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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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Miss Laughlin Pageant and Wet T-shirt Contests: Adults only

All eight Miss Laughlin River Run 2014 contestants gather and wait for the winner to be announced

LAUGHLIN, NEV., APR 24-27—In years past I’ve attended the wild and raucous wet T-shirt contests held at the Riverside Resort bar named the Losers’ Lounge, and this year was no different. I arrived to find a line extending about 100 feet from the front door wrapping all the way into the gaming area; this event is extremely popular. Inside the ...

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7th annual Kelly’s Bodacious Biker Palooza!: A smashing bash

7th annual Kelly's Bodacious Biker Palooza

KINGMAN, ARIZ., APR. 27—As the Laughlin River Run was well underway Friday night and Saturday morning, a spring storm of cold rain, thunder, hail and winds had engulfed the area and was bearing down on Kingman, Arizona. Kelly’s Bodacious Biker Palooza, in a style consistent with the dedicated, persistent and honorable character of its hosts Thomas “Kelly” Kelly and Deb ...

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32nd annual Laughlin River Run: Rockin’ the Mojave

Squaring off with a stubborn burro on Main Street in Oatman

LAUGHLIN, NEV., APR 24-27—Heading north on the 15 Freeway out of the western section of SoCal towards Interstate 40 east to Laughlin Nevada, I’m finding it difficult to concentrate for more than a few minutes at a pop thanks to the excellent riding conditions augmented by the relatively smooth road surface. I take the Laughlin River Run personally, and at ...

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Day tripping on ‘Bloody’ Route 66 near Laughlin, Nevada

Day tripping on Route 66 in Laughlin

Motorcycle riders from all over the world come to America specifically to ride the famous Mother Road of our country. It’s a sort of pilgrimage to experience the sights and cities along the craggy ruts of the original Route 66 that opened the nation up to travel once established in the fall of 1926. Officially removed in 1985, the original ...

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31st annual Laughlin River Run

31st annual Laughlin River Run

LAUGHLIN, NEV., APR. 24-28–As I rode to the River Run this year, I observed what appeared to be a significantly larger number of bikes headed east than I’ve experienced in the last few years. Then, once I got to the Colorado Belle where I would be billeted for the weekend, I noticed that the line at the check-in desk seemed ...

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Law Tigers to sponsor 2013 Laughlin River Run

LAUGHLIN, NEV., MAR. 12–The Law Tigers, America’s motorcycle lawyers, in conjunction with Dal-Con Promotions, are pleased to announce their sponsorship of the 2013 Laughlin River Run. Started in 1983 by Harley-Davidson dealer, Dale Marschke, the Laughlin River Run has grown to be the largest motorcycle gathering in the West. This year, the River Run will kick off Wednesday, April 24, ...

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30th annual Laughlin River Run

LAUGHLIN, NEV., APRIL 25-29—For 30 years now the Laughlin River Run has shared a unique symbiosis with its host town, as the event has played a major role in the development, identity and reputation of Laughlin, and vice-versa. That relationship has also had an impact on the entire tri-state region both economically and in terms of popular perception, and while ...

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Kelly’s Biker Palooza

KINGMAN, ARIZ., APRIL 28—Out on the extreme eastern outskirts of Kingman, a stone’s throw from Historic Route 66, spitting distance from the Kingman Airport, and a world away from Casino Drive is the compound of Performance Specialists, owned and operated by go-fast guru Thomas “Kelly” Kelly and his energetic wife (and boss, we’re told) Debby. For five years they’ve been ...

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