About Muskegon Bike Time
The Mission of Muskegon Bike Time is to produce entertainment opportunities in Muskegon aimed at attracting a broad spectrum of motorcycle enthusiasts for a vacation experience on Michigan’s West Coast”.
Muskegon Bike Time is a 4 day annual celebration of motorcycles held the third weekend in July. The festival attracts motorcyclist and the general public for its spectacle, concerts, entertainment and food.
The event has been drawing enthusiastic crowds to Muskegon Michigan since 2007, with attendance in excess of 100,000 people and 75,000 motorcycles from across the country annually.
The economic impact reaches over $30 million yearly to the local economy.
Muskegon Bike Time offers motorcycle riders beautifully scenic rides along the shores of Lake Michigan and scenic areas throughout West Michigan. In addition, attendees experience a wide range of food & beverages, a variety of music venues, stunt shows and motorcycle vendors.
Muskegon has a rich history of motorcycling. The first Harley-Davidson® franchise in Muskegon was started by Dan Raymond and his brother Ellis in 1919. It was called Raymond Motor & Cycle Company (the franchise is now known as Hot Rod Harley-Davidson®). In 1920, the brothers organized the Muskegon Motorcycle Club which became a model for clubs all over the region and is still in existence to this day.
One reason for the Muskegon Coastline’s success is its location in the heart of recreation wonderland. When the work day is finished, residents may choose from 27 miles of Lake Michigan waterfront, 400 miles of rivers and more than 11,000 acres of inland lakes for boating, swimming, fishing or just plain relaxing.
The Coastline is home to some of the state’s finest parks and natural areas as well as numerous county, township, and city parks. Eleven public parks provide access to Lake Michigan including Muskegon’s Pere Marquette Beach, a certified “Blue Wave Clean Beach,” the only one in Michigan to receive this award. Local rivers and creeks, especially the White River and the Muskegon, are popular with kayakers, canoeists, rafters, and anglers. White Lake, Bear Lake, and Mona Lake are favorite ports of call, offering access to and refuge from Lake Michigan. For high-speed fun, Muskegon Lake is the region’s full-speed lake. Public and private marinas provide thousands of boats slips and offer a range of products and services.
The Lakeshore Trail, 22.5 mile Hart-Montague Bicycle Trail, Michigan’s first linear state park, and the 26.5 mile Muskatawa Trail, feature paved trails for biking, walking, running, and inline skating. Easily accessible from the Lake Express — the high-speed passenger and car ferry that travels between Muskegon and Milwaukee — Lakeshore Trail enables those who bike, skate or walk to tour Muskegon’s shoreline and downtown while on a path that loops along Lake Michigan, Muskegon Lake, Pere Marquette Park, and the downtown.
From piping-hot summer days to icy winter mornings, the Muskegon area invites residents and visitors to enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer. AAA of Michigan has ranked Muskegon as third most popular tourist destination in the state. Travel Michigan has indicated that Muskegon is the most requested community in the state for tourism information.