MUSKEGON, MI – Stunt shows and live music helped welcome motorcyclists to Rebel Road on Friday, July 16.
Stephanie Jenkins, who attended every Rebel Road rally since it began in 2015, said she’s looking forward to being back after two years without an event.
“It’s good for Muskegon. It brings money to the town and bikes,” Jenkins said.
Motorcycles lined the streets in downtown Muskegon Friday for the return of Rebel Road and Bike Time. The rallies, held over the same weekend in Muskegon, draw thousands to the city for a celebration of bikes, food, music and more. Both events were canceled last year due to COVID-19.
Bikers returned this week to fill Western Avenue for the start of Rebel Road. Michigan’s largest motorcycle rally kicked off at 5 p.m. with live music, stunt shows and a beer garden in Hackley Park, 350 W. Webster Ave.
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Vendors selling hot food, leather goods, t-shirts and motorcycles packed Western Avenue, transforming it into Rebel Road for the weekend. Western Avenue between Third and Seventh streets will only be open to motorcycle traffic from until Sunday, July 18 at 5 p.m.
The Rebel Road beer garden opened at 5 p.m. when the first band of the rally, Bitter Desire, took the stage at Hackley Park.
The first two stunt shows of the weekend took over Clay Avenue between Third and Fourth streets Friday night. Relentless Stunts will host shows again at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday. The final stunt show is planned for Sunday at noon.
The rest of the weekend includes live music from local and national acts, a Miss Rebel Road biker pageant, a tattoo contest and raffles.
Rebel Road is organized by and fundraises for the Child Abuse Council of Muskegon County.
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Muskegon Bike Time is centered around the Hot Rod Harley Davidson grounds, 149 Shoreline Drive.
The 14th annual rally continues Saturday, July 17 with free concerts, Harley-Davidson demo rides and contests.
Bike Time ends on Sunday, July 18 with a Patriot Ride through the Muskegon area.
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