It’s a big country out there, and there’s no better way to see it than from the seat of a motorcycle.
Below are some of the premier motorcycle gatherings, whether you’re looking to experience the country’s most iconic large rallies or just hang out with local riders in smaller events.
More activities are always being added, and you can always find a complete and up-to-date list of all AMA-sanctioned events in our online events database. Also remember to check the calendar section of your American Motorcyclist magazine every month.
AMA National Gypsy Tour series: March-November 2017
One of the original experiences in motorcycling, gypsy tours are gatherings of riders from all over the country, converging upon a single destination. AMA National Gypsy Tours bring like-minded riders together to enjoy the camaraderie of motorcycling, often in a location of particular beauty, historic significance and/or importance to the sport. Info: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/riding/story/ama-national-gypsy-tour-series
AspenCash Motorcycle Rally/Poker Run: May 18-21, 2017
This AMA National Road Rally is held in Ruidoso, N.M., and includes a poker run and four-day trade show. This year marks the 20th year of the rally. Info: www.motorcyclerally.com
Americade: June 5-10, 2017
An AMA National Convention held in Lake George, N.Y. It features dinner cruises on the river, concerts, demo rides and more. Info: www.americade.com
Thunder in the Valley: June 22-25, 2017
Johnstown, Pa., is home to Thunder in the Valley, an AMA National Road Rally. The event offers concerts and more. Info: www.visitjohnstownpa.com
Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally: Sept. 13-17, 2017
Held in Ruidoso, N.M., the Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally is an AMA National Convention situated high in the Rocky Mountains of southeastern New Mexico. Info: www.motorcyclerally.com
SCMA USA Four Corners Tour: Jan. 1-Dec. 15, 2017
This AMA Grand Tour offers two different USA Four Corner Tours: the “Regular” and the “True X.” The organizer will send a package containing the materials for the ride you choose. The organizer will review your completion of either ride once they receive your finisher’s package. Info: sc-ma.com/rides/usa-four-corners-tour-site/
SCMA Three Flags Classic: Aug. 1-5, 2017
This AMA Grand Tour begins in Abbotsford, BC, Canada, and will finish in the City of Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. This is not a race, but rather a six-day event with four days of actual riding and a banquet. It is an endurance event where riders may be exposed to extreme cold, rain, sunshine, extreme heat, road closures, and more. Riders are presented with a preferred route but can ride any route they choose, as long as they reach the three checkpoints and the finish within the times allotted. Info: sc-ma.com/rides/3-flag-parent/three-flags-classic-tour/