Laconia Motorcycle Week: Bikes, Bikes and More Bikes

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Laconia Motorcycle Week: Bikes, Bikes and More Bikes

Laconia Motorcycle Week was established in 1916, making it the longest running bike rally in the world. As with all of the long standing rallies around the country, motorcycle racing has been the backbone that defined the rally and kept cyclists coming back year after year. The rally took place from June 13-21 in Laconia, New Hampshire.

SuperBike and Vintage Road Racing can be seen at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway along with Pro Hill-Climbs in Canaan not far away. For enthusiasts, there are dozens of guided tours along with charity rides and poker runs throughout the week.

One of my favorite rides is to the top of Mount Washington (also known as the Auto Road) with 99 turns in a mere eight miles. The boardwalk at Weirs Beach is a great place to people watch and even catch the midweek fireworks show.

There’s lots to see and do at the rally and next year’s 93rd event will be even better… See you there.

Laconia Motorcycle Week as seen by Joe Sparrow

Welcome to Laconia
Welcome to Laconia

Laconians do have a sense of humor
Laconians do have a sense of humor

A little free time before the Rally starts
A little free time before the Rally starts

Bears don’t concern me but spiders give me the Heebie-Jeebies
Bears don't concern me but spiders give me the Heebie-Jeebies

I’ve been collecting motorcycle license plates since I was a teenager
I've been collecting motorcycle license plates since I was a teenager

Let’s ride
Let's Ride

Rally-goes of Laconia
Rally-goers of Laconia

Bikes of Laconia Motorcycle Week
Bikes of Laconia Motorcycle Week

Bikes of Laconia Motorcycle Week
Bikes of Laconia Motorcycle Week

Bikes of Laconia Motorcycle Week
Bikes of Laconia Motorcycle Week

Bikes of Laconia Motorcycle Week
Bikes of Laconia Motorcycle Week

Bikes of Laconia Motorcycle Week
Bikes of Laconia Motorcycle Week

Bikes of Laconia Motorcycle Week
Bikes of Laconia Motorcycle Week

Bikes of Laconia Motorcycle Week
Bikes of Laconia Motorcycle Week

The Weirs (as the locals call it)
The Weirs (as the locals call it)

Lake Winnipesaukee at Weir’s Beach
Lake Winnipesaukee at Weir's Beach

Living on the road you must be prepared for any emergency. I also carry a first aid kit and jumper cables
Living on the road you must be prepared for any emergency. I also carry a first aid kit and jumper cables

It’s only 1,200 miles to Anamosa and I’m looking forward to our annual J&P Cycles Open House. Thank you Laconia for a good time but I must be moving on.
It's only 1,200 miles to Anamosa and I'm looking forward to our annual J&P Cycles Open House. Thank you Laconia for a good time but I must be moving on.

Be sure to follow along with all of Joe Sparrow’s adventures on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at #WanderingSparrow and right here on the blog. Until then, keep the rubber side down!

By |2015-07-01T15:02:48+00:00July 1st, 2015|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles, News/Events Articles|5 Comments

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  1. boston jim August 25, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Hey Romy, Most “ole dummies”, know that LACONIA BIKE WEEK, started in 1916, making it the OLDEST Bike Rally, Laconia has been beside Lake Winnipesaukee for a long time. in N.H. Laconia is 2 hours North of BOSTON, the “Cradle of Liberty”, ever hear of it ? The 10 day Rally almost always ends on Fathers Day ! Hope to see you next year, once you come out from under the Rock, you’ve been living under !

  2. Claire & Flash July 31, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    lived in NH for 25 years. Flash was born there.
    Laconia was an annual tradition for us. We were only 20 minutes away from The Weirs. It was an event where all our friends from the Northeast would congregate and enjoy spending the week with each other. Most were from NY. Can’t just leave the jobs and take a ride any old time. So we all would plan our catching up accordingly. And everyone loves Laconia.
    Except for the last 10 years, all it has done is rain that entire week. We are in AZ now riding all the time, even when its super hot. We affectionately refer to Laconia now as “Rain Week”. Ride safe.

    • boston jim August 25, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Dear Claire & Flash, we miss you at Laconia ! Last year, 2014, IT DID NOT RAIN, at all, all 10 days ! We’ve been to every Laconia since 1969, 47 years, yes it does rain. But, you are probably missing a little rain, living in AZ. With all the weather related Disasters around the USA, I’ll stay in New England, till the day they bury my H-D with me. Beware, Be Smart, Be Safe, Boston Jim

  3. J&P Cycles July 1, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks for catching our rookie mistake! We’ve added the link to their website and the dates, June 13-21. Thanks for reading!

  4. Romy July 1, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Typical reporting mistake allert. Poor info! For us old dummies, where exactly and when exactly does laconia take place?

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