Rural surroundings make Lincoln a haven for motorcycling.
Motorcycle riders in Lincoln, Nebraska, enjoy at least seven months during the year with average high temperatures of over 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This long riding season and the surrounding countryside’s low-traffic, rural roads combine to make a perfect setting for several motorcycle rallies and events. Although most events charge a fee for participation, many of the proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations, scholarship funds and other civic-minded endeavors.
Kearney Nebraska Bike Show
This is central Nebraska’s biggest bike show. It is held in the city of Kearney, just west of Lincoln, and is noted for being located at the exact halfway point between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The show is held in mid-March at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds. Highlights include “Best in Show” and “People’s Choice” cash awards competitions, as well as a mechanical bull riding contest, live music and food. It also includes a swap meet and tattoo clinic. Admission proceeds benefit The Safe Center for Women and Families, an organization that provides support to individuals and families who have experienced domestic violence.
Nebraska State HOG Rally
This event is also held in the town of Kearney, in late May. Highlights of this annual event include a pancake breakfast, poker runs for veterans and the general public, worship services and a parade. Riders must register by early April to participate. The event is sponsored by the Nebraska State Harley Owners Group, a chapter of the worldwide Harley Owners Group organization, which provides support, advocacy and camaraderie for people who own Harley Davidson Motorcycles.
Blue River Motorcycle Rally And Poker Run
This event is held in late August in the town of Seward, a suburb of Lincoln. It is sponsored by the Tribesmen Motorcycle Club of Nebraska, which was founded over 30 years ago. This two-day event features a poker run, live music by local bands, motorcycle parts and accessory vendors, bike contests and rider competitions. All events take place a the Seward County Fairgrounds. Riders can sign up at Frontier Harley Davidson, located at 205 Northwest 40th Street in Lincoln.
Omaha Rollergirls Charity Poker Run
For the last three years, the Omaha Roller Girls have sponsored a Charity Poker Run. This ride takes place in mid- to late July. The start is in Omaha, and the ride itself is 120 miles long. The Omaha Roller Girls are an all-female, flat-track roller derby league founded in 2006.