Each Memorial Day, riding enthusiasts from all compass points of the United States will pack their saddle bags and point their beloved chrome horses north, south, east or west to head out of state for their motorcycle rally destination of choice. Can’t decide where to roll this year? Here are five great Memorial Day 2010 motorcycle rally destination picks to consider for your next ride.
Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally in Washington – Sunday, May 30, 2010
It will be all black leather and Purple Hearts at the Annual Memorial Day weekend Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally in Washington, D.C. Each year over 100,000 biker enthusiasts, many of them military veterans, proudly ride their bikes in to our nation’s capital in honor of those who died, are classified as still missing in action, or are in need of belated thanks for their service to our country. Whether veteran, spectator or riding enthusiast, all gather together for one reason – to remind a nation of those who sacrificed for freedom. The Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally is a fitting way to pay tribute on Memorial Day to earlier and present American heroes while taking in history.
Red River Motorcycle Rally in New Mexico – May 28-31, 2010
Known by some as New Mexico Bike Week, the Annual Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally in Red River, New Mexico is a popular rally destination due to its scenic location and great climate. Centrally located in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range of New Mexico, the rally is surrounded by 1.5 million pristine acres of the Carson National Forest. Rally goers can cruise the “Enchanted Circle;” a scenic 84-mile tour that gives riders a spectacular alpine valley view that includes Angel Fire, Eagle Nest Village & Lake, and Taos. Rally activities come together in downtown Red River with a one mile long offering of food, leather, jewelry, motorcycle accessories, and live music with a vista of more than 30,000 motorcycles of all colors and makes. Don’t miss the Best Tattoo contest, the Strong Man/Strong Woman contest, the longest ponytail contest, oldest Red River Rally T-Shirt contest, or the Farthest Distance Traveled on a Motorcycle award. Memorial Day appropriately begins with a ride up to Angel Fire for the parade and ceremonies at the Vietnam Veterans National Monument.
Party in The Pines Motorcycle Rally in East Texas – May 28-30, 2010
Explore the Lone Star State and discover the variety of unique activities offered in each of the seven Texas regions with a bike trip to Longview, Texas where you’ll discover the Party in the Pines Motorcycle Rally. Held on the Longview Fairgrounds, the Party in The Pines Motorcycle Rally includes a great flag raising motorcycle rally Jump Start Party on Friday night to get this Memorial Day party under way. You’ll want to pack your red, white and blue riding wear when you join in the Patriotic Bike Parade through town on Sunday showing off our country’s colors and bikes. The police escorted route is not too slow for any bike! With a joker run, dyno drag competition, bike games, vendors, live music, and more, this ‘All Brands Invited’ Party in The Pines motorcycle event is just the ticket for people who love to ride, with Longview offering bike-friendly places to stay, eat and shop.
35th Annual ‘49er Rally in California – May 27-31, 2010
If you’re a diehard BMW rider you’ll want to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Auburn, California at the West’s biggest and best BMW motorcycle rally. Come join the mass of BMW riders at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, close to Old Town Auburn’s dining shopping and attractions, and easy access to the Sierra Nevada mountain roads. Here’s the catch – the ’49er Rally is sponsored by BMW riders FOR BMW riders. Rally-goers will ride, eat, camp, talk and dream BMW motorcycles. If you don’t have a BMW but are curious about owning one, find a BMW rider to sponsor your attendance. Your local dealer may be able to hook you up with someone and then you’ll be hooked on this two-wheeled high-end ride for royalty.
Harley-Davidson Museum’s First Rumble – May 29-30, 2010
This isn’t a rally, but it’s an event we think is worth trying out. Check out the new Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Memorial Day weekend for indoor and outdoor activities. Choose from a myriad of activities, including H-D demos and racing dynos, American Motor Drome Wall of Death, grilling demonstrations by Motor Bar and Restaurant’s Chef Travis, live music and food. Sunday features a Bike Blessing given by Milwaukee’s new Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki and a special breakfast for H-D Museum Members. Have a flag that needs to be retired? Bring it to the Museum on Monday and partake in the flag retirement ceremony.
Support the Veterans
Want another way to support our veterans? Help the cause at www.diamondposse.com. As a Navy Reserves Seaman for 14 years and with family lost and currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, I hold this ride close to my heart. We donated transportation for the Diamond Posse’s 2010 Ride for the Fallen Heroes and we thank you for supporting this great cause along with us and Hupy & Abraham, among others.
Have you decided which rally you are heading to for Memorial Day?
If you don’t have a lot of time and you want to visit these or other Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally destinations with your favorite travel companion – your motorcycle – make sure to book any advance or return transportation of your motorcycle with an expert motorcycle shipper who is insured and has credentials. A good motorcycle shipper is there to take away any of your trip planning hassles, so that you can enjoy your vacation, not worry about it. There is no need to drain your gas or other fluids, crate or palletize your bike. It’s all revved up and ready for you to ride at the rally.
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