Motorcyclists attending the 2012 edition of the Warrensburg Bike Rally browsed among a wide array of motorcycle equipment and accessories presented at the show and sale. The rally returns to the Warren County Fairgrounds for 2013 for a nine-day run — Saturday June 1 through Sunday June 8.
The Warrensburg Bike Rally, a local annual show and sale of motorcycle-related goods, is returning this next week for nine days to its 2012 location, the Warren County Fairgrounds on Schroon River Road.
Now in its 12th year, the show is to be held from Saturday June 1 through Sunday June 9 at the fairgrounds, about a mile and a half north of the Warrensburg hamlet.
The rally, which caters to motorcyclists attracted to the region for the world-famous Americade, features motorcycle accessories and equipment, pinstripe artists, leather goods, plus biker clothing, hats, helmets, crafts, jewelry, eyewear, and bike trailers, event founder Ed Zibro said.
“We have virtually everything that pertains to motorcycling,” Zibro said. “There’s something for everyone.”
New this year to the Warrensburg Bike Rally is the manufacturer of Lehman Trikes, three-wheel conversions of various brands of motorcycles. Also new is a vendor who tests attendees’ motorcycles on a dynamometer, to determine the vehicles’ performance against optimum levels.
There is no charge to attend the show, open from 8:30 a.m. daily to at least 6 p.m.
Various food booths are to be operating at the rally, featuring a variety of items.
Various vendors will be servicing motorcycles and conducting equipment installations on site, Zibro said.
The North Country Hardship Fund, founded by Wayne Bukovinsky of North Creek and his friends, will also be represented at the rally. The charity will be conducting a raffle for a new 2012 Harley-Davidson XL 1200V Seventy-Two. The Hardship Fund assists families in the region facing financial or medical issues. The fund has donated more than $50,000 so far to people in dire need.
Last year, several thousand motorcycle enthusiasts attended the Warrensburg Bike Rally despite its new location outside Warrensburg — where for a dozen years, many bikers have congregated during Americade week to patronize dozens of vendors along Main St.
Zibro theorized that his rally’s continued popularity was due to virtually unlimited free parking at the new site — unlike downtown Warrensburg— and no entry fee. Americade’s TourExpo, the world’s largest motorcycle equipment exposition, has an entry fee. Held annually in Lake George during the first week in June, the popularity of Americade spawned the Warrensburg event in the late 1990s as a competitor of sorts.
Zibro said he’s been a fan of motorcycling for many years, and he’s hand-picked the vendors in his Warrensburg show.
“I love biking, and I really appreciate my vendors— they’re all solid citizens,” he said. For details on the Warrensburg Bike Rally, call Zibro at 791-8728.