July 1-3, 2016

Hollister Freedom Rally (Downtown Hollister, CA)

The powers that be down there in Hollister have apparently given up on freedom, which as we know, isn’t free, settling instead on independence for 2016. The formerly-free-as-in-freedom, now just free-as-in-no cost rally will take place in the “Birthplace of the American Biker” the weekend of Independence Day and will presumably feature intense heat, blinding chrome, and get this: poker walks.DowntownHollister.org/hollister-rally

July 2, 2016

Celebrate 8 Years of Zen (The Zen House, 170 Main Street, Point Arena, CA 95468)

Join the Zen House Crew to celebrate all things motorcycle, starting at 11:30 with a short coastal ride, taco lunch, Will Guyan telling stories of moto-shenanigans and the 8th annual Zen Motorcycle Show, featuring the Mondial that took 2nd place in the ‘57 World Grand Prix! TheZenHouse.net

July 7-9, 2016

Reno Rendezvous (Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 East Second St, Reno, NV 89502)

The Gold Wing Road Riders Association hosts this thing, but you don’t have to be on a ‘Wing to attend. Great riding—both street and dirt—and proper gambling, too. RenoRendezvous.org

July 8-10, 2016

Motul FIM Superbike World Championship (Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Monterey Salinas Hwy, Salinas, CA 93908)

Race weekend at Laguna—with MotoGP World Champion American Nicky Hayden back in the series—and the MotoAmerica Honda Superbike Showdown of California. Single day admission is $35 for Friday, $60 for Saturday and $70 for Sunday. Three day passes start at $179 and go up to around a million bucks for the really good seats. MotoAmerica.com/mazda-raceway-laguna-seca

July 11-16, 2016

International Norton Owners Association (Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, Quincy, CA)

The Northern California Norton Owners Club (NCNOC) will host the 41st gathering of the INOA July 11th-16th in Quincy. The fairgrounds venue offers tent camping, plenty of bathrooms and clean showers. There’ll be the usual rides, food, coffee, beer, rally shirts, Norton tech sessions, speakers, field events, and even live music. NortonRally.com/inoa-rally-2016.

July 16, 2016

OMC Three Bridge Run (OMC Clubhouse, Oakland, CA)

Annual poker run through SF and Marin then back to the OMC clubhouse for prizes, music, and dancing. There’s a new alternate southern route this year as well. OaklandMotorcycleClub.camp9.org/event-2147776.

August 5-6, 2016

International Police Motorcycle Competition & Exposition (Piers 30 & 32, San Francisco, CA)

Think you have riding skills? Get your 100% law-abiding ass out to SF to be humbled and inspired by the mad skills on display, probably enough to reset your idea of what skilled riding is. Need more convincing? Check last year’s coverage (“Fuzzy Skills Competition” – Pit Stops, September 2015) on our back issues page.

The event benefits the SFPD Wilderness Program, established in 1981 to bring San Francisco’s inner city youth together with the city’s police officers to share positive and challenging outdoor adventures like backpacking, river rafting, and other related wilderness activities. SanFranciscoPolice.org/international-police-motorcycle-competition-exhibition

August 20, 2016

Inaugural Tom Perkins Legacy Foundation Ride, Dinner & Auction (Dudley Perkins H-D, 333 Corey Way, South San Francisco, CA 94080)

In honor and remembrance of Tom "TP" Perkins, the Tom Perkins Legacy Foundation sets forth to assist individuals who have been affected by the loss of a limb, helping continue a standard and quality of life similar to that before their injury. Event starts at DP H-D at 4 PM, and ends up at Don Ramon's Mexican Restaurant for dinner and auction.TomPerkinsLegacy.org.

August 20, 2016

A&S Motorcycles Hot August Bikes (A&S Motorcycles, 1125 Orlando Ave, Roseville, California 95661)

Vintage, Rat, Cafe Racer and Custom Motorcycle Show! 10 AM to 1 PM, free admission, free to show your bike. ASPowerSports.com

August 25-28, 2016

International Police Motorcycle Competition & Expedition (Monterey, CA)

Celebrate 100 years of BMW in Monterey at Laguna Seca Raceway with camping, custom bikes, food trucks, an off-road skills course, cars (yawn…), racing and amazing rides just around the corner. BMWRidersAssociation.leadpages.co/bmw100th/.

September 10, 2016

Moto Envy Show (Black Lightning Motorcycle Cafe, 440 F Street, Eureka, CA 95501)

Cool bikes at a cool destination—the Black Lightning in Eureka—with lots of great riding on the way. Check out our coverage (“From Eureka, With Envy” – Pit Stops, October 2015) of last year’s show on our back issues page.

Awards will be given for most envied in the categories of Cafe, Vintage, Sport/Racer, Vintage Racer, Custom, Rat, Daily Rider, Overall Most Envied, People's Choice and the George Wyman's Long Distance Award. BlackLightningMotorcycleCafe.com/moto-envy-show.html.

September 10-11, 2016

Lafayette Police Motorcycle Competition (3620 Happy Valley Rd. Lafayette, CA 94549)

Local everyday heroes compete on their police motorcycle for the ultimate reward: bragging rights! Apparently, there’s some training involved as well. Like the International Police Motorcycle Competition & Expedition in SF the month before, expect to see amazing feats of skill on performed on porky police bikes, and to go home feeling like a woefully inadequate beginner. LafayettePoliceMotorcycleCompetition.com.

September 23-26, 2016

Santa Rosa Mile (Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404)

You’ve read our fanboy (and girl) yakkin’ about this in News, Clues and Rumors the last couple issues—we’re excited about the Santa Rosa Mile. Co-promoters Steve Delorenzi of SDI Insulation and Nancy and Terry Otton of Ramspur Winery really leveled-up the flat track experience with the Calistoga Half-Mile, and we can’t wait to see what they’re cooking up for this three-day event, the finale of the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track seasons. SantaRosaMile.com.

October 14-16, 2016

Big Bike Weekend (Win-River Resort & Casino, 2100 Redding Rancheria Rd, Redding, CA 96001)

Three-day event for all riders, with a poker run, bike show, dinner and dance, plus activities for bicycling enthusiasts in partnership Shasta Living Streets. Benefits One SAFE Place (OSPShasta.org), an organization providing legal services, safety, and emotional support to intimate partners, children, and seniors affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. BigBikeWeekend.com.

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