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ROT Rally/Republic of Texas Rally

Austin, Texas

June 12 to 15, 2014

ROT Rally General Info

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Important Note: ROT Rally weekend is a "No Refusal" weekend:
Austin police officials have announced they will be enforcing a No-Refusal initiative this weekend for the annual Republic of Texas Biker Rally.

From 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Sunday, police will be able to quickly obtain search warrants to test the blood of suspected drunken drivers who refuse to take a breathalyzer test.

According to police, there are traditionally a large number of DWI arrests during ROT Rally each year. Last year, there were 126 arrests across Central Texas and 50 of which were within city limits.

Austin police arrested 102 suspected drunken drivers during the recent No-Refusal initiative over Memorial Day weekend.

(Source: TWC News: June 12, 2014)

One of the largest Texas biker rallies is the ROT rally in Austin which is on the 2014 Lightning Customs' Major Biker Rallies List.

The official ROT Rally grounds are east of Austin at the Travis County Expo Center. Although the ROT motorcycle rally officially has about 45,000 attendees who go to the events and camp at the Expo Center, there a lot more who come into town and find more than enough to do in the Austin area that is FREE. This is seen by the 200,000 plus bikers and locals in the downtown area. With this level of attendance the Republic of Texas Rally ranks nationally probably in the top 20 largest rallies behind much larger rallies like Sturgis, Daytona Bike Week, Bikes Blues BBQ, Lone Star Galveston, Johnstown Thunder in the Valley, Thunder Beach Spring, Thunder Beach Autumn, Biketoberfest, Leesburg, Delmarva, etc, etc.

We talk to a lot of people on and off the rally grounds and the consensus is that a large reason why so many people opt to not go to the official ROT grounds at the Expo Center is because it is expensive and during this time of year you can expect the weather to be in the mid-90's, if not in the 100’s. Finally, when the heat is combined with the humidity it makes getting catching some wind while riding in the beautiful Hill Country and hanging out at the bars a lot more appealing.

Republic of Texas Bike Rally Attractions

More on the free attractions in the Hill Country and the Austin area: this area has amazing riding through the lush and green rolling hills, around Lake Travis, and a lot of other cool places. Downtown Austin is one of the best places to party with 9 out of 10 businesses being bars or pubs. During the ROT Rally weekend the downtown area is barricaded off for motorcycle only parking. Since downtown Austin is blocked off during the rally, huge crowds can gather to watch top notch bands, other attractions, and since Austin is also known as the Live Music Capital of the World, there will be bands playing wherever there is room. Because downtown Austin’s bars and pubs will be primarily filled with motorcycle enthusiasts and bikers the businesses cater to them by providing a lot of beer and drink specials.

If you don't mind the previous noted weather, the camping area is quite a wild party at night. On the official grounds there are top name bands, bike shows, some custom bike builders, big distributors, a parade to downtown starting at the rally grounds, other contests and attractions, and vendors. Although the number of vendors sounds like good news for attendees, the complaints that we have heard from vendors is that the increase in the number of vendors has not been matched by the same percentage of attendees. Finally, no matter if you go to the Expo Center or are anywhere in Austin, the women are hot like they are in most warm states.

2014 ROT Rally Fees and Other Info

-NOTES: Again there are a lot of things that are free: Riding in the Hill Country, enjoying the bars by the lakes, the huge parties at the bars and in the barricaded off downtown area, and more.
-BYOB if you go to the Expo Center, beer is really expensive at $6/beer. Downtown the prices for any type of drink are good and there are always beer specials.
-FEES: Tickets into the Expo Center cost are $75 (There are no day passes)
-Although the camping on the Expo grounds is free, if you have an RV the cost is TBA
-If you have a booth that needs to be manned in different shifts check to see how many wristbands tickets you get with the booth
-Registration should be open in January of 2014
-MORE: ROT Rally website
-More on Austin's bars and pubs go to website
-CONTACT: 512-252-9768
-MAP TO: Travis Expo (Official Location) for ROT Rally
-HOTELS: Book Your Hotel Now

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