January 31, 2008

Barry's Walnut Island

This new place to ride was added to our database by Barry Nelms.

Type of Ride: Hangout
Barry's Walnut Island is just off US 158 in Grandy, NC.

A Biker''s Paradise located on an 15 acre Island on the Outer Banks of NC, just south of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Biker-friendly bar, motel rooms and the best steak in North Carolina. Known coast to coast for biker-friendly southern hospitality.

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January 30, 2008

Maumee River - Route 65

This new place to ride was added to our database by Micah Maziar.

Type of Ride: Street

Route 65 is my favorite motorcycle road in NW Ohio. It is full of twisties and lots of hills and valleys. The road parallels the Maumee River.

You start in Perrysburg, Ohio, near Ft. Meigs and ride southwest bound. I usually turn around in the cool little town of Grand Rapids and head home.

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Lost 202 Spring Party

This event was added to our database by EJ.

Event Starts: 4/05/2008
Location: Arden Hills, MN
Music by the best Blues Rock band in the upper midwest, Porkchop.

Door prizes, drawings, 2 FREE BEERS. 8:00 $10 Advance - $15 at the Door. The Big Ten Tavern in Arden Hills. Tickets available from club members or online.

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Blue Springs

This new place to ride was added to our database by Brenda Scott.

Type of Ride: Street

One of Missouri's least visited springs.

Travel Hwy 106 east from Eminence. You will pass Powder Mill (also worth a stop). Continuing east on Hwy 106 watch very closely for the Blue Springs turn off sign - it is easy to miss. Turn right onto a hard packed gravel road (you will travel 2.5 miles to spring).

Recommended mode of transportation is 4 wheels; however, this can be done by motorcycle. You will travel approximately 5 miles (round trip) on hard packed gravel, very curvy, narrow, washboardy and steep (especially on the trip back out). BUT... well worth a trip whether it be by cage or bike!

Amenities are limited to bathrooms and picnic tables.

This is one of Missouri's deepest springs and is located approximately 12 miles east of Eminence. The spring flows slowly from a very deep cave shaft that is situated at the base of a dolomite bluff.

Nine miles southeast of Eminence on Highway NN is Rocky Falls Shut-In. Rocky Falls is an impressive, steep cascading waterfall that pours into a large pool of water. This is a great place to have a picnic and explore the waterfall area and do some day hiking on the Ozark trail.

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January 29, 2008

Route 77 in Connecticut

This new place to ride was added to our database anonymously.

Type of Ride: Street

Scenic road, lots of sweeping curves, old farms along the way.

From Durham to Guilford Center.

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Spring Opener Rally

This event was added to our database by Jonah.

Event Starts: 3/30/2008
Location: Portland, Oregon, OR
RALLY INFORMATION The Flying 15 Motorcycle Club welcomes you to the 12th Annual Spring Opener Rally on Sunday, March 30th, 2008.

Once again we will be starting off at Kelly's Olympian located at 425 SW Washington St. in Portland. Three blocks of free parking will be reserved for rally participants so motorcycle parking is never a problem. Registration starts at 10:00am, but come early for hot coffee and breakfast specials.

Ride starts at 11:00am with the last bike out at 12:00. Registration fee is a $10 donation and will include a poker run card, ride map, event pin and free pass to the after party. Additional poker hands can be purchased for $5 each. The first 100 to register will be entered to win a $500 prize package. As usual, all makes and models are welcome to this and all FFMC events. RIDE INFORMATION This years rally features a ride with more than 400 turns over 80 miles through breath taking landscape.

The Flying 15 Spring Opener Rally is growing into one of the best season openers in the Northwest with a great lineup of live music, giveaways, raffle prizes, a 50/50 drawing, rally awards and MORE PRIZES than ever. As always, there will be a top prize for the best and worst poker hands. Poker Rules are aces high and nothing wild. First poker card chosen at Kelly''s Olympian and the next three cards at designated stops. Each stop is open for exactly 2 hours with the fifth and final stop at Mt. Tabor Theater at 3:00pm. This is one motorcycle event you won''t want to miss so make your plans today!

