LAS VEGAS: More than 30,000 bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts from nearly all 50 states and 12 other countries cruised into town for the 17th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest, October 5-8. The rally was four action-packed days filled with entertainment, contests, bike shows, MMA fights, Uncle Kracker performing live, and demo rides from Indian Motorcycles. With the addition of Rally West, located on 3rd and Fremont Street, attendees had even more options for shopping for the latest in motorcycle parts and accessories, apparel, and more.
“Our goal every year is to continue to keep the rally growing and the activities and entertainment “fresh”. With the new locations we chose for our poker runs, bringing the Tuff-N-Uff Amateur MMA fight, expanding our vendor area to Rally West, giving away $5,000 in shopping sprees and more bike shows, we feel we accomplished that”, states Mindi Cherry, Event Manager.
LAS VEGAS, July 19, 2016 – Las Vegas BikeFest announced the creation of a specific area in Rally Central called “Adventure Land” for this year’s rally.
“Adventure Land” is sponsored by Great Southwest Moto Adventures. Adventure Riding is for those that love to discover, explore and experience amazing places both on and off-road. This special area will include vendors with parts and services for Adventure motorcycles, a bike area showing the latest bikes, and experts to talk to Las Vegas BikeFest attendees about the new experience of Adventure Riding. There will also be a self-guided ride on Sunday, October 2.
The “Adventure Motorcycle Segment” is still and has been the fastest growing segment of the motorcycle industry in recent years. Adventure motorcycles are designed for on-road and off-road use. Many gravitate to the sport as part of the natural evolution of a motorcycle rider since 95 percent of the roads in the world are unpaved. Therefore, if you are a street rider, you only get to see 5 percent the world has to offer. Examples of the motorcycles used are the BMW 1200GS, Yamaha Super Tenere, Honda Africa Twin and Triumph Tiger, among others. Fully loaded panniers allows a rider to camp and explore for long periods of time with the greatest need only being a new tank full of gasoline.
“Great Southwest Moto Adventures is happy to be involved with Las Vegas BikeFest to share the passion for adventure with others. After riding for over 45 years in the Southwest, we know the best places off the beaten path and love to share our passion and yearning for discovery with others” says Curtis Cummings, Founder and CEO of Great Southwest Motor Adventures.
Las Vegas BikeFest 2016 will be held September 29 – October 2, 2016 in the heart of downtown Las Vegas on Fremont Street East. Registration will be held at the headquarter hotel, the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino on the world-famous Fremont Street Experience. More information regarding vendor space, event registration and official hotels can be found at www.LasVegasBikeFest.com or by calling 1-866-BIKEFEST (1-866-245-3337)
For the first time in its 15-year run, Las Vegas Bikefest was held this year downtown on Fremont Street – and we hope it’s found a home. The rally took place around and inside the vintage-style Western Hotel just a few blocks from the Fremont Street Experience and host hotels. There’s an “Old Vegas” vibe here that dovetails perfectly with a bike rally. It just fits.
The year round party 24/7 party on Fremont Street requires no input; it just happens. So when you add in Bikefest events like one-off custom bikes at Artistry in Iron, headliner concerts, Victory and Indian demo rides, and appearances by Sons of Anarchy stars, the energy really ramps up.
This part of downtown Vegas has made great strides in recent years, gaining ground by turning seedy to scene-worthy. The city’s Container Park, a collection of shipping containers connected by walkways and filled with eateries and shops, is between the rally site and Fremont Street’s lightshow canopy expanding the to-do list with more fun choices. Yes, Bikefest organizers hit the mark; the timing was right to move the rally.
That’s not to say everything was perfect – show managers say the layout and floor plan are already being tweaked for next year. But with most of the vendors outside along with the stages and bike shows the event felt more cohesive. In counterpoint, the Artistry in Iron show was inside the Western Hotel’s main floor offering a break from the sun and the opportunity to peruse the builder’s creations while sipping a cold beverage.
Top honors in Artistry in Iron went to Jeremy Cupp of L.C. Fabrications for his hybrid Buell build. In this peer-judged show, where the winner is chosen by the builders themselves, it must be especially gratifying to take the top place. Cupp was clearly overwhelmed by the honor and accepted graciously. Thanks to Paughco and Metal Rescue, additional prizes were offered to second and third place winners for the first time. Editors Choice awards were also conferred in an effort to give more builders their due.
Iron Trader News was on site to cover the event so take a look at the images to get a sense of how it went. Then make plans to come next year to experience it for yourself.
This is the 15th year for Las Vegas Bikefest! And while that’s quite a milestone, the even bigger news is the change in location. The event is now in downtown Las Vegas on Fremont Street, around and inside the vintage-style Western Hotel just a few blocks from the Fremont Street Experience and the host hotels.
There’s a party on Fremont Street in Las Vegas year round – add in Bikefest events like Artistry in Iron, concerts, Victory and Indian demo rides, and appearances by Sons of Anarchy stars, the energy really ramps up.
Iron Trader News is on site to cover the event. Take a look at today’s bike show, some of the Artistry in Iron bikes, and the overall scene. Then ride over tomorrow for more. Bikefest runs till the 4th.