Spotlight Motorcycle Events for September


Cherokee Survivors 2009 Motorcycle Rally & Concert

This has got to be the most hard rockin' rally of the year, with live music above and beyond the usual bar bands. On Friday, there's Drivin 'n' Cryin', Big Engine, and Knoxville favorites Mic Harrison and the High Score. Which is awesome enough. But things get turned to 11 on Saturday, with the immortal Motörhead (see our interview with Lemmy in this issue), Texas rockabilly genius Reverend Horton Heat, and Big Engine. Meanwhile, don't miss the three-day swap meet, bike games, ride-in bike show, as well as the Miss Cherokee Survivor Contest.

Cherokee Survivors 2009 • Sept. 11-13 • Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds [545 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee, N.C.] • $40 for a weekend pass, $10 for Sunday only •

Handlebars Day at the Fair

The Tennessee Valley Fair is an annual delight, and this year the fair will be devoting a day to motorcyclists. Enjoy the Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson Entertainment Stage (begins at 7 p.m.), bike vendors, a bike show, and fireworks at 10:30 p.m. Cost is $12 per bike or $20 per two-person bike, and this includes biker admission, secured bike parking, and commemorative kick-stand plate (only available to the first 250 bikes). Tickets may be purchased at the Tennessee Valley Fair Office and Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson (beginning Saturday, Aug. 29).

Handlebars Day at the Tennessee Valley Fair • Sept. 19 • gates open at 10 a.m. • Chilhowee Park •


First Annual Kerbela Shriners Smoky Mountain Rod, Bike, and Custom Nationals, Aug. 29 and 30 at Chilhowee Park [3301 E. Magnolia Ave., Knoxville 37914]. Registration before August 10 is $25 and after August 10 is $35. For more info, contact Paul McMahan at 865- 661-5120, Lane Smith at 618-616-1790, or Ron Taylor at 865-235-9038.

Fun Ride and Auction at the Community Center in Vonore, Tenn., Aug. 29. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with last bikes out at 10 a.m. Entry fee of $17 per person. Lunch will be served at 12 p.m. There will be an Auction, Proceeds will benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For more info, visit

Give A Dog A Bone Fund-raiser, Sept. 4 at Thunder Creek Harley-Davidson, Oct. 24 [7720 Lee Highway, Chattanooga]. Live music from local bands, food from Midtown Music Hall, and in-store Sundown Only specials. Help to give animals a better life. All ages and bikers welcome, admission is free. For more info,

Colboch Harley-Davidson Cruise-In, Sept. 5. 1830 N. Davy Crockett Pkwy, Morristown. Call 423-586-5343 or visit for details.

Knoxville Harley-Davidson Dinner Ride to Cantino's in Tellico, Sept. 5. Live band with $4 cover. Ride leaves at 5:30 p.m. from 5800 Clinton Hwy., Knoxville. Call 865-689-2454 or visit

Ruff Ryders Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 5 at The Catalyst [125 E. Jackson Rd., 238-0241], featuring Pastor Troy and DJ Lo, Hosting the Official UT Game After Party with Eric Berry. $10 before Midnight, $15 after 7 p.m.; 5 p.m. Taming the Dragon Bike Ride.

Fifth Annual Benefit Ride for Grainger County Humane Society, Sept. 12, sponsored by AMVETS Riders. Meet at Colboch Harley-Davidson [1830 N. Davy Pkwy., Morristown, 1-800-843-9209] at 9:30 a.m. Kickstands up at 10:30 a.m. There will be a meal, T-shirts and tanks, free anniversary pin, free gift, and snacks. There will also be a live band, games, prizes, poker run, car show and animal adoption.

Jake Logue Memorial Ride, Sept. 12, at Sullivan South High School [1236 Moreland Dr., Kingsport, TN 37663]. Registration: 9 a.m./Ride at 10 a.m. In Memory of Sullivan South Football Player, Jake Logue. Donations will be used to set up a Scholarship Fund to honor Jake. $10 donation is requested per rider. Food and Door Prizes at The Shack (at the end of the ride). All Motorcycles Welcome. Call Jeff McKee (323-5092) or Todd Carter (239-0117) for more details

6th Annual 911 Remembrance Ride, Sept. 13. Registration begins 8 a.m. at World's Fair Park, Knoxville. Ceremony begins 10:28 a.m. The ride is 70 miles long, ending at Wild Wing Cafe; bikes are $15 and passengers $5. This year's proceeds will benefit COPSRUN (organized by the Blue Knights) and the Campbell County Rural Fire Service (organized by the Red Knights). Visit for more info.

Official Trail of Tears Kick-off Party and Sundown, Sept. 18. Thunder Creek Harley-Davidson [Chattanooga: . 1 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. Three live bands, food, and beer. All ages welcome, free admission. 7720 Lee Hwy. Call 432-892-4888 or visit for details.

Trail of Tears Commemorative Ride, Sept. 19. From Ross' Landing [Chattanooga to Florence, Ala.]. For more info, call 423-658-5937 or visit

East TN H.O.G. Swap Meet, Sept. 19, 8 a.m. at Knoxville Harley-Davidson (605 Lovell Rd.). Contact Amber or Erin at 865-671-2454 to reserve space.

Fallen Officers Memorial Ride, Sept. 19 in Kingston [125 W. Cumberland St.]. The 3rd annual ride to honor police who have given their lives in the line of duty. Registration 10 a.m. to noon, kickstands up at 12:15. The cost is $15 per bike and $5 per additional rider. Cookout to follow. For more info call Daryl at 865-604-5073 or e-mail

Handlebars Day at the Fair, Sept. 19. Enjoy bike vendors, live entertainment, bike show, and secured motorcycle parking for the first 250 bikes at the Tennessee Valley Fair. Call 865-215-1470 or visit for more info.

East Tennessee H.O.G. Meet, Greet, & Ride, Sept. 20, 11:30 a.m. at Quaker Steak & Lube. Ride at 1 p.m. weather permitting. Visit or call 865-671-2454 for more info.

Spyders in the Smokies Rally, Sept. 21-25, in Gatlinburg. The world's largest Spyder Rally features guided rides through the beautiful landscapes of the Smokies, gatherings throughout the week, prizes, ride cards with pre-planned routes, Spyder vendors, and a BBQ and awards ceremony on Friday. Visit for more information and online registration.

Junebug Boogie Fall Rally, Sept. 24-26 from Cookeville. For more info, visit or call 931-498-2250.

Mac's Teddy Bear Poker Run, Sept. 27 at Mac's Pub [3950 Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga]. Opening at 11 a.m., first bikes out at noon, last bikes in at 5 p.m. Entry fee of $5 for one hand, $10 for three hands, and one hand for free with a donation of a teddy bear. There will be cash prizes for best, second best and worst hand. Teddy bears will benefit local law agencies so they can hand them out to children at crisis scenes for comfort measures. For more info, contact Yog at 423-570-0250 or, or visit

Ride Or Die Tour 2009, Sept. 30, at The Catalyst [125 E. Jackson Rd., 238-0241]. Presented by Jaegermeister, featuring STEMM, AdaKAIN, Downslave, Hate Sick Live, 9pm, $7 adv, $10 door