Bikers rev-up for an Americade extravaganza in Lake George
The week-long rally starting on June 7th is celebrating its 34th year and it’s expected to draw 100,000 visitors and more than 40,000 riders to Lake George.
At Americade, it’s all about what’s old, what’s new, and what’s new again.
A new feature this year is a display of vintage bikes, including a 1951 Indian Chief with a sidecar.
Then there’s the completely new; including the Polaris Slingshot, a three-wheeled motorcycle with bucket seats and a steering wheel. A popular Americade conversation topic this year is whether the Slingshot counts as a car or a motorcycle.
Even if you’re not into motorcycles, the draw to Americade is understandable. Fans cite the 200 plus vendors , the feel of the North Country wind in their face, and, most of all, the camaraderie, as among the primary reasons for their love of the motorcycle event.
When veteran motorcyclist, Bill Dutcher, and friends started Americade 34 years ago in 1983, 2,000 motorcyclists rolled into the area around Lake George. This year, 28,000 bikes and about 40,000 people are expected to attend the event.
Ed Linville, an Americade participant, says riders come from all over the world for the event.
“This year we have a couple from Australia. A lot from Europe. A lot of Canadians. If we don’t have one from each state, we are darn close to it,” said Linville. “They just like to get out and enjoy the freedom of the ride.”
Including guided tours in the beautiful Adirondack Park, and the Green Mountains of Vermont, Americade is now the largest multi-brand motorcycle touring rally in the world.
Americade also includes a massive trade show with nearly 250 vendors, demos and displays from most major motorcycle manufacturers, catered boat cruises, exclusive rodeos, stunt shows, laser shows, comedy clubs and much, much more.