Top 10 Motorcycle Rallies of the Summer
6. Republic of Texas (ROT) Rally – June 9 -12, 20016
It’s a Texas-sized party in the capital of the Lone Star State during the annual ROT Rally. Things can get pretty wild at the Travis County Expo, hub of the rally. Many ROT rally-goers camp at the Expo so they can get their party on then stumble back to their tents and trailers.
The celebration heads downtown Friday night as the City of Austin blocks off a good section of the 6th street area for the huge motorcycle parade from the Expo to Congress Avenue. Austin is synonymous with music, headliners for ROT 2016 including The Cult, Red Sun Rising, John Kay & Steppenwolf and Robby Krieger of the Doors. They’ve also got a long list of top-notch cover bands scheduled to play.
New this year is the Republic of Texas Invitational Custom Bike Show with over 50 bikes and some of the best builders around battling for cash and prizes. There’s also the traditional ROT Ride In Bike Show and Competition. Other shenanigans include ROT Rally Flat Track Racing, XDL Street Jam’s V-Twin Division, the Zach Ness After-Party at the Face-Off Challenge: Burn-Out Pit and the Bud Zone, along with the Burn-Out Pit Challenge itself. Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!
The fact that you have to be 18 or older to participate in the party at the Travis County Expo Center gives clues as to what type of throwdown ROT is. Not for the faint of heart, but tons of fun for the free-spirited, ROT comes in at number 6 of our Top 10 list.