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Take in the beauty of the Great Lakes at the Roar on the Shore motorcycle rally

Lake Erie shoreline

Celebrating its 11th year, the charity-focused Roar on the Shore rally is part of the 2017 AMA Gypsy Tour event schedule. The rally, running from July 12–16, is in the downtown area of Erie, Pennsylvania, with several blocks closed off for motorcycles only.

Located along Lake Erie, this is a great place to spend time with fellow motorcycle enthusiasts. The popularity of the event has grown over the years, evolving from a two-day event to the current five days.

Motorcyclists making a difference

Motorcycle riders understand the great blessing of our American freedoms and the personal joy of being able to ride our motorcycles. As a group, we are keenly aware of the needs of our veterans and members of our communities.

Attracting approximately 165,000 attendees, Roar on the Shore is one of the fastest-growing charitable motorcycle rallies in the country. During the first 10 years of the rally, it has raised more than $800,000 for a diverse group of charities:

  • John Kanzius Cancer Research Fund
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children – Erie
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom & Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign
  • Perry 200 Commemoration
  • Boys & Girls Club of Erie
  • SafeNet’s Big Backyard Children’s Garden
  • St. Patrick’s Haven
  • Erie Homes for Children and Adults
  • Project First Step
  • St. Martin Center New Playground Project

Riding opportunities

The northwestern region of Pennsylvania, resting along Lake Erie, offers plenty of backroads to explore. If you prefer organized rides, the Roar on the Shore Rally has you covered with the following opportunities:

  • Fallen Riders Memorial Run
  • The Randy Polley Faith and Freedom Ride (honoring law enforcement)
  • Roar to the Vineyards Poker Run 
  • Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County Ride
  • Hometown Taste and Tour Ride
  • Thunder on the Isle: The Mayor’s Ride
  • Off-Road Express Rocket Ride

Concerts and rally favorites

After some great riding, there are plenty of things to do once your motorcycle is parked, including demo rides. Four concerts and a DJ Party should fill you with music. Enjoy shopping at the various vendors, enter to win a bike, and enjoy some good food. It is all that you could ask for in a rally.

Here are some of the events scheduled:

  • Fallen Riders Memorial Concert featuring Jackyl
  • Main stage concerts featuring:
    • Great White
    • Cinderella’s Tom Keifer
  • Rocket 101 DJ Party
  • Stunt shows
  • Indian demo rides
  • Biker breakfast
  • Blessing of the Bikes by the Christian Motorcyclists Association

Roar on the Shore details

When: July 12–16

Contact: 600 State St.

Erie, PA 16501

Phone: 814-833-3200

Roar on over to Erie and rally along the Great Lakes with thousands of fellow riders.


Till next time, ride safe!


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