Harley-Davidson Releases 5 goals for the Next Ten Years through 2027

April 21, 2017 at 12:52pm | Biker InCite

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON releases First Quarter Financials 2017




In their 2017 First Quarter financial results Harley-Davidson releases 5 goals for the next ten years through 2027.

  • Build two million new Harley-Davidson riders in the U.S.
  • Grow international business to 50 percent of annual volume
  • Launch 100 new, high-impact motorcycles
  • Deliver superior return on invested capital for Harley-Davidson Motor Company (S&P 500 top 25%)
  • Grow the business without growing its environmental impact

We enjoy the aggressive goals from the Motor Company despite a decrease in sales from 2016.


Harley Davidson Press Release  | April 17, 2017 | Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Harley-Davidson Releases First Quarter 2017 Results

Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) first quarter 2017 diluted EPS decreased 22.8 percent to $1.05 compared to $1.36 in the same period of 2016. First quarter net income was $186.4 million on consolidated revenue of $1.50 billion versus net income of $250.5 million on consolidated revenue of $1.75 billion in the first quarter of last year.

First quarter U.S. retail sales were in line with our projections and we remain confident in our full-year plan despite international retail sales being down in the first quarter, said Matt Levatich, CEO, Harley-Davidson. We are very pleased with our continued growth in U.S. market share and the progress our U.S. dealers made in reducing their inventory of 2016 motorcycles in the quarter.

We recently announced our plan to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders globally. We are energized by our focused strategy, and we believe our powerful brand and commitment to excellence will position us to drive demand for our products and grow our sport, concluded Levatich.

The company's long-term strategy through 2027 is focused on five objectives to:

  • Build two million new Harley-Davidson riders in the U.S.;
  • Grow international business to 50 percent of annual volume;
  • Launch 100 new, high-impact motorcycles;
  • Deliver superior return on invested capital for Harley-Davidson Motor Company (S&P 500 top 25%); and
  • Grow the business without growing its environmental impact.

Harley-Davidson Retail Motorcycle Sales

1st Quarter
2017 2016 Change
U.S. 33,316 35,326 -5.7%
Canada 2,361 2,470 -4.4%
Latin America 2,342 1,886 24.2%
EMEA 10,167 10,210 -0.4%
Asia Pacific 6,863 7,566 -9.3%
International Total 21,733 22,132 -1.8%
Worldwide Total 55,049 57,458 -4.2%

First quarter worldwide retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles were down driven by lower sales in the U.S. As we expected, U.S. sales were adversely impacted by soft industry sales and the company's decision to reduce shipments of model year 2017 motorcycles. This decision helped dealers focus on selling down their model year 2016 retail inventory. International retail sales were down behind weak sales in Asia Pacific, partially offset by strong growth in Latin America. Retail sales in EMEA and Canada were both down as they compared against strong prior year growth of 8.8 percent and 16.3 percent, respectively.

Motorcycles and Related Products Segment Results

$ in thousands 1st Quarter
2017 2016 Change
Motorcycle Shipments (vehicles) 70,831 83,036 -14.7%
Motorcycles $1,099,702 $1,317,578 -16.5%
Parts & Accessories $169,025 $183,705 -8.0%
General Merchandise $55,836 $70,618 -20.9%
Gross Margin Percent 35.9% 37.4% -1.5 pts
Operating Income $238,842 $332,457 -28.2%
Operating Margin Percent 18.0% 21.1% -3.1 pts

In the first quarter, revenue from the Motorcycles and Related Products segment was down versus the first quarter of 2016 on lower shipments.

Financial Services Segment Results

$ in thousands 1st Quarter
2017 2016 Change
Revenue $173,221 $173,358 -0.1%
Operating Income $52,636 $56,371 -6.6%

The Financial Services segment operating income was down 6.6 percent year-over-year due to a higher provision for credit losses.

Income Tax Rate

For the first quarter of 2017, Harley-Davidson's effective tax rate was flat compared to the prior year at 34.5 percent. The company continues to expect its full-year 2017 effective tax rate will be approximately 34.5 percent.

Other Results

At the end of the first quarter of 2017, cash and marketable securities totaled $844.7 million, compared to $739.1 million in 2016. Harley-Davidson generated $159.9 million of cash from operating activities in the first quarter of 2017 compared to $41.1 million in the same period of 2016. The company paid a cash dividend of $0.365 per share for the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 4.3 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016. On a discretionary basis, the company repurchased 1.2 million shares of its common stock during the first quarter of 2017 for $70.9 million. There were approximately 177.1 million weighted-average diluted common shares outstanding in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 184.2 million shares in the first quarter of 2016. At the end of the first quarter, 18.0 million shares remained on a board-approved share repurchase authorization.


