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Aug
22
Mon
Motorcycle Relief Project Ride (Colorado)
Aug 22 – Aug 26 all-day

The nonprofit organization Motorcycle Relief Project (MRP) has announced dates for its 2016 rides and is currently accepting applications. This year, new rides have been added in Arizona, California and a women’s ride in Utah. These rides are 5-day adventure bike tours specifically designed to help veterans and active military with PTSD and other invisible injuries get unstuck, decompress, connect with other veterans and take meaningful steps toward recovery. Tours feature a combination of on-road and moderate off-road riding including some of the most scenic two-lane roads in the country as well as some amazing jeep trails and forest roads.

“Our experience last year proved the value these rides have for our military service members,” said Tom Larson, founder of MRP. “The rides during the day lead to some really remarkable breakthroughs and helpful conversations at night. Both participants and volunteers agree that these rides do a world of good.”

2016 Schedule:

March 6-12 — Arizona (Tucson area)

April 3-9 — California (Sky Rose Ranch near Paso Robles)

April 17-23 — California (Sky Rose Ranch near Paso Robles)

May 9-13 — Utah (Moab) Women’s Ride

June 13-17 — Colorado

July 11-15 — Colorado

August 22-26 — Colorado

September 19-23 — Colorado

October 23-29 — Arizona or California (TBD)

November 13-19 — Arizona or California (TBD)

The rides are controlled with a lead rider in front and a sweep rider in back, and all participants are asked to ride with safety as the main priority. Participants must have at least a year of experience riding motorcycles, but no previous off-road experience is required. These rides are about getting out in nature and enjoying scenery and camaraderie with other riders—not showing off, being competitive, or pushing the limits.

A support vehicle carries participants’ luggage as well as food, tools, etc. Riders who already own a dual-sport or adventure bike are encouraged to bring their own bikes. Riders who do not already own an adventure bike are provided the use of a BMW GS adventure bike from the MRP fleet of bikes. Accommodations will be in comfortable lodges, where group members will be able to unwind from the day’s adventures and join in group discussions around the campfire or lodge fireplace. Participants will learn simple techniques for relaxing and dealing with trauma that can help them better manage their internal stress and move toward recovery.

Dates and locations for the 2016 rides are subject to change based on funding, accommodations, road conditions, registration numbers and other factors. Veterans who apply and are accepted are asked to pay a $100 deposit. The remainder of the cost is covered through donations. For more information, visit motorelief.org.

Aug
24
Wed
Rally in the Gorge
Aug 24 – Aug 28 all-day

This is actually three rallies in one as it specifically caters to sportbikes, dual-sports and sport tourers with special rides and vendors. There will also be sportbike and dual-sport rider training and a bike show.

(206) 650-9102

soundrider.com

Aug
27
Sat
Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials @ Bonneville Speedway
Aug 27 – Sep 1 all-day

The AMA Land Speed Grand Championship is the premier motorcycle land speed racing event, and because it’s sanctioned by the AMA and FIM it offers the opportunity to set official world records. While contenders will run in many classes, including streamliners, everyone can have a shot at the course in the “Run Watcha Brung” class.

bonnevillespeedtrials.com

Aug
31
Wed
Wing Ding 38, “Blazin the Beartooths”
Aug 31 – Sep 3 all-day

This is the official rally of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA). It includes poker runs, demo rides, a trade show, bike show, drill team competition, light parade and grand parade. And be sure to take a spin on the awesome Beartooth Highway nearby.

(800) 843-9460

wing-ding.org

Sep
9
Fri
38th Annual Davis Rally
Sep 9 – Sep 10 all-day

The Davis family has been running this rally since 1978, and this year you can expect live entertainment, games, cash prizes, a bike show and guided and self-guided tours.

(847) 828-2827

davismotorcyclerally.com

Colorado Motomarathon
Sep 9 – Sep 12 all-day

Colorado Motomarathon Sept. 9-12, looping out of Winter Park – not just the mountain biking soul center of the universe, but also perfect basecamp for long-distance motorcycle sport-touring.

Initial riders meeting at 8 p.m. Thursday evening on September 8. You can also check in until 8 a.m. Friday morning, September 9 for this AMA-sanctioned event. All start/stop meetings and check-ins are at Back Bowl Soup Co. at the ski village base area, 110 Parry Peak Way, Winter Park, Colorado, 80482.

About Motomarathon:

In 1986, a small group of Colorado motorcyclists tried to ride as many mountain passes as they could squeeze into a long weekend. Since then, “compressing as many passes and twisty roads into the classic four-day motorcycle sport-touring getaway became an obsession,” said Motomarathon Founder John Metzger, who began designing annual “Pass Rides” that evolved into a nationally-sanctioned series of Motomarathons.

