Motorcycle USA headed to the desert for the 32nd annual Laughlin River Run where we rode in the poker run, took a trip to Oatman, checked out the bike show, Miss Laughlin River Run contest, and rocked out to Great White. Check out our video then read more about it in our 2014 Laughlin River Run Review
Motorcycle USA trekked across the Mojave Desert to attend the 32nd annual Laughlin River Run. We kicked off the 2014 rally by embarking on the 150-mile Laughlin Poker Run to Lake Havasu on a Victory Judge. The journey took us to London Bridge Harley-Davidson for a card stop, then it was back on the road to Laughlin, but not before enjoying a ride over Lake Havasu’s trademark landmark, the London Bridge.
Back on Casino Drive, the party was in full swing, the entertainment ranging from live music to mechanical bulls to jet pack fun on the Colorado River.
Saturday morning it was time to ride again, this time to the historic mining town of Oatman, Arizona. The tiny town was overrun by bikers filled with the spirit of the Wild, Wild West. Wild burros roam freely here and have become one of the town’s star attractions, as is the Oatman Hotel with its dollar bill décor.
From Oatman it was straight to the annual Laughlin Custom Bike Show. From big-wheeled baggers to a Harley Softail Deluxe gussied up in over 25,000 Swarovski Crystals, it was a small but eclectic bunch of motorcycles entered in the show. Paul Ponkow of Bones Legacy was the big winner of the day, his cherry 1973 Triumph digger a showcase of seamless fabrication, killer paint, and a powertrain polished to a high sheen.
Michael Martinez of Bonneville County Choppers garnered plenty of attention for a couple of bikes he brought to the show, a Sportster 1200 he made into a “dirtster” dirt bike and a Yamaha XS650 outfitted with a horse saddle. (Include Martinez funny quote “A 100 year old saddle and a bunch of junk out of the shop.”)
From there it was off to the Miss Laughlin River Run contest. Girls worked the crowd and judges with hopes of winning the $1000 cash prize offered to the winner.
We wrapped up our 2014 Laughlin River by catching Great White at Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Saturday night. The band’s mixture of bluesy riffs and radio hits was a big hit with the crowd and the perfect way to wrap up another successful River Run.