For 2017, Harley-Davidson continues to anticipate full-year motorcycle shipments to be flat to down modestly in comparison to 2016. In the second quarter of 2017, the company expects to ship approximately 80,000 to 85,000 motorcycles.

Harley-Davidson continues to expect full-year 2017 operating and gross margin as a percent of revenue to be approximately in line with 2016.

The company continues to expect that full-year 2017 capital expenditures will be $200 million to $220 million.

Company Background

Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company of Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services. Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles, riding experiences and events and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. Harley-Davidson Financial Services provides wholesale and retail financing, insurance, extended service and other protection plans and credit card programs to Harley-Davidson dealers and riders in the U.S., Canada and other select international markets. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson's Web site at www.harley-davidson.com.





Sturgis Buffalo Chip®'s Moto Stampede® Race Series Expands Diverse Schedule of Races

Press Release Sturgis Buffalo Chip | April 21, 2017 | Biker InCite®

The epicenter of rally events adds multiple days of racing action at the Largest Music Festival in MotorcyclingTM.

Sturgis, SD (April 21, 2017) More adrenaline-packed racing events have this year been added to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Moto Stampede race series at the premier action center of the rally. Six of the motorcycle and music festival's nine days offers thrilling racing from American Flat Track and RSD Super Hooligan to street drags, Dirt Riot Off-Road, and AMA Supermoto. Audiences will have an up-close viewing experience with concert pairings they won't find in any other venue in the world. One pass includes access to Moto Stampede races, all concerts and events held within the campground and tent camping. Passes may be purchased for each day with multi-day packages offering the best value. More info can be found here.

The rally was founded on racing. The Buffalo Chip's Moto Stampede pairs multiple days and types of races with the rally's biggest concerts to create a series of events neither the rally nor the world has ever before seen, said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. We intend to shake the ground with excitement and horsepower. That's why it's called the Moto Stampede.


The Moto Stampede offers the industry's most concentrated series of motorsports events:

AMA Supermoto Practice at the Buffalo Chip

Dirt Riot Off-Road Racing

Off-road racers in UTV, Ultra Four Car and Truck Super Mod Trail classes will tear up the award-winning track at the Buffalo Chip PowerSports Complex on Friday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5. Entry to the Aug. 4 time trials is free. Championships on Aug. 5 are ticketed separately from campground events and passes are $20.

American Flat Track® AMA Pro Racing Sanctioned Races

AFT racing action will take place on Sunday, Aug. 6, sending the nation's top professional racing athletes through the new Buffalo Chip TT track that winds through the center of the venues famous amphitheater. Indian Wrecking Crew revives the long-held rivalry with Harley-Davisdon's Factory Crew in a battle fans are referring to as The Hundred Years War.  Shinedown will perform on the Wolfman Jack Stage immediately following the races.

RSD Super Hooligan Races

 Street Drag Invitational Races with Crazy John

Crazy John Markwald will be back to pit even more of his friends in head-to-head hat drop street races down the middle of the Buffalo Chip amphitheater on Wednesday, Aug. 9 during the Buffalo Chip Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John.

RSD Super Hooligan Races

Immediately following the street drags Roland Sands and his crew will go handlebar to handlebar in the RSD Super Hooligan races presented by Indian Motorcycle. Passes include performance by Ozzy Osbourne along with other headliners on the main stage that evening.

Roland Sand 2016

AMA Supermoto Races

This high-energy race hybrid will bring Sturgis Buffalo Chip campers face to face with the ultimate through-the-streets style racing on Friday, Aug. 11 and Saturday, Aug. 12 as racers fly around a one-of-a-kind Supermoto track that cuts through both the amphitheater and the streets in the surrounding campground.

AMA Supermoto

The top racing talent in the country including reigning and 3x National Champion, Gage McAllister and #2 and #3 ranked racers will attend. Alter Bridge will perform after the AMA Supermoto races along with other headlining bands yet to be announced.

In addition to the Moto Stampede races, Chip fans will enjoy more world-class concerts, death-defying stunts, motorcycle showcases and more throughout the full nine-day Buffalo Chip festival. Additional concert and event announcements are expected soon.

