As spring makes itself known around the northern hemisphere, motorcycle enthusiasts gear up their bikes for the coming season. It is around this time that many are planning rides, vacations, and trips to events all over the United States. For those who are seeking out events, there has been plenty of action to go around, and the fun events continue throughout the summer. Many motorcycle enthusiasts venture into Canada or Mexico, or even travel further to take part in once a year festivals and events across the globe. For those staying within the United States this year, here are some of the amazing events that have taken place and are set to take place in the upcoming months.
Boston’s 3rd Annual Wounded Vet Ride
Each year in Massachusetts, motorcycle enthusiasts gather together to raise money for wounded vets. This year, the event took place in Everett, on April 27th. The ride along began at Boston Harley Davidson, and stretched all the way down to the Suffolk Downs Race Track. It was well attended, and participants especially enjoyed the concert afterwards at 2:30PM. Food and beverages were sold onsite at the event as well.
Connecticut Miracle Ride 2013
The Connecticut Miracle Ride takes place each year at the end of April; this year, the event occurred on April 28th. It is easily the biggest charity motorcycle ride that takes place within this area of the United States, with as many as 1,000 motorcyclists attending on most years. This year’s event was well attended, although exact numbers have yet to be released. Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and friends enjoyed this wonderful event for the Connecticut Children’s Center greatly. A barbecue lunch was served at the end of the event, allowing participants to unwind and socialize.
ABATE of Colorado Expo
The ABATE of Colorado Expo was another well-attended event that took place in Aurora on April 28th. The expo is a great learning opportunity for seasoned riders as well as newbies, and any motorcycle enthusiast of any age is welcome. The event featured a huge range of workshops, games, talks, demonstrations, and even a children’s play area. Motorcycle awareness activists also ran several safety classes, and the food was delicious throughout the Expo.
Myrtle Beach Bike Week – May 10, 2013 through May 19 2013
Get prepared for a full week of fun around Myrtle Beach with this great weeklong celebration. Motorcycle enthusiasts all over the world express their love for their bikes and their camaraderie with each other in this great biker festival. This festival takes the form of a week-long poker run, starting in Shallotte, NC, and ending in Georgetown, SC. 80 miles of beautiful coastline await the adventurous, and all you need to attend is yourself, your bike, and a solid love of motorcycles.
AspenCash Motorcycle Rally – May 16, 2013, through May 19, 2013
The AspenCash Motorcycle Rally takes place each year during the month of May, in the city of Ruidoso, NM. With over 33,000 feet of vendors attending this event, there is truly a little something for everyone. Several poker runs are completed each year, with prizes as high as $5,000. The rally also has a four day long trade show that visitors can attend, giving them a chance to see the most beautifully built bikes and gear available.
31st Annual Red River Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally – May 22, 2013, through May 27th, 2013
An estimated 20,000 bikers attend this fabulous, well known motorcycle rally in Red River, NM. Set just before Memorial Day, the whole town of Red River lights up with excitement during this rally. Live music events are held at various locations all around the town, and vendors park themselves and offer everything from brand new motorcycles through jewelry and women’s clothing. One of the best known events to occur during this rally is the Monday morning Memorial Day ride out to Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Angel Fire; bikers ride out to pay their respects and this closes out the rally.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Memorial Day Blowout – May 24, 2013 - Monday, May 27, 2013
All types of motorcycles and motorcyclists are welcome at this three day event in Gulfport, Mississippi. From vendors through amazing food and plenty of drink, this event has literally everything. A free bike show is presented for both locals and visitors, and things get spicy during the weekend with a bikini and wet tshirt contest. National Motorcycle Magazine is present during the event, and camping is available both for tenters and those who are bringing their camper trailer or RV. Just about the only friends not welcome are dogs; those with dogs should be sure to make other arrangements for their furry companions.
Ohio Bike Week – May 31, 2013 - June 9, 2013
As the name suggests, Ohio Bike Week takes place in Ohio; more specifically, the event is held along the edge of Lake Erie. Several rides are enjoyed by attendees each year, and the standard vendors selling everything from bike accessories and parts to clothing and souvenirs will be present. This is a particularly long event that takes place over the course of 10 days; the dates are perfectly aligned with the AHDRA Ohio Bike Week Nationals to allow people to attend both if they so desire.
Mother’s Day – May 12, 2013
Of course, mother’s day is coming up soon, on May 19. In biker culture, a mother is to be respected and loved, and so this day is quite important to most bikers. Several states around the country have events, and one of the largest events is Vermont’s Green Mountain Harley, Super Swap Meet and Mother’s Day Demo event. This event is perfect for moms who ride only occasionally, or moms who ride all the time. The event takes place from 9AM to 5PM during the day, and even mothers who don’t ride can take an escorted demo ride.
Motorcycle lovers with moms who happen to love motorcycles, too, can also simply take their moms out on a more personal ride, perhaps pairing this with a picnic in a quiet location or a dinner out to wrap up a wonderful day. Gifts for moms who happen to love motorcycles and the biker lifestyle are numerous; new gear or jewelry is nearly always a good, safe choice. Of course, if it is within your budget, a brand new motorcycle is certainly one of the best gifts you can buy for a motorcycle mama.
Armed Forces Day – May 18th, 2013
Armed Forces Day sees many motorcycle events around the country themed around supporting our troops; most states have some iteration of these events. Notably, the Myrtle Beach event falls around this time, and it often has at least one specific event aimed towards this purpose. Many bikers represent their patriotism and their love for the troops and military members of this great country by wearing an American flag on their backpack or motorcycle, and this can be a simple way to show your support if you aren’t able to go all out and attend a convention or rally.
Children at Spring Rallies
Most of the events listed above have at least some available events that allow children to be present, if not all. This can be a wonderful way to bring the family together by doing something they love; however, it is important to be sure that the environment you bring the rugrats to is safe and age appropriate. Demo rides are an excellent choice for this, as are events that offer lessons and workshops for young riders. For newly interested rugrats, consider making this year’s grading or birthday present a first dirt bike or small motorcycle; this will result in a gift they are sure to remember for a long time to come.
Children can also be an active part of getting motorcycles ready for events; many children love when their parents include them in their hobbies, and shining up the hog is no different. This can be a valuable way to spend quality time with your children, all while teaching them the importance of caring for our belongings so that we can enjoy them for a long time to come.
As you can see above, there is a virtual plethora of excitement for any biker or motorcycle enthusiast within the United States in the springtime. The onset of warm, beautiful weather brings bikers out in droves, each hoping for a little pre-emptive taste of the hot summer and long drives with just the road and a bike between them and nature. That freedom is often what draws bikers to the biker lifestyle in the first place, and no better seasons than spring and summer stand for that same ideal. Many bikers consider the lifestyle to be their way of escaping from everyday life; it is an excellent way to get back to basics. When it comes to treating the motorcycle mama in your life or celebrating spring and Mother’s Day, there’s no better choice than a peaceful Mother’s Day bike trip or rally.