The Motomarathon is not a competition, but a vacation. It’s riding the highest quality roads, during daylight hours, avoiding interstates and urban areas as much as possible, and stringing together the premium twisties and backroads within the nation’s premier riding ares. The rides emphasize sightseeing, leisurely lunches and camaraderie after a long day’s ride at a nice hotel/restaurant and a cozy bed. The philosophy, however, is individualist, and minimalist, so each rider is free to make their own accommodations (camp if you want!), ride alone, ride only one day or one checkpoint — as open and flexible as possible. The criteria is about lifestyle: how often can you take the time out of your busy life to take a vacation like this? And when you make that effort, the Motomarathon Association, in return, is committed to finding and developing the highest quality routes possible. We remain on the cutting edge of the sport-touring experience — finding the best rides through the art of Routemastering.

Founded in 2009, the Motomarathon Association, LLC, has established a criteria based around riders accumulating checkpoints, and maintaining event, annual and lifetime standings on this website. The state-of-the-art machines for this kind of technical, mountain riding (paved roads but with the occassional optional dirt road thrown in) are typically BMW GSs, Ducati Multistradas, and other “adventure touring” bikes, but all bikes are welcome — there have been plenty of Harleys, cruisers and even a few CanAm Spyders participating. The Motomarathon has become the “state-of-the-art” in long-distance motorcycling, capturing the roads, the regions, the lifestyles and the riders that define the essence of endurance sport-touring.

Sep
14
Wed
Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally
Sep 14 – Sep 18 all-day

Now in its 47th year, the Golden Aspen offers a huge vendor show, seven poker runs/tours in the local mountains, bike judging and a new bike giveaway.

(575) 973-4977

motorcyclerally.com

Sep
19
Mon
Motorcycle Relief Project Ride (Colorado)
Sep 19 – Sep 23 all-day

The nonprofit organization Motorcycle Relief Project (MRP) has announced dates for its 2016 rides and is currently accepting applications. This year, new rides have been added in Arizona, California and a women’s ride in Utah. These rides are 5-day adventure bike tours specifically designed to help veterans and active military with PTSD and other invisible injuries get unstuck, decompress, connect with other veterans and take meaningful steps toward recovery. Tours feature a combination of on-road and moderate off-road riding including some of the most scenic two-lane roads in the country as well as some amazing jeep trails and forest roads.

“Our experience last year proved the value these rides have for our military service members,” said Tom Larson, founder of MRP. “The rides during the day lead to some really remarkable breakthroughs and helpful conversations at night. Both participants and volunteers agree that these rides do a world of good.”

2016 Schedule:

March 6-12 — Arizona (Tucson area)

April 3-9 — California (Sky Rose Ranch near Paso Robles)

April 17-23 — California (Sky Rose Ranch near Paso Robles)

May 9-13 — Utah (Moab) Women’s Ride

June 13-17 — Colorado

July 11-15 — Colorado

August 22-26 — Colorado

September 19-23 — Colorado

October 23-29 — Arizona or California (TBD)

November 13-19 — Arizona or California (TBD)

The rides are controlled with a lead rider in front and a sweep rider in back, and all participants are asked to ride with safety as the main priority. Participants must have at least a year of experience riding motorcycles, but no previous off-road experience is required. These rides are about getting out in nature and enjoying scenery and camaraderie with other riders—not showing off, being competitive, or pushing the limits.

A support vehicle carries participants’ luggage as well as food, tools, etc. Riders who already own a dual-sport or adventure bike are encouraged to bring their own bikes. Riders who do not already own an adventure bike are provided the use of a BMW GS adventure bike from the MRP fleet of bikes. Accommodations will be in comfortable lodges, where group members will be able to unwind from the day’s adventures and join in group discussions around the campfire or lodge fireplace. Participants will learn simple techniques for relaxing and dealing with trauma that can help them better manage their internal stress and move toward recovery.

Dates and locations for the 2016 rides are subject to change based on funding, accommodations, road conditions, registration numbers and other factors. Veterans who apply and are accepted are asked to pay a $100 deposit. The remainder of the cost is covered through donations. For more information, visit motorelief.org.

Sep
21
Wed
Bikes, Blues & BBQ
Sep 21 – Sep 24 all-day

Not only will this 17th annual event feature a poker run, parade, vintage bike show and car show, but there will also be a Miss BBB contest. After cruising around the local area, savor the Arkansas State BBQ Championships held here.

(479) 527-9993

bikesbluesandbbq.org

Sep
30
Fri
@ Ford Park
Sep 30 – Oct 1 all-day

The goal of this event is to set a record of having more than 5,000 women riding their own motorcycles at once in the parade. Proceeds from the rally go to the Fisher House, which provides free or low-cost housing to veterans and their families. Activities will include wine and beer tasting, contests, live entertainment and over 100 vendors.

Visit www.lacegracegears.com or email layne@lacegracegears.com.

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