Since 1983, the self-proclaimed world’s largest touring motorcycle rally draws motorcycle riders to the Adirondack Mountains every year. Taking its name and inspiration from the Aspencade Motorcycle Rally in Ruidoso, New Mexico, Aspencade East drew more than 2,000 motorcycle riders for the first event. Three years later, attendance exceeded 10,000 motorcyclists and the rally changed its name to Americade.
A touring rally
Originally, the rally focused on touring motorcycle riders. The early 1980s saw an expansion of touring models, perhaps best represented by the 1982 Honda GL1100 Aspencade.
With long-range luxury motorcycle touring becoming a growing trend, Americade soon became the must-attend rally of each motorcycle riding season. By 2004, more than 50,000 motorcycle riders registered for part or all of the week-long rally. Thousands more came to enjoy the great roads and motorcycle-friendly Lake George region.
An evolving motorcycle rally
Over the years, the secret got out that this early June “touring” rally in the Adirondack Mountains and the Lake George area was the place to be. These days, you’ll see motorcycles of every brand and style along Canada Street, the main drag of Lake George Village.
Today, the 35-year-old event is the world's largest multi-brand motorcycle touring rally, welcoming motorcycle enthusiasts from around the globe. There are too many rides, entertainment, vendors, and unique events to list. To sample everything the rally offers, you’d need to visit two or three times, and by then the list will have evolved and expanded.
Here are some of the high points:
- Factory demo rides
- Americade Expo, a motorcycle superstore
- Live music
- A new two-day block party
- Motorcycle stunt shows
- Comedy shows
- Guided tour rides
- Unguided tour routes
- Dinner boat cruises on Lake George
- Multiple motorcycle shows, contests, and awards
Americade Touring Rally
June 5-9, 2018
Lake George Village
Lake George, New York
Americade Motorcycle Rally
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