Revered as the oldest motorcycle rally in the world, on this day, 103 years ago, Laconia Motorcycle Week was born.
Whether you ride a motorcycle or prefer four wheels, you’ve likely heard of Laconia Bike Week – the epic annual event that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Lakes Region and beyond for nine days every June. What you may not realize is that Laconia Motorcycle Week is the oldest of its kind in the world, dating back 103 years. A legacy of building community, at its inception on June 10, 1916, the Weirs Beach Gypsy Tour was meant as a way for riders from far and wide to gather, lakeside, to bond with the community of fellow riders. Participants came together for a few days of motorcycles races, events, live music, and of course, swapping stories, brews, and good times alongside campfires and cookouts. Only one year later, Gypsy Tours became Federation of American Motorcyclists (FAM) recognized events, raking in high-profile sponsors like Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle. Laconia was ahead of its time and carved out a spot in motorcycle history with the likes of Daytona, Florida, and Sturgis, South Dakota. The event today known as Laconia Motorcycle Week has grown in every way possible – now boasting a nine-day lineup, hundreds of events, and thousands of attendees new and old. The core sentiment behind the bonding of like-minded motorcycle enthusiast persists, though today, the event is inclusive to all: riders, friends, families, and enthusiasts come to enjoy the ride, the view, and of course, the good company.