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Laconia Motorcycle Week

Laconia, N.H., June 10–18—The 94th Laconia Motorcycle Week rolled into town on June 10, 2017, bringing with it a whirlwind of activity. From the crowds at Weirs Beach and the Laconia Roadhouse, to the Gypsy Tours and demo rides, the races and vendors at New Hampshire International Speedway and the scene at Laconia Harley-Davidson, not a minute went by when something ...

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Harv’s Harley-Davidson 55th Anniversary Celebration

Macedon, N.Y., May 20—I think it’s safe to say that when Harvey Rousseau started up a part-time motorcycle shop on the family farm, he never imagined that it would expand into the flourishing dealership it is today. A quick look around the property on which Harv’s Harley-Davidson resides illustrates that the dealership has evolved into a true destination for motorcyclists ...

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9th annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering: The best and the brightest

Carmel, Calif., May 6—Under grey skies and a siege of cold wind, over 3,000 diehard attendees filled the lawn at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club for the ninth year of celebrating all things motorcycle related. Sprawled out across the comfort of the cushy resort’s putting greens, the Quail Motorcycle Gathering was a complete case of sensory overload as spectators ...

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15th annual Outer Banks Bike Week: Coastal celebration

Outer Banks, N.c., Apr. 22–30—This year marked the 15th anniversary of Outer Banks Bike Week and the eighth year we have attended this event. The nine-day rally is packed full of entertainment, great food, and special attractions such as bike shows, poker runs, guided tours, parties, tattoo and bikini contests, vendors, and live music. But if you attended OBX bike ...

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AMCA Perkiomen National Meet

Oley, Pa., Apr. 28-29—High temperatures and plenty of sunshine greeted those attending the Antique Motorcycle Club of America Perkiomen National Meet the last weekend of April. Although the official start of the meet was Friday the 28th, AMCA members from all over the U.S. and beyond started arriving mid-week. By the time I rolled in late Thursday afternoon, much of ...

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Laughlin River Run: A motorcycling oasis

Laughlin, Nev., Apr. 26–29—Thousands of bikers converged upon Laughlin, Nevada, for the 35th annual Laughlin River Run. Bikes started rolling into town as early as Monday, however, Thursday is when the constant rumble of V-twins could be felt, and by Friday the party was in full swing. With over 200 vendors, live music, contests, gambling, poker runs, stunt shows, and ...

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Donnie Smith Car Show and Tattoo Expo: Art meets moto

St. Paul, Minn., Mar. 24–25—The Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show was back in Minneapolis for its 30th year. Taking place at the St. Paul River Centre and the Roy Wilkins Auditorium, the show drew thousands from the community for a two-day celebration of all things custom. Beyond the rows of bikes on the main floor stood the third annual ...

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Arizona Bike Week: Coming of age

Scottsdale, Ariz., Apr. 5–9—After months of record-setting nasty weather, winter had had its way with the western states in a huge way and as riders, folks were done with it. Consequently, loading up to hit the highway for signature sunsets with saguaro silhouettes was particularly exciting for those who traveled across the soggy southwest to celebrate Arizona Bike Week’s coming ...

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Mama Tried Motorcycle Show: Stoking the fire

Milwaukee, Wis., Feb. 16–19—Dragging luggage through the Milwaukee airport gives one a giggle while passing through the designated “recombobulation area,” past the cheese-wedge hats, Harley-Davidson boutique and right on out the front door to the biggest motorcycle mecca in all the world. While bikers might be a minority anywhere else on the planet, we are certainly not so in Milwaukee, ...

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