It’s that time again here on the west when thousands of motorcyclist will roll into Laughlin, Nevada to take over the small town on the Colorado River. At the annual Laughlin River Run on April 23-27, nearly 40,000+ bikers from around the world will head to the generally sleepy community 90 miles south of Las Vegas and about 280 miles east of Los Angeles. Vendors of motorcycle accessories take over the parking lots of several casinos during the celebration along with outside bars and biker fun. A group ride along Historic Route 66 from Kingman, Arizona, to the ghost town of Oatman, Arizona, is also planned. Country and rock music concerts include such performers as Jason Aldean (April 24) and Lynyrd Skynyrd (April 26). Both shows will be at the new Laughlin Event Center.
Police presence is still exceptionally heavy here ever since the 2002 shootings that took place in Harrah’s by rival gangs. Be aware of this if you are heading out and don’t give them reason to ticket. One of my personal favorites is cruising up to Oatman and hanging out to see the craziness. The place gets packed especially toward the weekend so get there early, grab a beer, and enjoy the show. The Laughlin event to some is a weekend warrior event with a lot of RUB’s and guys that don’t always ride daily. Which doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, you just need to be cautious of guys that can’t handle their liquor or their bike and the police on both sides of the state line. Make sure to bring your helmet if you plan to ride on the California side as it’s required by law and they will ticket. Be safe, have a killer time and enjoy the 32nd Annual Laughlin River Run!
Spring is in full effect and the Laughlin River Run is behind us! The weather will continue to warm and defrost in some parts of the country allowing for more rides and runs. There is always something different in the air when a bike rally is near. It is a feeling that is hard to explain unless you have experienced it first hand. The gas stations are full at every stop with bikers of all kinds. The roads have more Bikers in packs and for the most part everybody gets along knowing that you’re all of the same mind and journey. Of course there is always a lot of fun at these runs and a lot of cool bikes to see but for me it’s all about the ride. Being on the road with my brothers doing what we truly love.
One thing I’ve learned on this trip is that on these longer runs, choose who you go with wisely. It can make or break a trip you planned for months. I unfortunately chose someone I didn’t know very well and it ended up becoming a nightmare. Go with close buddy’s or just ride two-up with your girl and have fun together. There’s always another run to go to and next year for these bigger ones I think I’ll just stick to taking my girl! Another life lesson learned but as all Bikers do we move on and continue to push forward turning that throttle and keeping the rubber on the road.
Another year has gone by and it’s that time again. The first big run of the year and largest on the west coast. The Laughlin River Run has been running for 31 years and is going as strong as ever. This year should be a great run with Bike shows, Concerts, Poker Runs, and of course the Ms. Laughlin competition. There are many options for accommodation including Hotels, Camping, and RV spots but most rooms specials have been booked unless you are staying Thursday through Sunday. Of course you will see tons of vendors who are willing to add any feature onto your bike.
Make sure to take a ride out to Oatman, AZ where you will get a true old west vibe with burros roaming free. The town is small and crowded especially during the run but just grab an adult beverage and take in the scene. This is a great run and one that I look forward to. One note to be aware is that the cops are on high alert so try to keep your cool or they will just mess with you and end up ruining your weekend. I look forward to riding route 66 with everybody and hanging with the crazies. The run goes from April 24th-28th. For more information click on the link below for the official Laughlin River Run site.
Cheers to a good time!
Unlock your bike, turn on the gas, and kick that V-Twin into action. Time for fun begins now but where will we go. Every time I get ready to ride my head is running with ideas of where to ride to. As the rubber hits the pavement my mind slowly clears with only the sound of the wind and my beautiful V-Twin rumbling under me. The “where” along with other thoughts becomes more and more minor and pure enjoyment is at focus.
I love riding plain and simple. When I’m on the road my bike and me are one. locked into the seat and handlebars ready to conquer any road that lies ahead. North, South, East, West, it doesn’t matter as long as you’re riding. As they say “It’s not the destination, but the journey that matters most.” Enjoy the ride and let the adventure reveal itself along the way. To me, that’s the fun part and the stories that come from it are the ones you will remember most. No matter where you go be it Sturgis, Laughlin, P.C.H. or just to the local watering hole, enjoy the journey. So next time your buddies ask “which way do you wanna ride” simply smile and know your about to start an adventure. Have fun, ride safe, be good to your biker brothers and I look forward to seeing you on the road.