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2006 Major Motorcycle Rallies and Bike Week Festivities

Get your motorcycle tuned up and ready to go. Make your hotel, motel, motorcycle campground, motorcycle resort reservations now. Find the best biker entertainment before you ride on out.

BIKE WEEK STARTS WITH DAYTONA FLORIDA IN MARCH AND RIDES ITSí WAY ACROSS AMERICA. LONG STANDING TRADITIONAL BIKE RALLIES AND NEW EVENTS ARE BEING ADDED EVERY YEAR. Plan so that a great ride is more than half the fun! Check helmet laws, conditions, and maps first.

 

Many Bike Week events started off as a motorcycle rally. Technically, a motorcycle rally, bike rally or a Bikefest can be any number of days, while a Bike Week should be at least 7. There are times when event organizers call a weekend event a bike week since itsí inception, hoping it becomes a week long event in the future. Some people have also decided to create events called motorcycle weeks. The name of the event is really of no concern because itís not the name that makes an event good. The people do.

 

65th Annual Daytona Bike Week
March 3 - March 12, 2006
Daytona Beach, Florida
Get a Room! Interactive Rally Map

10th Annual Arizona Bike Week
March 31 - April 9, 2006
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona
Get a Room! Interactive Rally Map

66th Annual Myrtle Beach Bike Week
May 12 - May 21/2006
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Get a Room! Interactive Rally Map

84th Annual Laconia Rally
June 10 - June 18, 2006
Laconia, NH, Loudon, and Weirs Beach
Get a Room! Interactive Rally Map

66th Annual Sturgis Rally
August 7 - August 13, 2006
Sturgis, South Dakota
Get a Room!   Interactive Rally Map

Bike Rally Calendar at a Glance

Bike Week Hotel Reservations

Other notable bike rallies and major motorcycle events in 2006:

Hollister Independence Rally (6/30-7/2/2006), which was started by Boozefighters MC and made famous in the movie, the Wild Ones, starring Marlon Brando, and countless documentaries afterward, will be in itsí 59th year. See Hollister Rally.

Run For The Wall is an annual coast to coast ride to make sure all Americans and the powers to be in Washington DC never forget the POW-MIA, in the 10 days leading up to Memorial Day. After every war, and particularly the Vietnam war, there are soliders and sailors not accounted for. In 2005, the 10 day ride started in Ontario, California and had a southern and central route. Motorcyclists, mostly veterans, join at various locations across the country. In addition to the two coast to coast rides, many riders from the north and south join up with them on Memorial Day. They meet in the parking lots at the Pentagon, ride through the capitol to the Wall and pay their respects to fallen comrades in arms. Some call it Rolling Thunder, due to the thunderous sound of thousands of Harleys, and they name it after Operation Rolling Thunder which was planned for eight weeks, during the Johnson administration, but lasted three years. Many of the veterans are older now and they still seek better acountability, and never forgetting those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and those who were left behind, regardless of which war.
For the 2006 Run For The Wall schedule, please check www.rftw.org. It will also be posted at Run for the Wall. and we will make an interactive map of the various stops.

Myrtle Beach Black Bike Week - Black Bike Week  was originally started by the Flaming Knight Riders in Atlantic Beach in 1980. Later, the group changed itsí name to Carolina Knight Riders MC. The event has also been called by several names. In itsí first years, it was the Atlantic Beach Bike Festival. Now in itsí 26th year, Myrtle Beach Black Bike Week runs from May 25 - May 29, 2006 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Iíve seen attendance estimates of more than 350,000 in recent years, which makes it the 3rd or 4th largest motorcycle rally; even larger than Myrtle Beach Bike Week, which is the week before. There have been hassles. Some Myrtle Beach shop keepers close for the week, claiming attendees are often lewd and not as well behaved as the MBBW crowd. In 2004, accusations of racial bias resulted in at least one lawsuit against Myrtle Beach city officials by the NAACP. There have also been some references calling it Sportsbike week rather than Black Bike Week, but that idea seems to have faded. Organizers of Myrtle Beach Black Bike Week invite all people regardless of race or the type of motorcycle you ride, ďproviding you respect usĒ.
For more info, see new page Black Bike Week, Myrtle Beach Bike Week or rollingbluethunder.com.

Laughlin River Run, an annual run to the Colorado River and the casinos in Laughlin, Nevada is the largest motorcycle event on the west coast and will be in itsí 24th year. Several years ago there were reports of some killings taking place in casinos by rival MCís, but the run continues to be extremely popular. April 26 - April 30, 2006.
Also, see laughlinriverrun.com and Laughlin River Run.

Connecticut Motorcycle Week, also called Connecticut Bike Week, had a couple of very good years but was less attended in itsí 9th year, 2005, (August 3 - August 9, 2005) due to problems with finding a cooperative host city. Event organizers struggled with holding the official event in Torrington, CT. The word from the forum at motorcycleweeks.com is that part of the troubles are due to someone crashing a city vehicle and getting a DWI in 2002. Any rallying in 2005 ended up being smaller statewide parties, and unofficial rallying in Torrington. The organizers deserve much credit for persistence and numerous attempts. Riders in Connecticut certainly would love to rally and proved it by past attendance. As of November, 2005, whether or not there is going to be a 2006 Connecticut Motorcycle Week remains to be seen.
If we hear more, weíll get the word out, and until then, make the most of other Connecticut motorcycle events and keep hoping that eventually a city will get smart and get behind a Connecticut Bike Week or Connecticut Motorcycle Week. Mystic maybe? They know the value of tourism.

