In the country, the city, and all parts in between, motorcycles are everywhere, and there are makes and models to fit every type of rider, from the Harley riding road warrior to the weekend sportbiker. Like any other group of enthusiasts, motorcyclists love to gather to compare bikes and share experiences of the open road. All across the U.S., every kind of event imaginable takes place annually.
Of all the motorcycle events in the U.S. today, the two most popular rallies are the bike weeks in Sturgis, South Dakota and Daytona, Florida. The events during Sturgis’ Bike Week draw motorcycle enthusiasts from accross the country and include custom bike exhibits and demo rides, as well as a replica of the Vietnam Memorial used to honor fallen military. Daytona’s Bike Week also draws a huge national crowd, and includes British and European bike shows, bikini contests, burnout competitions, road races, and concerts featuring local and national performers.
Other events held across the country often center on a cause, with the proceeds to benefit a charity. Some of these events include the Fallen Heroes Run in Sparks, Nevada, which honors fallen police officers, and the Live Ride for MDA in Anchorage, Alaska, which raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Many motorcyle events reflect a theme. Often, these themes reflect the location of the event, such as the Let’s Ride To Texas Pride Barbecue, in Adkins, Texas. Other themed events seem to have no relation to the place where they’re held. A prime example is the Luau Event in Sturgis, Michigan. (Not to be confused with Sturgis, South Dakota, where they likely have little interest in poi and grass skirts!)
Female bikers have become a large percentage of the riding population, and new events reflect the increase in interest among women. In Bonduel, Wisconsin, a group of women have organized an annual event called Women In Motion. Although this event is open to both male and female bikers, other events, such as the Women’s Only Garage Party in Charleston, South Carolina, are strictly for female riders.
Today’s motorcyclists are a diverse group, and the events held nationwide reflect the wide range of interests held by those who embrace the feel of the open road. If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast, you’re not alone–and there’s probably a rally, party, or bike night just a short ride down the road!
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