Motorcycle rallies are a great way to share the camaraderie inherent in two-wheeled culture. People offering small waves and subtle nods on the road come together to share stories, ride together and ogle over amazing custom bikes. Attending a rally is one of the best ways to cram a bunch of motorcycle fun into a short amount of time. There are dozens of big events and smaller local rallies, and the season kicks off every year with Daytona Bike Week and continues right through the best riding months.
V-Twin cruisers are at the heart of motorcycle rallies, but anyone can participate whether they ride a bagger or a scooter. Expect an emphasis on cruisers, but charity rides, group tours and popular destination points are regularly filled with sport bikes, street bikes and adventure-touring machines, so feel free to run what ya’ brung. In addition to bike shows and burnout competitions, watch for OEM demo rides, bikini contests, live music and fantastic food and drink. There will be hundreds of vendors showcasing gear and accessories, and thousands of enthusiasts soaking in the atmosphere.
Participate with riders across the nation!
Oldest rally on record. Don’t miss the hillclimbs or party on the boardwalk. (Weirs Beach, NH)
A Mid-West staple. (Anamosa, IA)
Visit Lazelle Street and expect a half-million people to show up. (Sturgis, SD)
True southern hospitality while riding through the Ozark Mountains. (Fayetteville, AR)
Don’t miss Artistry in Iron, Master Builder’s Championship. (Las Vegas, NV)
This extended weekend of fun and sun includes motorcycle shows and rallies, live music, scenic rides along A1A and other historic roadways, racing at Daytona International Speedway and vendors offering everything from the latest models to parts and accessories. (Daytona Beach, FL)
Squeeze in one final rally and wrap up the season with Halloween Havoc. (Galveston, TX)
If you aren’t using a full-face helmet, make sure to protect your eyes from wind and debris with goggles or glasses. There are some open-face helmets that offer drop-down shields.
Cruisers and leather go together like PB&J. Rally season happens in the spring/summer/fall, so vented jackets are great, but hot temps are not always guaranteed. Find something versatile.
Know the helmet laws at your destination and through any regions on your travel route. Even if helmets aren’t mandatory, they’re never a bad idea.
You don’t find handguards on drag bars or ape hangers. Protect your hands with a good set of motorcycle gloves. They are usually one of the first body parts to hit the ground.
Favorite denim is par for the rally course. Look for jeans reinforced with Kevlar and other armor. They’re comfortable all day and won’t embarrass in front of hard-core bikers.
Make sure your motorcycle boots or riding shoes are also capable of supporting you off the bike. You’ll probably walk about 172 miles by the time the rally is over. You’ll be feeling it.
Whether you plan to enter a show-n-shine or just spectate, your bike will be the centerpiece of your experience. Make sure it looks good while getting to and from the rally.
The motorcycle is the lifeblood of rally season. Take great care of your bike with regular maintenance and some choice accessories to give it a personal look, feel and attitude.