MotoSport employees and those living in the Pacific Northwest with bikes did not participate in our favorite pastime very much this weekend as the remnants of a typhoon on the other side of the Pacific Ocean brought its deluge of rain and wind.
The first weekend in October looks like much better riding for us and Autumn weather doesn't seem to hamper the rest of the nation's motorcycle enthusiasts as many rides and rallies fill this week's calendar.
The big Las Vegas BikeFest starts Thursday and fund-raising rides like the PAWZ for Wounded Veterans in Temecula, CA and the Fire and Iron Poker Run in Palmetto, FL look like great opportunities to saddle up. The 3rd annual Poudre River Run, previously scheduled for September 14 until Colorado got hit with floods, gets a re-start on Saturday.
If you're an organizer of a ride or plan on participating in one, please let us know and we'll do our best to add your event to our weekly list of rides and rallies around the country.
Rides Scheduled this Weekend:
Las Vegas BikeFest 2013 October 3-6: The 13th annual Las Vegas BikeFest takes over Sin City with poker runs, games, a bike show and concert featuring Foghat and Blue Oyster Cult.
PAWZ for Wounded Veterans October 5: Canine Support Teams, Inc., a non-profit providing service dogs for the disabled, hosts their inaugural fund-raising poker run. Register in person at 8 a.m. Saturday at Quaid Temecula Harley-Davidson, 28964 Old Town Front St. in Temecula, CA. Kickstands up at 8:30 a.m.
Ride for Rotties Poker Run October 5: Ride for Rotties benefits the Rottweiler Hearts Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of Rottweilers in North Carolina. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Ray Price Harley-Davidson, 1126 S. Saunders St. in Raleigh, NC.
Fire and Iron Poker Run October 5: The Fire & Iron Firefighters Motorcycle Club hosts this ride to benefit the Center for Building Hope. Register online or in person at 9 a.m. Saturday at Peggy's Corral, 4511 US Highway 41 North in Palmetto, FL.
Bikers on the Bricks October 5: The Bikers on the Bricks Motorcycle Rally is an all-day fest of music, vendors, food and of course motorcycles. Dubbed as Kansas' mini Sturgis, Bikers on the Bricks starts at 9 a.m. Saturday in downtown Augusta, KS.
Armed Forces Benefit Ride October 5: Military Families 1st host this ride through northwest Arkansas and Oklahoma. Military Families 1st is a non-profit designed to help the families impacted by long-term deployments. Register online or in person starting at 9:15 a.m. at VFW Post 11674, 830 S Lincoln St. in Siloam Springs, AR.
Poudre River Run October 5: The re-scheduled Poudre River Run is Saturday. This 3rd annual run benefits Hallie Bull who lost her entire family in less than three months. The run originally started to pay the medical bills for Hallie's father. Register online or in person at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hideout, 1903 E. Lincoln Ave., in Fort Collins, CO.
Downed Biker Rally October 5: The 7th annual Downed Biker Rally benefits injured riders in Southern California. Rally includes bike show and live music and is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cornerstone Church, 4905 E. La Palma Ave. in Anaheim, CA.
CMRA 33rd Annual Toy Run October 6: Connecticut Motorcycle Riders Association presents their 33rd annual Toy Run at 9 a.m. Sunday at Hubbard Park, 999 W. Main St. in Meridan, CT. Toy Run starts at 12:30 p.m. A new, unwrapped toy is required to participate.
Ride for Kids October 6: Ride for Kids benefits the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and features numerous rides throughout the country during the year. This weekend kickstands are up in Northern California.