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ROT Biker Rally

Start Date:Jun 7th, 2018
End Date:Jun 10th, 2018
Address:7311 Decker Lane
Austin, TX   78724
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**2019 ROT Rally Information

ROT Biker Rally General Info

The 2018 Republic of Texas Rally a.k.a. ROT Rally will be the 23rd annual event and it is on the 2018 Lightning Customs' Major Biker Rallies List.

We are often asked, “What is going on with ROT Rally?” First, let us say that we want this Austin Rally to be a large, awesome rally again because it was awesome. As of right now in Texas, the only motorcycle rally that consistently gets more than 20,000 attendees is the Lone Star Rally in Galveston, which got around 400,000 attendees in 2017. So another reason we want ROT to get back to being a kick ass event is that Texas needs another large, top-shelf motorcycle rally.

Next, the answer to the above question is “What has changed at the ROT Biker Rally?” We’ve been going to ROT for over 15 years and there has been a lot of it. Granted there have also been a lot of changes since the early 2000s in the rally-world, motorcycle industry, etc. Hopefully with changes in 2018, the Republic of Texas Biker Rally will move in a positive direction.

On the good side of things that are similar to what went on 15 years ago at ROT- the adult-camping party at the Travis Expo Center (official location), which is still a lot of fun. The Expo Center, where ROT is held, is on a 150 acres, so there are lots of tents, trailers, and RV’s set up to party for the entire weekend.

Since the Expo Center is also private property, it gets wild at night, really wild. There are lot of topless girls and wild girls on stripper poles. At nights, way late into the early morning, there is the constant parade and partiers, including party girls.

Next, Austin is an awesome place to hold a motorcycle rally. The parade downtown to the party-zone in Austin is still huge and once your down there it is a lot of fun.

The other things going on during the ROT Biker Rally, which are FREE and are still huge draws, are all of the things to do like the riding in the Hill Country, enjoying venues in Austin and the surrounding area, and the Friday night block party in downtown.

On the not so good side of things with the ROT Rally that are similar to what went on in the early 2000s; the weather in Austin in June is normally in the mid to high 90s. At the Expo Center, especially near the blacktop, it is even hotter. The price has always been really high for Republic of Texas Rally tickets with prices around $75 and a beer costs $8. Some good news here is that you can BYOB and you probably want to do it with beer, food, and lots of water.

On the good side of things that have changed - in 2017, the Republic of TX Rally started offering day passes.

On the bad side of things that have changed at ROT - the attendance at the Expo Center has dropped from 45,000 to maybe 10,000 in 2017. Last year, the vast majority of the ROT Rally attendees were there for camping, again it is great, but the rest of the venue the majority of the 4-day event was often a ghost town. This killed vendors and wasn’t good at all for attendees.

There were a lot of spaces where vendors didn’t show up and vendors started shutting down really early. A huge impact on vendors is that on Friday evening all of the people who were in the main area of the rally leave to go downtown. A telltale sign of the amount of people on Friday night was even the event merchandise booth for Republic of Texas Rally gear was closed before dark.

The steep decline in ROT attendance has come at the expense of what this motorcycle rally has been able to offer. The quality of bands has declined from THE premier acts for biker rallies (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, and Hank Williams Jr.). In 2017, the quality of the headlining band had to declined so far that the band was comprised primarily of unknown band members from various groups from the 60s to 90s. Now that being said, in 2018 the headlining act at ROT will be ZZ Top!!

As far as shopping and displays, when the big rigs go, and they have at Austin’s ROT Rally, it means that there isn’t nearly the amount of products to check out. Big rigs bring a lot of merchandise, so without them, there isn’t nearly the selection of products at the biker rally. The big rig companies also have a lot of money to pay for cool bikes and displays, so without them it is just not the same. Finally, when big rigs stop going, like they have at the Republic of Texas Biker Rally, so do a lot of vendors and especially the higher-end vendors.

There used to also be lots of awesome bikes at the Biker Rally. There has been a decline in the number of builders and also of the notable builders. Without notable builders having their own booths, displays, and bikes in the motorcycle show, it is has had an impact on the overall experience of the ROT Rally. The overall quality of the other events and attractions has gone downhill in a big way.

Now after all of that history of Republic of Texas motorcycle rally, what is going to be different at the 2018 ROT? What might help get this bike rally going again? As noted, one big change in 2018, which isn’t just more marketing hype, is that ZZ Top will be playing!! Now this does mean that the ticket price will be going up $20 per ticket (from $69 in 2017 to $89 in 2018).

2018 Republic of Texas Biker Rally Other Info

-FEES: $89 for tickets and RV and trailer fees can be seen on their site

Above article written by Lightning Customs

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