Your bike is tuned, the weather is good, your GPS has been ported and polished and your credit card has been bored and stroked; it’s time to head out on the road! You want to go where riders gather, where you can find like-minded souls for rides, rallies and camaraderie. Well, we have the lowdown on the major touring events this year so grab your calendar, check our list and finalize your plans. Before you raise that kickstand, however, visit the event’s website to catch up on any last-minute changes.
The list below consists of major, national-level events. Check out our calendar for even more smaller, regional and local events.
44th SCMA Three Flags Classic
San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico, to Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
August 29-September 3
If you want to gather with like-minded long distance riders but also enjoy their camaraderie on a ride from Mexico to Canada (hence the name–Three Flags), this is the rally for you. Finishers are awarded a unique buckle, plus a plaque, pin, shirt and more, and you can toast your achievement at the Finishers’ Banquet.
BMW Riders Association National Rally
Held at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, this “Set My Soul Free” rally offers camping, vendors, seminars and live music. And of course with its location in Virginia, plan on some great scenic rides.
Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally
Ruidoso, New Mexico
The Golden Aspen has new owners, locals who have participated in the rally for years, and they’re promising that this 50th anniversary rally will be better than ever. There will be vendors, entertainment, rides around the scenic local area and a grand parade. Check the website for more details as they become available.
Bikes, Blues & BBQ
This 19th annual rally is a charity event that benefits women, children and the underserved in the local area. On tap are factory demo rides, live music, poker runs, the Arkansas state BBQ contest, a “Battle of the Bikes” show and contest, the Miss BBB contest, a parade and a car show.
Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally
Myrtle Beach Area, South Carolina
September 30-October 6
This area offers just too much fun to be encompassed within one rally, so there’s a Fall Rally in addition to the Spring event. Again, you may ride the Grand Strand, take local tours, and enjoy live bands, drag racing and the Myrtle Beach nightlife.
Barber Vintage Festival
Billed as “The World’s Largest Motorcycle Museum,” the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum Festival presents not only museum tours but also vintage racing at the track, stunt shows, swap meets, a Bonham’s auction, demo rides, seminars and hundreds of vendors.
CMA Changing of the Colors Rally
This is a family rally of the Christian Motorcyclists Association. It features services each morning and evening with prayer, worship and encouragement from the CMA National leadership team. Kidz for Christ events are for ages 4 to 12, and The Youth Movement is for ages 13 and up. Riders will appreciate seminars, a parade, bike games and self-guided scenic rides.
Daytona Beach, Florida
This 27th annual event is a smaller, less-frenzied version of Daytona’s spring event but it still offers bike shows, racing at Daytona International Speedway, a huge street scene with lots of live music and about 100,000 fellow riders to share it with.
Lone Star Rally
October 31-November 3
Down in Texas, this four-day celebration offers bike games and bike shows, rides, lots of live entertainment, bike builder competitions and a car and truck show. There’s also a Miss Lone Star Rally contest and hundreds of vendors.
Mount Hamilton Small Bike Scramble
San Jose, California
This one-day event is sponsored by the Classic Japanese Motorcycle Club, and is for small bikes of up to 180cc, any make or year. It’s an 80-mile round-trip ride that leaves San Jose and climbs to over 4,000 feet to the Historic Lick Observatory, then heads back down for lunch. You don’t need to be a club member to participate.