8. Love Ride

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http://www.loveride.org/

What began as a small Harley-dealer benefit in 1981 has grown to the biggest one-day motorcycle fundraising event in the world, as you’d expect from Los Angeles, entertainment capital of the world. Luminarious attendees over the years have run the gamut from Malcolm Forbes to Peter Fonda to Larry Hagman. Jay Leno is a fixture. The main stage has seen everybody from Jackson Browne to Billy Idol, Springsteen and the Foo Fighters. Most years, the Love Ride kicks off at Glendale H-D, and hops on the 5 freeway (usually like all over all five lanes) north to Castaic Lake, where the party begins. Last year, $40,000 of the proceeds went to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, helping send Southern California kids with the disease to a barrier-free summer camp. The 2015 Ride is still in the planning stages, but will happen sometime in October and is really not to be missed if you like motorcycles and music. Visit the website to get on the mailing list.

  • fastfreddie

    I think Isle of man TT should get honorable mention.

  • Plastic Cup

    I know it’s not Harley-centric but for those of us into the vintage bike scene there is the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. Distinguished Ladies are also welcome! This ride supports prostate cancer research and is held worldwide on the same day, September 27th to be exact. http://www.gentlemansride.com/

  • Scott

    Come Ride with http://www.motodracing.com, here’s our Event Schedule. It’s the best place to ride without any cops, guardrails, or cars getting in your way. http://www.motodracing.com/events

  • Steve Brooks

    The Tour of Honor sites will be released April 1. Benefiting veterans and first responder charities.