Where to go on a motorcycle? Your precious custom vintage old-school scrambler/bobber/chopper/cafe racer, you name it, craves for adventure? Sweat plus dirt plus rain or sun plus dust plus exhaust fumes plus epic scenery, some competition and buddies who enjoy it as much as you do?
Here’s a bunch of suggestions from Crave for Ride for the 2019 upcoming custom motorcycle rallies and races.
Enjoy while they last.
May 10-12, 2019, Barcelona, Spain
Flat-track glee for bike builders and classic flat trackers. Daring amateurs only. Paella, friends and motorcycles.
May 11th, 2019, Rebordosa, Porto, Portugal, EU
Free and open to all flat track race in 5 categories: Juniors, Road (city), Scramblers, Choppers and Trackers (they have a Hooligan category! and Pro). The Dusty Track guys seem crazy enough to trust them.
May 11th, 2019, Dargle NSW, Australia
Deus Ex Machina event. As they put it, "vintage bikes, an oil drum, a stopwatch and a ’time yourself’ honesty system". Pre-millennium motorbikes. Deus Ex Machina Italy held the first DSR event back in 2017, since then, they have spread across Deus Ex Machina global net: to California, Indonesia and France. Deus Ex Machina Italy is particularly abundant in them. See the event below.
May 17th-19th, 2019, Monza, Italy, EU
May 18th-21st, 2019, Genova-Sardinia, Italy, EU
Deus Ex Machina Italy and legendary Renato Zocchi revived the 1980s Paris-Dakar formula rally in a twisted, swank way: 4 days, 200-230 kilometer-long routes, road trials with trials special skills, self-timing.
May 24th-26th, 2019, London
May 31st-June 2nd, Lolland, Denmark, EU
On the Krenkerup Castle grounds that dates back to the 14th century. The rules: only pre-1989 motorcycles, no new motorcycles, no cars, no vans, no trailers or else you’ll be turned away. Vintage custom and classic motorcycles are welcome, bobbers, choppers, stockers, cafe racers. Food, music, beer. Patrick and James encourage to grow or trim a mustache Freddy Mercury style.
June 12-16th, 2019, Biarritz, France, EU
A little posh town in France each year somehow survives us, hordes of motorcyclists, surfers and skaters invading their ritzy streets, beaches, bars and properties that King Edward VII of England used to enjoy. Born as an underground alternative culture manifest is now a recognized event in the custom motorcycle world. Surfing, motorcycle racing, Deus rally, Crave for Ride shirts, shopping, live music, skateboarding along legendary Steve Caballero. Come rain or shine.
June 20th-23rd, 2019, Chicago, IL, US
June 20th-23rd, 2019, Pojezierze Drawskie, Poland
Rough road+off-road rally through secluded scenic forests, canyons, rivers (literally through) and lakesides of North-West Poland were both Nazi and Soviet Armies used to have their bases. Neither the internet nor cellular network is guaranteed. Sparse ghost villages. You might be passing deer, wild boars or a herd of wild horses (true!). Orienteering, checkpoints, fishing, 70+100 kilometers. Chill. Scramblers and trackers preferred for off-road, cafe racers, bobbers and brat styles will enjoy their own routes.
Crave for Ride motorcycle gear is on the prize list!
June 24th-30th, 2019
Apparently "the greatest motorcycle rally through the wildest and greatest landscapes in Great Britain." 1,250 miles from the South to the North of the UK through picturesque B-roads, mountains, castles, cliff-tops and valleys. In style. Luxurious tents, private chefs, skilled mechanics. Riding in teams – arrive with your own buddies or make friendships on the way. "Suitably inappropriate entertainment" in the evening, whiskey, wine, beer. Welcomed: custom, classic, cafe-racers, choppers and scramblers.
July 25-26th, 2019, Caravia, Spain, EU
July 26th-28th, 2019, London, UK
Think: motorcycle racing on a high-society English garden party. 18th-century manor estate serves as the one-mile dirt track circuit race for 100 riders. No one is expected to win any of the "run what you brung" races, though they are fun to watch and ride. OK, sometimes hilarious. Race classes include Scramblers, The Customs Sprint, pre-1989, The Lightweights, Women, The Electrics (hey!), The Trials, anything pedal-powered. There will be an art show. Live music. Luxurious bell tents. Dust. Smiles.
August 9-10th, 2019, Sussex, UK
Alternative "go fast and turn left" racing invented by Sideburn Magazin guys. Independent workshops, the wicked, superhero capes, psychobilly bands, anarchy et al. For all-comers: amateur, professional and celebrities, on whatever you brought. Their motto: power to the people, powered by the people. The race classes include Chopper, DTRA Hooligan, Inappropriate Road Bike, Street Tracker, Women, Scooter. Did the last year rider said she sounded like a horse as a result of the 3-day festival?
August 30th-1st September 2019, Leonberg, Germany, EU
One of the biggest open-air European motorcycle festivals for cafe racers and sprint racing. A place on Earth where birds chirps mix with sounds of vintage engines and morning mist is chased away by gasoline exhausts. "The mother of the 1/8 mile" on the historical German racetrack. Some epic bikes. Occasional snakeskin chelsea boots. Beastmode. Old-school vibes.
September 2019, Riverside, California, US
TransWorld Motocross SLAM Festival
Usually took place in September. So stay tuned for the dates and venue.
September 20th-22nd, 2019, Louisville, KY, US
September 28th, 2019, Mâcon, France, EU
September 27th-29th, 2019,
Dandy hosts create a friendly atmosphere in the glamour surrounding of the French Riviera right in the middle between Saint Tropez and Cannes.
September 29th, 2019
September 29th, 2019, Athens, Greece
A flat-track race where appearances matter and riding skills are just a plus. Anarchic, wicked, crazy and freaking fun. Alternative music.
October 13th, 2019, Morizès, France, EU
November? 2019, Berlin, EU
Scramble Bee Rally
It needs to be sufficiently freezing cold and rainy, and dark for Scramble Bee organizers to launch the rally as they’d rather discourage participants than be happy with more of them joining. Yep. Check out what they say
Crave for Ride hopes the 2018 edition was not the last one as our dear Berliners predicted.
That's all for now. Have we missed any custom rally you fancy?
Let us know in comments!