The West Coast of Florida may just be the best place in the world to ride. For our fellow bikers, there are all sorts of events this fall to get together, have a good time, and help out with some really great causes. While we’re fully aware that the East Coast has some events going on as well, we’re thrilled that there is so much happening right here in our own backyard. Take a look at some of the great events coming up over the next few months, and be sure to say hello if you see us there.
Sept. 11, 2015: Manatee 9/11 Remembrance Ride – Sarasota
The Bearded Clam, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
Brought to local riders by the Blue Knights, Florida chapter XVII, we are proud to sponsor this free and unescorted ride to honor the victims, servicemen, and servicewomen of 9/11. A $5 donation is requested to help fund next year’s Remembrance Ride. Registration at the Bearded Clam starts at 4 p.m., and the event opens at 6 p.m. with a memorial service. Kickstands go up following the service, with the ride ending at Applebee’s on University Park. Live music at this event provided by Kim Betts and the Gamble Creek Band!
Sept. 12, 2015: Patriot Riders of America 911 Poker Run – Port Charlotte
American Legion Post 110 – call Tim at (941) 628-5070 for more information
This annual event features a poker run, a 50/50 raffle, great food, and live music. And the best thing is that all proceeds go toward helping veterans and their families.
Sept. 20, 2015: 5th Annual Hap Poneleit Memorial Poker Run – Sarasota
Hap’s Cycle Sales, 2530 17th Street, Sarasota, FL
Join the Hap’s Gulf Coast Riders on this run to pay tribute to the organization’s founder and raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation’s annual Jungle Bell Walk. It’s a $10 per rider donation and $5 per passenger/extra hand. Registration is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with the first bike out at 10 a.m. The ride starts at Hap’s Cycle Sales and ends at the Applebee’s on University Parkway for prizes at 2:30 p.m.
Sept. 20, 2015: Pre-Biketoberfest – Venice
Tarzan’s Jungle Bar, 9071 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice 34293
Make it a full day to gear up for Daytona’s Biketoberfest, and enjoy another great event in the afternoon with the Peace River Chapter of ABATE! Noon to 5 p.m will be full of live music, food, vendors, and fun at Tarzan’s Jungle Bar. The gate fee is only $3 per person, so don’t miss out on a really great time.
Oct. 7, 2015: Florida State HOG Rally 2015 – Fort Myers
9501 Thunder Road, South Fort Myers, FL
This four-day rally kicks off on Wednesday and culminates in a performance by rock n’ roll legends Grand Funk Railroad on Saturday night. Between the start and the end, there are plenty of rides, vendors, live music and activities to help you enjoy riding in Florida at the best time of the year. Why go all the way to Daytona when the West Coast has so much to offer?
Oct. 24, 2015: 2nd Annual Ride for the Lost and Hound Poker Run – Port Charlotte
US-41 and Veterans Highway, Port Charlotte, FL
This poker run is being organized to benefit the Peace River K9 Search and Rescue. Starting at Denny’s/Hooters, the ride ends at Black Widow Harley-Davidson with a party full of prizes, raffles, and great food. Come ride for a good cause.
Nov. 15, 2015: 18th Annual Great Teddy Bear Run – Sarasota
The Shoppes at University Center, 8200 Cooper Creek, University Park, FL
All bikes are welcome to this incredible event to benefit K.I.D.S. by the Sea, which has been helping kids with cancer since 1984. The donation for entry is $15 plus a new teddy bear on the day of the event, but you can pre-register online until Nov. 13 for only $10. Registration for the ride starts at University Center at 9 a.m. and ends at Twin Lakes Park for games, food, live music, and a bike rodeo. Last year’s Great Teddy Bear Run included more than 900 bikes! This is a Sarasota motorcycle event not to be missed!
Nov. 29, 2015: The Nite Train Express presents the 2nd Annual Christmas Toy Ride – Palmetto
Peggy’s Corral, 4511 US-41, Palmetto, FL – Call (941) 356-4127 for details
Since we know you love to help the kids, this ride will benefiting the brave little heroes at All Children’s Hospital. Bring a new and unwrapped toy to Peggy’s Corral, where the lineup begins at noon. Kickstands go up at 2 p.m. for a visit to All Children’s Hospital in Tampa. The last bike arrives at Straggler’s by 4 p.m. for a raffle, Chinese auction, and toy drive. Don’t forget to stop by and say hello at the booth we’ll have set up at Peggy’s! For more information, stay tuned to The Nite Train Express’ Facebook page.
This fall is shaping up to be a fantastic season to ride. We hope to see you out at these events and on the road! For more information on any motorcycle events sponsored by Wittmer | Linehan, get in touch via our web contact form.