Great Events

Be sure to scroll to the Rider Magazine list with many major events in calendar/month order.

Perhaps the single best source / listing of events is the American Motorcyclist Association web site focusing on AMA sanctioned events.   Click Link below.   The link leads you to events by type and by state.  You are well advised to include road racing and other events as part of your many excuses to go for a ride.

Your own national club has major events and their web site should provide a rich listing of local club activities and you might as well "drop in" on a few.

                                                      2005 AMA Dunlop Elite Touring Series

Major national level events in each AMA region, gypsy tours and more!

                                                     Rider Magazine National Events Calendar!

Ride for Kids
36 Events in 2005

Since 1984, the Ride for Kids has been helping to raise money to find a cure for childhood brain tumors. Funds support research and family programs for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. All brands are welcome so sign up, take a ride, make a donation and have a good time while helping kids.  (800) 253-6530;

Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows

Minneapolis (February 4-6), Chicago (February 11-13), Detroit (February 25-27)
These shows offer displays by all the major motorcycle manufacturers and accessory companies; you'll also see riding demonstrations and collect autographs. (800) 331-5706;

Arizona Bike Week
April 1-10
Scottsdale, Arizona

This 9th annual event includes racing, concerts, dyno horsepower shootouts, Harley drags, lawnmower races, poker runs, rides, silent auction and a concert by the Marshall Tucker Band. (602) 252-8204

22nd Annual Laughlin River Run
April 20-24
Laughlin, Nevada

This large event includes casino action, the Discovery Channel's Great Bike Build Off, demo rides, vendors and rides. Extra-cost concerts include those by Eddie Money, John Kay & Steppenwolf, and Collin Raye. (800) 357-8223

Run for the Wall Cross-country ride to Washington, D.C.
May 18-27

Riders from various locations reach Washington, D.C., to honor veterans and promote healing. They visit the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and parade through D.C. (620) 896-2160 (Central route), (636) 745-2458 (Southern route), or (909) 425-1680;

AspenCash Motorcycle Rally and Poker Run
May 19-22
Ruidoso, New Mexico

Includes a $10,000 poker run, four-day trade show, rides and much more. (800) 452-8045

BRAG Homecoming
June 2-5
West Bend, Wisconsin

This national event of the Buell Riders Adventure Group includes lunch, Buell factory tour, BattleTrax event, demo rides and AMA races at Road America. (888) 432-BRAG

June 6-11
Lake George, New York

For this 23rd edition of "the world's largest touring rally" you'll enjoy the huge TourExpo vendor area, two rodeo nights, and demo rides from BMW, Harley, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Triumph, Yamaha and Victory.  Enjoy boat cruises on Lake George, mini-tours, bike shows, stunt show, fireworks and many seminars. Guest speakers will include Rider's own Clem Salvadori and Bill Stermer. New this year will be another boat cruise option, two mini tours, rodeo show and air conditioning at TourExpo!
(518) 798-7888;

International Star Riders Association Cruise-Ins

Four events are scheduled in '05 for fans of Yamaha's Star line of cruisers, and all are welcome. Details are not finalized, but here's what we know: June 9-12, Texarkana, Texas Group and self-guided tours, tech sessions, music, vendors, bike show.

August 11-13, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada

At the gateway to jasper and Banff enjoy a barbecue, dance, poker run, rides, games and a bike show.
Other rallies will be held in Crescent City, California, and Moab, Utah, but dates and events were not
yet set at presstime.

Laconia Motorcycle Week
June 11-19
Laconia, New Hampshire

This 82nd annual rally features poker runs, bike shows, demo rides, street scene, tours, fireworks show, roadracing, vintage racing and the Loudon Classic race.(603) 366-2000

The 9th Annual Mother Road Ride/Rally
June 11-18
Los Angeles to Chicago

It's a rolling rally to ride and commemorate the original Route 66.  Ride the Frank and Louise Ridlon enjoy their "Wild Horse" Gold Wing sidehack at the 33rd Annual Griffith Park, California, sidecar rally.
entire 2,448-mile route from either direction, or just segments of it. There's a rallymaster, but no leader, so ride at your own pace.(817) 488-4940;

TA Gathering
June 20-24
Lake Lure, North Carolina

It was formerly the (Yamaha) Venture Touring Society with a rally called V - Daze, but the club is now the Motorcycle Touring Association and it invites all brands to its Gathering. They'll have bike games,
judging, poker runs and a bingo run. (877) 833-3687;

Christian Motorcyclist Association National West Rally
June 21-25
Ogden, Utah

This family rally includes seminars, concert, parade, bike show, vendors and camping.
(870) 389-6196;

Honda Hoot
June 22-25
Knoxville, Tennessee

This 12th-annual all-brand event offers guided and self-guided tours in the Tennessee hills, vendors, demo rides, bike shows, fireworks and a Ride for Kids event. (800) 347-1289;

Hollister Independence Rally 2005
July 1-3
Hollister, California

A commemoration of the original "Wild One" rally, Hollister features live bands, a bike show, vendors, tattoo contest, Wall ofDeath stunt show, Biker Billy, bike games, grand prize H-D Road Ping.
(831) 634-0777

Wing Ding XXVII
July 4-7
Fort Wayne, Indiana

This national rally of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association includes vendors, parades, field events, seminars, drill team demonstrations, talent show and much more. (800) 843-9460

