Updates from J&P Open House

J&P is having their 31st annual Open House this weekend, here are some updates and photos:

Official Site

Obviously you’re into motorcycles if you’re visiting this site – if you’ve never seen the National Motorcycle Museum you’re missing out.

Motorsport Rally Corp took some cool pictures

Bob Dylan Added to Buffalo Chip Lineup

One of the most influential singer-songwriters of the last four decades, Bob Dylan, will take the stage at the Legendary Buffalo Chip Campground on Tuesday, Aug. 10 during the 70th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Rod Woodruff, campground owner, said Bob Dylan’s performance on the Buffalo Chip stage will be an historic one. He said it has always been the goal of the Buffalo Chip to give its campers fond memories that will last a lifetime and that Dylan’s 2010 will be one for the books and a memory worth pursuing.

More than 2,750 artists have covered 350 of Dylan’s songs in more than 5,800 different recordings. His influence has reached artists from Sonny & Cher to the Dave Matthews Band and have covered topics from war protest to civil rights to ballads.

See the Full Lineup for this year’s event at BuffaloChip.com

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Street Vibrations 9-22 to 9-26

Imagine riding through the mountains on a crisp September day and arriving at Street Vibrations, laying claim to the sixth largest motorcycle event in America. The fourth weekend of September turns Reno, Nevada into a playground for bikes and bikers.

Cruise up and down the streets of Reno, with the neon of the Casinos lighting your way; the chrome on your bike a shining testimony for your love of the ride. Enjoy the entertainment that only Reno can provide.

Typical Events at Street Vibrations

Street Vibrations includes numerous events every year. A partial list of events is provided here, but I highly recommend going to the official website, listed below, to get a detailed listing as well as a schedule.

  • Ride in bike contest
  • Stunt shows
  • Poker runs
  • Live music throughout the event
  • Vendors – for about anything a biker would want

While at Street Vibrations, don’t miss these nearby attractions

  • Historic Virginia City, home of the Comstock Load, is only a half hour south. Mine tours and old west style saloons are among the offerings while visiting.
  • Yosemite National Park is about three hours south.

Street Vibrations Official Website (for further information)

LODGING SEARCH FOR STREET VIBRATIONS:

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Salute to American Veterans Rally 8-20 to 8-22

After returning from the European Theater after World War II, many American veterans chose to continue riding the motorcycle they had come to love and trust during war. From this, the biker culture we now know sprung. It is only fitting that a motorcycle rally is used to honor our veterans, given this beginning. But you do not have to be a biker to attend the Salute to American Veterans Motorcycle Rally, nor do you have to be an American veteran.

So make your plans to attend the Salute to American Veterans Motorcycle Rally. It should be an experience you will remember and treasure. Hope to see you there soon! (From MC RALLY FINDER )

Motels and Camping Near Salute to American Veterans Motorcycle Rally

Typical Events at the Salute to American Veterans Motorcycle Rally

A partial list of events is provided here, but I highly recommend going to the official website, listed below, to get a detailed listing as well as a schedule, when available.

  • Ride-in Bike Show
  • Motorcycle Parade in honor of the American Vet
  • Tattoo contest
  • POW/MIA recognition ride
  • Veterans BBQ
  • Live music
  • Vendors – for about anything a biker would want

Official Website (for further information)

Sturgis Rally and Races 8-9 to 8-15

Once a year, in early to mid-August, this sleepy town of about 6500 people is invaded by as many as 600,000 people, all looking to enjoy one of the oldest continuous motorcycle rallies in the United States.

The Sturgis event (then called “The Black Hills Classic”) was started on August 14, 1938 by the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club, and the person considered the founding father, Clarence “Pappy” Hoel. That first year only had 9 motorcycles and a small group of spectators. It has sure grown from that… (from MC RALLY FINDER)

Typical Events at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally offers events for all interests. Sometimes the hard part will be to decide which event to attend on a given day. A partial list is provided here, but I highly recommend going to the official website, listed below, to get a detailed listing as well as a schedule.

