Check out the action that was the 2012 Lone Star Rally, from cruising The Seawall and catching the free Brett Michaels show to taking in the Mardi Gras-style fun at The Strand and custom bike shows on the pier. After enjoying the video, get the full report in our Lone Star Rally Review 2012
Revelers packed the balconies of The Strand tossing beads to passersby below as the Mardi Gras of motorcycling called The Lone Star Rally overran Galveston Island for its 11th annual celebration. The exodus began on Thursday and by Saturday it took a half-an-hour to fight through the crowd to walk a city block. The parade of motorcycles down The Strand was a constant stream as they shuffled single-file through fans who pressed in from all sides trying to get a peek at all the cool bikes passing by.
There was plenty to see and do at this year’s Lone Star Rally, be it getting your picture taken with the stars of Full Throttle Saloon, Ma’s Roadhouse or the Lone Ranger and Tonto to riding the mechanical bull at your favorite watering hole.
Custom bike shows took over Pier 21 all weekend long as they held the first Metric Bike Show at the Lone Star Rally on Friday followed by an even bigger All-Star Roundup Bike Show on Saturday. The pier also hosted the hotly contested first annual Baddest Bagger in Texas competition judged by industry leaders Paul Yaffe and John Shope. It was a party-like atmosphere with Red Bull DJs spinning jams all day long. Where else but the Lone Star Rally can you be at a custom bike show when the Disney cruise ship goes floating by in the background?
This year’s event saw the triumphant return of The Seawall to the rally. This allowed people to check out popular booths like Eddie Trotta’s Customs and J&P Cycles with the ambience of the Gulf of Mexico and sandy beaches right across the street. The area was mobbed Friday night when Brett Michaels performed a free concert for the Lone Star Rally crowd as the singer crooned both favorites from his Poison heyday to new tunes.
As evening set in, rally goers hit their favorite hot spots as the party raged on into the wee hours. The Spot was always hopping as bands laid down the funk and people got their groove on. Organizers estimate a few hundred thousand people showed up for this year’s rally making it the biggest and best Lone Star Rally party yet and after mingling with the massive crowds, we tend to agree.