AFTER PARTY Beginning 3:00pm at Mt. Tabor Theater located at 4811 SE Hawthorne, Portland, OR. (503) 238-1646. Join us after the ride for live bands, rally awards, a 50/50 drawing and raffle & door prizes. After party is free to all rally participants or a $10 admission per person at the door for non riders. The first 100 people through the door will receive a free FFMC 12th Annual Spring Opener ride pin. T-shirts and ride patches will also be available the day of rally. Come join us for a great day of riding.

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January 28, 2008

Bikes on eBay: Bimbo Fighter CBR

The unusual, the noteworthy, the bizarre: motorcycle stuff we found on eBay

World's Most Expensive Honda CBR

Hold me back- a $10k paint job and don't stop there. I didn't even know it was legal in Europe to chrome an Ohlins shock!

If the price tag doesn't scare you off maybe the Jules Verne-tiller controls will.

January 27, 2008

Barry's Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge, Sport Center

This new place to ride was added to our database by Barry Nelms.

Type of Ride: Hangout

Barry's Walnut Island is just off US 158 in Grandy, NC.

A Biker''s Paradise located on an 15 acre Island on the Outer Banks of NC. Just south of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Biker-friendly bar, motel rooms, and the best steak in North Carolina.

Known coast to coast for biker friendly southern hospitality.

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8th Annual Outer Banks Bike Show

This event was added to our database by Barry Nelms.

Event Starts: 8/28/2008
Location: Grandy, NC
This is a 3 day charity event that benefits critically ill children at Victory Junction Gang Camp.

It features live bands, vendors,contests, a NASCAR auction, great food and lots of prizes.

This is the best show in Northeast North Carolina. Grandy,NC is near Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Abate of Ohio, Clermont County Chili Cook-Off

This event was added to our database by Denny.

Event Starts: 2/09/2008
Location: Goshen, OH
ABATE of Ohio, Inc. Region 5 Clermont County Annual Chili Cook-Off & Pool Tournament, At Critter''s Tavern - 2405 Woodville Pike, Goshen, Ohio 45122 - Awards will be presented for 1st, & 2nd Place - Registration begins at 7:00PM - Tasting and Judging from 7:00 to 9:00PM - Donation is only $5.00 to Taste or Enter & $5.00 to Enter Pool Tournament, So Come on out & bring your best Chili or your Taster, and fill up on lots of Chili and FUN, Yes! For More Info Call: Denny @ (513) 410-1930 or go to, http://www.region5abate.com/clermont

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Rip's BAD Ride IV

This event was added to our database by J. Bitz.

Event Starts: 9/14/2008
Location: Napa, CA
Come enjoy lunch, stunt show, exhibits,ride pin, bike show, bike games and live music by the Fryed Brothers Band.

Starts at 11:00 am at the Napa Valley Expo 575 Third Street Napa, Ca.$35.00 single and $55.00 couple. Help make a difference in the lives of the 20.8 million Americans who have Diabetes.

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January 26, 2008

ABATE Shamrock Biker Blowout

This event was added to our database by Jim.

Event Starts: 3/07/2008
Location: Purvis, MS
Motor Cycle Event with poker run, bike show, bike games, 300 campsites with electric and water, 175 full hook-ups, vendors and music on Friday night featuring Sypher and Bullitproof.

Saturday night Outlaw X and feature band of the event- Molly Hatchet.

CMA will also have a church service on Sunday morning and blessing of the bikes

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January 24, 2008

New Features Added to Website and Blog

I wanted to update everyone on all the new stuff that has been going on here at Places 2 Ride. Most of this stuff happens behind the scenes and isn't visible to the average website user.

Listings on the Blog
You may have noticed a lot of new items showing up here on the blog.

We've recently added a feature to the listings of motorcycling events and places to ride that copies the information here. Each new entry is automatically posted here, on the Places 2 Ride blog, as well as our website. My intent here is to provide greater exposure for your organization's event, which increases the value of our free motorcycle events calendar to the motorcycling community.

So now whenever a new event or place is submitted to our site (and approved) it not only becomes a part of our huge directory- it's also posted here and included in our newsfeeds.

Really Simple What?
I'm a big fan of RSS. But for those of you that don't know your ASP from a hole in the ground, we've now made blog updates available via email.

The service is provided by Feedburner (recently acquired by Google) and sends a simple notice when new content is posted here. It will never be used to send spam and we do not share you address with anyone else. To sign up is a quick and easy two-step that begins like this...

