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National Motorcycle Day 2023

Two people riding a motorcycle in a parade

You've probably heard of National Pizza Day or even National Donut Day. If you’ve ever asked yourself, “why are there so many motorcycles out today? ", they are likely celebrating National Motorcycle Day. 

Celebrated on the second Friday of July every year since 2015, motorcycle enthusiasts and motorcyclists everywhere spend the day honoring those who ride and highlighting the motorcycle industry's positive impact on their local communities nationwide.

From local rallies to biker events and more, there are plenty of ways to celebrate this exciting holiday. 

Here's everything you need to know about how to celebrate National Motorcycle Day.

When is National Motorcycle Day?

This year, National Motorcycle Day will be celebrated on July 14, 2023, and as noted above, is celebrated on the second Friday of July each year.

Future dates include:

  • July 12, 2024
  • July 11, 2025
  • July 10, 2026 (10th Anniversary)

Who Founded National Motorcycle Day?

After 50 years of watching the positive contributions riders provide to their local communities, a motorcycle insurance company felt it was important to highlight this philanthropy and contribution. 

As a result, the second Friday in July was chosen as the day to celebrate all the good in motorcycle culture.

The state of Wisconsin provided a citation in 2016 awarding the first ‘official’ Day for motorcyclists.

How Can I Observe National Motorcycle Day?

This is an excellent opportunity to get involved by going on your first ride or taking your favorite bike out for good old-fashioned fun!

National Motorcycle Day spirit is that of giving back. Look for opportunities to participate in a local charity ride, organize a group to volunteer at a local non-profit, or help a neighbor in need.

In addition to riding and contributing positively to your community, you can observe National Motorcycle Day by using the hashtag #NationalMotorcycleDay across social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

What are Other Notable Motorcycle Holidays?

National Motorcycle Day isn't the only day dedicated to celebrating the motorcycle community.

National Motorcycle Ride Day

Dedicated to the comradery that joins all bikers, National Motorcycle Ride Day (not to be confused with National Motorcycle Day) has been celebrated on the second Saturday of October since 2015.

Learn more about National Motorcycle Ride Day.

National Ride to Work Day (NRWD)

Andy Goldfine, the founder of a biking safety apparel brand, started the informal National Ride to Work Day (NRWD) in 2000. Every year on the third Monday of June, you can participate in the National Ride to Work Day (NRWD).

The Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus and press sources reported that as of the early 2010s, NRWD was the largest motorcycle event, reaching upwards of one million participants. 

The event is observed worldwide, including in Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Slovenia, Israel, Turkey, Ecuador, Argentina, and the Philippines.

International Female Ride Day (IFRD)

Celebrated on the first Saturday of May since 2007, International Female Ride Day® (IFRD), has participants from over 120 nations.

World Motorcycling Day

Celebrated on the longest day of daylight in the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice, there's no better day to celebrate as a motorcycle rider than June 21st each year.

What are the Benefits of Motorcycle Riding?

Whether you’re looking to save money, reduce your carbon footprint, or just want a fun way to get around town, motorcycles are an excellent choice. Motorcycles are often more fuel efficient than cars, they're easier on the environment because they produce less pollution, and they require far less space in parking lots. 

Riding a motorcycle can be much cheaper than owning a car if you keep it long-term—not just because gas is cheaper but also because insurance and maintenance costs may be lower.

But these advantages aren't just for those who must use motorcycles as their primary mode of transportation—they're also great for anyone who wants to use their bike as a second vehicle or even as a primary vehicle on occasion. 

Whether commuting to work every day or heading out for some weekend adventures with friends or family members, motorcycling can help you connect with your community while getting from point A to point B quickly and easily.

What Should Be on My Pre-Ride Checklist?

First and foremost, don't forget your motorcycle insurance policy.

Next, review your motorcycle’s owner’s manual for specifics on the ideal tire pressure, suspension requirements, etc. 

Last, but not least, use this printable T-CLOCS Inspection Checklist for a soup-to-nuts review of what to check for before hitting the open road.

Happy National Motorcycle Day!

In the spirit of National Motorcycle Day, we want to encourage you to take a ride and appreciate these iconic machines—and, of course, its makers.

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