auction. Take part in the SwampAZZ ride, the Feed the Children food drop banquet and many local rides.

(520) 292-0200
stardays.org

 

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Sturgis, South Dakota
August 2-11

The 79th Sturgis Rally features that famous street scene and includes many scenic rides including to Mt. Rushmore, plus an adventure ride that is new this year. Visit the many vendors, join the 2nd annual Mayor’s Charity Poker Tournament, and with about a half-million attendees in this small town you’d better be prepared to camp following the nightly concerts by such stars as Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Styx, George Thorogood and others.

(605) 720-0800
sturgismotorcyclerally.com

 

The Rally in the Gorge

Hood River, Oregon
August 21-25

Billed as three rallies in one, this event is specifically geared to entertain sportbike, dual-sport and sport touring riders. With Mt. Hood and Mt. Adam located nearby, majestic scenery is a twist of the wrist away. Enjoy the seminars and camping at the rally site, then sample the great riding to local museums, the mountains and the Stonehenge Replica.

(206) 650-9102
soundrider.com

 

Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials

Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
August 24-29

How would you like to display a trophy for having set a motorcycle land speed record? This officiallysanctioned event offers AMA national and FIM world record opportunities in many classes. You can run the Bonneville Salt Flats course in any class from “Run Whatcha Brung” to streamliners! Or…just go to watch. See the website for rules and regulations.

bonnevillespeedtrials.com

 

Wing Ding 41

Nashville, Tennessee
August 27-31

This is the official rally of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, but it will appeal to all touring riders. In Nashville, enjoy the factory demo rides, vendors, door prizes, a bike show, a light show, drill teams, a parade and, of course, lots of local entertainment.

(800) 843-9460
wing-ding.org

 

44th SCMA Three Flags Classic

San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico, to Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
August 29-September 3

If you want to gather with like-minded long distance riders but also enjoy their camaraderie on a ride from Mexico to Canada (hence the name–Three Flags), this is the rally for you. Finishers are awarded a unique buckle, plus a plaque, pin, shirt and more, and you can toast your achievement at the Finishers’ Banquet.

sc-ma.com

 

BMW Riders Association National Rally

Woodstock, Virginia
September 5-8

Held at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, this “Set My Soul Free” rally offers camping, vendors, seminars and live music. And of course with its location in Virginia, plan on some great scenic rides.

(866) 924-7102
bmwra.org

 

Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally

Ruidoso, New Mexico
September 18-22

The Golden Aspen has new owners, locals who have participated in the rally for years, and they’re promising that this 50th anniversary rally will be better than ever. There will be vendors, entertainment, rides around the scenic local area and a grand parade. Check the website for more details as they become available.

motorcyclerally.com

 

Bikes, Blues & BBQ

Fayetteville, Arkansas
September 25-28

This 19th annual rally is a charity event that benefits women, children and the underserved in the local area. On tap are factory demo rides, live music, poker runs, the Arkansas state BBQ contest, a “Battle of the Bikes” show and contest, the Miss BBB contest, a parade and a car show.

(479) 527-9993
bikesbluesandbbq.org

 

Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally

Myrtle Beach Area, South Carolina
September 30-October 6

This area offers just too much fun to be encompassed within one rally, so there’s a Fall Rally in addition to the Spring event. Again, you may ride the Grand Strand, take local tours, and enjoy live bands, drag racing and the Myrtle Beach nightlife.

(336) 643-1367
myrtlebeachbikeweek.com

 

Barber Vintage Festival

Birmingham, Alabama
October 4-6

Billed as “The World’s Largest Motorcycle Museum,” the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum Festival presents not only museum tours but also vintage racing at the track, stunt shows, swap meets, a Bonham’s auction, demo rides, seminars and hundreds of vendors.

(205) 699-7275
barbervintagefestival.org

 

CMA Changing of the Colors Rally

Hatfield/Mena, Arkansas
October 16-20

This is a family rally of the Christian Motorcyclists Association. It features services each morning and evening with prayer, worship and encouragement from the CMA National leadership team. Kidz for Christ events are for ages 4 to 12, and The Youth Movement is for ages 13 and up. Riders will appreciate seminars, a parade, bike games and self-guided scenic rides.

(870) 389-6196
cmausa.org

 

Biketoberfest

Daytona Beach, Florida
October 17-20

This 27th annual event is a smaller, less-frenzied version of Daytona’s spring event but it still offers bike shows, racing at Daytona International Speedway, a huge street scene with lots of live music and about 100,000 fellow riders to share it with.

