17th annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ: Arkansas outpouring

Fayetteville, Ark., Sept. 21–24—For a rally that started in 2000 with about 300 curious bikers showing up, Bikes, Blues & BBQ has come a long way. From its origins at a Bike Night at Jose’s Mexican Restaurant in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to a presentation to the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce by Police Chief Richard Watson, BBB is now heavily sponsored and ...

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The Dream Ride: Inspiration on wheels

Steve Kent of Massachusetts sharing the biker experience

Farmington, Conn., Aug. 18–25—“Inspiration” is a word that is repeatedly heard at the Dream Ride—from riders, sponsors, and Special Olympics athletes around whom the Dream Ride revolves. With 16 years under its belt, it can be a challenge to keep making an event bigger and better, but inspiration to meet challenges is the very core of this event. Each Special ...

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Sturgis 76th Rally: Changes abound in the City of Riders

The Buffalo Chip is an exciting hotbed of sights and activities during the Sturgis motorcycle rally

STURGIS, S.D., AUG. 8–14—Riders from around the globe have religiously made the annual trek to Sturgis during the rally’s 76-year reign as the most famous biker bash in the world, and while the parties, concerts, races and riding are indeed legendary, it’s the landscape and spirituality of the Black Hills that make this rally the top of the heap when ...

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Roar on the Shore: Celebrating community

Bikes line State Street in front of the historic Warner Theater

Erie, Pa., July 13–17—The challenges of holding a major motorcycle rally inside your city limits are many. But it’s a challenge that Erie, Pennsylvania, has been up to for 10 consecutive years. Bikers are, and enjoy being perceived as, a little different than the average citizen but this rally balances the interest of the community and the rally goer pretty ...

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The Wild Ones Weekend: Rust and relaxation

Chet Herbert’s Harley-Davidson, “The Beast”

Milwaukee, Wis., July 7–10—There’s two things to do with bikes in Chicago: drink beer around them or work on them while drinking beer. Chicago is where taxable income, riding skills and scenic beauty go to die. Fortunately, while it may be cursed by its Illinois location, Chicago is as richly blessed by its proximity to Wisconsin—better beer and Milwaukee, in ...

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14th annual Ride for Children’s School Supplies


St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 21—The sky seemed to be holding steady on the last day of the second annual Indian Motorcycle Bike Week, a welcome change from the rest of the week. “I didn’t think I’d be buying rain gear for this ride!” laughed Pete, who had ridden from New Jersey to be here. “My bike’s gone a year and ...

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Redwood Run: Rocking through the redwoods

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Piercy, Calif., June 10–12—The annual pilgrimage to cut loose and party down along the gently rippling waters of the Eel River is about as close to a religious experience as some of us scooter trash ever get as we come together to commune with our brethren in the ancient trees. The typically quiet and enchanted redwood forest is brought to ...

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16th annual Lighthouse Run: Riding the Oregon coast

Things were a bit damp as attendees arrived at the North Umpqua Lighthouse

Coos Bay, Ore., June 17–19—Several days before the 16th annual Lighthouse Run I popped into Highway 101 Harley-Davidson in Coos Bay, Oregon, to meet Karen Pettit. She and her husband Al took over the shop 10 years ago and the store has been buzzing along ever since. I found her behind the counter with one of her diligent workers stuffing ...

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