LAKE GEORGE Tens of thousands of motorcyclists are descending on Lake George this week, immersing the village in a blur of sparkling chrome, luminescent paint and whirring wheels.
The spectacle is due to the arrival of Americade, the planet’s leading touring motorcycle rally.
To bartenders and waitstaff, the week-long Americade means big tips due to the generous riders and the crowds packing taverns and restaurants.
To area residents, it means appreciating the cavalcade of two-wheeled customized marvels as well as the gleaming factory models. To local economic development gurus, it means thousands of jobs and tens of millions of dollars flowing into the hands of locals — Americade is the single largest and most lucrative event in the region.
But to those attending the rally, it means swapping two-wheeled touring tales, sharing motorcycling tips, road-testing and gawking at new models, enjoying lots of memorable socializing, and most of all, savoring the adventure of cruising with friends through the unspoiled Adirondacks.
This year’s edition of Americade features several new twists — a record-setting fireworks extravaganza, an array of motorcycle stunt shows, the most factory representatives ever — as well as a reduced fees to participate, event founder Bill Dutcher said.
TourExpo expanded; features 9-11 memorial exhibit
Dutcher said that Americade’s massive TourExpo motorcycle trade show — the largest of its kind — is welcoming back an array of vendors who were absent a few years. It’s also featuring sales and installation of tires by four tire manufacturers, the most ever.
Also, the trade show will be hosting a mobile exhibit memorializing those killed in the Sept. 11 2001 attacks, featuring a custom motorcycle built by Orange County Choppers of reality television fame.
A custom bike designed by Arlen Ness will also be on hand. Vendors at TourExpo include Kuryakyn Accessories with their dizzying array of wares, Mustang seats, Bushtec trailers, J&M Electronics with their communication devices, Garmin’s GPS gear, and Twisted Throttle’s dirt bike accessories.