Nine Day Buffalo Chip Concert and Event Schedule To Date:

Friday, Aug. 4

  • Dirt Riot off-road trials 1pm-5pm, 6pm qualifying, free to the public
  • Headlining concerts yet to be announced

Saturday, Aug. 5

  • Dirt Riot off-road racing 12pm - 5pm, separately ticketed $20
  • Opening of the 2017 Motorcycles as Art exhibit Old Iron/Young Blood
  • Headlining concerts yet to be announced

Sunday, Aug. 6

  • American Flat Track Buffalo Chip TT Races presented by Indian Motorcycle Shinedown

Monday, Aug. 7

  • The Doobie Brothers
  • Legends Ride®
  • Full Throttle Florida Bike Show, 12pm registration, 5pm awards
  • More headlining Concerts to Be Announced Soon

Tuesday, Aug. 8

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Blackberry Smoke
  • Biker Belles®
  • Full Throttle Florida Bike Show, 12pm registration, 5pm awards
  • Sportster Showdown presented by Led Sled and Biltwell

Wednesday, Aug. 9

  • Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John, 1pm
  • RSD Super Hooligan Races presented by Indian Motorcycle, 3:30pm
  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • More headlining concerts yet to be announced

Thursday, Aug. 10

  • George Thorogood and the Destroyers
  • Blink-182
  • Freedom Celebration and Ride
  • Rat's Hole Bike Show
  • Doug Dangers World Record Rattlesnake Jump on Evel Knievel's 1972 XR750

Friday, Aug. 11

  • AMA Supermoto Racing, 11am practice, 3pm heat races, 5pm main races
  • Alter Bridge
  • More headlining concerts yet to be announced

Saturday, Aug. 12

  • AMA Supermoto Racing, 10:30am practice, 2pm heat races, 4pm main races
  • Headlining concerts yet to be announced


More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.






RIP - John Parham 62, Motorcycle Industry Innovator

4.21.2017  | 8:34am Biker InCite® | Cindy Erato


J & P Founder - John Parham

ANAMOSA, IA  | (RIP)  John Parham, motorcycle industry innovator passed away from a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis on Thursday, April 20th.  Parham 62, was a forward thinker along with his wife Jill and son Zachery building many of the golden jewels in the motorcycle industry.

A racer, innovator, builder and business mogul John founded the National Motorcycle Museum, a destination whose story compasses the history of motorcycles and the drips with passion for the sport.  Motorcycle enthusiasts have also come to know Parham's J& P Cycles brand,  J & P, a leader in mail product cataloging provides aftermarket parts while delivering complete excellence in customer service and knowledge.

Today the motorcycle industry remembers John's gentle spirit, kind heart and his commitment to his family and friends.  His passion for motorcycles; vintage and current along with his development of events and promotions innovation made Parham a one-of-a-kind force.  A memorial service will be held in early May.

In John's honor please check Organ Donation on your license, it gave John, his family and this industry an additional 7 years.  Rest in peace John and condolences to Jill, Zachery and the Parham family.  He will be deeply missed not only by his family but the motorcycle world.  RIP.


Sturgis Museum Hall of Fame Inductee 2006 - John Parham Bio

When John Parham was 16 years old he undertook a tactical maneuver that would change his life. He ran away from home for two day to make his parents understand how important it was for him to buy a BSA. His parents finally agreed, John bought the bike and immediately turned it into a chopper.

In 1975, two years after graduating from high school, John Parham's dream of owning a motorcycle shop. It became a reality when he joined with his high school science teacher and they opened D&J Cycles in Anamosa, Iowa.  John and his mechanic Ron would work at the shop during the day and his partner Don would come in the afternoons, relieving John to head off to his full time job at the local factory. 

In 1979,  John went on his own and created J&P Cycles. This was also when he began attending weekend swap meets with some regularity, buying and selling used parts. He left his job in 1982 and, with his wife Jill, began investing all of his energy and time in his own business. And it paid off.  In 1987 John published the first J&P Cycles catalog, a 24 page masterpiece and a tool for riders that would grow beyond even John's expectations. 

