Crazy all night liquor-fueled parties. Gorgeous women dancing around in thongs and wet t-shirts. Those are just a few things that make most motorcycle rally’s great. Unfortunatley, they’re also the things that make most motorcycles rallies inaccessible to families. Americade, the largest touring motorcycle rally in North America, has all of the bikes, music, and fun as rallies like Sturgis, but without the debauchery.
“We try to offer something for everyone,” said Margie Connelly, the staff coordinator for Americade. “We have a lot of couples, a lot of families, a lot of motorcycle groups. A lot of different people come up for Americade. But just about everyone comes up on a motorcycle.”
Can’t Buy, At Least You Can Ride
Americade will have a huge selection of bikes this year for riders to take out on the road. Americade is still a few months away, but so far 16 manufacturers have signed up to bring their motorcycles to upstate New York. Harley-Davidson, Victory, Kymco, several trike companies… If you’ve seen it on the showroom floor, you can probably take it out on the road at Americade.
“Lot’s of people hear New York, and they don’t think of the Adirondacks, they think of New York City. But there’s some great riding at Americade,” said Connelly. “A lot of people come just so they can ride these different bikes. We have about 16 companies right now that are bringing truckloads of motorcycles for people to ride.”
If It’s Broken, They Can Fix It
Americade is a great place to try out new models, but it’s also a great place to fix up your old ride. The trade show at Americade is one of the biggest in the country. But it isn’t all for show. Need a new set of pipes? Shop around and get something installed while you enjoy the view over Lake George.
“We have over 250 vendors,” said Connelly. “And what makes our rally unique, is that at the trade show you can get a windshield installed, you can get your bike pinstriped, you can get new tires, or some new chrome installed. You can bring your bike in and have it worked on during the trade show.”
Need a Break From Motorcycles?
What makes Americade such a cool rally, is that it has so many cool activities. Yes, you could easily spend the entire 7 days going to the trade show, taking demo rides, and fixing up your bikes. But at Americade, you can also hop in a hot air balloon and check out the show from above.
From guided tours, poker runs, and demos, to white water rafting, hot air balloons, and horse back riding. Americade is more than just a motorcycle rally.
“It’s a family event,” Connelly said. “There are plenty of chances to party, but we try to keep it as safe and fun as possible. We try to make Americade a place where everyone is welcome.”
Americade will be held from June 6th to 11th at Ft. William Henry Resort on Lake George. Check out more about Americade here.
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com