10 Great American Motorcycle Events

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These Iconic Motorcycle Events are a Must for any Enthusiast - AMA Vintage Days

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For proof that biker culture is alive and kicking in America, look no further than these ten great motorcycle events.

In alphabetical order:

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days
Held every summer at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the American Motorcyclist Association Vintage Motorcycle Days events draws a broad crowd of vintage bike enthusiast, and has attracted such racing legends as Giacomo Agostini and Dick Mann. In 2009, this event will be held July 24-26.
Official AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days website

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Biketoberfest

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While most of the country is slipping into winter, thousands descend upon sunny Daytona Beach, Florida in October for rallies, track events, and much more. Biketoberfest 2009 will be held October 15 to 18.
Official Biketoberfest website

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Daytona Bike Week

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Usually held during the first week of March, Daytona Bike Week attracts nearly half a million bikers for events including races, concerts, and street festivals, culminating with the Daytona 200 races. The 2009 event is held from February 27 to March 8.
Official Daytona Bike Week website
 

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Americade Rally

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Americade is the self-proclaimed "World's Largest Touring Rally," and is staged every year in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York. Attracting upwards of 50,000 motorcyclists, the event starts the week after Memorial Day and runs the first full week in June, incorporating dozens of events including scavenger hunts, drill shows, seminars, and of course plenty of tours.

Americade will be held June 7-12, 2010. For more, check out Jason Fogelson's recap of his experience at the 2009 Americade Rally.

Americade website

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LA Calendar Motorcycle Show

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2008 marks the 17th annual LA Calendar Motorcycle Show, and this year's July 12th and 13th event will include plentiful custom bike competitions and the S&S Cycle World Record Dyno Shootout.
Official LA Calendar Motorcycle Show website

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Legend of the Motorcycle

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Legend of the Motorcycle is a high-end concours limited to bikes pre-dating 1976, and is held every year on the stunning greens of the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. The next event will be held in 2010.


Official Legend of the Motorcycle website

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Love Ride

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The annual Love Ride, which originates in Glendale, California, raises money for charity organizations and has been grand marshalled by Jay Leno every year since 1985.
Official Love Ride website

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Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction

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The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction, which takes place every year at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington, Ohio, guarantees a rare confluence of living motorcycling legends.
Official Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum website

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Sturgis Rally

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Approaching its 71st year, Sturgis-- the Granddaddy of motorcycle rallies-- draws massive crowds to the Black Hills of South Dakota from across the country. The 2013 Sturgis Rally will be held August 5-11.
Official Sturgis website

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Red Bull U.S./Indianapolis Grand Prix Races

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Since its return to the United States in 2005, MotoGP racing, the equivalent of Formula 1 on two wheels, has captured the imagination of America with its unparalleled display of speed and engineering. 2009 will see two US MotoGP competitions: the Red Bull US Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on July 3-5, and the USGP at the famous Indianapolis Brickyard on August 28-30.
Official MotoGP website