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Memorial Day 2012 – Riding for a Cause or just for Fun…


May 12, 2012 by Rider Newsletter Staff

The weather will be perfect (we hope), the weekend will be long (for most of us) and once again, the open road beckons for The USA Trailer Store. Memorial Day is one of the best weekends to hit a motorcycling event and there are lots to choose from. Let’s take a look at a few of the most popular Memorial Day rides. If you’re planning to hit one of these, be sure to plan early. In fact, you should probably plan NOW!

Memorial Day Motorcycle Events:

Rolling Thunder XXV – May 25 – 27 – Washington, DC. Rides and events to support POW/MIA issues. This year’s 25th anniversary ride will be a special event. Expect lots of company, this ride began with 2,500 participants 25 years ago. These days, it draws a staggering 900,000! The event is billed as a demonstration, not a parade. See the Web site for details.

Red River Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally – May 23 – 28 – Red River, New Mexico. This event features live music in a number of venues around town. On Memorial Day, participants ride together to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire. It’s a fun event that doesn’t forget what Memorial Day is all about. 30,000+ are expected to participate.

Gulfport Harley Memorial Day Blowout (29th Annual) – May 25 – 28 – Gulfport, Mississippi. This one is for grownups only. Lots of special events, races, music and fun, aimed at an adult audience. Nothing outrageous, mind you, just lots of bikers and biker babes doing what they do when they get together. It’s all in good fun and all for local charities. It’s Bands, Bikes and Babes.

West Coast Thunder Memorial Day Bike Run – May 28 – Riverside, California. Since 2000, more than 7,500 riders have joined this Memorial Day tradition. In that time, the event has raised more than $350,000 to build monuments at the Riverside National Cemetery. In addition to riding, Soboba Casino in San Jacinto is producing a concert featuring Uncle Kracker and The Farm.

These are just a few of the hundreds of motorcycle events taking place Memorial Day weekend.

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month Update!

As we all know, May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month (you DO know, right?). Well, this year Allstate Insurance is doing something that can help save lives and it’s worth knowing about. Nearly 50% of motorcycle accidents happen at intersections. In fact, every day, three motorcyclists are killed at intersections.

Allstate Motorcycle is sponsoring a program to install signs reminding motorists to look for motorcycles at the most dangerous intersections in cities across the country. You can help by going to Allstate’s Rider Protection Project Facebook page. For each person that clicks on the “Save a Rider” link, Allstate will donate $1 toward the installation of the warning signs. There’s also a link to report a dangerous intersection in your area.

Of course they’re trying to sell insurance, but who cares? It’s a great idea and worth a click, if you are a Facebook user.


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