Laconia, New Hampshire 03249
Laconia Motorcycle Week 2020 will be the 97th year of the rally! Subsequently, it should come as no surprise that Laconia is the “Oldest National Motorcycle Rally.” In addition, it is considered to be one of the three national motorcycle rallies (the other two are the Sturgis Rally and Daytona Bike Week). Also, Motorcycle Week is on the LightningCustoms.com’s Major Motorcycle Rallies List.
History of the Laconia Rally
First, here’s a little history of the rally. In 1916, a couple hundred riders had a small event in Weirs Beach. Over the following years, the big events at the biker rally were the racing and hill climbs.
In 1923, the Loudon Classic Race was added to the official gypsy tour. If you aren’t familiar with the phrase “gypsy tour,” it was a term the Federation of American Motorcyclists (the original name of the American Motorcyclist Association). In short, the phrase is what riders today refer to as a “rally.”
Now fast forward decades and Laconia Motorcycle Week is one of the largest and best motorcycle rallies in the United States.
What is going on at Laconia Motorcycle Week?
Next, here are some of the things going on at the Laconia rally. Even today the racing and hill climbs are a big part of Motorcycle Week. For racing, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the place to be. For Hillclimbs, a big location is Gunstock for the Pro/Am Hillclimbs.
Although rally-central is on the Boardwalk of Lakeside Avenue in Weirs Beach, there are things going on across the region. Notably, is the beautiful riding scenery in the Laconia area and the Lakes Region.
Next, some of Motorcycle Week’s other attractions include gypsy tours, bike shows, and motorcycle rides. Other events during the Laconia Rally are live music, poker runs, custom bike builders, displays, contests, swap meets, big rig manufacturers, motorcycle manufacturers, and vendors.
Finally, there are special events and attractions setup just for Laconia Motorcycle Week at the dealership, bars, and other venues.
-FEES: A lot of the rally is free, but there are fees for some venues.