It’s a new year, and that means that motorcycle riding season is on its way! Northern California has access to some of the best Biker Events in the United States. It also holds some really great small local rides and rallies. Not only is it important to attend these events, but riding to the events can be fun and exhilarating as well. Let’s take a look at what is on the Calendar this year and how you can get there on your bike.
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Here are some of the events in 2017, Northern California style:
1) Folsom, CA (yes Johnny Cash sang at Folsom Prison!) holds a biker run to start off the riding season. On March 18th, 2017 from 9am-12pm, the 10th annual Spring Breakin’ Motorcycle Run takes place. This quaint event ends at an eatery in Lincoln, Ca. Folsom is located off Highway 50 East of Sacramento, Ca. The closest landmark is Folsom Lake and Folsom State Prison.
2) Support the small town of Loma Rica, Ca has it’s 8th Annual motorcycle ride. Registration starts at 9am April 8th, and is sponsored by the Women’s MC called Sisters of Scota. Represent the women in the motorcycle culture and have a fun time as well. Loma Rica is located in Yuba County, north of Sacramento. It’s an out-of-the-way town between highways 20 and 70. This area is great for riding and is as lush as can be, surrounded by forests and meadows. The backroads are fun and winding. From the Bay Area, take the 80 East towards Sacramento. Then head north on the 99. The 99 will turn into HWY 70 and continue up past Yuba City and Marysville. Take the 20 further into the wooded areas of the north.
3) On May 6th 2017, support the Fallen Riders Memorial out of Merced, CA. Their bike run is sponsored by Merced Power Sports and starts at 7am. This is a great way to give back to the community and have fun on your bike while doing it. Merced is a more centrally located city, off of HWY 99. Just south of Modesto, Merced can be found from the Bay Area by taking the 580 east towards Modesto and then heading south on the 99. From Fresno it’s not a far drive North. There is vast countryside and farmland to see and many small towns to stop at along the way.
4) April 30th, 2017 marks your Calendars for the Dream Machine Rally in Half Moon Bay, Ca. Displays of motorcycles and other dream-like vehicles are shown here. It’s one of a kind and is very inspiring. Starts at 10am and closes at 4pm. Be apart of this exciting event. Half Moon Bay is gorgeous and a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle. Located very close to San Fransisco, Half Moon Bay is not hard to get to. Off of HWY 280 on the Peninsula of the Bay area, you will take San Mateo road West until you run into the town of Half Moon Bay. From Sacramento take the 80 west to the 680 and down across the San Mateo Bridge. This will land you on HWY 92 also known as San Mateo rd. You might also want to take the back routes through the delta and across the East bay. This way you will hit less traffic. From Stockton or Modesto, get onto the 580 West and stay on this until you reach Hayward, ca. You can then get on the 92 and head over the San Mateo Bridge. Of course if you are coming from the South, PCH 1 will give you the most scenic views. This winding road up the coast may take a while longer, but it is well worth it.
5) An on-going event in Northern California is the NorCal Cycle Swap. The next one is Feb 5th in Sacramento. This fun event gives people a chance to see other bikes and possibly swap, buy or sell motorcycles. Other dates of this event in 2016 are: April 23rd, July 23rd and November 5th. Sacramento is California’s capitol and full of motorcycle culture. It is centrally located off of I-5 and the 99. From the Bay Area, you can take the 80 East, however there is usually a lot of traffic, so for a more scenic route, try coming through the East bay on HWY 4 across the Delta and taking route 160 up through wine country. This will eventually drop you off in Sacramento.
6) Even though Reno is located in Nevada and not California, if you are a motorcycle rider, you know that the couple hour drive from is worth the plethora of events held in Reno. This year the Street Vibrations Event will be September 27th through October 1st.
7) In Fresno, Ca, try their First Friday Fish Fry. This fun event brings the biker community together in the Fresno area and beyond. Sponsored by the Harley Davidson in Fresno, this event meets on the first Friday of every month! Starts at 9am and ends around 2pm. It’s open to all riders but RSVP so they can get a headcount. Just one more way to bring bikers together. Fresno is located off of the 99 between Merced and Visalia, CA. There are tons of paces to ride in the central valley of California. Right outside of Fresno is the Sierra National Forest, which would make a nice day trip for any motorcycle enthusiast.
We live in a large state, but the people in our communities don’t have to feel like strangers. If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, you probably already have a group of people you surround yourself with. Hopefully this blog gave you some ideas on how to expand your group. The motorcycle culture is one of a kind. Let’s keep it that way!
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