Muskegon Bike Time: Ready to rumble

Now in its sixteenth year, Muskegon Bike Time promotes Muskegon and the lakeshore as a great place for motorcyclists and the general public to gather and enjoy the events, attractions, entertainment, and food offered during the four-day festival.

The event takes place annually on the third weekend in July. This year’s dates will be July 14-17.

“Over the years, Muskegon Bike Time has been an economic boon to hotels, restaurants, bars, gas stations, local retailers and other local tourist attractions,” says Tim Lipan, spokesperson for Muskegon Bike Time. “All of the events surrounding this special motorcycle weekend provide a huge economic impact to the local economy and showcases all we have to offer in Muskegon and along the lakeshore.”

Muskegon’s 'Social District'

Muskegon’s “Social District” creates a year-round, festival atmosphere in the heart of downtown and the lakeside area by providing common areas in which alcoholic beverages from participating establishments can be carried and consumed outside and along the streets. This added feature will add a new dimension to the Muskegon Bike Time experience.

Bike Time events

With activities and events occurring in the downtown Muskegon area and throughout the county, the focal point of Bike Time activities will be at the Hot Rod Harley Davidson property in downtown Muskegon. 

Bike Time Concerts 

All concerts are free and presented by Little River Casino and Resort on the main stage.

Thursday, July 14
5-7 p.m. Colt Snuffer and the Dead Horseman 
7:30-11 p.m. Group Therapy Band 

Friday, July 15
3-5 p.m. Swinging Stem Cells 
5:30-7:30 p.m. Chad Florez 
8-11 p.m.  Jedi Mind Trip

Saturday, July 16
6:30-8:30 p.m. Distracted!
9:30-11:30 p.m. Let There Be Rock, 

Events

Harley-Davidson Demo Truck on Friday and Saturday (times TBD). 

Take a spin on a new 2022 Motorcycle when the Harley-Davidson Demo Truck visits Muskegon Bike Time. There will be 17 models of bikes to choose from including a Trike. Riders will be able to test ride any model they wish at their leisure and on their own. A valid driver’s license with motorcycle endorsement and proper riding attire is required.


West Michigan Arm Wrestling Championships

Saturday, July 17
Weigh-ins and registrations from 10 a.m. to noon. Competition begins at 1 p.m.


Miss Bike Time Bikini Contest
Saturday, July 16
3-4:30 p.m. 
Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. $1,000 cash prize.


Dad Bod Contest
Saturday, July 16
4:30-5:30 p.m.
$250 cash prize


Hot Babe Bike Wash
Get that road dust off your ride at our Hot Babe Bike Wash Station on Friday and Saturday at Hot Rod Harley Davidson.


Corn Hole Shootout Competition
Friday, July 15
5:30-10 p.m. at Hot Rod Harley Davidson
Bikes and Bags Cornhole Tournament with cash prizes. Anyone can play. Anyone can win. 


Bike Time Road Rally
Ride the lakeshore and visit participating bars and restaurants to win prizes. Thursday, July 14 through Saturday, July 16. Sponsored by Hometown Hospitality, the awards ceremony will be 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the Bike Time Main Stage.


Ride-In Bike Show
Saturday, July 16, 1-3 p.m. with a $10 entry fee. Cash prizes and trophies for Best Paint Job, Best Custom Bike, and Most Unique Bike.


Rides

Experience a variety of scenic rides along the West Michigan shoreline with views of Lake Michigan, pristine rivers, and massive sand dunes, as well as winding roads through picturesque forests and interesting small towns. 
Muskegon Bike Time promotes a variety of scenic rides, throughout the West Michigan shoreline, for visiting bikers.

Patriot Ride – Take a scenic ride of the area with over 200 of your closest friends. Ride is generally 1.5 hours long. A $10 donation per person supports a local charity. Sunday, July 17, 2022. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Kickstands up at 11 a.m.

7 Lakes Northern Ride – scenic ride showcasing seven different lakes and many interesting small towns in West Michigan.
Hot Rod Harley and Downtown – leaving Hot Rod Harley Davidson in downtown Muskegon, cruise the strip of Western Avenue, which is open to motorcycle traffic only. Includes beer tents, breweries, restaurants, vendors, and other activities.

Pere Marquette Beach – visit one of the most beautiful sugar sand beaches in the country right on Lake Michigan.

Lake Shore Drive Southern Ride – this ride takes you along the Lakeshore to resort town of Grand Haven and the Dutch village of Holland and several lakes and rivers.

For more information on Muskegon Bike Time, visit muskegonbiketime.com.

Read more articles by Andrea Goodell.