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I hope you enjoy these new features and keep coming back to visit often!

39th Annual Victoria Day Weekend Run

This event was added to our database by Border Riders Motorcycle Club.

Event Starts: 5/16/2008
Location: Entiat, WA
"Bring me men to match my mountains. "

Celebrate the Queen's Birthday camping with men and machines in the Wenatchee National Forest near Entiat, Washington. Registration required. Details on our website. The Border Riders Motorcycle Club provides social and educational opportunities for members and other gay men interested in recreational motorcycle touring.

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Second Annual SoCal IRONAZZ Ride

This event was added to our database by Tonja Collazo.

Event Starts: 5/17/2008
Location: Ventura, CA
May 17, 2008 - Second Annual SoCal IronAzz Ride. The IronAzz Ride is a 500-mile charity ride, hosted by participating Southern California chapters of Star Touring & Riding Association. All proceeds go directly to Feed The Children.

Start points at various locations throughout Southern California. Registration is from 7-8am, last bike out at 8:05am: $25 per rider - $15 per passenger. Fees include: 2008 SoCal IRONAZZ t-shirt, ride pin, lunch & entertainment at the event mid point, Kenny Grove Park in Fillmore, CA. ALL Bikes welcome. Registration forms & additional information at event website.

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January 22, 2008

Bikes on eBay: Turbo V-Rod

The unusual, the noteworthy, the bizarre: motorcycle stuff we found on eBay

2003 Harley-Davidson VRSC

Total spent: $40,800

Wow.

I think my favorite part is the listed type: Sport Touring. Hmmmmm. Claiming 160 hp at the rear wheel makes me wonder just what of "touring" we're talking about here.

Shore Breakfast Fun Run

This event was added to our database by Butch DellaPietrp.

Event Starts: 7/20/2008
Location: Red Bank, NJ
Sponsored by Raritan Road Runners M/C

ALL WELCOME - RAIN OR SHINE - AMA SANCTIONED

Sign-in and breakfst 8 to 11AM at RED BANK ELKS LODGE 233, 40 West Front St. Red Bank, NJ $10 Includes Breakfast, a Route Sheet Tour of Scenic NJ and Door Prizes to be handed out at end site. Food, Beverages available at the end site.

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Horse Thief Memorial Rally

This event was added to our database by Stan.

Event Starts: 7/04/2008
Location: Invermere, British Columbia
5th Annual Horsethief Hideout Memorial Rally, Horsethief Creek, just out of Invermere, B.C.

$25 per person (adult event). Bike Games Pokerrun and more. come on out and Enjoy the Rockies

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Big Bike Weekend

This event was added to our database by Connie Grinols.

Event Starts: 10/10/2008
Location: Redding, CA
$25 Pre-registration gets you event pin, t-shirt (select your correct size - styles for men and women), secure parking at Convention Center PLUS Stamp Ride Competition (guided rides - street bikes, dual sports, sport bikes, and scooters too, motorcycle safety instruction), TWO poker runs, Bike Games and Bike Show Competition.

$30 on-site registration gets you event pin and t-shirt (limited to sizes available on hand - men's style only). Police Green Light Escort cruise - limited to 500 motorcyclists. Entertainment including performances from the Oakland Police Drill Team and music. Motor police competition (open to all motor officers) hosted by the Redding Police Department.

Indoor dealer show, merchandise vendors (outside and inside Convention Center), food vendors, Sunday worship service and bike blessing. Activities for children and youth. You don't have to be a biker to enjoy Big Bike Weekend - daily and two day passes for walk in spectators. (Does not include parking at Convention Center). A portion of the proceeds benefit local non-profit organizations. Vendor inquiries welcome.

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Spring Solstice Rally

This event was added to our database by Deb Rose.

Event Starts: 3/14/2008
Location: Leakey, TX

The First Annual Spring Solstice Rally will be held March 14-15, 2008 at D''Rose Inn and Cabins in Leakey, Texas.

Registration includes live bands (Gary Ritchey, www.myspace.com/garyrmuic; Rob Austin Band www.myspace.com/robaustinband; and Highspeed Hayride www.myspace.com/highspeedhayride), fun runs, vendors, entry to the Lonestar Motorcycle Museum and a portion of each registration will be donated to the Frio Canyon Volunteer EMS.