(386) 255-0415
biketoberfest.org

 

Lone Star Rally

Galveston, Texas
October 31-November 3

Down in Texas, this four-day celebration offers bike games and bike shows, rides, lots of live entertainment, bike builder competitions and a car and truck show. There’s also a Miss Lone Star Rally contest and hundreds of vendors.

(617) 866-9199
lonestarrally.com

 

Mount Hamilton Small Bike Scramble

San Jose, California
September 21

This one-day event is sponsored by the Classic Japanese Motorcycle Club, and is for small bikes of up to 180cc, any make or year. It’s an 80-mile round-trip ride that leaves San Jose and climbs to over 4,000 feet to the Historic Lick Observatory, then heads back down for lunch. You don’t need to be a club member to participate.

(408) 506-6288
cjmc.org

Source: RiderMagazine.com

Quail Motorcycle Gathering Announces Featured Classes for 2019

2019 Quail GatheringThe Quail Motorcycle Gathering, a Peninsula Hotels Signature Motoring Event, has announced three new featured classes for its 11th Anniversary celebration in Carmel Valley, California, on May 4, 2019. Among the specialty classes are 50 Years of the Honda CB750, 100th Anniversary of the Brough Superior and Off Road Wonders Through the ’90s. The event will also showcase 300 historic and classic motorcycles and incredible food along with activities for both casual observers and die-hard motorcycle fans.

2019 Quail Gathering2019 is a year of important anniversaries in motorcycling, including 50 years of the first production motorcycle to be called a “Superbike,” the Honda CB750, and 100 years of the iconic British Brough Superior performance bike. The 50 Years of the Honda CB750 and 100th Anniversary of the Brough Superior featured classes will celebrate these anniversaries with exhibitions on the field, alongside Off-Road Wonders Through the ’90s, an additional featured class for outstanding and historic off-road motorcycles. Each specialty class will highlight exemplary motorcycles for its respective group, including at least six world-class examples of the Honda CB750 manufactured between 1969 and 1977 as well as a wide variety of historic off-road motorcycles, including the iconic 1972 Husqvarna 400 CR and the 1989 Honda XRV650 Africa Twin Marathon.

2019 Quail GatheringThe Quail Motorcycle Gathering is excited to unveil the special classes for our 2019 event,” said Gordon McCall, director of motorsports for The Peninsula Signature Events. “Two of the greatest legends in motorcycle manufacturing are passing milestones this year and we’re proud to give a spotlight to these historic bikes along with these iconic off-road bikes.”

2019 Quail GatheringAs always, the show will take place on the pristine lawns of Quail Lodge & Golf Club. Featuring a variety of activities for people of all ages to enjoy, guests can indulge in farm-to-table Mexican cuisine and goods from lifestyle vendors. Children, families and even pets are welcome at this inclusive and relaxed event.

2019 Quail GatheringWitness this celebration only at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Pre-sale tickets are $85 and are available online at www.quaillodgeevents.com. Entry includes a gourmet lunch, parking and gear valet service for those riding a motorcycle to the event. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. for VIP Lounge ticket holders and 10:00 a.m. for General Public ticket holders. Learn more on the event website.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

KTM Announces Details of Adventure Rider Rallies

KTM Adventure Rider Rally
Two KTM Adventure Rider Rallies, one in Colorado and another in British Columbia, Canada, will take place in September 2019.

The U.S. Adventure Rider Rally is set to return for its 16th year in 2019 for an adrenaline seeking weekend at the picturesque Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado. Held September 13-15, the KTM Adventure Rider Rally offers participants the opportunity to explore the Rocky Mountains in its purest form–on two wheels.

Then two weeks later, September 26-28, at Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, British Columbia, the Canadian Adventure Rally is coming back for its third year on the Canadian West Coast. Adventure enthusiasts will enjoy some of the most epic riding just north of the U.S. border. Nestled in the heart of the Columbian mountains, the Canadian rally will offer unique unspoiled backcountry riding conditions.

KTM Adventure Rider Rally
KTM’s Adventure Rider Rallies will include on-site training clinics. Participants will learn that this is NOT the correct way to pick up a fallen motorcycle!

Both North American rallies include spectacular riding opportunities, demo rides on KTM’s latest Adventure lineup, the opportunity to speak with KTM’s factory technicians, enjoy an awards dinner and take a first-look at the brand new KTM 790 Adventure. Open to all brands, KTM’s Adventure Rider Rallies are a place for likeminded enthusiasts to come together and share their passion for adventure riding in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.