Always the innovator, John began promoting events throughout Iowa and Wisconsin. This venture became so lucrative that he created J&P Promotions, quickly expanding nationwide with over 50 annual events stretching from California to New Jersey. He promoted motorcycle swap meets, bike shows, hill climbs, motorcycle rodeos, dirt track races and the All Harley Drag Races. John went on to create the AHDRA Western Drag Race division to bring All Harley Drag Racing back to the west coast. He started the J&P Promotions Bike Show Super Series which included bike shows across the country for both metric and v-twin motorcycles. A true vintage enthusiast, John was instrumental in starting and promoting the annual Davenport Antique Flat Track race.  This event still takes place each year during the Blackhawk Chapter Annual meet of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America.

Jill joined the company full time in 1992, becoming his right hand and managing the business end. It gave John the opportunity to put all of his energy in developing new ways to bring a variety of products to an ever increasing riding population. Their partnering proved successful and in 2004, J&P Cycles 25th anniversary, they earned Dealer News Magazine's prestigious Best Independent Dealer award. 

John Parham's gift is understanding the needs of riders and filling that need by delivering a product to them efficiently and economically. His vision and exceptional ability to keep one step ahead of the game has allowed him to live his dream and become successful doing it. In 2006 J&P Cycles has not one, but three motorcycle product catalogs. One for Harley-Davidson models, 1144 pages; another for metric models, 600 pages; and a third for vintage models, 340 pages. It appears that all of his hard work has paid off.








Planning your summer vacation don't miss Chainsaw Wood Sculptor Dahl

Dahl's Chainsaw Art - Just minutes from Mt. Rushmore

Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, just minutes from Mt. Rushmore is a gallery of amazing wood carvings.  Jarrett Dahl brings life back into the Ponderosa Pines, creating masterpieces of art. From adorable bears to majestic eagles, there is something for everyone. Once in SD see live demonstrations, shop, or just browse through the pieces always on display.

342 Winter Street | Keystone,  SD 57751





D3 Riffs - Half Chaps that Zip on and off in Seconds

Ride in Style with D3 Riffs Half Chaps for Men & Women



These designer chaps protect from wind, rain and road debris.  Each chap is hand sewn and perfected by their meticulous leather smith, by using US Top Grain steer hide which is milled to a strong 5.5 oz. leather chap.  This flawless combination breaks in quickly to give comfort with that broken in feel.

See D3 Riffs for yourself, Click HERE for more information on how to purchase them.

This patented design is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.









Dana White, President of UFC is lookin' for a fight at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Fun times in Sturgis, for the Motorcycle Rally

UFC President Dana White saddles up with fellow thrill seekers Matt Serra and Din Thomas for The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, where activities include a road trip to Mount Rushmore, a tattoo cover-up and a front row seat for an attraction known as The Wall of Death. Then the three journey to Atlantic City to scout for talent at a local fight promotion.

Watch White experience his first riding in the rain and hail storm which is a common occurance




What does your Best Destination Photo look like?

Here is our Best Destination Photo; Holy Hill

Did you get a great shot and want to show it off?  On a fall day in Wisconsin this photo below was shot by our pilot, Michael Ruka.

The photo was taken in Wisconsin and is a destination favorite for bikers. Certain times of the year are better than others but taking a ride to the Shrine in Hubertus has its perks.  This church is nestled in Washington County and sits on a glacial hill so the views are fantastic.

Climb the clock tower to get a great view of the Kettle Moraine area.  The scenic tower, open from May 1 to October 31, offers spectacular panoramic views of the Kettle Moraine area.  Click HERE and for information and times and events.

There is an extra bonus to this ride, the roads are as smooth as glass with newly asphalted roads to make this visit perfect.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, at Holy Hill | 1525 Carmel Road | Hubertus, WI  53033

Fall Beauty at The Holy Hill Shrine in Hubertus, WI | Photo by Michael Ruka

AIMEXPO New Place and New Competition in Ohio

Custom Culture Pavilion at AIMExpo Presented by Nationwide Celebrates The Motorcycle Customizer   Championship of the Americas Competition Returns, Brittney Olsen Named Custom Culture Ambassador

IRVINE, Calif. (April 12, 2017) - The American International Motorcycle Expo presented by Nationwide (AIMExpo) announced the return of the highly popular Custom Culture Pavilion to the 2017 show, taking place this September 21-24 from the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Custom Culture at AIMExpo is designed to attract young enthusiasts and provide an exhibit area for aftermarket manufacturers of custom products, performance engine components and lifestyle apparel. The pavilion will also feature the Championship of the Americas custom bike build-off and the interactive “Artisan’s Row.” For 2017, antique motorcycle racer Brittney Olsen has been named the Custom Culture ambassador.

