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36th annual Laughlin River Run

Desert extravaganza Laughlin, Nev., April 25–28—Laughlin is an inviting little boomtown clinging to the banks of the Colorado River that serves as a natural border dividing the states of Nevada and Arizona. There’s a variety of gambling casinos along the less than one mile stretch of Casino Drive’s hotels and resorts on the Nevada side and it’s a fun place ...

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Pacific Coast Adventure 2018

Pacific Coast Adventure

Pirate ships and hidden treasures Crescent City, Calif., Apr. 7—When it comes to sweet roads for riding motorcycles, southern Oregon is a treasure trove of riches. Fifteen minutes from home I can be on a delightful ribbon of asphalt cutting through an avenue of pines and madrones on my way to Hellgate Canyon, whose rugged scenery along the Rogue River ...

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Giddy Up Vintage Chopper Show El Cinco 2018

Giddy Up Vintage Chopper Show El Cinco

Rocking on River Road New Braunfels, Texas., Mar. 31—The Giddy Up Vintage Chopper Show is without a doubt one of the most energetic and robust motorcycle events currently in existence in the American South. The vibe of the attendees, the quality of the bike builds, the history of an offbeat culture shared between grey beards and hipsters and some of ...

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57th annual Yuma Prison Run

Smiling Megan performs atop a crowd-pleasing stunt, waving to the enthusiastic crowd

Keep it kickin’ Yuma, Ariz., Apr. 20–22—It’s not like back east with snow creating the “cabin fever” effect. Here in SoCal it’s more a result of the daily survival of the roads and freeways made even more dangerous with “intexticated” drivers. That this event is called the Yuma Prison Run contradicts the actual freedom gained by attending. My friend Esta ...

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22nd annual Arizona Bike Week

Double deuces in the desert Scottsdale, Ariz., Apr. 11–15—There are few things more inviting than watching the sun sink behind a saguaro after a warm spring ride through the desert and those of us who are jonesing for a little wind time that doesn’t include frostbite know to head for Arizona to celebrate a new riding season. The magic of ...

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31st annual Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show

31st annual Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show

Twin City takeover Saint Paul, Minn., Mar. 24–25—When Neil Ryan took over as promoter of the one-day Donnie Smith Bike Show and Swap Meet nearly two decades ago, I wonder if he knew it would be such a remarkable success story. When I asked, his response was, “I did have a vision when I bought the show. I knew I ...

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Mama Tried Motorcycle Show 2018

Mama Tried Motorcycle Show

Milwaukee takeover Milwaukee, Wis., Feb. 22–24—The Mama Tried motorcycle show is, according to their website, “an indoor invitational that connects motorcycles and builders to fans and riders.” What the website doesn’t tell you is how much fun is crammed into an extended weekend of all things motorcycle set right at the tail end of the dreary winter doldrums, which is ...

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77th annual Daytona Bike Week

77th annual Daytona Bike Week

Old standbys give way to modern marques Daytona Beach, Fla., Mar. 9–18—Daytona Bike Week started as a beach race, and it still marks the official beginning of many different race seasons. It is more than that, though. Builders race to finish bikes to debut at the many bike shows, companies race to launch new products, and consumers race around trying ...

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Cave Creek Bike Week 2018

Cave Creek Bike Week

Hangin’ at the Hideaway Cave Creek, Ariz., Apr. 6–15—Back in the late ’90s a guy set up a little bar “somewhere in Cave Creek” and got busy selling suds to thirsty bikers who rode through town on their way to other biker destinations. Nowadays, two decades later, that same little bar has become a ride destination all its own and ...

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Americade to Feature AMCA Vintage Garage

AMCA Member Bikes to Highlight 36th Americade Lake Georga, N.Y., Mar. 27—Members of the AMCA are being invited to showcase their motorcycles and explain the benefits of club membership at Lake George this June. AMCA participants will receive free entry for themselves and spouses to many events. Awards and people’s choice judging will be included. Come join the fun and ...

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