Read our 2019 KTM 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure R first look review

For participants of the three-day U.S. rally, an all-new element has been added in 2019 with an overnight camping option following a day-long off-road adventure. Participants will depart Beaver Run Resort’s basecamp on Friday morning to set out on a 100-150-mile ride, ending at the overnight campsite with dinner provided. The next day, participants will head out on another excursion that will bring them back to basecamp for Saturday night’s awards ceremony.

Participants will have the opportunity to ride various trails and back roads throughout the Rocky Mountains and there will be options for every skill level as routes will vary in difficulty and distance. Routes will be available on-site at the event and there will be an option for riders to go on self-guided rides with fellow enthusiasts. Participants will also have the option to “Ride With the Pros” on guided rides led by off-road legends and KTM Ambassadors Mike Lafferty, Scott Bright, Taylor Robert, Russell Bobbitt and Paul Krause. Jimmy Lewis Riding Schools will be on-site conducting lessons and hosting nightly activities along vendor row with a ton of adventure motorcycle aftermarket companies and KTM’s factory R&D team will be answering technical questions all weekend long.

KTM Adventure Rider Rally
At both North American Adventure Rider Rallies, KTM will host the Ultimate Race Qualifier events.

Canadian participants will also receive a new format for 2019 with a new two-day navigation rally, open to all motorcycle brands over 600cc. The two-day KTM Navigation Rally will be tailored to suit all rider abilities and interests–from long distance adventure touring, to off-road adventure enthusiasts. Teams of two to four riders will take on the challenge of navigating across the Canadian Western Mountains while following a GPS route and staying as close as possible to the total mileage. Red Mountain Resort showcases diverse and exciting routes for all types of riders. Participants will also benefit from the presence of the pros such as Chris Birch, access to KTM staff, dedicated adventure vendors and the ability to demo KTM’s latest Adventure lineup, including the new KTM 790 Adventure R.

Read our 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R long-term ride review

KTM is pleased to welcome back the Ultimate Race Qualifier for the second-straight year at both rallies. More details will follow regarding the Ultimate Race Qualifier, but interested participants can sign up now to secure a spot as space is limited for this event.

For more information or to register for the KTM Adventure Rider Rally in Breckenridge, Colorado, visit the official page. To register for the KTM Adventure Rally Canada in Rossland, BC, visit the official page.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

Pendleton Bike Week 2018

Pendleton Bike Week 2018
Hundreds of bikes of many different styles and descriptions descend upon the Pendleton convention center during Bike Week. Some wait to go on organized rides, others visit the vendors, and the numbers continue to grow through the weekend. Photos by the author.

Nestled among ranchland and wheat fields in the state’s northeast corner, reviewing the history of Pendleton, Oregon, conjures images of rough-and-tumble rodeo cowboys, Native Americans, woolen blankets and whiskey. Now for the fourth consecutive year, a new type of rough and “rumble” is settling in during the dog days of summer: Pendleton Bike Week, or PBW.

Pendleton Bike Week 2018
Local MC club riders were on hand with a sweet drone to provide aerial footage of the gathering and performances.

Event organizer Eric Folkestad is no stranger to this type of venue, since he was previously behind the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally. After four years of great support from local officials, law enforcement and the community, Folkestad feels PBW will continue to grow and present enough to attendees to make the list of many riders’ annual “go to” events.

Pendleton Bike Week 2018
A few dual-sports were sprinkled among the crowd, not the norm for this type of event but all very welcome.

Some great music was in the house, with sounds from the 1970s to today, played live by Foghat, Petty Fever (Tom Petty tribute band), Roni Lee and many great acts in between. Also on hand were the Seattle Cossacks stunt and drill team, who were celebrating 80 years of performing as an organized group, which was marked with a downtown celebration and presentation to the Cossacks of the key to the city. These guys are a spectacle that must be seen at least once in a rider’s life–witnessing a third-generation Cossack take on the harder stunts in the heat three times a day restored my faith in motorcycling youth.

Pendleton Bike Week 2018
A few classy Bavarians were among the crowd of mostly V-twin machines at the 2018 Pendleton Bike Week.

On that note, it was hard to ignore that the crowd’s average age continues to rise. Perhaps the lure of redesigned machines with trendy and appealing features like the bikes available for demo rides from Indian and Yamaha will start to draw in newer riders. The 2018 PBW also hosted a flat track race on Saturday night as well as organized day rides, poker runs and a memorial ride. Great riding spreads out from Pendleton like the spokes on a wagon wheel, so there was something for everyone to enjoy at their own pace.

Pendleton Bike Week 2018
For those weekends when you can’t decide on trailering, riding or vintage auto driving, this Boss Hoss has them all covered.

