With most of the world still facing COVID-19 troubles, many motorcycle enthusiasts are itching to partake in some of the Biggest Motorcycle Rallies & Events of 2022. As a companion piece to our Best Motorcycle Events 2020, this is an updated article to assist my riding family in choosing which rally or event they would like to attend this year.
For those of you that do not know, a motorcycle rally is a gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts that involve either ride-in events or several days of riding in small groups or sometimes very large groups of thousands of riders. These events are an excellent way for the motorcycle world to share time talking all things motorcycles and enjoying a special type of comradery.
Below is a list of some of the biggest and baddest rallies and events expected to take place in 2022.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2020 – Concerts, Music Festival
Date: August 5th – 14th, 2022
Location: 1040 Harley-Davidson Way, Sturgis, South Dakota 57785
When Clarence “Pappy” Hoel purchased an Indian Motorcycle franchise in the depths of the Great Depression, he had no idea that he was about to begin the most famous motorcycle gathering in the world. It all began in 1938, when Pappy, his wife, Pearl, and his newly founded Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club decided to host a race in Sturgis. Nine participants and a mere 200 spectators attended.
Today the City of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is one of, if not ‘the’ largest gatherings of motorcycle enthusiasts in the world.The Rally occurs every August in the Black Hills of South Dakota, home to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse National Memorial and Devil’s Tower Monument to name a few of the area’s most recognized ‘icons’.
The 2021 City of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, August 6th – 15th, celebrates the 81st Anniversary of the event that has become known to motorcycle enthusiasts throughout the world as the “Granddaddy of ’em all”. Attendance for the 2015 Cityof Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was estimated at 739,000 with participants from all 50 states as well as Canada and dozens of other international communities including Japan, Australia, Germany, England, etc. From South Dakota’s Governor, to entertainment and sports superstars, to motorcycle industry legends, you’re likely to find them all strolling Main Street and enjoying the sights and sounds that are “Sturgis”!
Laconia Motorcycle Week
Date: June 11th – 19th, 2022
Location: Weirs Beach, Laconia, New Hampshire 03249
If you can only choose one National Rally to attend in 2022 – choose the one you have to ride the furthest to! And if riding is your pleasure then we hope you’ll be joining us for Laconia Motorcycle Week® in 2022 because In Laconia… We Ride®!
Why New Hampshire, you may ask? Well, to truly understand the answer, you have to go back to the early years . . . 1916, to be exact (7 years were missed due to national and world events), when the first group of gypsy tour riders made the trek up US Route 3, a mostly dirt road that wound its way through the mountains, valleys and straightaways of rural New Hampshire. Back then, a trip to Laconia, a popular tourist destination even then, was a day-long trip and an even bigger commitment on two-wheels. What made the trip worth it was the camaraderie, fresh air, accessibility and, most importantly, scenery. And New Hampshire had it all! 1916 began the story of Laconia Motorcycle Week – the World’s Oldest Motorcycle Rally and the legacy continues!
Today, ask any rider the same question, “why New Hampshire?” and the answers are remarkably similar. Scenery, fresh air and accessibility. Where else can you ride up and down mountains, through quaint, New England towns, around magnificent lakes and along miles of oceanfront? All within 100 miles, too. On top of that, New Hampshire has the 5th highest motorcycle registrations, per capita and residents and businesses alike embrace the 2-wheeled visitors that embark here every June.
Once here, riders enjoy the sights and sounds of this national motorcycle rally and can experience all of the thrills you would expect at AMA sanctioned events such as Hill Climbs, vintage and super motor races, and stunt shows. Laconia Motorcycle Week also has demo rides from some of the biggest major motorcycle manufacturers including Harley-Davidson, Indian, Yamaha and more! The area bustles with live music of all kinds, bike shows, and vendors featuring the latest and greatest in the motorcycle industry. Race fans can enjoy camping at Motorcycle Nirvana and be right in the center of the racing action for the vintage races, flat track, and 99th Annual Loudon Classic.