Women on Wheels 19th Annual International Ride-In
July 5-7
Boise, Idaho

Everyone is welcome to attend this rally for its rides, seminars and camaraderie. (800) 322-1969

U.S. Motorcycle Grand Prix (Moto GP)
July 8-10
Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, California

Race fans will lock here as the world motorcycle GP returns to the United States after a 10-year absence. See all classes of GP and some AMA racing at this bcautiftil track. (800) 327-SECA,
(831) 648-5111

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days
July 15-17
Lexington, Ohio

This American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) event will be held at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and features vendors, demo rides, swap meet, auction, AHRIMA racing, classic motorcycles and memorabilia. Ducati is the featured marque, and the event will benefit the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. (800) MID-OHIO

Cold Rush XVIII
July 18-21
Grand Junction, Colorado

The theme of this Gold Wing Touring Association rally is "Back to the Future," and it features many scenic area rides, a fun park, dinner and grand prize motorcycle-or cash.  (800) 960-GWTA;

Christian Motorcyclist Association National East Rally
July 19-23
Otisville, Michigan

This family rally includes guided and self-guided tours, seminars, concert, parade, bike show and vendors. There's camping, swimming, canoeing and horseback riding. (870) 389-6196

American Voyager Association International Rally
July 19-21
Durango, Colorado

Fans of the Kawasaki Voyager dresser touring bike will meet for a welcome dinner, bike show, group rides and awards ceremony.(618) 657-2664

Star Days 2005
July 19-22
St. Joseph, Missouri

This club rally for fans of Yamaha's Star cruiser motorcycles offers rides, seminars, a bike contest, barbecue, vendors, demo rides on new Yarnahas and an auction for Feed the Children.
(800) 422-1041

2005 BMW Motorcycle Owners Association International Rally
July 21-24
Lima, Ohio

BMW MOA members will enjoy seminars, a BMW vintage display, bike judging, camping, two BMW motorcycle door prizes, tours, vendors, tech sessions and GS tours. (636) 394-7277

Squaw Classic Japanese Motorcycle Show and Swap MEET
July 23-24
SIC (Somewhere in California)

The Classic Japanese Motorcycle Club (CJMC) will be holding a show and swap meet called "SQUAW," but details have yet to be worked out. (408) 374-6288 Neil

Honda Homecoming
July 28-30
Marysville, Ohio

Held at the Marysville Honda plant, this rally offers plant tours, demo rides, bike shows and a Ride for Kids event. (800) 846-0422

Concours Owners Group 2005 National Rally
August 1-5
Centralia, Washington

Kawasaki Concours owners, and COG members and non-members alike are invited to enjoy the roads, scenery and bike show, MSF course, tech sessions, rides and banquet,

Sturgis Rally & Races
August 8-14
Sturgis, South Dakota

This enormous event features a huge street scene, many bike shows, Miss Sturgis contest, Golden Knights parachute jump, big-name bands, hill climbs, drags, short-track and half-mile racing
and hot weather. (605) 347-2556

2005 Virago Owners Club 22nd Annual Family Reunion
August 11-14
Ashtabula, Ohio

All fans of the Yamaha Virago are welcome for poker runs, field events, a wine and cheese welcome party, self-guided tours, bike show and casino night. (440) 428-6127

Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.)
22nd Annual National Rally
August 26-27
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Members of H.O.G. will enjoy concerts, demo rides, a street party on the Tennessee River and vendors. (800) CLUB-HOG;

27th Annual Davis Rally
September 10-12
New Hampton, Iowa

All are welcome for this family rally that features vendors, games, bands, dancing nightly, a dinner ride, poker ram, light parade and four $1,000 grand prizes. (641) 394-2311

Golden Aspen Rally
September 14-18
Ruidoso, New Mexico

What started as Aspencade is now in its 36th year and features five poker runs, bike judging, banquets, trials riding, field events, vendors, parade and grand-prize 2006 Harley FLHT
(800) 452-8045

Lone Star Rally
September 29-October 2

The Lone Stain Rally is free of charge, and last year's event claimed an attendance of 250,000. It includes rides, vendors, raffle, 60 concerts, 12 poker runs, national custom bike show, Pro ARIA
SuperNloto racing, demo rides and new beach events.(281) 597-8800

BMW Riders Association Celebration RA
October 6-9
Shelbyville, Tennessee

This 33rd annual rally of the BMW Riders Association will future vendors, door prizes, seminars, road and GS rides, plus entertainment. tent and RV camping are available.

Christian Motorcyclist Association Changing of the Colors Rally
October 19-23
Hatfield, Arkansas

This 30th anniversary family rally includes a chili cook-off; seminars, concert, parade, bike games and bike show, vendors and camping. (870) 389-6196;

October 20-23
Daytona Beach, Florida

This smaller, more intimate version of Bike Week includes live entertainment, bike shows, a street festival, demo rides, group rides and vendors.(866) 296-8970

34th Annual Griffith Park Sidecar Rally
October 23
Griffith Park, California

Ride your sidecar rig to this family rally and hang out in beautiful Griffith Park (Los Angeles) for the Saturday night banquet, and Sunday lounging in the park, swapping tales. (818) 780-5542

Love Ride 22
November 13
Glendale to Lake Castaic, California

"This biggest one-day bike fundraiser raises more than $l million for charity, and features a ride, big-name entertainment and lots of celebs. (818) 246-5618