Harley-Davidson Returns to Weirs Beach for Laconia Motorcycle Week 2017

Harley-Davidson Laconia Motorcycle Week 2017

Free Demo Rides at New Weirs Beach Venue Plus Exhibits and H.O.G. Pin Stop

Harley-Davidson is moving to the heart of the Laconia Motorcycle Week action with a new Weirs Beach venue that will be open for the duration of “The World’s Oldest Motorcycle Rally,” June 10-18, in scenic New Hampshire.

For the first time in years, all Harley-Davidson exhibits, events and free demo rides on new Harley-Davidson motorcycles will be conveniently located directly across the street from the entrance to the drive-in across from the Weirs Beach landmark sign on Endicott Street North.

“Since 1918, the annual run to Laconia has been a defining event for riders in the Northeast,” said Bill Davidson, Vice President of the Harley-Davidson Museum and great-grandson of Harley-Davidson co-founder William A. Davidson. “As this historic gathering of riders approaches its centennial celebration, Harley-Davidson has teamed with Laconia Mayor Ed Engler, local businessman Al Mitchell and Laconia Harley-Davidson owner Anne Deli to secure a fabulous new location near the lake for Harley Headquarters.”

For complete information on Harley-Davidson activities and events during Laconia Motorcycle Week visit h-d.com/laconia.

94th Annual Laconia Motorcycle Week

Harley Headquarters at Weirs Beach

Official Harley-Davidson activities will be consolidated at one action-packed venue located at 76 Endicott Street North. Open June 10-18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with free motorcycle parking, this expansive Harley-Davidson venue will replace the previous New Hampshire Motor Speedway location. The new location will offer:

• Motorcycle demos: See and ride new 2017 Harley-Davidson models including the just-released Street Rod plus the new Road King Special and other Touring models powered by the potent new Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight engine. The demo fleet also includes the nimble Harley-Davidson Roadster model, fabulous 2017 CVO models and bikes fully customized with Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories.

• New Milwaukee-Eight Display Truck: Experience the all-new Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight engine through technical displays (June 12-18) and feel the rumble of this exciting new V-Twin on the Harley-Davidson JUMPSTART Rider Experience. Check out the customized Harley-Davidson Rebel Freightliner truck and a display of new items from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories.

• See It/Try It/Buy It: Test out new Harley-Davidson helmets and riding gear when you demo-ride a bike. Laconia Harley-Davidson will offer a selection of new Genuine MotorClothes for purchase on site.

• H.O.G. Pin Stop at Laconia: Join Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) staff members at the Harley Headquarters and pick up a cool pin (exclusively for H.O.G. members).

Be sure to follow Harley-Davidson on Facebook to join in the action, daily videos will post to check out all the activity virtually.

Laconia Motorcycle Week’s New Website Pays Tribute to Rally’s History

The Laconia Motorcycle Week Association is pleased to announce the recent launch of their brand new website, www.LaconiaMCWeek.com, developed by New Hampshire-based web design and digital marketing firm Danconia Media. Every June, an influx of motorcycle enthusiasts floods the Lakes Region for the World’s Oldest Motorcycle Rally. This beloved event brings a plethora of tourism to the state, great for local businesses and the local economy. Two months shy of the rally, the site launch comes at a perfect time, as motorcycle enthusiasts start preparing for the 93rd Anniversary celebration.

With a brand new user-friendly website, it’s now easier than ever for tourists to plan their trip to New Hampshire for bike week. Upon visiting the site, viewers are greeted with a countdown to opening day on the homepage. From the main navigation, users can peruse a full schedule of events, information on where to stay, and more. Viewable day-by-day, big events are even highlighted in the daily summaries for easy access and convenience while a full schedule is also displayed for each day.

Laconia Motorcycle Rally

Laconia Motorcycle Week has launched a new website that pays tribute to the rally’s history as the oldest U.S. motorcycle rally.

One of the biggest changes to the site is the new nod to the rally’s long historical legacy. With an array of historic photos and a new history section explaining the rally’s heritage, visitors are reminded just how wonderful this tradition is to the State of NH. By combining these photos with modern images, the site design bridges the past and the present.
Andy George of Hot Leathers, Inc., a presenting sponsor of the rally, says, “Laconia Motorcycle Week’s new website looks great! Their giant beautiful pictures fit perfectly in their creative and responsive layouts. We can’t stop surfing the site and finding more pictures and stories we’d never even seen or heard before!”

In asimilar vein, Olivia Wright Bragdon of the Thunder in the Valley rally in Johnstown, PA says the new websiteis a “visual masterpiece” and has “everything a user would want in a website.”
Being the world’s oldest motorcycle rally, it was critical that the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association pay tribute to this amazing history while also capitalizing on modern technology. The overwhelmingly positive feedback from motorcycle enthusiasts and corporate sponsors shows that the association has succeeded in creating a site that not only has exciting design elements but is also user-friendly.

