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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-13-2018, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Time to get this years thread going !

Our crew is again split between a few sites. Near strip housing, and at the NASWA. But, with over 20 people, it's to be expected.

I haven't had a lot of time to look at the events and changes. More on that "stuff" later.

There are some different concerts at the nearby NH Pavilion. Including ZZ Top, after the rally on the 22nd. A link to their web site for details and tickets, is a few posts down.

MT Washington Bike only days are Monday and Thursday.

Post if you are planning to attend the rally, and anticipated days.

Anyone that is local, let us know about bad condition roads, that have been re-paved. If you do this June 1st, it would be awesome !!!

DJMan and I will figure out a meet and greet.

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Thank you puckcoach for posting this helpfull info again this year! Hoping to sneak up for a day or 2.


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Went last yr from Sunday to Friday,Left Thursday though before the rain,4th time I have been first time since 2013.Was hot last yr in the 9os,Rode up to Bentleys in Arundel Maine on Tues. It was 93 wore Shorts Hottest I have seen it there.Was a lot less Venders than 2013 none Down by the Hot Spot across from the Looney Bin.Cant Believe There no more Boot Hill Saloon,Thas where I parked Before Going to The Broken Spoke,I Miss that Place.I stay in Holderness at he White Lake Motel,About 6 miles down Rt.3 From the Harley Dealer.Nice ride over for me I go through VT.Dont know if I am going this yr.Going up to Alexandria Bay June 22 for the weekend,Thats 1000Island River Run Want to check that out.


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Clutched - I think we were over at Bentley's the same day last year !

One of our crew found out about a new place, near down town Laconia. Has a band playing he wants to see !

The Whiskey Barrel Music Hall - Laconia NH

Line up is AC/DC tribute Band on 6/9 & 6/16. Jello Wrestling on Monday, Weds and Thursday a Pantera Tribute Band. $10 cover.

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Our crew wasn't that interested. But, NH Pavilion added a second night for Dave Mathews during Bike Week. A few others shows might be of interest:

Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion Tickets and Seating chart

Meredith Harley-Davidson is always a "must" stop, at least for anyone on this site ! They have posted up their plans:

https://www.laconiaharley.com/bikeweek

Tower Hill Tavern's Facebook has announced two acts. But, their Web Page is down. Manchuka's site says they are playing there on Thursday the 14th. (my favorite act that plays Bike Week)

For the most part, not much is posted yet from the various live act venues. I looked at Broken Spoke, Patio Garden, Bentley's. As it's still March, and I am going skiing this week, it kinda makes sense.....

More in April !!

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I'll assist you with the road reports- right now there are a lot of them in poor condition but the NH crew does a good job in getting them in shape - Rally News was just sent out - if you have not received a copy you can get one by signing up on Laconia Motorcycle Week® - I belong to the HOG chapter / Laconia Harley - we are having our first Bike Week meeting April 8th - any major changes I will let you know - anything else I can help with let me know......

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Laconia, thanks for your help !

The many that view this thread will especially appreciate the road condition updates. Certainly too early now, as the real damage is done this month as the ground freeze leaves us.

I agree that the NH crews do an awesome job. But, are limited by their budgets. Some roads I have been waiting on for years...... 109A north from Wolfeboro. 171 from Rt 16 past Castle in the Clouds and north. Sections on RT 153 Sections of RT 175 and 175A RT 112 west of Lincoln. Maybe in my lifetime -- Hurricane Mtn Rd.

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I'm still checking sites for Music act announcements. But, not much yet. Spoke, Tower Hill, and Patio Garden all still showing 2017.

Paradise is posted. Wednesday thru Saturday looks strong. Tigerlilly is a favorite of some of our crew.

The Weirs site, that posts some of the Vendors, has their list up. Seems about the same. But, they list the strip and waterslide spots. Not the drive in / lobster pound.

The Meredith HD site seems complete. Bands, DJ's, Vendors all listed. If you have not seen it, the vendors are in their lot, and up above in the Turkey Farm lot. Be mindful, that HD serves as the Vance and Hines vendor themselves. Installing on site, decent value in the past. Also, the Turkey Farm has a good breakfast buffet, and a great turkey lunch. Not cheap, but still a decent value.

Which brings to mind, I have never really covered "breakfasts" at Bike Week. There are some good ones. I will try and do that in the coming weeks. But, anyone that has one, post it up.

AS I type, 50 days away !

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I'm hoping to go for the first time this year. No definitive plans yet and always interested in hearing from the veterans of events to have a great experience
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29 Days to go !

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Music Line-ups still not posted for Broken Spoke, Tower Hill, Patio Garden Marketplace, and the temporary Laconia Road House.

As the rally shifts away from "Vendor" driven, to Music as a key attraction, this is at the very least a disappointment. Possibly, a bit disrespectful to the many local Day Trippers, that have to choose days off in advance, that base their choices on a particular band or style of music.

My Favorite is Manchuka. Looking at their web site, they will be playing:

Sunday June 10 Patio Gardens, Weir's Beach 12:30-6

Thursday June 14th Tower Hill Tavern ( this should be evening)

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway with an increasing presence during Bike Week. Situated 30-40 minutes south of downtown Laconia.

Swap Meet first Weekend. Vendors and Demo Rides starting Monday (they come over from Americade in Lake George).
Music starting Thursday. Stunt Show on Thursday. Races too ! Check out their web site for details.

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Gunstock Recreation area, about 15 minutes south of Weirs Beach, is hosting the Hill Climb on Wednesday 6-13. $20. No coolers, but they do sell adult beverage on site. Also, Zip Line and Mountain Coaster on site - possibly open more that that one day. I love these attractions !

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If you are one of the people heading up solo, or in a small group and are looking for things to do, the Official web page has events that may interest you. Check out the Facebook page as well. Some extra events get posted there.

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