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Racing Into Motorcycle Week

Kathi Caldwell-Hopper - June 11, 2013





WEIRS BEACH is the center of activity during Laconia Bike Week.

WEIRS BEACH is the center of activity during Laconia Bike Week.

Laconia Motorcycle Week is underway, bringing thousands of motorcyclists to the Lakes Region to mark the event’s 90th anniversary.

Ninety years is a very long time and a grand old age for the well-known event which began this year on June 8 and continues through June 16, with all sorts of fun events.

Rally Headquarters is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Stop by and say hello and get all the schedules for the week. Call 603-366-2000 for updates or visit www.laconiamcweek.com.

Demo-Fleet Headquarters is located at Funspot on Route 3 in Weirs Beach, daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, BMW, and Ducati.

Activities are not limited to Laconia. On Monday, June 10, it’s Motorcycles Only at the Mount Washington Auto Road, weather permitting. Visit www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com for details.

At the NH Motor Speedway on Route 106 in Loudon, Boston Moto offers a fun road course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Senior Appreciation Day takes place on June 10 at the American Police Motorcycle Museum on Route 3 in Meredith, with half-price admission for seniors after 4 p.m.

A part of the fun of Motorcycle Week is a chance to take the Big Boat on the Big Lake. We are, of course, referring to a cruise on the M/S Mount Washington. Celebrate the 90th anniversary of Motorcycle Week with a cruise on the lake, leaving at 4:30 p.m. from Weirs Beach. Call 366-BOAT for more information.

An afternoon of great music happens on June 10 at Laconia Harley-Davidson in Meredith, with Without Paris playing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and more bands right into the evening. Visit www.laconiaharley.com for updates.

On Tuesday, June 11, A Scenic Ride of the Gypsy Tour leaves Weirs Beach for Arundel, Maine, at 10:30 a.m, with a Thursday, June 13, rain date.

The Laconia Roadhouse will feature live music from noon until after 9 p.m., starting with the Dan Lawson Band performing from noon to 3 p.m. Visit www.laconiamcweek.com/Bandschedule.com for details.

Weirs Beach will be hopping with events at the Lobster Pound Bud Light Platinum Tent. At Laconia Harley-Davidson on Route 3 in Meredith, live bands perform once again.

Military Appreciation takes place at the American Police Motorcycle Museum on Route 3 in Meredith. Military members (with ID) are admitted at half price.

On Wednesday, June 12, the Gypsy Tour leaves Weirs Beach for the AMA Sanctioned PRO Hill Climb in Canaan at 10:30 a.m.

If you have attended Race Week in years past, you may have seen Lakes Region photographer Judith Rothemund taking photos all over the area. She has captured many images from this well-known event and exhibited her photographs at the Belknap Mill gallery in downtown Laconia. This year, Rothemund’s exhibit of motorcycle scenes returns to the Belknap Mill from June 12 through 30. The exhibition is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; call 524-8813 for weekend hours or visit www.belknapmill.org.

A fun and unusual event departs from the Makris Lobster & Steak House in Concord on June 12 at 9 a.m. The event is called Ride NH Run to benefit the NH Motorcyclists’ Rights Organization; ride the back roads of the Lakes Region that you may never have seen before. Admission of $5 per person benefits NHMRO, which was established “for the sole purpose of restoring certain freedoms lost and retaining freedoms that had not yet been tampered with”.

Who says bike riders don’t love farming? On June 12 (rain date June 13), the NH Motorcycle Farm Tour, sponsored by North Country Resource Conservation and Development, offers a self-guided tour showcasing some of the area’s best farms. The ride starts at 10 a.m. and covers about 65 miles. Riders will see organically raised livestock and produce, a greenhouse using wood heat during the winter, farm-made ice cream and cheeses, good food, and scenic farmlands. Register online at www.nhrcd.net or go to Rally Headquarters to pay the admission fee.

NHMS on Route 106 in Loudon offers a Penguin School on June 12 with a road course running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Naswa Resort in Weirs Beach will have a Laconia 90th Birthday Celebration from 3 to 6 p.m., with cake at the NASCAR & Grill, on June 12.

Fireworks over Weirs Beach at 10 p.m. will end the day (rain date June 13).

The fun continues on Thursday, June 13, with a Guided Tour Ride to the Sky departing from Laconia Harley-Davidson on Route 3 in Meredith at 9 a.m.

Ride to the Rock: Freedom Ride 25th Anniversary takes place at Winnipesaukee Crossing, with kickstands up at 6 p.m. sharp. Line-ups are at 5 p.m. The event honors POW/MIAs and their families.

On June 13, a Motorcycle Rodeo happens at Kitchen Cravings on Route 11 in Gilford at 3 p.m. It offers a chance to test riding skills and enjoy a barbecue.

The Historic Train Station in downtown Laconia will be the location of a Custom Bike Show on June 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Burrito Eating Contest takes place at the Train Station at 1:30 p.m.

Friday, June 14, offers a Gypsy Tour 80-mile trip through the White Mountains, leaving Rally Headquarters at 10:30 a.m.; NMHS 90th Anniversary of the Loudon Classic kicking off at 8 a.m.; the 9th annual City of Laconia Bike Show at Opechee Park in Laconia; and dedication of the Female Motorcycle Exhibit, honoring all women with half-price admission, at the American Police Motorcycle Museum on Route 3 in Meredith.

On Saturday, June 15, things heat up with the Laconia Motorcycle Week Community Appreciation Parade. The event will have a police escort for the non-stop ride around the NHMS track in Loudon at 9:30 a.m.

On June 15, a fun ride takes bikers to Sculptured Rocks in Groton for food and then on to swimming on Newfound Lake in Bristol. It is a chance to ride with members of Narcotics Anonymous. The ride leaves the Methodist Church on Tower Street in Weirs Beach at noon.

At NHMS, the 90th Annual Loudon Classic begins at 8 a.m. on June 15. Events will include Modified Motard Double Points Race, Moat Mountain Legends Road Course Series, Gifford’s Ice Cream Bandolero Series, and the Granite State Legends Cars Oval Series.

The Lakes Region bids the 90th annual Race Week events a fond farewell on Sunday, June 16, with happenings during the day.

For those who wish to visit the Weirs Beach events, but do not have a motorcycle, train shuttle service is offered between Meredith, The Weirs, and Lakeport on Thursday, June 13, through Sunday, June 16. For rates and a schedule, visit www.hoborr.com. 

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