For many motorcyclists in the upper Midwest, April signals the start of the new riding season.
After a long winter, riders are eagar to start the yearly ritual of getting bikes out of storage and seeking the company of others at area events. Here are some great events to get both bike and rider primed for a fun 2018.
On April 7, join Milwaukee Harley-Davidson in welcoming canine lovers from around the area to the dealership at 11310 W. Silver Spring Road, Milwaukee. All breeds of dogs are welcome (must be kept on a leash) and you can enjoy free hot dogs while your favorite furry co-pilot can indulge in some tasty doggy treats. It's a great way to spend a Saturday with your best friend. While at the dealership, why not purchase a T-shirt with the Milwaukee Harley logo? It's the only Milwaukee area dealership that is actually in Milwaukee.
Spring has always been a traditional time of year to visit a swap meet. To accomodate that desire, the KMC H.O.G. chapter is presenting its annual swap meet and raffle book party. KMC H.O.G. operates out of Iron Town Harley-Davidson (formally Hal's Harley-Davidson). It's all happening on April 8, at the Waukesha Expo Building from 9 AM until 4 PM. Besides the usual used motorcycle parts, there are also jewelry vendors, clothing, unique items, a full bar and food vendors. Also, 2018 raffle books will be available along with 50/50 raffles.
If you live in Iowa, you'll want to check out the beginning of the 2018 season for Bike Down to I-Town. Always on the third Friday of the month, April through September, join up to 10,000 riders enjoying a day on the town square in Indianola, Iowa. Thousands of custom and standard bikes are on display, vendors, live music, food and much more. The dates for this year are April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, and September 21. Don't miss out on a great way to socialize with other bikers in a small town neighborhood that welcomes every style of bike and rider.
April 21 marks the date of the 53rd annual Flood Run. This event started out as a very small endeavor, with volunteers helping to place sandbags during the flood of 1965 along the low lying areas on both sides of the Mississippi River. Since then, this Minnesota/Wisconsin event has grown into one of the oldest and largest continually running events. Due to insurance requirements, starting this year, pre-registration is required. Wristbands will cost $10 for the general run, or $20 for the Gold Standard run. The difference is the Gold Standard is for riders who complete the entire route on both sides of the great river. Standard riders can join anywhere along the route and ride as much or as little as they desire. The official starting location is Shiners Bar & Grill in Lakeland, Minnesota. This event benefits the Gillette Childrens Hospital and is sponsored by Polaris. Don't forget to purchase a $20 raffle ticket for a chance to win a new Indian Scout Bobber. All makes and models of motorcycle are welcome. Be a part of this historic event. More information at www.flood-run.com