Laconia, New Hampshire 03249
Due to Covid, the Laconia Motorcycle Week 2020 will be held August 22nd to 30th rather than in June. The 2020 Laconia Rally will be 97th year of the event in NH! Subsequently it should come as no surprise that the Laconia bike week 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). Furthermore, the Laconia bike rally is on the LightningCustoms.com’s Major Motorcycle Rallies List.
History of the Laconia Bike Week
Before we go into will go on at the 2020 Laconia Motorcycle Week, here’s some history of the bike rally. In 1916 a couple hundred riders held a small event in Weirs Beach, NH. Over the following years the main events at the biker rally were the racing and hill climbs.
In 1923 the Loudon Classic Race was added as an official event on the gypsy tour. If you aren’t familiar with the phrase “gypsy tour” it was a Federation of American Motorcyclists (the original name of the American Motorcyclist Association) term. In short the phrase is what we call a “rally” today.
Now if you fast forward a number of decades, Laconia Motorcycle Week is now one of the biggest and best motorcycle rallies in the United States.
What is going on at Laconia Motorcycle Week?
Below are just some of the things that will go on at the 2020 Laconia rally. First, still today both the racing and hill climbs are a big part of the Motorcycle Week. Next, if you are looking for races you need to check out the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Or if you want to check out Hill Climbs the big location is in Gunstock for the Pro/Ams.
Although rally-central for the bike week in Laconia is on the Boardwalk of Lakeside Ave. in Weirs Beach, there are attractions happening across the region. One of these things to enjoy is the beautiful riding scenery in the Laconia area and in the Lakes Region.
In addition, some of the other attractions at Motorcycle Week include gypsy tours, bike shows, and motorcycle rides. Other events that are held at the Laconia Rally are live music, poker runs, custom bike builders, displays, contests, and swap meets. As with any of the larger biker events, there will be manufacturers and vendors.
Also at the Laconia dealerships, bars, and other venues there are special events setup just for the NH motorcycle week.
Finally, most of the rally is free, but there are some venues with fees, so check out their sites first.