June 4 2012 by Jason Fogelson
Billed as "the world's largest motorcycle touring rally," Americade is an all-brands, family-friendly event set along the shores Lake George in the Adirondacks of Upstate New York.
Lake George is a beautiful, natural vacation spot, surrounded by fantastic riding and great opportunities for shopping, sightseeing and exploration, so it's an ideal place to bring your non-motorcycling family members. There will be plenty to keep them occupied while you attend Americade activities like demo rides, seminars, guided mini tours, catered boat cruises and other events. The Harley-Davidson demo truck will be in town, set up near the enormous Vendor Expo by the lake. You can ride the 2012 Harleys, buy new gear for your bike, and have a great time with fellow touring riders. I've been to Americade at least five times, and I've had a great time during each visit.
The BEST WESTERN PLUS Ticonderoga Inn and Suites is a beautiful property that is within striking distance of Americade, and a great place to stay.
Laconia Motorcycle Week, June 9 -17
Right on the tail of Americade, Laconia Motorcycle Week takes place in Laconia, New Hampshire on the famous Weirs Beach.
Laconia is built around motorcycle racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; specifically, the Loudon Classic. The Louden Classic is the oldest motorcycle event in the U.S., and this year is the 89th annual event. Racing in many different classes will take place from Friday, June 15 to Sunday, June 17, including sportbikes, sidecars and dirt bikes on an oval and road course. Tickets are downright cheap at $10 for adults, $5 for kids up to age 16 and free admission for children aged 11 and under.
Despite the cheap race tickets for the kiddies, Laconia is not quite the family affair that Americade is. This is a real, old-fashioned biker rally, with lots of leather, lots of drinking, and more tattooed skin on display than grandma might approve. Buyer beware. There's plenty of music, a great vendor area, and the demo trucks drive across the border from Americade to set up test rides. The Harley-Davidson truck will be onsite, in case you didn't get enough seat time in Lake George.
The BEST WESTERN Concord Inn in nearby Concord, New Hampshire is a Director's Award Winner, and provides a bucolic respite set against the backdrop of the White Mountains.
I'll be going to the Laconia rally for the first time this year. Hope to see you there!