Laconia Motorcycle Week Association coordinates this nationally-recognized event that brings people together to celebrate New Hampshire’s motorcycle history and culture. Both the rally’s heritage and current popularity are celebrated in the new website. Along with increased functionality, easier usability, and exciting design elements, people can stay connected to all that is happening during Laconia Motorcycle Week better than ever. Visit the new site at: laconiamcweek.com.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Ready for 93rd Laconia Motorcycle Week

New Hampshire Motor Speedway to host USCRA, arrive & drive demos, and the longest running motorcycle race in the United States June 11-19

New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be a destination for two-wheeled enthusiasts during Laconia Motorcycle Week, as New England’s largest sports and entertainment facility will host demo rides, displays and racing June 11-19, culminating the week of events with the 93rd annual Loudon Classic.

Motorcycle mayhem starts June 11 and 12 when Mike Baldwin serves as the Grand Marshal for the FIM North America United States Classic Racing Association (USCRA) event. Baldwin was a four-time AMA National winner at the Bryar Motorsports Park, which is now New Hampshire Motor Speedway. USCRA is the oldest vintage motorcycle road racing organization in the United States.

Vintage Motorcycle Racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Racers hit the track during the USCRA event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The Loudon Classic motorcycle races will hit the 1.6-mile road course on June 17, 18 and 19. On top of the annual headlining Loudon Classic Middleweight Grand Prix feature, there will be the popular AMA Super Moto, team challenge races and close to three dozen races over the three days of on-track action. The 93rd annual Loudon Classic is the longest running motorcycle race in America and reigning champion, Shane Narbonne, will look to defend title for the fifth time.

Starting on Monday, June 13, the speedway will become a hot spot for all things two wheels. Harley-Davidson, Can-Am, Yamaha, Ducati, Victory, Indian, and Slingshot will provide arrive and drive demos for riders to test the latest and greatest offerings from top motorcycle manufacturers around the world.

In addition to the arrive and drives, the speedway will showcase displays with merchandise and vending services, including J&P Cycles, Kuryakyn, S&S Cycles, Vance & Hines, Ultimate Seats, California SideCar and many more. There will also be food and beer tents, as well as a concert on Saturday night.

Grandstand tickets for on-track racing will be $15, while camping will run for $25 per day. A ticket for Saturday’s Loudon Classic and concert will also cost $15, with the option to front stage access for $10 more.

USCRA Racing at NHMS

You can tell by the expression on his face how much fun vintage motorcycle racing can be. 

All are now on sale for Motorcycle Week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as well all events and races on the NHMS event calendar. For more details and information on all events at the speedway, or to purchase tickets to July’s New Hampshire 301 or September’s New England 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends, please stop by our Ticket Office, visit the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.

For a full schedule of events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, visit http://www.nhms.com/events/

HARLEY FREEDOM RIDE AND VIGIL SET TO HONOR AMERICAN P.O.W. AT LACONIA BIKE WEEK

Meredith, NH – Thousands of Laconia Motorcycle Week attendees are expected to attend the Northeast POW / MIA Network’s Freedom Ride and vigil on June 13th to raise awareness of POW/MIA issues and honor the only current living American Prisoner of War, United States Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, whose hometown is Hailey, Idaho. For the past 20 years motorcycle riders from across the country have commemorated missing and captive American soldiers with a ride and vigil the Thursday of Laconia Motorcycle Week. The Freedom Ride will begin in Gilford and conclude with a vigil at Hesky Park in Meredith with a proclamation from New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan. Information on the Freedom Ride, sponsored by Laconia Harley-Davidson, can be found at www.northeastpowmianetwork.org <http://cd3.campaigndispatch.com/link.php?M=1448833&N=2997&L=4812&F=H> .

The Northeast POW/MIA Network gained nationwide attention some 25 years ago when a small group of veterans began holding weekly Thursday night vigils in Meredith to honor servicemen and women missing in Vietnam. Through basking heat, ridged rain storms and mid-winter snows, this small group has held a weekly vigil each and every Thursday night to gain recognition for the members of our armed forces who were unaccounted for. The vigil was quickly embraced by Laconia Motorcycle Week attendees and has grown into what is now the Freedom Ride, drawing thousands of supporters each year.

“Our primary focus this year is to dedicate our vigil to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and his family,” said Bob Jones, vice-president of the Northeast POW/MIA Network. “We need to do everything necessary and raise awareness so we can bring this American soldier home.”

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured in Afghanistan in 2009 and is believed to be held by the Haqqani network, an insurgent group affiliated with the Taliban, likely somewhere in Pakistan. Sgt. Bergdahl recently “celebrated” his 27 birthday unwillingly as an American Prisoner of War.