Pendleton itself has always been one of my favorite stops and has historic buildings, fantastic food and some cool stuff to see and do off the bike. I took in the Pendleton Underground Tour, which regales participants with the often sad, bawdy, illicit history of Pendleton and how it shaped the town into what it has become. It was very much worth the price of admission.

Pendleton Bike Week 2018
Joining forces, my GRG (Guardrail Gang) attacks Battle Mountain, a convoluted span of pavement along U.S. Route 395 south of Pendleton.

I also used the long weekend to reassemble my band of miscreants I have dubbed the “Guardrail Gang,” which includes me, my son, a nephew and a friend since birth. Seventeen years ago, we set out on a route very close by and just four hours into it my son, with the sun in his eyes, misjudged his entry speed and kissed a guardrail…hard. I saw more of the inside of his kneecap than I ever wanted to that day. My friend Mike had ridden ahead to our night’s destination, and many hours later when he got word he rode through the night to meet us back at the hospital. We all have a good story now, and this was the first time we have reassembled since then for a much less dramatic 200-mile loop on some lovely roads.

Pendleton Bike Week 2018
Portland and Vegas based See See Coffee was on hand with its cool Ural Grinder side-hack rig to fill up the caffeine deficits of Pendleton Bike Week visitors.

We left our digs in Athena, Oregon, and headed into the cool of Tollgate Pass, riding east on State Route 204 to the welcoming town of Elgin. After a brief southward jaunt via U.S. Route 82 to La Grande, we grabbed breakfast at the Smokehouse Café (highly recommended), then picked up U.S. Route 84 north until Hilgard junction gave us access to State Route 244 westward, bound for Ukiah. After some delicious curves in the quickly warming day, we took U.S. Route 395 at Ukiah and headed north again to Pendleton over the undulating Battle Mountain, a real treat for any rider.

If you get bored of sweating out mid-July where you currently reside, make the trek to Pendleton for the 2019 Bike Week (July 17-21); it will surely warm you up in more ways than one.

Check out pendletonbikeweek.com and pendletonundergroundtours.org for more info.

Keep scrolling for more pictures!

Pendleton Bike Week 2018
On any surface, in all weather, the Seattle Cossacks ply their skills, often in very tight quarters and in near contact with avid spectators, as shown here at the 2018 Pendleton Bike Week.
Pendleton Bike Week 2018
During Pendleton Bike Week the main drag is not completely lined with bikes as at other venues, but some hardware is ever-present around the eating and drinking establishments as eye candy dessert.
Pendleton Bike Week 2018
Some serious looking flat track bikes wait for the showdown on Saturday night to settle some old H-D vs. Indian scores.
Pendleton Bike Week 2018
Sponsor of the 2018 Pendleton Bike Week, Indian Motorcycles had its entire lineup of demo machines and a well-oiled test ride crew ready to tend to the curious. The Scout Bobber I tried out has real potential.
Pendleton Bike Week 2018
What event would be complete without a classic/modern Triumph representative like this Thruxton enjoying PBW.
Pendleton Bike Week 2018
No bike week anywhere would be complete without adorable ladies in cute costumes and Pendleton is no exception. (The one with the beard is my nephew.)

Source: RiderMagazine.com

DirtDaze Adventure Bike Rally Shifts Location, Dates for 2019

DirtDaze Adventure Bike RallyDirtDaze Adventure Bike RallyIn three short years, the DirtDaze Adventure Bike Rally has become one of the largest adventure events in the U.S. In 2019, it will move to a new, larger venue and will take place later in the riding season.

For DirtDaze’s first three years it was held in Lake Lucerne, New York, during the first week of June–at the same time and just a few miles away from the Americade touring rally in Lake George.

The Northeast rally will continue to offer extensive guided and unguided rides, demo rides, rider training and camping/lodging.

DirtDaze Adventure Bike Rally“We’re very excited about this change,” said Christian Dutcher, the rally’s director. “We’ve narrowed the potential new location to two different regions, both of which offer incredible riding. And, the new dates will allow our staff to do even more with the event, which the attendees are going to love. We’re hoping to unveil the new location and dates by January 1st.”

The DirtDaze Adventure Bike Rally is a fun, adventurous and educational multi-day festival for dual-sport and adventure motorcycles. The event offers on-site demos and vendors, world-class rider training, dual-sport rides to far-off destinations with lunch, fun night time activities, riding games and contests.

For more information:
Visit
 dirtdazerally.com or call (518) 798-7888

Source: RiderMagazine.com