What Is A Motorcycle Rally?
A motorcycle rally is a gathering of motorcycle riders. Rallies are
usually sponsored by specific motorcycle clubs or organizations, but may
be attended by anyone though some are open only to adults. Vendors are
usually present offering all sorts of motorcycle accessories and
If you go to a motorcycle rally you will find a variety of events and
entertainment. It is also a good place to see new, custom and vintage
bikes. You may even be able to test-drive the latest offerings with demo
rides by top manufacturers.
What else might you find at a rally? Music is big. Some rallies combine
with music festivals and over great live entertainment. Remember these
are scheduled events not just random gatherings. Most rallies take place
every year and get bigger and better each year.
Poker runs are another rally staple. A poker run is an organized
motorcycle event where riders travel along a preset course, stopping at
designated spots to select a card. At the end of the run, the rider with
the best poker hand wins. The rules vary from rally to rally.
If you are actually in charge of planning a poker run at your next rally,
here's what you need to know. The more organized you can be, the smoother
it will go. Also if you are running on public roads you need to consider
safety, not only for the motorcycle riders, but also for other motorists
not on the run. Speed should not be a consideration of the event.
If you have several riders you will probably want to start from the same
location and have a staggered start. The easiest method is to subtract
three minutes for every rally participant in the poker run from your
total time, then set up the course to be this long at average legal
driving speeds. If you have 30 participants, 30 x 3 = 90 minutes. Four
hours minus 90 minutes equals 2 and half hours of travel time. You will
want to have at least 5 checkpoints along the course for riders to pick
up cards. Ten or more checkpoints will allow them to discard some of
their cards, but it is not necessary.
Make sure you have a good map of the area you are holding your poker
run in. Mark all the checkpoints clearly or make it more of a challenge
by giving rally participants clues on where the checkpoints are located.
Whichever method you choice, each participant that reaches the checkpoint
gets a playing card.
The finally consideration is whether to charge an entry fee and what the
prize will be. Poker runs are a great way to earn money for charity. The
higher the entry fee and prize the more organized you will have to be.
Motorcycle shows and fun runs are another option. Most shows have several
categories including events for women and scooters. Motorcycle rallies
have drawn crowds for years and lists can be found online if you want to
go see why.