ROT Rally (Republic of Texas Biker Rally) is one big biker event. Top to bottom. Including the world's longest motorcycle parade.
Top tier music, great food, good people and literally hundreds of unique events and vendors to choose from.
Fifty thousand bikers and 200,000 people pack downtown Austin. Fifty-four blocks of the city are blocked off for Friday night events.
ROT is held the second Thursday in June and runs four days.
This rally takes over the Travis county Exposition Center. Rally and music begin on Thursday night and end at 2 pm the following Sunday.
Nice compilation video of the ROT Rally 2012 experience by Robert Barrera.
Thousands of bikers move on the grounds and camp out. Food and booze are available at the Skyline Bar, Paradise Bar, Cowboy Bar and the Drive-through Beer Bar.
The Thunderdome is where the Skyline Bar is located and the only air-conditioned bar on the rally grounds.
Music at ROT is the caliber you would expect from the live music capitol of the world.
Acts that have performed at ROT include local legends like Joe Ely and past national acts like Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr., Canned Heat, Joan Jett and Charlie Daniels.
ROT Rally Parade – Bikers rumble into downtown Austin and line the street with thousands of bikes of all varieties.
Congress Avenue Party – 100,000 people jam downtown Congress Avenue in a carnival party-hardy atmosphere. Very adult. A lot of guys. Free concert.
Stand-up comedy, death defying bike stunts, Texas Roller Girls and Xtreme Fighting Championship highlight the agenda.
Bike build off, bike give-away, tattoo contest and Speed Shop Invitational.
Vendors offer all kinds of biker gear and rally memorabilia.
I've been to two ROT Rally's for local talent reviews and had a surprisingly good time. This is an adult environment.
Some of the stuff you see at the ROT Rally. Photo/CodeHooligans
Loose fun and not to be taken too seriously. Really an opportunity for bikers to enjoy biking in the Hill Country.
Riding up Hwy. 71 to Llano to check out Biker Magazine's #1 Roadside Attraction, Cooper's Old Time BBQ. One of the most beautiful rides in Texas. Some of the best BBQ in the world. Get the prime rib and big chop. Both are enormous. (for more about Cooper's click here).
Or, if you're not in the mood for long drive and want a great sandwich, I recommend a Chicago Italian Beef and Chicago Hot Dog combo at CHI-TOWN in Lakeway. Chi-Town is easy to get to. Take 2244 west out of Austin to Hwy 71. Head north, turn right on 620. It's past Lakeway Blvd. and before you get to the Damn.
A few minutes from downtown and the most mouthwatering, authentic Chicago style sandwiches in Texas. Eat inside or grab a bag on your way out for a road trip or to the lake. If you've never had a genuine Dublin Dr Pepper, be sure to get one here.
For six of my favorite motorcycle travel routes, visit www.travel-austin-texas.com/motorcycle-travel.html. Also on that page find information about Texas' amazing Highway Rest Stops. Some are a destination unto themselves!
Austin music benefits greatly from the ROT. For the most part bikers are courteous on and off the road.
Check their web site for updates, registration and more in-depth information about this years events.
Held in mid-June which usually is beautiful Austin 90+ degree weather. The rally is held rain, shine or snow. Hardy folks I guess.
Go to the Congress Avenue party and if you get good vibes, check out the ROT Rally at the Travis County Exposition Center.
Three nights of great music, a real good time.
Web Site: Click here to go to www.rotrally.com, opens in a new window. You can get ticket information and other resources here.