The Gypsy Tour has been around in some sort of iteration since 1916. It has been sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association since 1924. Originally, the Gypsy Tour participants traveled significant distances to different parts of the country. Because of the distances involved, participants camped and stayed overnight to see and participate in different events. Hence the Hollywood stereotypical name: Gypsy Tour. Once there they showed off their machines and often participated in organized road rides and competitions.
The goal of the tour was to increase awareness of motorcycles and the role they played in work and recreation. As a result, the Gypsy Tour welcomes riders of all makes and models. This year is no different and AMA recently announced the 2019 Gypsy Tour schedule. AMA’s Recreational Riding Manager Heather Wilson said:
“These events allow riders of all makes and models to get together and enjoy food, entertainment, group or individual riding and vendors. AMA members can visit the pin stop at each event to show their membership cards and receive a 2019 AMA Gypsy Tour pin.”
The first event of the season kicked off in Daytona Beach, Florida. The next event, the Laughlin River Run will be held from April 24 – 28 in Laughlin, Nevada. Thereafter, the remaining events are as follows:
- Laughlin River Run, Laughlin, Nev. – April 24-28
- AspenCash Motorcycle Rally, Ruidoso, N.M. – May 16-19
- Americade Motorcycle Touring Rally, Lake George, N.Y. – June 4-8
- Laconia Motorcycle Week, Laconia, N.H. – June 8-16
- Thunder in the Valley, Johnstown, Pa. – June 20-23
- AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Honda, Lexington, Ohio – July 5-7
- Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Sturgis, S.D. – August 2-11
If these types of events are your thing, you can find more information from the AMA’s website.