Laconia Motorcycle Week Revs up Saturday
Friday, June 12, 2009
Next week, I'm supposed to meet up with this guy at Laconia to take a little ride on Dirico Motorcycles back to Boston. Tell you all about it when I get back.
The 86th Anniversary of Laconia Motorcycle Week
is upon us. What many believe is the oldest continuously held motorcycle rally kicks off this Saturday, June 13, and will rock the Weirs Beach and Laconia, New Hampshire, area and the White Mountains for the next week. On tap is plenty of motorcycling mayhem, including poker runs, live music from Foghat, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley and more, appearances by Playboy model Debbi Davids, a Miss Weirs Beach Contest, Ride-In bike shows, tattoo contests, hillclimb drag races, an East vs. West builder competition at the Broken Spoke Saloon, lobster boils (this is upper New England, right?) and plenty of scenic riding.
will be out in full force, with the factory demo truck scheduled to be there with a full contingency of 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycles. If you haven’t ridden one of The Motor Company’s touring bikes with the new chassis, you’re missing out. The bike is well-sorted and handles loads better at speed. There will also be a huge Harley tent sale going on, so if you’re looking for some new parts or accessories for your Hog, bring your checkbook and be ready to barter.
The Laconia Roadhouse is sponsoring a Biker Build-Off, with four shops competing for a big cash prize. The winner will be announced on Saturday, June 20th, and will be decided by a People’s Choice vote, so be sure to stop by and cast a vote for your favorite custom motorcycle.
On Sunday, June 14th, racing action will reach a boiling point at the 86th Loudon Classic. The event is touted as the oldest motorcycle race in North America and should be a good one again this year, with 27 races scheduled on the 1.6-mile road course in three days.
While Motorcycle USA won’t be able to attend this year, we’ll still get a little taste of the action on Tuesday when we hop aboard some Dirico Motorcycles
for a ride to Laconia from the Manchester Harley-Davidson dealership. We’d like to stick around, but we’ve got to ride back to Boston that night. Seems like one of the owners of Dirico Motorcycles, some guy called Steven Tyler, is going to join us for the ride back in. That night we’ve got backstage access to the Aerosmith show. And yes, I know I suck. But somebody’s got to do it.
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