As most two-wheeled veterans will tell you, there's a lot more to motorcycling than the bikes themselves. Part of the sport's mystique is the going, the doing and the traveling - the places you'll see, the people you'll meet and the great adventures you're sure to have.
Whether it's attending a laid-back east coast touring rally, a high-energy MotoGP, a club-level roadrace, or a leisurely ride through the Appalachians or Texas Hill Country with a passenger or riding buddies. Heading out for a day or three – or a week or two – on a motorcycle is a thrill unmatched anywhere. Like Bob Seger says in his epic motorcycling song Roll Me Away… "We rolled across the high plains, deep into the mountains. Felt so good to me, finally feeling free…" Yeah, free.
Here are a handful of epic destinations and rides, in no particular order…
Americade Rally - The seminal touring rally, held in Lake George, N.Y., is also one of the best all-around motorcycling get-togethers anywhere. June
MotoGP at Laguna Seca & Indianapolis - The best road racers in the world bangin' bars for an entire weekend, plus plenty to do in and around the Monterey, Calif. and Indianapolis, Ind. areas. July (Laguna Seca) and August (Indy)
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days - America's biggest and best vintage extravaganza features motocross, roadracing, a fantastic swap meet, demo rides and much, much more at central Ohio's Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. July
The Sturgis Rally - Get your custom-bike vibe going in the biggest way possible while enjoying the scenery and roads in the beautiful Black Hills region of South Dakota. August
Daytona Bike Week - Every March, the Daytona International Speedway and surrounding areas host one of the largest gatherings of racers, cruisers, customs and shows in the nation. Don't miss it! March
Biketoberfest - Just like Bike Week, but a little more relaxed. Biketoberfest includes rallies, shows, races and a taste of the street scene that made the original "Bike Week" famous. October
Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic - This Midwest event has everything a motorcyclist could want – racing, great roads, a swap meet, good food, and that great Midwest vibe. June
The Blue Ridge Parkway - From Virginia to South Carolina (or vice-versa), the BRP is 470 wonderful miles of perfect pavement, beautiful scenery, great eateries and quaint motels – the perfect place for that leisurely ride you've been dreaming about, especially in the fall.