For the third year, AIMExpo presented by Nationwide will host the Championship of the Americas (CofA) bike build-off, an AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building qualifying event. With each year the bikes continue to impress the crowds that flood the aisles of the show, and last year’s entries were no exception. In addition to the established Freestyle, Street Custom, Retro Custom and Performance Custom classes, new awards will be given to best bobber, café, chopper and tracker that “Trended” across social media.  With the new location of this year’s show within 50% of the United States population, the quality and quantity of builds showcased in the 2017 Championship of the Americas competition will be the best-of-the-best from North America.   In addition to the CofA bike build-off, the Custom Culture Pavilion will feature exhibitors that have embraced the custom lifestyle. Skidmark Garage, a 10,000 sq. ft. community motorcycle garage in Cleveland, will host the Skidmark Garage Showcase & Lounge, a marquee showcase in the pavilion that will provide an engaging area for attendees and builders to mingle, take photos and share dreams. The “Artisans Row” will showcase talent of industry craftsmen and craftswomen in a variety of fields including photography, tattooing, leather work, pinstriping, metal work and even kids face painting.

With the Custom Culture Pavilion bustling with activity throughout the four-day show, attendees will have a chance to meet and talk with the 2017 Custom Culture ambassador Brittney Olsen. The antique motorcycle racer, who recently took top honors at the inaugural Sons of Speed race in Daytona Beach, Florida, will be on hand to share her passion for educating current and future motorcyclist about early American motorcycle racing - done through her company 20th Century Racing. Leading up to AIMExpo presented by Nationwide, Olsen will also be a spokesperson for the show and its efforts to embrace the new custom culture taking place in today’s motorcycle landscape.

“Custom Culture at AIMExpo fulfills a request from the industry for an area where traditional V-Twin and newer genre custom products can be showcased,” said Bob Kay, Custom Culture Director. “It is quickly becoming one of the show’s highest traffic areas as we continue to develop and define what it means to be a part of the custom culture in 2017.”

Be sure to stay tuned to the AIMExpoUSA.com website and keep up to date on exciting news as it happens by visiting AIMExpo’s social media pages. “Like” the American International Motorcycle Expo presented by Nationwide on Facebook, and “Follow” on Twitter or Instagram: @AIMExpo.


Yamaha gets it right with new video, "It's All About the Journey."

April 12, 2017 | Yamaha

Yamaha riders explain the feeling, "you can never see the   world like you can on a motorcycle."




5 days ago, Yamaha released a lifestyle video telling the story that every motorcyclist feels.

The sense of freedom you feel from a machine that takes you on a journey and let's you see things like you have never seen before.   Yamaha Star owners who've toured hundreds of thousands of miles combined reveal what drives them to experience the world on their Star Motorcycles. #JourneyFurther


AMA Gypsy Tour Schedule for 2017

2017 AMA National Gypsy Tour Series SCHEDULE

One of the original experiences in motorcycling, gypsy tours are gatherings of riders from all over the country, converging upon a single destination. AMA National Gypsy Tours brings like-minded riders together to enjoy the camaraderie of motorcycling, often in a location of particular beauty, historic significance and/or importance to the sport.


March 10-19, 2017

AMA Gypsy Tour at Bike Week

Daytona Beach, Fla., is where riders have been heading for 76 years. Daytona International Speedway is host to several AMA races throughout the week. The event offers concerts, a swap meet and plenty of vendors. The AMA will have a booth located at the speedway, as a stop in the 2017 AMA National Gypsy Tour.

Info: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Riding/Story/national-gypsy-tours

AMA sanctioned rides and races: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Daytona17

April 5-9, 2017

Arizona Bike Week at WestWorld

Held in Scottsdale, Ariz., the event is celebrating its 21st anniversary in 2017. It features four concerts, flat track racing, a charity ride, freestyle motocross stunt shows and more.

Info: www.azbikeweek.com


April 26-29, 2017

Laughlin River Run

Laughin, Nev., is nestled on the river where Nevada, California and Arizona meet. Over the decades, it's grown into a tourist destination and resort. The rally offers a concert series, custom bike show, poker run for charity, vendors and more.

Info: www.laughlinriverrun.com

May 3-7, 2017

19th Annual Thunder Beach Spring Rally

A bike show, bike parade, poker run and freestyle motocross are just a few of the activities available at the rally in Panama City Beach, Fla. The rides that take place during the event benefit a number of charities around the area. Vendors are also setup onsite for attendees to enjoy.

