Calendar

Oct
1
Sat
3rd Annual Healing Heroes Ride @ Boulder Crest Retreat
Oct 1 all-day

The 100-mile motorcycle ride through the scenic Piedmont and Shenandoah Valleys is a popular “high stakes” poker run, which raises money to support Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness in Bluemont, Virginia. This year’s ride takes place on October 1, 2016, with a rain date of October 2, 2016.

The 3rd Annual Healing Heroes Ride goes from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and begins at either Patriot Harley Davidson in Fairfax, Virginia or at VFW Post 9760 in Berryville, Virginia and ends at Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, Virginia. Hundreds of bikers, spend the day riding through the beautiful scenery, and spending time with fellow riders. The day includes riding, a BBQ, and live entertainment.  All of the funds raised are donated to Boulder Crest Retreat to support military members, veterans, and their families.

Since the inaugural ride, over $60,000 has been raised. The entry fee is $30 for a rider and $60 for rider and passenger, and includes a poker hand, breakfast, lunch, drinks, and entertainment. Many of the riders and passengers are veterans themselves, and come out annually to support fellow brothers and sisters.

11th Annual Tickled Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Poker Run – Florida @ The Wicked Wheel
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

On Saturday, October 1, 2016, the Thunder Angels of Panama City, Florida, will sponsor the 11th Annual Tickled Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Poker Run. This annual event will begin and end at “The Barn” (Wicked Wheel) at 10025 Middle Beach Road in Panama City. Proceeds benefit “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” and “Y.A.N.A.” (local Panama City breast cancer support group).

Registration will be held at “The Barn” from 8-9:30 a.m. First Bike Out is 8:45 a.m. with the Last Bike Out at 9:45 a.m. There are five stops along the route plus a bonus stop before returning to “The Barn.” Drawings begin at 3:30 p.m.

Cost is a $10 donation per playing sheet. Event Pin are $5 each and Ride Shirts are available the day of the ride. Music, Food, Prizes and lots of fun! For more information, visit http://thunderangelspcfl.com or contact Jane at (850) 265-9691 or email hemenway@knology.net.

Oct
7
Fri
Barber Vintage Festival @ Barber Motorsports Park
Oct 7 – Oct 9 all-day

Billed as “the world’s largest motorcycle museum,” the five-story Barber Museum will host a vintage festival that will include seminars, a swap meet with more than 500 vendor spaces and vintage racing at Barber Motorsports Park.

(205) 699-7275

barbervintagefestival.org

Oct
13
Thu
Biketoberfest
Oct 13 – Oct 16 all-day

For those who find Bike Week in March too crowded and noisy, Biketoberfest is the kinder, gentler version of this major Daytona event. It features motorcycle shows and rallies, live music, scenic rides along A1A and other historic roadways and, of course, there’s the vibrant street scene, demo rides and plenty of vendors. Check out the motorcycle racing at the newly revamped Daytona International Speedway.

(386) 255-0415

biketoberfest.org

Oct
23
Sun
Motorcycle Relief Project Ride (Arizona)
Oct 23 – Oct 29 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.

Nov
3
Thu
Lone Star Rally
Nov 3 – Nov 6 all-day

This major event offers free admission and features bike games, bike shows, poker runs, a scavenger hunt, demo rides, vendors and a bike giveaway. Check out the Baddest Bagger Show and Miss Lone Star Rally contest.

(832) 437-2318

lonestarrally.com

Nov
13
Sun
Motorcycle Relief Project Ride (Arizona)
Nov 13 – Nov 19 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.

Apr
28
Fri
21st Annual Leesburg Bike Fest @ Leesburg, Florida
Apr 28 – Apr 30 all-day
21st Annual Leesburg Bike Fest @ Leesburg, Florida | Leesburg | Florida | United States

Largest 3 day Motorcycle and Music event is held each April in Leesburg Florida.  4 headliners and over 60+ local and regional performers, 250+ vendors, 12+venues, 5 Hot Body contests, bike shows, drill teams, wall of death, Rat’s Hole and more.  Over 250,000 in attendance.  Website www.leesburgbikefest.com

May
8
Mon
City Tavern Bike Night @ City Tavern
May 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for City Tavern’s Bike Night! Monday, May 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Live music featuring 9 Day Trip!

E. Fisher Street will be closed from Main Street to Lee Street for bike parking only. Bikers of all ages welcome (kids too!), all makes and models welcome.

City Tavern is located at 113 E Fisher St, Salisbury, NC 28144

May
28
Sun
Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride XVII @ Sevierville, TN
May 28 @ 10:00 am

May 28th, 2017, motorcyclists will once again gather in downtown Sevierville at the Sevier County Courthouse to pay tribute to all fallen military. It has been described by those who participate and have seen it as being one of the most unusual and unique Memorial Day weekend events they have ever seen. This year we are also commemorating all the women who served in our military.

The event’s opening ceremony starts at 10:00 A.M. in Sevierville, TN. The police-escorted 65-mile ride leaves, rain or shine, at 11:00 A.M. Once all of the motorcycles have arrived at Veteran’s Overlook on top of Clinch Mountain in Grainger County, the closing ceremony will begin. Patriotic music, placing of the wreath, 21 Gun Salute followed by Taps will conclude the event.

Come early and have coffee and breakfast at Court House Donuts, one of our great sponsors. For additional information about the event go to our web site: www.smokymountainthunder.net or e-mail rongiddis@smokymountainthunder.net   SMT is also on Facebook Smoky Mountain Thunder Page.