  • Motorcycle drag racing on an eighth mile strip
  • Motorcycle hill climbs
  • Custom motorcycle shows
  • Live music throughout the event, at numerous locations
  • Vendors – for about anything a biker would want
  • Manufacturer displays

While attending the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, don’t miss these nearby attractions

While the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may offer most of you everything you would want for the 10 days, Sturgis is in the middle of the Black Hills, and there are many areas everyone should check out. See a little history, enjoy the breathtaking views, just get away from the hustle and bustle that is Sturgis during the rally. Here is a short list of some of the most impressive (distances are approximate from Sturgis):

  • Historic Deadwood is only 14 miles away
  • Homestake Gold Mine is a 17 mile ride
  • Mount Rushmore is only 60 miles away
  • Crazy Horse Memorial is only a 70 mile ride
  • Devils Tower National Monument is an 80 mile journey
  • Badlands National Park is just 85 miles away

Official Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Website (for further information)

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Little Sturgis Rally and Races 7-15 to 7-18

Put on your partying boots, the Little Sturgis Rally and Races for Charity gives what it is known for, the biggest biker party in Kentucky. Some of the bikers who attend never stop to partake in the many events offered at the Little Sturgis Rally and Races for Charity. This is an adult only motorcycle rally, with ID required, and noone under 18 is allowed inside the Fairground property.

The entire local community works together to make Little Sturgis Rally and Races for Charity successful. And that is saying a lot, since their small approximately 2000 population swells greatly when around 25,000 bikers show up for the weekend. This event is all about charity, and the locals stand behind it, making it somewhat refreshing, considering all the areas trying to eliminate their pesky biker rally events.

Typical Events at Little Sturgis Rally and Races for Charity

Little Sturgis Rally and Races for Charity includes numerous events every year. A partial list of events is provided here, but I highly recommend going to the official website, listed below, to get a detailed listing as well as a schedule.

  • Dirt drags
  • Pudding wrestling
  • Poker run
  • Live music throughout the event
  • Vendors – for about anything a biker would want

While at Little Sturgis Rally and Races for Charity, don’t miss these nearby attractions

Many people spend their entire vacation enjoying the events and comradery offered during the Little Sturgis Rally and Races for Charity. But, if you want to just get away from the hustle and bustle, here is a short list of some of some of the attractions nearby:

  • Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace National Historic Park in Hodgenville, KY is about 3 hours east
  • Jefferson Davis State Historic Site, the birthplace of the president of the confederacy, in Fairview, KY is about an hour and a half south
  • Mammoth Cave National Park is about 3 hours south east

Little Sturgis Rally and Races for Charity Official Website (for further information)

Motels and Camping Near Little Sturgis Rally and Races for Charity

Motorcycle related laws to know while attending Little Sturgis Rally and Races for Charity

One of the common complaints when returning from a major motorcycle rally is about the law being rampant, and giving tickets out for every minor infraction. While we cannot stop all tickets from being given, some of those tickets are due to you, the attendee, not being aware of some of the standard laws in the state. Below are some of the most common laws for Kentucky. Be aware, though, that many rally locations have recently passed local ordinances that may be more strict than the state law. For example, a new noise ordinance was passed in Myrtle Beach just in time for the 2005 Fall Rally. I make every effort to keep this information up to date, but you may want to research them more just prior to going to an event, just in case they have changed. From MC Rally Finder

Thunder in the Valley – Johnstown PA 6-24 to 6-27

Jun 24th, 2010 through Jun 27th, 2010

From MC RALLY FINDER: Held the fourth weekend each June, Thunder in the Valley® is one of the largest motorcycle rallies on the east coast, and certainly one of the fastest growing. When local motorcycle dealers approached the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) with the idea of a motorcycle rally in the area, back in 1998, CVB jumped on the idea. The knew that the greater Johnstown area had a lot to offer the biker, and that all those motorcycles had a lot to offer Johnstown back. The first year of the Thunder in the Valley® motorcycle rally attracted about 5,000 bikers, a huge success for the amount of promotion done. The second year saw the rally double in size, and now Thunder in the Valley® motorcycle rally attracts an estimated 170,000 bikers.

