ROT Rally/Republic of Texas Biker RallyAustin, Texas
June 11-14, 2015
The ROT biker rally is the second largest of the Texas motorcycle rallies (behind the Lone Star Rally in Galveston) with 45,000 attendees at the official rally grounds. It is in the top twenty largest rallies in the US, and ROT is on the 2015 Lightning Customs' Major Biker Rallies List.
Republic of Texas Biker Rally General Info
Although ROT weekend attracts some 200,000 participants (riders, non-riders, and locals) to the Austin area and for the weekend’s events, only about 45,000 go to the official rally grounds at the Travis Expo Center. Having less than 25 percent people choosing to buy a wristband at the main rally grounds is actually a good thing because it speaks of the large amount of free things to do.
ROT Rally Austin Attractions
For instance, there are the endless rides in the lush Hill Country, the barricaded off biker party downtown where 90 percent of the doors are to pubs or bars and $2 beer specials are everywhere, Austin is billed as the Live Music Capital with great bands playing everywhere, and now there is a free, all ages (rather than just 18 and up at the official grounds) ROT biker rally area connected to the downtown Austin area.
In 2014 the new ROT area opened up at the Austin American Statesman parking area across the Congress Ave. Bridge that goes over Town Lake/Lady Bird Lake. Although the new rally area is free, there are no sacrifices in the quality of the attractions: vintage car and bike show, big name bike builders and their custom motorcycles, nationally known bands (there might be a small fee to see the headlining band), stunts, demo rides, manufacturers’ displays, and vendors. If you purchased a wristband for the main ROT Rally grounds, you get better parking and can go in a VIP area in the free rally area.
So what is going on at the official Republic of Texas Rally’s grounds at the Travis Expo Center? You can see more of the same attractions that you can in the free area and also enjoy the party at night at the campgrounds, bike show, tattoo expo, contests for the ladies, and more to be announced.
Some important things to know if you go to the official ROT grounds- whether you want to go in for a couple of hours or stay the entire weekend it is $75 and BYOB (beer is really expensive at $6/beer). While it is not unusual for temperatures to be 95 degrees or higher, most of the attractions are outside, and there is a disproportionately small air-conditioned area, and bring lots of water.
-FEES: There is more than you can do in a weekend that is free during ROT
Austin ROT Rally Other Info
-At the official rally grounds at the Travis Expo Center the 2015 fees have not been announced, but expect it to be $75 plus and day passes are not offered.
-Camping at the rally grounds is included with your admission to the Expo Center, but if you have a trailer, RV or bus there are fees TBA.
-If you have a booth and will have a number of people working at it or are taking shifts, check to see how many wristbands are included with your ROT Rally vendor space.
-MORE INFO: ROT Rally website
-For more on Austin's Free Attractions go to Austin360.com website
-MAP TO: Travis Expo Center (the Official Location for the ROT Rally)
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