Bike Week New Orleans 2010 Preview

April 30, 2010
Bryan Harley
Bryan Harley
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Our resident road warrior has earned his stripes covering the rally circuit, from riding the Black Hills of Sturgis to cruising Main Street in Daytona Beach. Whether it's chopped, bobbed, or bored, metric to 'Merican, he rides 'em all.

If there’s one city in America that knows how to party, it’s New Orleans. Bourbon Street’s reputation precedes it around the world, its annual Mardi Gras brings in people from near and far, and the city is just about to fire up its annual Jazz

Visiting Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras in New Orleans is an experience everyone should have at least once in their lifetime.
If there’s one city that knows how to party, it’s New Orleans. For the second year in a row, thousands of motorcyclists will converge on the Big Easy to party down on the banks of the Mighty Mississsippi and in the streets of the French Quarter.

and Heritage Festival. Music is intertwined in its reputations, with blues and jazz spilling out of almost every club and bar. So what better place could there be to have a biker bash than the Big Easy? For the second year in a row, the city will open its fun-loving arms to motorcyclists for Bike Week New Orleans 2010 with the motto ‘Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler’ (Let the good times roll!)

The party will get started with a House of Blues VIP Party to be held in the upscale House of Blues Foundation Room. The event features live music from New Orleans-style jazz singer Ingrid Lucia and special guests, and an opportunity to meet former New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Kyle Turley. Premium libations, not the rock-gut stuff, will also be flowing. The VIP party will be holding a live auction of music and motorcycle memorabilia as well, with proceeds benefitting the International House of Blues Foundation.

There will also be a huge Cinco de Mayo Kickoff Celebration at The Kamp in nearby Harahan, Louisiana. The Kamp’s usual Wednesday Bike Night will be taken to another level as it invites all the bikers in town for Bike Week to stop on by for a good time, including a musical performance by The JJ Muggler Band.

The House of Blues is ‘going chrome’ for the week as Jay Allen and

Leviathan  the lead float for the Orpheus crew  is 140-feet long and holds 100 riders. Victorys Cory Ness Jackpot is about eight-feet-long and supported one rider - me!
Motorcyclists will be holding their own Mardi Gras parade down Bourbon Street during the second annual Bike Week New Orleans.

crew will convert the popular music establishment into the Broken Spoke Saloon for the week. It starts with Wednesday’s VIP event and continues through the weekend until the Guns ‘n Roses tribute band, Paradise City, wraps up the party in the wee hours Saturday night. The Broken Spoke Saloon is synonymous with a good time and its bartenders are not only gorgeous and pour stiff drinks, but they usually entertain the crowds in between shows as well.

A jazz band entertains the crowd at the world-famous Preservation Hall. Mint Julep  anyone
A jazz band entertains the crowd at the world-famous Preservation Hall. Mint Julep, anyone?

And while the House of Broken Spoke Blues will be the place to be at night, the Bike Week New Orleans Riverwalk Venue is where all the action will be taking place during the day. Situated right on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi, three acres have been set aside for vendors, live music will constantly fill the air along with the smell of spicy-good Cajun cuisine. There will also be plenty of cold beer flowing served up by more bodacious bartenders. If that’s not enough, the always entertaining daredevil troupe of thrill-seekers who perform in the Wall of Death will be on hand to ride on the wooden walls of the motor drome. A little Freestyle Motocross action is also slated to take place. There will also be another location in the French Quarter itself with more live music, a Midnight Madness celebration, and more world-famous New Orleans home-cooking.

Headlining the music festival will be Brian Howe, the former lead singer of the band Bad Company, on Friday night. Gallagher will bring his bawdy

Gotta love Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras. This hottie was ready to rock-n-roll.
People have been known to shed their inhibitions on Bourbon Street.

brand of comedy to the Riverwalk Festival stage on Thursday, and Saturday’s lineup features some local flair with Zydeco music from Wayne Toups and ZyDeCajun and down-home Cajun country from Sammy Kershaw. Yeh you right.

Cycle Source Magazine is holding a Custom Chopper Show on Saturday at the Riverwalk Bike Festival location. Chris Callen and the Cycle Source crew will be handing out awards in several categories, including Big Twin, Sportster, Trike, Touring, Modern (1985 – present) and Retro (pre-1985) Radicals. They’re even going to give the best rat bike some love with an award for it, too. The collective of next generation custom bike builders known as the Limpnickie Lot will also be out in force displaying their uber-cool, American-made, hand-crafted motorcycles and parts. These guys also know a little about having fun, so it’s no surprise they’ll be on hand in the city who stakes its reputation on showing people a good time.

There’s also plenty of riding going to take place, from a motorcycle parade down Bourbon Street to a Plantation Poker Run. With a Harley-Davidson Sportster up for grabs as the grand prize, the Plantation Poker Run

The Mighty Mississippi stretches out before me as I ponder my travels in New Orleans on the 2009 Cory Ness Jackpot.
Three acres of the Riverwalk on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi have been set aside for the biker blowout. A Plantation Poker Run is also on the schedule of fun.
Horse-drawn carriages line up in front of Jackson Square awaiting tourists. No waiting necessary on the Cory Ness Jackpot.

promises to be a big draw. The run has stops planned at New Orleans Harley-Davidson and four different historic plantations around the area, including the ‘Grande Dame of the Great River Road’ Oak Alley and the oldest documented plantation home in the lower Mississippi River Valley, Destrehan. It will be a great way to check out the city and get some riding in, and the opportunity to win a new Harley is icing on the cake. 

Unique to Bike Week New Orleans is a friendly little competition called The Chrome Kitchen. It will include three days of contests, demonstrations, and classes combining authentic Cajun cuisine, famous New Orleans chefs, and well-known custom motorcycle builders. The ‘Main Event’ called The Chrome Chef Cook Off will match eight chefs and eight custom bike builders in an Iron Chef-style competition with the winner presented live at the Broken Spoke headline concert. Last year our buddy CJ Hanlon of Guilty Customs and Duke LoCicero of Café Giovanni brought the Chrome Chef title home.
It’s not too late to chart a course for the Big Easy, but the countdown has begun. We’ll be there bringing you reports and photos from the heart of the action next week as we ‘Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler,’ so if you can’t make it this year be sure to log on and share in the festivities courtesy of Motorcycle USA.