Sgt. Bergdahl’s status is classified as Missing/Captured or MIA-C, a severe injustice according to Jones. “International law and the Geneva Convention do not make any mention of the Missing/Captured status, thus it does not provide Sgt. Bergdahl privileges of care and treatment afforded to someone that is classified as an official Prisoner of War,” said Jones. “We are calling on the United States government to officially change Sgt. Bergdahl’s status to POW so he can obtain the protection and international recognition he deserves. Those responsible for sending Sgt. Bergdahl into harm’s way are equally responsible to protect him and to bring him home.”

The Freedom Ride begins at 5:00pm on June 13th in the Lowe’s parking lot located on Route 11 – 1407 Lakeshore Road in Gilford. At 6:00pm they will make the scenic seven mile ride along Daniel Webster Highway around Lake Winnipesaukee and meet for a vigil at New Hampshire’s Original POW/MIA Memorial, “The Rock” at Hesky Park in Meredith.

“The Freedom Ride is one of the most powerful aspects of Laconia Motorcycle Week,” said Anne Deli, owner of Laconia Harley-Davidson. “It is important that as a community, we extend our hand to the Northeast POW/MIA Network and Bergdahl family and let them know that Bowe, and all past and future Prisoners of War will not be forgotten.”

About Northeast POW/MIA Network

Northeast POW/MIA Network is a volunteer organization comprised of veterans and non-veterans using awareness, communication, education, legislation, and compassion to assuage the pain associated with one of the most devastating outcomes of service to one’s country. The Network honors POW/MIAs who have returned home and are still waiting to come home and aggressively pursues means to return the missing and protect those serving. For more information about Northeast POW/MIA Network, please visit: www.northeastpowmianetwork.org <http://cd3.campaigndispatch.com/link.php?M=1448833&N=2997&L=4812&F=H> .

Hot Leathers Announced as Presenting Sponsor and Official Retailer for Laconia Motorcycle Week 2011

MANCHESTER, CONN (November 3, 2010) – Hot Leathers, the industry leader in motorcycle apparel and accessories, recently announced that they will once again be a presenting sponsor as well as official retailer at the one and only Laconia Motorcycle Week. Held June 11-19, 2011, Laconia Motorcycle Week will be celebrating its 88th anniversary with a high-octane mix of action, racing, entertainment and events that they have become synonymous for.

Famous for packing up their merchandise and visiting a number of rallies and festivals throughout the nation, Hot Leathers is eager to showcase their superior products to Laconia rally-goers as well as act as presenting sponsor at one of the most popular rallies on the circuit. In addition, Hot Leathers will be designing and producing an array of premier rally apparel and merchandise exclusively for this year’s Laconia Rally.

One of the nation’s foremost motorcycle rallies, Laconia Motorcycle Week is centrally located in beautiful New Hampshire. From its majestic mountain peaks to its gorgeous coastline, New Hampshire offers an array of stunning landscapes as well as a selection of sizzling scenic byways for bikers to experience and enjoy.

“We are looking forward to another great year working with Hot Leathers at the Presenting level of Sponsorship.  Hot Leathers continues to be an innovative force in the retail industry and their merchandise is exactly what our motorcycle enthusiasts are looking for,” explains Charlie St. Clair & Jennifer Anderson of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association.

Hot Leathers is looking forward  rolling in and making their presence known at this year’s festivities and affording patrons the opportunity to browse amongst a significant selection of premier merchandise including t-shirts, hats and other products for men, women and children. You definitely won’t want to miss ringing in summer 2011 with Hot Leathers and thousands of fellow bikers at Laconia Motorcycle Week.

Hot Leathers has been serving the motorcycle community for over 25 years. As a result, the company’s growing wholesale and printing facilities have earned it a place as one of America’s top 50 volume screen printers. Keep an eye out for the Hot Leathers logo; it’s a brand you can trust with prices you can easily afford. Check out: http://www.hotleathers.com/Laconia-Rally-Merchandise-C726.aspx

visit at : www.hotleathers.com

Laconia Bike Week Jun 12th-20th 2010

Laconia Motorcycle Week is arguably the oldest motorcycle rally in the United States. Searching on the web, I find different start dates, so I guess the best thing to do is do the math. With the 2005 rally being labelled by the official website as the 82nd, it appears that Laconia Bike week started in 1924. Since then, it has grown to be the third largest of the ‘Big Four’ motorcycle rallies, drawing a crowd of between 300,000 and 400,000 people.

While at Laconia Motorcycle Week, don’t miss these nearby attractions

Many people spend their entire vacation enjoying the events and comradery offered during Laconia Motorcycle Week. But, if you want to just get away from the hustle and bustle that is Laconia during the rally, here is a short list of some of some of the attractions nearby:

  • the Motorcyclist Shrine in Colebrook, NH is 2 and a half hours north
  • View reenactments of frontier life at the reconstructed French and Indian War Fort 4 in Charlestown, NH, only 2 hours south west

(from mcrallyfinder.com)

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