FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

A. There is only one Official website and one official roar on the shore bike week.  www.roarontheshore.com  will provide you with accurate information on all aspects of bike week.

A. Roar on the Shore Bike Week is a charitable motorcycle event now entering its 13th year, Roar is first and foremost a non-profit charity event that has donated more than $900,000 to local and regional charities since its inception. All net proceeds are donated to the annual local designated charity.  You can donate directly to the charity by clicking here

A. Roar takes place every third weekend in July. The dates for the 2019 rally are July, 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21.

A. Erie, Pa. The rally takes place in the HUB, right in downtown Erie. Blocks of streets are closed down during the rally and reserved only for motorcycle parking. Thousands of bikes park downtown during the rally and you will be surrounded and in close proximity to more than 60 bars and restaurants. The main stage is also located here for the headline concerts, along with vendor alley  and other entertainment venues.

A. No there is only one Roar on the Shore location and it is located in downtown Erie Pa. There are no other official bike week locations.

A. The event is free.  There is no gate fee,  see full schedule for listing of all events at www.roarontheshore.com.   Please keep in mind that roar on the shore is a charitable event.  Donations for rides and premium concert viewing are available.  Click here for the schedule.

A. Roar on the Shore has made special arrangements for bike week participants to stay in Gannon University student apartments located within one block of the event.  These special bike week rates are designed to provide rally goers with affordable, clean, safe and convenient lodging within walking distance of the rally.  click here for information and reservations.

A. Yes and no.  Some rides are escorted and some are not.  There are 7 official rides to choose from. For a detailed description of each ride click here. *Please note: Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York offer some of the most beautiful scenic landscapes and waterfront in this part of the United States.  If you like to ride on your own you have picked a perfect spot.

A. No Pennsylvania is a no helmet state, however Pennsylvania Law requires that any person who operates or rides a motorcycle (including an autocycle) must wear protective headgear unless he or she is over 21 years of age or older and has either two years of riding experience or has completed a motorcycle safety course approved by PennDOT or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. In addition, the operator or an occupant of a three-wheeled motorcycle or autocycle equipped with an enclosed cab is exempt from wearing a helmet. Click here for more information:  https://www.dmv.pa.gov/Pages/FAQ%20Pages/PA-Motorcycle-Helmet-FAQ.aspx

* Please note:  One of our rides will take you through the state of New York  which does require the use of helmets.

A. There is only one “official” schedule and you can obtain a full schedule in three ways; visit the www.roarontheshore.com website,  download the APP, or get the four color pocket guide available in all the hotels, bars, and at the bike week HQ in the Hub.

A. Each year Roar on the Shore tries to “bring in” classic bands from the 70’s through today.  Bands are selected on popularity, genre, price, availability and schedule.  The full line up of 2019 headliners will be announced sometime in February 2019 after all contracts are signed.

A. Yes we feature local bands and regional bands at the Budweiser Pavillion Stage in the HUB. See schedule for more information at www.roarontheshore.com.

A. The HUB refers to the central location of  bike week. It is located in downtown Erie Pa in Perry Square. Bike week HQ , Official Merchandise ,entertainment , vendor alley , food, your favorite beverage  and concerts along with premium bike parking are located in the HUB. (Between 9th and 3rd on State street.)

A. We have many volunteers who help us each year.  The event is also recognized by organizations and schools for community service and  in-service points.  Please email us at info@roarontheshore.com and ask for more information.

A. Yes our partner, the City of Erie provides for extensive street closing to insure your safety and convenience for parking your motorcycle anywhere on the main street for our event. Other parking is available throughout the downtown area.

A.  Yes you can pre-register for rides and concerts with a small donation that guarantees your participation and premium viewing of concerts.  Click here for pre-registration/information.

A. Participation as a vendor is open to all qualified vendors. For vendor participation information click here.

A. 80% of all vendors are motorcycle/biker related.  We also have apparel, jewelry, sunglasses etc…oh yeah and cigars.

A. Absolutely not, Roar on the Shore is a community event that enjoys significant support from throughout our region, everyone is invited to participate.

A. Absolutely not, all bikes and bikers are welcome to enjoy this remarkable experience that draws motorcyclists and motorcyclist enthusiasts  from throughout  the United States and Canada.