On a June weekend in 1925, less than a year after the creation of the American Motorcyclist Association, thousands of motorcyclists all over the country joined together and held the first-ever AMA-sanctioned Gypsy Tours.
These weekend rides, usually including field meets and other forms of entertaining competition, became a staple of the new Association, and were held yearly well into the 1950s.
Today, the Gypsy Tour tradition continues. In fact, some of the largest motorcycling gatherings on the planet are AMA Gypsy Tours. For a great time, plan on attending one, or more, of these events this year.
Here’s the 2019 AMA National Gypsy Tour schedule. More may be added, so check back again later at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Riding/AMA-National-Gypsy-Tours.
April 24-28, Laughlin River Run: Laughin, Nev., is nestled on the river where Nevada, California and Arizona meet. Over the decades, it's grown into a tourist destination and resort. The rally offers a concert series, custom bike show, poker run for charity, vendors and more. Info: www.laughlinriverrun.com
May 16-19, AspenCash Motorcycle Rally: 2019 marks the 22nd annual event that features a poker run and large trade show of motorcycle vendors. Info: www.motorcyclerally.com
June 4-8, Americade Motorcycle Touring Rally: Americade is celebrating its 37th year. The event includes dinner boat cruises, barbeques and parties, seminars on motorcycling topics, demo rides, bike show competitions, stunt shows, a skills challenge and two nights of concerts near the shores of Lake George, N.Y. Info: www.americade.com
June 8-16, Laconia Motorcycle Week: Dubbed as the “world's oldest motorcycle rally,” Laconia Motorcycle Week began its gypsy tour in 1916. Settled in New Hampshire, the location provides for beautiful scenic riding in the countryside. Info: www.laconiamcweek.com
June 20-23, Thunder in the Valley: Johnstown, Pa., is home to Thunder in the Valley. The 22nd annual rally will feature vendors, live music and displays from a variety of motorcycle manufacturers. Info: www.visitjohnstownpa.com/thunder-valley
July 5-7, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days: This three-day motorcycle festival features America's largest motorcycle swap meet, national championship vintage racing in numerous disciplines, a lap for history on the road racing track and unforgettable fun. Info: www.AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com
Aug. 2-11, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: Located in Sturgis, S.D., Sturgis Motorcycle Rally offers concerts, vendors, motorcycle racing and plenty of road riding opportunities. There are eight AMA sanctioned road rides, as well as a new sanctioned adventure ride. Plus, there's fun activities like the beard and mustache contest and the tattoo contest. Info: www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com