Photo courtesy Jim Hays

Leesburg, FL — Just a few weeks after the last bikes rumbled away from Daytona Beach’s 70th Annual Bike Week, they’re rumbling into the historic central Florida community of Leesburg for the 15th Annual Leesburg Bikefest. The rally started Thursday April 7, and runs through Sunday, April 10.

Organizers bill the event as “The Most Popular Bike Rally in the U.S.” That may be a slight promotional exaggeration, given the size of the annual rallies in Sturgis and Daytona Beach, but attendance in Leesburg has been growing every year and officials expect up to 300,000 at this year’s event.

Photo courtesy Jim Hays

Leesburg’s Bikefest has everything you’d expect at a major rally: the vendors, the bands, the bike shows, the contests (tattoo and bikini contests are ever popular!), the food, the beer, and of course the tattooed, leather-clad hordes. Naturally, Leesburg’s main street is closed to all but motorcycle traffic. It’s a big rally, but with a small-town feel. Come on down!

FOR SCHEDULE AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

http://www.leesburgbikefest.com

“Up against the wall!” courtesy Jim Hays

Photo courtesy Jim Hays

Photo courtesy Jim Hays

Photo courtesy Jim Hays

Photo courtesy Jim Hays

Photo courtesy Jim Hays

Photo courtesy Jim Hays

Photo courtesy Jim Hays

About Glen Abbott
Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is regular contributor to Harley-Davidson's HOG Magazine, and his travel features appear regularly in motorcycle magazines and other publications.

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10 Comments
  1. jade

    April 9, 2011

    Fun! Some of the bikes are so awesome- I’d love to run one!

  2. Kelly

    April 9, 2011

    Cool bikes! And girls? That photo caught me too! haha.

  3. inka

    April 9, 2011

    It seems to me one can go from one biker festival to the next all year round in the US. Fabulous. Actually they have a big convention in Marbella/Spain where I am right now in May.

    • Travelin' Gringo

      April 9, 2011

      There are a lot of bike festivals here in the US — but it would be exceptionally cool to go to one in Spain!

  4. Michelle

    April 9, 2011

    I wanted to go to see Slaughter and Jackyl, but my car had other ideas. =(
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  5. Grace

    April 8, 2011

    OMG on Ms. Hustler up against the wall. Really?? What was she doing?
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    • Jim

      April 9, 2011

      She was posing for photographers…. :

    • Travelin' Gringo

      April 9, 2011

      Sure, that’s what Jim says — I think he actually was pretending to be a police officer performing a pat-down! 🙂

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