$25 pre-registration includes the rally and a long-sleeve rally shirt. After March 1 the registration will be at the rally and the shirt is not included.

For more information see the website www.SpringSolsticeRally.com or call Deb at 830-232-5246. Vendor space still available and sponsors are welcome.

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January 21, 2008

Bikes And Blues With Mickey Jones

This event was added to our database by Rock Hartley.

Event Starts: 4/05/2008
Location: Ormond Beach, FL

On April 5th 2008, actor, musician, humanitarian, Mickey Jones will host the 8th annual Bikes and Blues with Mickey Jones. This years event will be conducted by Rock On Productions and the Bikes & Blues Committee. All involved with this event are donating their time to ensure a huge success for the charity.

This year's event will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The event will consist of a Police Escorted ride through the famous and historic Ormond Loop, which will commence at and end at The Iron Horse Saloon on US 1 in Ormond Beach. Sign up and registration will be at The Iron Horse Saloon from 9AM until 11AM. Regular Rider is $15 each. VIP Rider is $50 and $25 per passenger. For more details and VIP pre-registration and Regular Rider pre-registration can be made by visiting Rock On Productions on the web and www.rockonproductions.us

There will be live music preformed by Biker Blues Rocker, Big Mike Griffin, and our host, Mickey Jones. There will also be fund raising auctions, drawings, a bike show, vendors, T-shirts, exhibits and many other attractions. Hollywood, CA and Florida's own actor Bubba Baker will also be making a special appearance.

Also Mayor Fred Costello of Ormond Beach has issued a proclamation proclaiming April 5th and 6th, "St. Jude Day". Thus making The Bikes & Blues truly a "Community Event". Watch Mickey's Bikes & Blues Video here: www.dspntv.com/video.php

We at Rock On Productions are inviting you to join us as we Ride for the Kids at St. Jude. "Together We Can Make A Difference"

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Backroads Poker Run

This event was added to our database by Catharine Woods.

Event Starts: 4/19/2008
Location: Collierville, TN

This ride will begin at the Bumpus Harley Davidson dealership in Colliverille, Tennessee. Registration begins at 8:00 AM with coffee and donuts being served.

This is a 65 mile country ride benefiting the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce and St. Jude Children''s Research Hospital. At the end of this ride live entertainment, BBQ and beverages will be available.

Cost is $30 per bike; $20 per passenger.

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January 20, 2008

E Providence To Newport

This new place to ride was added to our database anonymously.

Type of Ride: Street

Take Route 114S from East Providence from either Route 195 or Route 6. This takes you through the centers of both Barrington and Bristol which can be a little congested at times.

Once you get to the southern end of Bristol you will take the Mt Hope Bridge to the Aquidneck Island. Once on the island you can take either 114 or 138 towards Newport. Once in Newport make sure you take Bellevue Ave past the mansions to Ocean Ave.

Ocean Ave is a very curvy road that follows the coastline to Bretton Point State Park.

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3rd Annual Ride4troops

This event was added to our database by Sam.

Event Starts: '05/10/2008'
Location: San Antonio, TX
3rd annual Ride for Troops to raise money for the Fisher House.

All registration proceeds are donated to the house. We meet at Caliente HD at 0900 for registration and roll out at 1000. You may preregister by emailing ride4troops@hotmail.com.

Just ask for a form or more info

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Malaysia International Bike Week 2008

This event was added to our database by Michi.

Event Starts: '08/09/2008'
Location: Kedah, Malaysia, notset

Promotes regional peace, cooperation and friendship. Bikers from Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and the rest of the world will “Ride For Peace” to show support and desire for regional peace, cooperation and good will.

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January 19, 2008

Run for Shelter 2008

This event was added to our database by Pam Quintana.

Event Starts: '02/23/2008'
Location: Key Largo, FL

Run for Shelter 2008, a motorcycle run to benefit The Florida Key's Children's Shelter and Project Lighthouse.

