A Helpful Guide to Motorcycle Rallies
Motorcycle rallies are full of wild adventures and unforgettably good times! But if you're a first-timer, learning the ropes can be pretty overwhelming.
- Look early for a place to stay. To make the most of your time at a rally, you need a home base where you can rest and recharge. Look into hotel, rental house and camping options. And be proactive—start your search at least three months early because the best places go quick.
- Get a pre-rally tune-up. Inflate the tires, change the oil, check the air filters…you know, the works! You'll put a lot of miles on that beautiful bike of yours, so show it a little love beforehand.
- Prepare for the weather. It's basic, but did you check the forecast? And better yet—are you prepared with the right clothes and gear for whatever the weather may bring? In some parts of the U.S., temperatures drop fast at night. Put warm clothes in your saddle bag even if the day is scorching—you might have a cold ride home in the evening.
- Practice parking. Most rallies have a bustling Main Street scene. There's no doubt you'll want to join the action, but to find a place to park, you'll have to venture through a sea of motorcycles. To ensure you don't cause an embarrassing traffic jam, practice backing up into small spaces—especially if you're using a rental that you're unfamiliar with.
- Don the finest leathers. You'll notice that most bikers have awesome leather vests that sport a plenitude of patches. They're more than just an article of biker style—they illustrate your personality and adventures you've had. And leather vests and jackets are solid protection when you're on the road. Embrace the tradition and add a patch from the rally to your collection!
- Ride with a plan. Most rallies are all about going with the flow, meeting new friends and enjoying spectacular rides…so you don't need to over-plan! But you should at least make a list of concerts, stunt shows and other events you don't want to miss.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Of course, water is essential. You'll spend long hours riding and walking under the sun, and you'll sweat more because you're wearing leather. The odds aren't in your favor. Start drinking water early in the day and don’t stop!
- Be strategic with food and fuel. Before diving head first into adventure, think ahead. Do you have enough fuel to complete your next ride? And when was the last time you ate? You should grab some food and stop at the gas station before you go.
- Carry a spare key. In all of the excitement and craziness, you might misplace your keys. You don't want to be marooned at the rally—bring a second set!
- Remember a map. It's always a good idea to carry a physical map of the area. Yes, you can navigate with your phone, but sometimes those steer you wrong or run out of battery. Actually, here's a bonus tip: remember to bring a phone charger!
- Bring cash. Some vendors don't take cards, so bring paper bills just in case.
- Score the best deals on the last day. As the rally draws to a close, some vendors will lower their prices significantly to get rid of as much merchandise as they can. Take advantage of this!
- Be friendly, start conversations. The best part of any rally is the people you meet. The love of riding brings people together! Don't be afraid to strike up a conversation with someone you've never met before—you'll end up hearing some great stories and walk away feeling fulfilled.
Enjoy your adventures this year! #RideOn
May 24-27: The Foremost Team will be at a rally in Washington, D.C.
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