Info: www.thunderbeachproductions.com

May 12-21, 2017

Myrtle Beach Bike Week

For 78 years, Myrtle Beach Bike Week has allowed riders to enjoy a beautiful ride along the coastline. The event is spread out over approximately 80 miles with restaurants and vendors throughout.  The “grand strand” route that many love to ride runs from the North Carolina and South Carolina line to Georgetown, S.C.

Info: www.myrtlebeachbikeweek.com

June 5-10, 2017

Americade Motorcycle Touring Rally

Americade is celebrating its 35th year. The event includes dinner boat cruises, barbeques and parties, seminars on motorcycling topics, demo rides, bike show competitions, stunt shows, a skills challenge and two nights of concerts near the shores of Lake George, N.Y. There's also riding courses, ziplining, a motorcycling fashion show and more.

Info: www.americade.com

June 10-18, 2017

Laconia Motorcycle Week

Dubbed as the "world's oldest motorcycle rally," Laconia Motorcycle Week began it's gypsy tour in 1916. Settled in New Hampshire, the location provides for beautiful scenic riding in the countryside.

Info: www.laconiamcweek.com

June 22-25, 2017

Thunder in the Valley

Johnstown, Pa., is home to Thunder in the Valley.  The 20th annual rally will feature vendors, live musical and displays from a variety of motorcycle manufacturers.

Info: www.visitjohnstownpa.com/thunder-valley

July 7-9, 2017

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

This three-day motorcycle festival features America's largest motorcycle swap meet, national championship vintage racing in numerous disciplines, a lap for history on the road racing track and unforgettable fun.

Info: www.AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com

July 12-16, 2017

Roar on the Shore

Celebrating its 11th anniversary is Roar on the Shore in Erie, Pa. A fallen riders memorial run is scheduled, along with live entertainment, demo rides, a parade, stunt shows and a beer garden.

Info: www.roarontheshore.com

August 2-6, 2017

National Bikers Roundup

Held in Kansas City, Mo., this event is the largest camping motorcycle rally in the United States. This is the 40th year for the event that works to unite the community. The rally also raises funds to donate to local food charities.

Info: www.nationalbikersroundup.org/rally/

August 23-27, 2017

Rally in the Gorge

Three rallies in one: Sportbike Northwest, Dualsport Northwest and Sport Touring Northwest. These rallies in Hood River, Ore., can lead you on rides around the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area on hundreds of miles of paved roads that weave between green forests and river valleys. For dual sport adventure types, the area features a wide array of dirt and gravel roads, two track and single track. The event also offers seminars to help you expand your motorcycling expertise. Relax with other riders at the campsites with onsite food options, hot showers, flush toilets, a bike wash and more.

Info: www.soundrider.com/rally/

September 13-17, 2017

Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally

The 48th year of this rally in Ruidoso, N.M., is something to be celebrated. It features a 55,000 square feet trade show, seven poker runs/tours, meals, music, a skilled rider challenge, drill team performances and more. It’s also an AMA National Road Riding Convention.

Info: www.motorcyclerally.com

September 22-24, 2017

Ray Price Capital City Bikefest

Located in downtown Raleigh, N.C., the event hosts live music, stunt shows, a bike show, drift trike exhibition, demo rides, a parade, vendors and more.  All proceeds and donations go to Ray's chosen charities: USO of North Carolina and U.S. Veterans Corps.

Info: www.capitalcitybikefest.com

October 5-8, 2017

Las Vegas BikeFest

There are plenty of local campgrounds for you to stay close to the event. Enjoy live music performances daily, visit the Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame and view bikes on display from the Artistry in Iron competition.

Info: www.lasvegasbikefest.com

October 25-29, 2017

Thunder Beach Fall Rally

A bike show, bike parade, poker run and freestyle motocross are just a few of the activities available at the rally in Panama City Beach, Fla. The rides that take place during the event benefit a number of charities around the area. Vendors are also setup onsite for attendees to enjoy.

Info: www.thunderbeachproductions.com

November 2-5, 2017

Lonestar Rally

Bike shows, poker runs, model demos, vendors and more are just a few of the features at the rally in Galveston, Texas. There is also a variety of bands playing throughout the event, in addition to a tattoo expo.

Info: www.lonestarrally.com