So, there’s a lot to like about the deep and storied relationship between New Hampshire and riding – No wonder many have dubbed the state’s motto “Live Free and Ride®!” For more information on visiting New Hampshire for Laconia Motorcycle Week, check us out at LaconiaMCWeek.com.
Americade Motorcycle Rally
Date: June 7th – 11th, 2022
Location: Lake George, New York 12845
Americade has become the world’s largest multi-brand motorcycle touring rally. Local police estimates indicate it attracts 100,000 – 200,000 visitor days for the 6-day event.
It’s a convention of riders enjoying a week-long festival of motorcycling, including guided tours in the beautiful Adirondack Park, and the Green Mountains of VT.
Americade also includes a massive trade show with approx 200 vendors, demos, and displays from most major motorcycle manufacturers, catered dinner boat cruises, stunt shows, comedy shows and much, much more.
To participate, most attendees register for a full-week wristband, giving them access to the trade show, the demos, and displays, Americade’s headquarters where many events take place and much more.
Americade is a gathering of friendly, fun-loving folks, for whom motorcycling is a social hobby, but not some form of rebellion. It’s NOT the place for shows of speed, hostile attitudes, or illegally loud bikes. Americade supports the statement from the former President & CEO of Harley-Davidson: “Something We Never Want to Lose” and the AMA position that “Loud Pipes Risk Rights.”
Daytona Beach Bike Week
Date: March 4th – 13th, 2022
Location: Downtown, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
We are excited to embark on our 80th Anniversary. The official dates and logo have been announced and are featured here. Be sure to check this site again for Official Sponsors, Official Information, and Official Gear for this great new Bike Week Festival in 2022!
Daytona Beach is a city on Florida’s Atlantic coast. It’s known for Daytona International Speedway, which hosts February’s iconic Daytona 500 NASCAR race. The beach has hard-packed sand where driving is permitted in designated areas. Near the boardwalk’s rides and arcades, Daytona Beach Bandshell stages free summer concerts. Steps from the beach, Daytona Lagoon water park offers go-karts, laser tag, and waterslides.
To help plan your Bike Week Trip, check out our Bike Week Travel Guide.
Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally
Date: June 9th – 12th, 2022
Location: Circuit of the Americas, Austin, TX
Since 1995, The Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally has brought bike riders and enthusiasts from all 50 states and international locations to Austin, Texas for the largest “turnstile” (paid ticketed attendees) motorcycle bike rally in the United States. This year, The Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally is held at the Circuit Of The Americas, and is widely known for its eclectic blend of motorcycles, attractions, vendors and the rich culture of Austin, Texas.
This June, The Circuit of the Americas will host the event where you can find everything from a Custom Motorcycle Builder’s Show to vendors selling high-performance motorcycle parts. If you’re into motorcycle culture, the Republic of Texas Motorcycle rally has tons to offer attendees. In the past the rally has featured stunt shows, custom bike builders, flat track and Supermoto racing, hundreds of vendors, food trucks and the culture that makes Austin, Texas so unique.
Because Austin is considered the “Live Music Capital of The World”, the Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally prides itself in the presentation of some of the best musical acts in the business. From legends like ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd to up and coming local acts, the music scene at the rally has something to offer everybody. Performances are featured on the Main Stage in the rally midway where larger headliners perform nightly.
Austin’s natural beauty and proximity to the Texas Hill Country makes for some of the most enjoyable, scenic riding in the south and the event’s proximity to downtown Austin offers riders and attendees access to Austin’s vibrant culture. Don’t miss this year as the rally celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a bash as big as Texas.
For more information about The Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally visit us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Golden Aspen Rally
Date: May 19th – 2nd, 2022
Location: Ruidoso, NM 88355
For over 50 years, the village of Ruidoso in the southern mountains of New Mexico has hosted riders and enthusiasts for the Golden Aspen (Est. 1969) and AspenCash (Est. 1997) motorcycle rallies.
In 2018, Humberto and Blayne Maldonado’s father-son team, both long-time Ruidoso residents and Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally participants and supporters, took over from former owners.
The Maldonados worked hard to continue the rallies’ great tradition with new attractions and events, including live music and something for every motorcycle enthusiast.