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High expectations for Americade '11

LAKEGEORGE - To the uninitiated observer, the Lake George area may look like a blur of chrome, paint, and spinning wheels this coming week as tens of thousands of motorcyclists wheel into the region.

Those bikers and local folks, however, know that the flurry of activity in the region is due to the expo-browsing, new-model gawking, fun socializing, bike tip-trading, seminar-sitting, adventure tale-swapping - and most of all the two-wheeled tours - of Americade 2011.

This year's edition of the world's largest and most renowned tour motorcycle rally - set for June 6 through 11 - features the most events ever, plus exhibits and demonstrations from the greatest number of motorcycle manufacturers in the event's history, organizer Bill Dutcher said.

Honda, Triumph and BMW will be back at Americade this year, showing off and demonstrating their new models, after a hiatus prompted by the nation's economy which is now on the upswing, Dutcher said.

The headquarters for Americade, for decades Roaring Brook Ranch, is now the Fort William Henry Resort, which means the traditional lineup of traditional parties and gatherings will now be on the Fort's gracious back lawn, featuring magnificent views of Lake George, Americade founder Bill Dutcher said. Nightly parties there will feature a live band each evening.

"Were looking to a whole new chapter of Americade, considering the move to Fort William Henry," he said. "The view from the back lawn is almost spiritual."

He added that Fort William Henry as headquarters offers outstanding convenience, because boat cruises, the massive trade show, and trolley service are all just a few steps away.

Also new is the laser light show Wednesday evening in the restored fort, which is expected to be impressive.

Also sure to provide entertainment is comedian Alonzo Bodden, known for his work on NBC's Last Comic Standing. His fast-paced show is on Thursday for Americaders - which is sold out - and Friday it's open to the public, Dutcher said. Both shows are in Towers Hall near the historic fort.

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