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June 8th - 16th, 2013.  Now in it's 90th year!
 
Frequently Asked Questions

 
ABOUT THE RALLY
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When does the rally start?
For 2004, it runs from June 12-20.  Here are some future dates.
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Where is Laconia?
Laconia is in central New Hampshire. Map showing Laconia.
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Where is the rally centered?
At Weirs Beach. Headquarters is at the Lobster Pound near the intersection of Rt. 3 and Lakeside Ave.  Map of the center of action.
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Will Orange County Choppers be there?
Not in 2004.  In previous years they were stationed at Funspot.  Why didn't they come?  There are no less than three theories going around. 
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How many people will attend the rally?
Depending on weather, 270,000 to 340,000 will visit the Lakes Region during the length of the event.  There will not, of course, be that many people at the Weirs at any one time.
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When is the best time to bring my family and kids?
Monday to Wednesday is best.  Everything that makes Laconia great is in full swing but it's without the extreme traffic tie-ups that the second weekend and, to a lesser extent, the first are known for.  Many local people say the crowds at the start of the week are more pleasant since they haven't partied themselves out yet.
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When will you post the event calendar for <whatever year it is>?
The Laconia Motorcycle Rally & Race Week Association usually publishes the first run of the schedule in Late February/Early March.  A revised, completed schedule is published in the spring.
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What's the best way to get to Laconia?
From I-93 you can take exit 20 and then proceed north on Route 3 for about 15 miles right into Laconia.  You can also get off at exit 23, head east on route 104 until it intersects with Route 3.  At that intersection:  Turn right and in about 5 miles you'll head right into the center of the action.  Turn left to head toward the new, huge Meredith HD and into the nice town of Meredith.  In Meredith, you can catch a train to the Weirs.
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Will there be plenty of events and stuff to do?
Hell yeah. There are enough options to keep you busy for months if the rally lasted that long.
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How should I pack? What's the weather like in June?
Early June is a wildly variable time. In 2002, we got two inches of snow just 21 days before the start of bike week.  Expect temps from mid 50's at the lowest and mid 90's at the highest.  The past couple years have had horrible luck, and it's rained incessantly. Some pessimists will swear up and down that it rains all the time every year.  That's pure BS. That wasn't the case for many, many years before that, when it was sunny, hot, and dry.
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How many vendors are there and where are they? And maybe I'd like to be a vendor?
Expect 325 at the bare minimum. More info on vendors.
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I hear your police officers are really rude. Will they be on my case?
They'll be on your case if you'd like them to. I've never seen a police officer give someone a hard time who wasn't asking for it.  Everybody has a sharp love or hate opinion on the police presence at bike week. From what I gather, most of the local police officers are friendly, smiling, and are trying to enjoy the week like everybody else.  In general, the NH state troopers don't smile, aren't here for fun, and are very serious.  Toward the end of the week, they are all overworked, tired, and really aren't up for any BS.  Most things I've seen that might lead to someone being soured by our police presence is when they get busted after not following a simple, trivial, basic request.  I've seen some blow-ups with troopers and people after they were asked not to gather by the immediate roadsides and stand on the white lines or even in the road.  When the troopers return and find the same crowd still standing past the white lines, yeah, don't expect another polite request to move. 
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Where are best accommodations and wildest campgrounds?
I have no idea. I live here, so I've never stayed at one of the area motels or campgrounds.  Try asking in the forum.
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So, how bad is the traffic?
From the first Saturday though Thursday, it's not bad.  Downtown areas of Laconia and Meredith, along with Lakeside avenue will be congested, but you'll will still be able to get around without major delays.  If it's not raining, the horrors for moving around begin on Friday and will last all through Saturday and into Sunday afternoon.  More info.
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Any idea which hotels might still have rooms open?
No, but I can tell you who doesn't and give you links to tons of motels, cottages, and campgrounds
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Can you keep me posted on lodging availabilities?
I can't, but these chambers of commerce probably can.
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What are some towns within an hours drive that I can try to find lodging?
To the north, try Lincoln and North Conway. To the south, try Concord. Places to the north are blessed with stunning scenery.  Concord is a bland city, but it has A LOT more hotel rooms.
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How does Laconia compare to Sturgis?
It may attract a slightly smaller crowd, but Laconia has it's strong points. As far as I'm concerned, Laconia has the best riding and wildly diverse scenery.  Where else can you ride for 50 minutes and be into Vermont or Maine, at the seacoast or into the mountains.  Two hours brings you into upstate New York, Boston, or into the beautiful, wildlife filled Great North Woods region.  Laconia is central to everything that makes New England special.  Laconia has plenty of vendors, unique events, a bustling strip, and has attracted people from every state and all over the world.
ABOUT THIS WEBSITE
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Is this the official site?
No. This one is.
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Your webcam sucks. Can't you put it down in the center of the action?
No. Even if I had the extra computer and all the stuff needed to do a high quality remote webcam, I would still need tons of free time to set it up, a business that would donate a location, and that place would need to have an always on broadband internet connection.  Bike week is the busiest time of the year for me, and not just because I run this website.  I've got a million other things going on, so for me, a cam at the Weirs would be nice, but setting it up is more trouble than it's worth.  If someone wants to set up a cam down there but doesn't have a website, I will gladly provide high volume hosting for it on this site.
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I'm trying to post a photo and it won't go through. Help?
Be sure the file name doesn't have any special characters in it.  Just rename it to use letters or numbers and no spaces.  Also be sure the file size is under 3 megabytes (3072 KB). If it still doesn't work email the photos to me along with your username and password and I will try to recreate the error and fix it.
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I forgot my forum password, can you tell me what it is?
Email me with your username.