9:00 a.m. Meet Up, Brunch, Registration/donation ($20 rider, $10 passenger)
The Carribean Club
104100 Overseas Highway (MM 104)
Key Largo, Florida 33037

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Kickstands Up

11:30 - 12:00 p.m. Pit Stop
The Safari Lounge (Dead Animal?s Bar)
73801 Overseas Highway (MM 73.5)
Islamorada, Florida

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Final Destination
Boondocks Grille and Draft House
http://boondocks.us.com
27205 U.S. Highway 1, (MM 27.5)
Ramrod Key, Florida

Police Escorted Ride
Brunch donated by Publix of Key Largo.
Free lunch at Boondocks for the first 50 riders to register.

Prize give aways to raffle ticket holders of various business and services serving Miami-Dade, Broward & Monroe Counties.
Entertainment provided by D.J. BERT
Enterprize Sound Works
Serving Southern Rock to Southern Florida for 15 years.

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Emerald Coast Bikefest

This event was added to our database by Gary Harras.

Event Starts: '04/25/2008'
Location: Holt, FL

The 8th annual Emerald Coast Bikefest will be held at the Emerald Coast Dragway in Holt, Florida (near Pensacola) on 25-27 April 2008.

A three day bikefest featuring Dragbikes, Bracket Racing, Live Bands, Vendors, SWAP MEET, Bike Show, the best Wet T Shirt Contest in the South, Food, Beverages & lots more. All bikes welcome. Tickets available at the gate. Primitive on site camping available. Weekend pass is $30, Sat entry $25 & $10 for Sunday only. Four wheeled vehicle entry into campground is $15.

Please call (850) 537-8086, e-mail info@emeraldcoastbikefest.com, or visit our web site at www.emeraldcoastbikefest.com for more info. Everyone welcome!

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January 17, 2008

The Horse Backstreet Choppers Smoke Out East 9

This event was added to our database by Monica Provencher.

Event Starts: 6/20/2008
Location: Mocksville, NC

Formerly held in Salisbury, North Carolina, the SmokeOut East is now choppin' it up at the Farmington Dragway in Mocksville, NC.

The Smoke Out is about choppers. It is about builders, from professional builders to those bloody-knuckled guys (and ladies) burning the midnight oil in an unheated shed to build a chopper they can call their own. Chops of all makes are featured, American, British, Japanese, everything. The event is about riders, cross-town to cross-country in a rainstorm.

The event is three days to look at fine chops, listen to good music, relax, catch up with old friends or make new friends, eat good food, take a couple nice puts in a pretty countryside, drink some beer, shop the venders wares, and on and on...

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January 15, 2008

U.S. Route 350

This new place to ride was added to our database on 1/15/2008.

Type of Ride: Street

Colorado's Route 350 is a U.S. highway that parallels the mountain leg of the historic Santa Fe Trail. Located entirely within the borders of Colorado, this highway meanders from Trinidad, CO eastward to La Junta, near US-50.

Trinidad is worth a stop for the well-preserved Victorian architecture and the WPA cabins at Monument Lake Resort.

This highway is open road of Americana. If you''re looking for twisties or adrenaline, this isn't the place. But this ride does offer the motorcyclist high-plains solitude in spades.

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January 11, 2008

Nominate for the 2008 Riders' Choice Awards

2008 Riders Choice AwardsHere's your chance to become a part of motorcycling history! Nominations are being accepted for the 2008 Motorcycle Bloggers International Riders' Choice Awards. You can submit your favorite (or least favorite) bike or motorcycle-related tidbit between now and February 10, 2008.

For dates, places and all the fine print visit www.mbiweb.org/2008

Here's a partial list of the categories you can vote on...

Best concept motorcycle or scooter
The concept motorcycle/scooter displayed at a show for the first time in 2007 whose features are most appealing.

Most disappointing new motorcycle
The new in 2007 motorcycle that least met expectations.

Best (or worst) manufacturer’s website
The motorcycle, accessory or related product manufacturer’s web site that has the best mix of quality design, content and ease of use. Or not.

Object of lust (my favorite category -Ed.)
The production motorcycle of any model year that is desired above all others.

Thumbs up (or down)
The person or organization who during 2007, made the most significant contribution to motorcycling. Or caused the most damage.

What were they thinking?
The concept or production motorcycle, related product or other idea that is the worst idea of 2007.

Women riders booster of the year
The person, company or organization that has most contributed to the advancement of women motorcyclists during 2007.

Visit the MBI web site to view the full list of categories, view the nominations received so far or tell a friend about the awards. It's fun, it's free!

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