18 Jun,2013

2011 Las Vegas National Bikers Roundup | A Bikers’ Reunion

The recent 34th annual National Bikers Round Up in Las Vegas was more than an event. It was an experience like no other for this passionate motorcycle enthusiast. I rode to the event from Los Angeles on the latest model Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider for the ultimate biker’s experience.

National Bikers Round Up was held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, just 15 minutes away from the Las Vegas strip. In addition to the hundreds of cruisers and road gliders that were present, the event included Harley- Davidson demo rides, drag races, and some amazing live entertainment. The female models weren’t so bad to look at either.

I arrived at my hotel late in the evening dead tired, but my excitement for the rally kept me tossing and turning in bed all night. By three in the morning, I gave up on sleep and took my bike out for a ride on the strip. It was relaxing and rejuvenating to watch the sunrise on my Harley. After a quick nap, I headed out to the Speedway for the festivities.

Upon my arrival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, there were less people than I expected. After checking the temperature, I quickly understood why. By noon, the temperature was 108 degrees and still rising. To cool off, I took a demo ride on the Harley-Davidson 2011 Street Bob around the back roads of Vegas. When I returned, I took in some of the live entertainment and visited some of the food vendors in an attempt to dodge the heat.

When the sun finally set, the real action began to take place. Motorcycle clubs like The Flaming Knights, Soul Brothers, 1st Ladeez, and Regulators were on the scene in their matching club colored vests, leather jackets, and decked-out bikes. Devious Designs also showed off their wild themed motorcycles, which were the most photographed bikes of the evening. One bike in particular looked like it came straight from The Green Hornet movie set. Its glowing green lights, airbrushed body and matching helmet with extending horns drew in a nice sized crowd. Other riders wore shoes to match their customized bikes.

I was exhausted after staying out late two nights in a row. Once I got back to my hotel room, I was fast asleep until it was time to head back home on my Harley.

Attending the 34th annual National Bikers Roundup Rally is the first of many more riding adventures for me. Spending two days with other motorcycle riders is something every bike enthusiast should experience once in their life. I had such an amazing experience that I’ve already begun planning my route for the 2012 National Bikers Round-Up in Texas.


Written | Kevin J. Myers


Pix | David Dumas
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