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The Legacy of Laconia Bike Week (Coming June 13-21)
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The Legacy of Laconia Bike Week (Coming June 13-21)

In June 1916 several hundred bikers came to Weirs Beach near Laconia, New Hampshire. It became part of the Gypsy Tour, which was a coming together of motorcyclists to enjoy an entire weekend of hill climbs and races. Bikers continued to come in larger numbers until it became a week long rally in 1923. This kicked off the areas tourist season and so it was well supported by local businesses.

National media gave attention to Laconia in 1965 when a riot between local police and biker gangs broke out. The number of events began to decline when locals started to impose stricter law enforcement. It wasn't until the late 90's when in order to increase tourism businesses in the area asked The Federation of American Motorcyclists, who had sanctioned the rally years earlier, to help them re-establish the week long rally.

The Laconia Motorcycle Rally and Race Association was eventually established by local motorcycle groups and business owners. It was responsible for promotion of the rally week across the nation and licensing vendors. It is now a annual nine day event that either ends or begins on Father's Day.

Laconia, New Hampshire is a town of about 16,000 people and located between Winnisquam Lake and Lake Winnipesaukee. It includes the two villages of Weirs Beach and Lakeport. This 'bike week' is one of the countries largest bike rallys. In the winter the area is host to the Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby.

The 92nd annual Laconia Bike Week will be held from June 13-21, 2015 and will be Located at the Weirs Beach Water Slide on the boardwalk. Activities at the bike week are such as scenic bike tours, live music, food with breakfasts and dinners at several restaurants, numerous charity bike rides and memorial runs, bikini bike wash, American Police Museum tours, tatoo contests, brands tasting and bottle signing through Jack Daniel's Asst. Master Distiller, bike detailing, a race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and a US Legends International Racing/ Loudon Classic and the Moat Mounatain Road Course running.

If you have need for a room to rent there are many options in the area with lake side cottages, motels, camping grounds and resorts. Whatever fits your pocket book or adventurous spirit. Here is the official website.

For more on the event, click here.

 

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  1. Written In Chrome Crew
    Written In Chrome Crew
    Thanks for keeping us up-to-date, Eve!
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      Sure. Thank you.
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  2. Ann Johnston
    Great article
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      Why thank you.
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  3. Miranda
    Looks like a lot of fun.
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      I bet it would be.
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  4. Julie Sinclair
    Very informative and looks like such fun.
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      Something for everyone I think.
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  5. tzigane
    Already voted. Thought I made a comment but may have forgotten to hit the comment button , Sorry
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      Nice to see you. Thanks for the vote.
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  6. mirmir
    Wow what a fun way to use a bike!!!!! I can think of a billion reasons to get a motorcycle now!!! One being to drive in a historical way to celebrate a memory and to keep it living, rambling on! ,\./,,
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      You betcha!
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  7. gramybear
    That's a really neat looking bike!
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