There will be plenty of bands, racing, vendors, attractions, and of course, bikes at the annual Republic of Texas Biker Rally held June 7-10 at the Travis County Expo Center. 7311 Decker Lane, Austin Texas.
The Republic of Texas Biker Rally, or ROT Rally for short, has brought bikers and bike enthusiasts from all over the country to Austin for more than 20 years. Unforgettable concerts, AMA racing, cool custom builds, the famous Friday night parade, the military bike giveaway, ride in bike show, vendors and more will highlight the largest turnstile motorcycle rally in the nation.
What to expect
Enjoy “world class” entertainment at our outdoor amphitheater featuring concerts from Hairball, ZZ Top, Shooter Jennings, The LACS and others, hundreds of vendors, delicious food from many of the best food trucks around, Micro Championship Wrestling, Custom Build-Offs, Tattoo Artisans, Texas Rollergirls and more.
Hairball, a "Rock & Roll experience," will headline Thursday night's concert. Jennings, the son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, is Friday night's headliner. And ZZ Top, whose hits include "Gimme All Your Lovin" and "Cheap Sunglasse is Saturday night headliner.
If you want to show off your bike, enter the Ride in Bike Show on Saturday morning, which features 18 classes for many styles and builds, from Harley to European to antique. If you have a bike, they have a category. Judges look for a "ton of creative imagination" in these custom bikes.
Or, if you would rather walk around and admire beautiful bikes, feel free to check out the incredible custom bikes from all over the nation. Once you see something you like, take your bike to Installation Alley, where dozens of vendors — from pin stripers to LED light installers — can provide what you need.
AMA Supermoto and DRT Racing partnered with the ROT Biker Rally to bring the fourth leg of the AMA National Championship Series to Austin this year. The AMA races, which are held on a new professionally designed track, feature three days of racing and riders from across the nation who compete in the National Championship Series, which lasts from April until September.
Flat track races all weekend will feature “Run What You Brung,” mini bike races, Celebrity races and many other classes.
This is a “Don’t Miss” event.
Three father-daughter teams will create a custom build to be entered in a national competition at the ROT’s first Daughters of Custom Build Off. Everyone will have a chance to see these custom builds, which will be unveiled at the rally, and vote on their favorite for a "People's Choice" award. One bike will be given away in a military tribute on Saturday night and the other two will be auctioned and donated to military
And make sure to attend Friday night's one-of-a-kind free event, where 54 blocks of downtown Austin are blocked off for an 11-mile parade. Thousands of people ready to party "biker style" will be gathered at the end of the parade on Congress Ave and 6th street. Bikes will arrive at about 8:15 so come early to get a good spot.
Tips for attending
If you're sold on coming to the ROT Biker Rally, you'll need a place to stay. There are plenty of Austin-area hotels, but if you'd rather sleep in the great outdoors, free tent spots are always available on site. There are also more than 1,000 RV spaces, but they must be reserved in advance. Reserve your spot at www.rotrally.com. If you drive, parking is available for $10 at the event. But no matter how you arrive, use this checklist to make sure you have what you need to enjoy the ROT Biker Rally this summer. These items include:
- Tickets, confirmations and reservations
- Chairs or blankets
- Hats, sunglasses, bandanas and do-rags
- Phone charger
- Bug repellent
For more information or to purchase tickets in advance go to www.rotrally.com. Tickets also available at the door. Just show up and follow the signs to registration to get your wristband for one day or all weekend.