Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Charlotte, NC, USA
Americade is GREAT
Except for last year when I did not attend Americade I had been to the event for 16 straight years begining when I lived in NJ and then continued when I moved south. It is really a great event. What it is NOT .... it is not bike week or Laconia. There are only 2 bars in town that are magnets for the 1% of the crowd who what to drink beer and show their boobs. But the rest of the town is very family oriented. What Americade is .... it is a well organized well run family oriented event held in a great part of the country with great roads. It is a great event for those who love a diverse mix of motorcycles. Unilike Bike week where Harley is the most common bike, at Americade you will see a little bit of everything .... old, new, sport, touring, adventure, scooters, trikes and just about anything you can think of. Canada street is the main street in town and at night it is a handlebar to handlebar free bike show. The common practice is to stroll down Canada Street with a Ben & Jerry's or a coffee and check out the bikes and chat with the friendly attendees. There is a huge Tour Expo with Tons of gear, pin stripers and farkle installers. YES .... much of the accessories is geared toward Honda, Gold Wings, and now cruisers. But there are a lot of great vendors with BMW stuff too .... Cycle Gadgets is there, Corbin, Givi, etc. There is a lot of other stuff that is great to check out. There are Demo rides by no less than 11 manufacturers. Just about anyone who had a demo team is there. YES .... Canada street does get crowded at night but is only crazy on Friday and Saturday. I usually head home Saturday morning so I miss the nuts on Saturday. The Friday and Saturday issue is that the week following Americade is Laconia so many of the Laconia crowd stop in Lake George for the weekend and then head to Laconia on Monday. But as I said ... .just head home Saturday morning and you will miss a lot of the mess. YES .... room in town are hard to come by and the prices are going up .... but having atteneded 4 BMW rallies I can tell you I find some of the same gouging taking place there. But much less than at events like Bike Week where rooms can run $200 per night. If you stay outside of town you can land a nice clean roon for under $100 per night. There is also camping but not being a camper I can not tell you which sites are best. There is bike judging and seminars all day long at Roaring Brook ranch with some well know speakers. I attend the Honda Hoot as well since it is so close to me and while it is a nice event Americade just has more "stuff" to see and do. Don't get me wrong BOTH are great events .... just a little different. But Both are very family oriented. And one thing about Ameircade is they are pretty tough on loud pipes so keep your straight pipes at home.
So if you love motorcycles and friendly folk you should enjoy Americade!
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