36TH AMERICADE | Born To Ride Motorcycle Magazine – Motorcycle TV, Radio, Events and News


Published on June 4, 2018
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Date(s) - 06/04/2018 - 06/09/2018
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June 4, 2018 – June 9, 2018

Address:  Lake George, New York



Americade has become the world’s largest multi-brand motorcycle touring rally. Local police estimates indicate it attracts 100,000 – 200,000 visitor days during the 6-day event.
It’s a convention of tourers, sport-tourers and cruising motorcycles enjoying a week-long festival of motorcycling, including guided tours in the beautiful Adirondack Park, and the Green Mountains of Vermont.
Americade also includes a massive trade show with approx 200 vendors, demos, and displays from most major motorcycle manufacturers, catered dinner boat cruises, stunt shows, comedy shows and much, much more.
To participate, most attendees register for a full-week wristband, giving them access to the trade show, the demos, and displays, Americade’s headquarters where many events take place and much more.
Americade is a gathering of friendly, fun-loving folks, for whom motorcycling is a social hobby, but not some form of rebellion. It’s NOT the place for shows of speed, hostile attitudes, or illegally loud bikes. Americade supports the statement from the former President & CEO of Harley-Davidson: “Something We Never Want to Lose” and the AMA position that “Loud Pipes Risk Rights.”

Americade is the first full week of June.
2018: June 5th – 9th (Monday, June 4th for Pre-Registration Party)
2019: June 4th – 8th (Monday, June 3rd for Pre-Registration Party)
2020: June 2nd – 6th (Monday, June 1st for Pre-Registration Party)
2021: June 8th – 12th (Monday, June 7th for Pre-Registration Party)
2022: June 7th – 11th (Monday, June 6th for Pre-Registration Party)
2023: June 6th – 10th (Monday, June 5th for Pre-Registration Party)

May 1983 marked the first “Cade” in the east. Veteran motorcyclist Bill Dutcher and a small but able staff hosted “Aspencade East ” at Lake George, NY. Social and demo headquarters were at Roaring Brook Ranch. The TourExpo trade show was held at the Glens Falls Civic Center, approximately 10 miles to the south. This first event drew over 2,000.

Since 1971, there had been a touring motorcycle rally in Ruidoso, NM bearing this name. The name came from an annual civic festival, which celebrated the changing colors of the aspen (birch) trees, by having a cavalcade of horses. Dutcher arranged with Aspencade organizer, Til Thompson, to use the Aspencade name for the eastern touring rally.

In 1986, “Aspencade East” was changed to “Americade”, because the new name better signified the multi-brand national-sized rally it had become. By 1986, total attendance at this event was nearly 10,000, making it the largest touring rally in the motorcycle world.
In 1986, the TourExpo tradeshow was relocated from the Glens Falls Civic Center to Lake George Village, to keep it close to the motels and riding activities. Initially located in a parking lot halfway down Beach Road, in 1994 TourExpo relocated to the larger, dust-free quarters, which it now occupies at Million Dollar Beach Parking Lot. This facility is owned by the State of New York, from which Americade and TourExpo rent this property.

In 2004 TourExpo expanded and over 50,000 attended that year (although local estimates placed the crowd figures much larger), once again making Americade the world’s largest organized multi-brand motorcycle convention.
The latest figures again showed that Americade Week was the biggest week of business for the Lake George Region resort community, and the biggest single boost to the local economy. The community welcomes these smiling motorcyclists not only for the economic boost they provide but also because of the many lasting friendships which have been developed with Americaders from around the world. Americade also works hard to be a Good Neighbor, by donating to dozens of local charities.

“There is a sumptuous variety about the New England weather that compels the stranger’s admiration. … The weather is always doing something there; always attending to business; always getting up new designs and trying them on the people, to see how they will go. In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours”- Mark Twain

Generally speaking:
The first week of June in the Lake George region often brings great riding weather, with sunny daytime highs around 75F (24C), and evenings around 60F (16C). However, it can vary from this, with temperatures 15 degrees (F) different, or rain. In the mountains, weather can change fast. Some MiniTours go to summits, where daytime temps can be the mid-50s.
Recent weather history:

The last half of Americade Week 2017 was great weather. It started cool and damp and became nicer every day. Monday was damp with highs in the mid-60s. By Wednesday it was 76 and sunny, then around 80 through the weekend. Friday was windy and 79. Saturday 75 with scattered clouds, great riding weather!

Americade 2016 weather was varied (welcome to the mountains) and slightly cooler than normal. Monday & Tuesday were great; sunny and mid-70s. Mid-week was cool & cloudy. Friday was absolutely gorgeous, but Saturday was not.
Details by day: Monday was sunny & partly cloudy – upper 70s – strong south wind. Tuesday was sunny with highs mid-70s, then brief storm at 4 and cooled to high 60s; skies: a little of everything from clear to cloudy. By Wednesday it started to cool with highs in the mid-60s; windy, cloudy with a brief mid-day shower. By Thursday highs were in the mid-60s and windy; cloudy, then clear skies returned in late afternoon.Friday was a perfect Lake George day! Mid-70s, sunny & clear with a North wind. But Saturday produced a cool rain in the morning which put the damper on the Americade Parade. The afternoon was cloudy and warmed to the mid-60s.

After a cool and damp start on Monday, Americade Week got better and better. Mid-week was perfect! Tuesday with sunny and high-60s. Wednesday was sunny and mid-70s. Thursday was sunny and high-70s. Friday was low-70s with a brief sprinkle. Saturday was windy and low-70s with a brief sprinkle.

Americade 2014 was unusually sunny and dry. One of the best ever for Americade Week! Temperatures were in the 70s to low 80s (F) for the entire week. There was some rain Tuesday evening, but the remainder of the week was dry. Weather patterns have shifted, and in a positive direction for Americade.

Americade Week started with nice warm temps and sunny skies but as the weekend approached, a cold front arrived with periods of rain from Thursday night, most of Friday and through early Saturday morning. Right after the Saturday parade, the skies brightened and it warmed up, just in time for the ride home. We have concluded that the nice mild Winters of the past 3 years may be associated with the unusually damp Americades that followed. The Winter of 2013/2014 is one of the coldest on record, so we forecast an unusually sunny and dry Americade 2014.

For more Americade info, here’s a website put together by a long-time Americade enthusiast: www.americade.info