Best Motorcycle Events Near Portland, Oregon

Jan 5, 2023

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Man riding a rented Suzuki motorcycle near Portland, Oregon.

Known for its laid back, inclusive culture, the city of Portland, Oregon has a lot to offer visitors. The grand Pittock Mansion, the famous Oregon Zoo, and the plethora of waterfalls at the Oregon-Washington border are reason enough to visit this beautiful city. 

Portland is also famous for where the movie Twilight, an adaption of the tremendously popular teen novel series, was filmed. The gorgeous mountain top scenery, enchanting forests, and stunning rivers and lakes make Portland the perfect place for filming any sort of Hollywood movie dealing with supernatural beauty.   

This setting also makes Portland an awesome place to ride your motorcycle. With natural wonders like these, it’s no surprise that there’s an ever-growing motorcycle community. Need some trip ideas? Read the Top-5 Motorcycle Routes Around Portland article for some of our trip tips. 

We’re sharing a few notable events to attend in Portland itself, as well as several must-see attractions only a few hours outside of town. If you’ve already rented a motorcycle in Portland, all you have to do is tack these events on your calendar and get ready to ride!

1. The One Moto Show

Portland, Oregon

FRIDAY, APRIL 28 - SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2023

The One Moto Show is the place to be if motorcycles are your thing. From vintage bikes to custom everything, this show is easily one of the best motorcycle shows in the world. Although it typically  occurs during the winter months, the chilly weather can’t dissuade die-hard riders. On a side note, check out the Top 10 Biggest and Best Motorcycle Events in America 2023 article for more awesome motorcycle gatherings.

2. 25th Annual Teddy Bear Run 

October 29, 2023

Wild Horse Harley-Davidson

Bend, Oregon

Ride begins at 10:00am

For over 20 years, the Teddy Bear Run has successfully collected thousands upon thousands of teddy bears for hospitalized children. Beginning in Bend, Oregon (approximately three hours from Portland), attendees will have the opportunity to travel to Redmond for a quick ride to bond with other members of the biker community. What better way to spend the day than by making new rider friends while also performing an act of community service?

3. 44th Annual ABATE / Shriners Toy Run

December, 2023

Portland, Oregon

This annual toy run is dedicated to helping hospitalized children in need—and just in time to get into that holiday spirit! For nearly 40 years, this amazing toy run has raised thousands of dollars and even more toys for the Shriners Hospital for Children. What’s better than riding your motorcycle with like-minded riders while helping out kids, too?

4. Bikers for Dogs Poker Run

August, 2023

Portland, Oregon

 

If you happen to be a motorcyclist who adores dogs, then this event is for you! Held every August, the Bikers for Dogs Poker Run aims to raise money for several local no-kill dog shelters. 

For reference: about 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed in shelters every year in America. Fortunately, thanks to events like these, that number is becoming smaller. In fact, Delaware recently became the nation’s first no-kill state.

There will be plenty of motorcycle riding and dog-petting as entertainment. This is a wonderful event, one where you not only ride, but help animals in need.

5. Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally

TBD

Bakers City, Oregon 

Editor’s note: the annual Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally is currently paused due to gathering restrictions. Get the latest updates on the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally Facebook page.

The Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally is one of the biggest motorcycle events in Oregon—you’ll find no shortage of entertainment. There’ll be a “bikers’ breakfast” every morning and nearly endless amounts of riding (including biking courses for beginners). Of course, live music, dancing, beer, raffles, and huge prizes are all on the agenda as well. This is one motorcycle event you definitely don’t want to sleep through! 

Because would-be attendees are already snatching up hotel rooms by the dozens, the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally hosts a camping site at Baker High School. 

It was not held in 2022, and we hope it is back for 2023!