Photo taken from the Colorado Belle hotel - Full Moon Fever
Looking east from Laughlin, Nevada across the Colorado River to Bullhead City, Arizona.
Laughlin is about 100 miles south of Las Vegas and could easily be labeled "Vegas Lite." There is a Strip that has around eight major hotels, all with casinos. Large banners advertise upcoming shows and concerts featuring artists such as Pit Bull, Willie Nelson and George Thorogood. For homesick hungry southern Californians, there is an In-N-Out Burger right across the street from the Colorado Belle that is open until 1:00 am.
A sea of mostly Harley Davidson motorcycles along with hundreds of vendors take over the parking lots along the Strip during "Bike Week." The vendors are very cool. My wife upgraded her amplifier and speakers on her Street Glide; now she can actually hear music at 80 mph on the freeway. Thanks to J&M Motorcycle Audio. Then after having a few too many vodka and cranberry juice cocktails, she went over to the LED lights vendor, Glowride Custom LED's (yes, she walked over), and bought an LED light system. Given her condition, they were nice enough to ride her bike over to their space.
I overheard an "old timer" commenting to his friend that Laughlin "isn't what it used to be." I'm sure it's not. For one thing - since the River Run Riot, the major hotels have a strict "no colors" policy. River Run has been called an over-policed swap meet. I can attest that Las Vegas cops are everywhere (we talked to one of them for several minutes; he was very nice too.) Bike Week in Laughlin usually averages around 25 arrests and one stolen motorcycle. My neighborhood probably fares worse over any given 4 days.
But the gatherings give us permission to be loud and crazy, and as Donald Charles Davis put it: "to chase the American dream of being an outlaw. It seems that everyone here is at one with the Hells Angels, Mongols and Vagos and all these civilians differ from patch holders only in the extent of their commitment to this alienated identity. They did not join. So their lives did not spin off in radical new directions. So they may not quite belong. But they are here . . . "
Well said Rebel.
No biker deserves to be bored . . .