January’s almost over, which mean riding season is approaching again, quickly. I’ve put together a list of some of the significant motorcycle event around the country to help you plan out some trips now! Visit BestWestern.com to start booking hotel rooms before it’s too late.
March 7 – 16: Bike Week 2014, Daytona Beach, FL
The kickoff event of the motorcycling year. Thaw out your bike and ride on down!
March 15: The Daytona 200, Daytona, FL
You don’t have to be a racing fan to appreciate the skill on display at the Daytona 200, America’s most historic motorcycle race. The kick-off to the 2014 motorcycle road season.
April 2 – 6: Arizona Bike Week, Mesa, AZ
This one gets bigger every year. If the April dates aren’t enough for you, there are even Pre-Rally Days from March 28 to April 1.
April 23 – 27: Laughlin River Run, Laughlin, NV
Laughlin is billed as “the largest motorcycle event on the west coast.” Help make it even bigger by attending this year.
May 25: Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, Washington, DC
This annual ride through our nation’s capital is designed to bring attention to POW/MIA issues. 2014 marks the 27th year for the charity event, which raises awareness, funds and pulse rates.
June 2 – 7: Americade, Lake George, NY
The world’s biggest all-brand touring rally gathers on the shores of beautiful Lake George. This is my favorite motorcycle rally, because it combines fun with education, with plenty of opportunities to learn more about riding, touring and safety along the way.
June 14 – 22: Laconia Motorcycle Week, Laconia, NH
America’s oldest motorcycle rally returns for its 91st edition this year, and it promises to be a blowout. Send the kids home after Americade, and ride over to New Hampshire for a real good time.
June 14 -22: Mother Road Ride Rally , Willowbrook, IL
Riders from around the world fantasize about riding Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica. Here’s a chance to join the 20th annual Rally along the 2,448-mile route.
July 11 – 13: AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, Lexington, OH
I finally made it to this event last year, and now I want to go back! Real vintage bikes from all eras racing around Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, many piloted by vintage motorcycle racers.
August 4 – 10: Sturgis Rally and Races, Sturgis, SD
Now that I’ve been to the AMA Vintage Days, Sturgis is the next notch in my belt. Can you believe that I’ve been on two wheels for over 30 years, and haven’t made it yet? This year marks the 74th rally — will you be there to greet me?
October 2 – 5: Las Vegas BikerFest, Las Vegas, NV
I have just two things to say: Foghat and Blue Oyster Cult on Friday, October 5th. Add thousands of motorcycles to the already heady mix of gaming, entertainment, dining and great weather, and you’ve got a recipe for a great weekend.
October TBA: Love Ride, Glendale to Castaic, CA
The date of the 31st running of the Love Ride has not yet been announced, but it will probably be October 19 (the third Sunday in October 2014). The Love Ride combines a motorcycle rally, charity fundraiser, vendor fair and concert into one day-long event. Expect to see a constellation of celebrity motorcyclists along the route.
October 16 – 19: Biketoberfest, Daytona Beach, FL
Close out the riding season with one last warm weather rally. Heading into its 22nd year, Biketoberfest has grown to be a more manageable version of Bike Week, but still plenty fun and exciting.