The entire community of Johnstown seems to stand behind the Thunder in the Valley® motorcycle rally. Many of the streets in Johnstown are designated motorcycle only parking during the event. The people appear to realize the econimic boost a successful motorcycle rally can bring, so the residents mingle with the bikers, place ‘Welcome Bikers’ signs in the windows, and anything else they can do to make the bikers stay an enjoyable one. Top all this off with some of the best riding in the north-east, and you can see why Thunder in the Valley® has grown as successfully as it has!

Although Thunder in the Valley® motorcycle rally officially starts on a Thursday, CVB and the residents of Johnstown invite all bikers to show up earlier in the week. There is so much to do that four days just may not be enough time. Perhaps this means that Thunder in the Valley® will one day officially be extended to a full week long rally. Let us hope so. For now, be sure to check out what Thunder in the Valley® has to offer, and remember to book reservations early! As I was researching this motorcycle rally in early February, I noticed that all motels in Johnstown are already booked full. But there is still available lodging within 30 miles, so don’t give up.

Motels and Camping Near Thunder in the Valley®

Typical Events at the Thunder in the Valley® motorcycle rally

A partial list of events is provided here, but I highly recommend going to the official website, listed below, to get a detailed listing as well as a schedule.

  • Wheels & Wings- “Wing Off”, Car & Bike Show
  • Grand Thunder Motorcycle Parade
  • Burn Out Pits
  • Biker Build Off
  • Guided motorcycle tours
  • Live music – Train Station and Central Park venues as well as at several local businesses
  • Vendors – for about anything a biker would want

Live From Laconia

What a great show – Hope you had a great time. Make sure to read about the coverage in an upcoming issue of American Iron Magazine.

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IMS Sets Show Schedule

The International Motorcycle Shows is set to take over 12 cities across the country. This will be the 30th annual nationwide show tour.

From New York to California, powersports fans from all lifestyles will be treated to a 21st century experience designed to invoke more passion, excitement, sense of belonging and product selection than ever before.

Whether you’re a sport bike, street bike, dirt bike, cruiser, scooter, ATV or UTV enthusiast, or a supplier of vehicles and aftermarket parts and accessories, the 2010-2011 International Motorcycle Shows tour will deliver more value than ever before.

The 2010-2011 International Motorcycle Shows 12-city tour schedule is as follows:

November 12-14, 2010 Dallas Convention Center Dallas, TX
November 19-21, 2010 San Mateo County Event Center San Mateo, CA
December 10-12, 2010 Qwest Field & Event Center Seattle, WA
December 17-19, 2010 Long Beach Convention Center Long Beach, CA
January 7-9, 2011 Rock Financial Showplace Novi, MI
January 14-16, 2011 Washington Convention Center Washington D.C.
January 21-23, 2011 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York, NY
January 28-30, 2011 I-X Center Cleveland, OH
February 4-6, 2011 Minneapolis Convention Center Minneapolis, MN
February 11-13, 2011 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Chicago, IL
February 25-27, 2011 Carolina First Center Greenville, SC
March 9-12, 2011 Ocean Center Daytona Beach, FL

The International Motorcycle Shows will feature gear, accessories, stunt shows, demo rides, new rider programs, must-attend seminars, kid’s activities, Media Previews and more.

Additional opportunities will exist for licensed riders to test ride new motorcycles at five locations including Dallas, San Mateo, Long Beach, Greenville and Daytona Beach.

An added Media Preview in Chicago will supplement existing media events in Long Beach and New York, showcasing the latest new vehicles and product debuts.

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