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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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76th Daytona Bike Week: Coming full circle

Daytona Beach, Fla., Mar. 10–19—In 1937, motorcycle racers took to shores of Daytona Beach for the first-ever Daytona 200 race, which also signaled the beginning of Daytona Bike Week. The popular competition took place along a 3.2-mile strip of sand every year until 1961 when it moved to the Daytona International Speedway. From the early 1900’s, both Harley-Davidson and Indian ...

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American Flat Track—Daytona TT

Daytona Beach, Fla., Mar. 16—Daytona Bike Week began with a motorcycle race. But before the first Daytona 200 in 1937, beginning in the 1920s, motorcycles had migrated off the dangerous and deadly wooden board tracks they’d inherited from bicycle racing and moved to safer and more accessible dirt tracks. Small towns, rural communities, and even big cities were carving oval ...

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Appalachian Moto Jam: Scramblin’ up the slopes

Monticello, N.y., Jan. 28–29—How many times have you had the chance to see a coveted Harley-Davidson 45 race against a modern dirt scrambler on a snow-covered hill climb…and win? If that’s the kind of motorcycle mayhem you’re looking for, that’s exactly what the Appalachian Moto Jam has brought to the tracks and to the hills. The AppMotoJam would be best ...

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