Lone Star Rally, in Galveston Texas, had terrific attendance in 2004, with estimates of 250,000. In 2005, Hurricane Rita blew into town on the weekend of the rally, so the event was rescheduled. It was rescheduled once more after organizers consulted with city officials about storm damage. The event was held November 3 - November 6, 2005 rather than September 29 - October 2. There were a record number of terrible hurricanes in 2005. As a result, as of November 2005, the 2006 Lone Star Rally dates are not yet announced. It will be interesting to see when the organizers will schedule the 2006 Lone Star Rally.
For updated 2006 info as it becomes available, see lonestarrally.com Interactive Motorcycle Rally Maps

Love Ride in Glendale, California is called ďthe largest one day motorcycle event in the world in support of improving the quality of life for those less fortunateĒ. It began in 1981 as Bikersí Carnival, behind the H-D dealership owned by Oliver Shokouh. It had auspicious beginnings, raising a small amount of funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The event failed to meet itsí goals, so it was not even held in 1983. However, in 1984, Oliver held a new event called Love Ride. Peter Fonda announced it,  and Robbie Krieger of the Doors was to perform. Love Ride received a lot of press and has had the attention of celebrities, helping it to remain a major event ever since.
For more information see loveride.org and California Bikers.

Trail of Tears is an annual ride to commemorate a forced displacement and terrible march of American Indian people from their lands to reservations, which resulted in the death of many. September 16, 2006. The ride is always the 3rd Saturday of September. It starts in Chatanooga, TN and ends in Waterloo, AL.
For more information see al-tn-trailoftears.org. Information about this extremely popular ride is also posted at Tennessee Bikers, Alabama Bikers, Georgia Bikers, and North Carolina Bikers.

Heritage Motorcycle Rally is also referred to as Bike Week Charleston. The 2006 event in the area of Charleston, South Carolina, will be itís 4th, and is scheduled for April 7 - April 16, 2006. Kickín Horse Saloon is ďthe birthplace of the Heritage Motorcycle RallyĒ and offers free camping 24/7.
For more info: Heritage Motorcycle Rally, or South Carolina Bikers.

DelMarVa Bike Week - 9/14 - 917/2006

There are many more major motorcycle rallies and major events that are not yet listed above. Check the bike rally calendar , interactive motorcycle rally maps, the motorcycle events listings by state, and check back here on the Bike Week section later for detailed information about some of them which will be added, like Americade, Cherokee Rally, ROT Rally, Smokeout, Wakin the Dragon Rally, H.O.G. rallies in all the states, Outer Banks Bike Week, major toy runs, and a large number of major bikefests such as Biketoberfest, Leesburg Bikefest, Raleigh Bikefest, and Las Vegas Bikefest.

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Bike Week and Major Motorcycle Rally Attendance Estimates

Daytona Bike Week 65th Annual Daytona Bike Week, 3/3 - 3/12/2006. Daytona Beach and many other parts of Florida from Orlando to Key West. Estimated attendance was about 350,000, which was lower than the 500,000 from the year before. Related links: Florida Bikers

April 7 - April 10, 2005 Outer Banks, North Carolina
Outer Banks Bike Week From Virgina Beach to Kitty Hawk and Cape Hatteras.

Laughlin River Run - Annual rally. Expecting more than 50,000 bikers. 4/20 - 4/24/2005. Nevada Bikers

Myrtle Beach Bike Week - Expecting over 200,000 bikers. 5/12 - 5/21/06. South Carolina Bikers

Run for the Wall aka Rolling Thunder 5/17/05 - 5/29/05. Ride with 2 cross country routes across America from Ontario, California to the Wall in Washington, DC. Central Route. Southern Route.

Myrtle Beach Black Bike Week aka Myrtle Beach Sportsbike week estimated crowd over 350,000 includes onlookers. 5/26 - 5/30/05. South Carolina Bikers

Laconia Rally - 83rd Annual Laconia Rally, 6/10 - 6/18/2005 Laconia, Loudon race track, and Weirs Beach, New Hampshire. Estimated attendance of 400,000 last year. Related links: NH Hotels , New Hampshire Bikers

Hollister Rally - 58th Annual Hollister Independence Rally, 7/1 - 7/3/05. California Bikers

Sturgis Rally 66 Annual Black Hills Rally. 8/7 - 8/13/2005. Related link: South Dakota Bikers

Lonestar Rally - 9/29 - 10/2/05 Galveston, Texas - estimated attendance of 250,000 last year. Related link: Texas Bikers

Daytona Beach Biketoberfest - 13th Annual Daytona Beach Biketoberfest 10/20 - 10/23/05. Florida Bikers

Interactive Motorcycle Rally Maps

MAKE HOTEL AND MOTEL RESERVATIONS ONLINE NOW at BAYS!

Almost All the Makings of a Fullblown Weeklong Motorcycle Rally.
9/14/2005 Raleigh, NC Worldwide Bikers
Ray Price Capital City Bikefest, with top-notch entertainment lineup the first weekend in October, combined with AHDRA Eastern Finals at Rockingham Dragway the second weekend in October, has almost all the ingredients to kickstart a major motorcycle rally in North Carolina. Independent biker-friendly places can create great events during the week. MCís can schedule awesome rides, but here is the big question:Will NC mandatory helmet laws keep the crowds away?
Raleigh Bikefest

Run for the Wall Photos from Roanoke.

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