Any rider worth their salt has heard of the massive motorcycle event in Port Dover, Ontario known as Friday the 13th or PD13. This event, started by a group of riding buddies who resolved to meet in Port Dover every Friday the 13th, gets bigger every year and has only just narrowly missed being on the Guinness list as the world's largest motorcycle rally.
First timers can expect a free-for-all of custom bikes, hot leather, blinding chrome and everything brash and flamboyant in rider culture. A Mardi Gras for motorcycles, all nestled in the heart of one of Ontario's most popular tourism regions. There's even a motorcycle route to accommodate the hordes of bikes that flock to Port Dover when the calendar calls for it!
But why is it imperative that every single rider attend this event? We've got three reasons why you can't afford to miss the PD13.
There will be tens of thousands of bikers in Port Dover on July 13 and of course, a lot of them are going to be women. But at 3 pm there will be an attempt at congregating the most female riders in one place in an effort to get into the Guinness Book of World Records—and to support Skin Cancer Canada. This is going to be huge! Check out the Facebook page for the event for more details.
No matter what direction you’re coming from to get to PD13 you’ll find some great routes at CruisetheCoast.ca. The Friday the 13th route is fine, but you’re surrounded by lakes, Niagara Falls, and lots of winding roads through lush farmland. So don’t be afraid to get off the beaten path. You won’t be lost for long!
3. The People
Motorcyclists are a special bunch, and as much as we’re all individuals with our own preferences, we have more in common than we have differences. PD13 brings together somewhere in the range of 100,000 riders every time, so you’re bound to find your people here.
4. The Party
When you get this many bikers all together in one little seaside town, you can bet it’s going to be a party. However, this is Canada, and here we don’t do keg stands, especially when everyone has to ride home. But there is lots of good music, crazy characters and tasty food—we’re sure you’ll be having a good time.
5. The Bikes
Thousands of bikes line the streets of Port Dover. Every make, model, colour, year, style, type and custom version of any time of bike ever made, built, sold, bought, imagined or dreamed up will be here. If you love seeing real bikes—not just what’s on Kijiji or the showroom floor, this is the best place in the world to be.
6. The T-Shirt
This year the organizers, the Kinsmen club of Port Dover, have created an all-new t-shirt design for the 65th version of the event. Finally, you can say “been there, done that, got the t-shirt”.
See you there!!!