Survival Guide: Rally Season

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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.

TOP RALLY DESTINATIONS

  • June 20, 2016 - Ride To Work Day

    Participate with riders across the nation!

  • June 10-18, 2016 - Laconia

    Oldest rally on record. Don’t miss the hillclimbs or party on the boardwalk. (Weirs Beach, NH)

  • June 25-26, 2016 - J&P Cycles Open House

    A Mid-West staple. (Anamosa, IA)

  • Aug. 3-13, 2016 - Sturgis

    Visit Lazelle Street and expect a half-million people to show up. (Sturgis, SD)

  • Sept. 21-24, 2016 - Bikes, Blues & BBQ

    True southern hospitality while riding through the Ozark Mountains. (Fayetteville, AR)

  • Sept.29- Oct. 2, 2016 - Las Vegas BikeFest

    Don’t miss Artistry in Iron, Master Builder’s Championship. (Las Vegas, NV)

  • OCT.12-16, 2016 - Biketoberfest

    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)

  • Nov. 4-6, 2016 - Lone Star Rally

    Squeeze in one final rally and wrap up the season with Halloween Havoc. (Galveston, TX)

GEAR ESSENTIALS

  • Eye Protection

    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.

  • Jackets

    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.

  • Helmets

    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.

  • Gloves

    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.

  • Pants

    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.

  • Boots

    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.

Ride Prep 101

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.

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    CARDO
    SCALA RIDER Q3

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    BULLY LOCKS
    ALARM LOCK WITH PAGER

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    BIKEMASTER
    2 IN 1 TIRE GAUGE

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    MOTOCENTRIC
    CRUISER PACK

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    KURYAKYN
    PREMIUM MINI BOARDS

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    DUNLOP
    D402 HARLEY-DAVIDSON BLACKWALL TIRE

  • Parts & Accessories

    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.

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    K&N
    HIGH FLOW REPLACEMENT AIR FILTER

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    K&N
    PERFORMANCE GOLD CHROME OIL FILTER

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    BIKEMASTER
    TRUGEL BATTERY

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    BATTERY TENDER
    JUNIOR CHARGER

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    KURYAKYN
    ISO GRIPS

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    CRAMPBUSTER
    WIDE MOTORCYCLE CRUISE ASSIST

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    MOTION PRO
    BELT TENSION GAUGE

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    BEZA
    WINDZONE EE-1HD ESSENTI-ECONOMY KIT