Frequently Asked Questions

Roar on the Shore®

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 apply to be considered the 2020 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. No there is only one Roar on the Shore location. 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. 

A. Roar on the Shore has made special arrangements for bike week participants to stay in Gannon University student apartments.  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 have been announced, click here.

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. Bike week HQ , Official Merchandise ,entertainment , vendor alley , food, your favorite beverage  and concerts along with premium bike parking are located in the HUB.

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 web@roarontheshore.com and ask for more information.

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.


In 2007, the Manufacturer & Business Association created Roar on the Shore® Bike Week to raise funds for a worthy charity each year. To date, more than $940,000 has been raised and donated to worthwhile charitable organizations. See list of charities below.


This year, proceeds from the 2019 Allstate Roar on the Shore® Bike Week will benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Erie County’s (NAMI) Homefront program. To be launched next year in Erie, NAMI Homefront is a free, educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions.


Now entering its 13th year, the rally has seen unprecedented growth, drawing tens of thousands of people from across the country and Canada, injecting more than $30 million annually into the local economy. Roar on the Shore® Bike Week is the single largest annual economic development program in our region.

Expected to draw more than 160,000 motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country and Canada, Roar on the Shore® Bike Week has exploded on the national rally scene – experiencing unprecedented growth in its first 12 years – boasting no gate fee to enter, free headline concerts every night, free celebrity meet-and-greets, free exhibitions and demonstrations – in addition  7 scenic rides (including a celebrity-led parade of bikes) to showcase all that the our region has to offer.

BRINGIN’ IN THE ROAR® PARADE: The parade is a true Roar® biker tradition that attracts more than 25,000 people who line the parade route to welcome on our celebrity grand marshal and the 5,000 motorcyclists who follow! See map for new route.


FREE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Tens of thousands of rally goers will pack the Mainstage arena to see and hear national recording stars:

Wednesday:  Lita Ford

Thursday:  Night Ranger

Friday:  Steven Adler of Guns N’ Roses

Saturday:  Stryper


BUDWEISER PAVILION: This year, Roar on the Shore® is introducing a new experience — the Budweiser Pavilion — a comfortable, convenient and covered venue which will offer full bar service, food, table seating and performances by the region’s best bands playing exclusively for pavilion guests. There is no fee to enjoy the Budweiser Pavilion. Local bands scheduled to perform:

Thursday         6:30 p.m.         Chrome


Friday              4 p.m.              Next in Q

                        6:30 p.m.         Single Barrel


Saturday         noon                Stan Green

                        2 p.m.               TAZZ

                        6:30 p.m.         Man’s Room Ban


 VENDOR ALLEY: Our new Hub offers a much deeper and wider vendor space — more than 100,000 square feet of space for our record-breaking number of vendors (110) offering a multitude of products, services, food, refreshments, exhibits and demonstrations. 


RIDES & RUNS: Roar® offers 7 fantastic rides leaving from various destinations, including escorted rides like the Bringin’ in the Roar® Bike Parade (led by our celebrity grand marshal Kim Coates from “Sons of Anarchy”), Thunder on the Isle, Beer for the Deer Legend Ride, Roar to the Vineyards Poker Run, Roar to the Microbrews Dice Run, Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County, Roar to the Parks and Roar to the Peak.


MOTORCYCLE RAFFLE: This year Indian Motorcycle of Erie is donating a 2019 Indian Dark Horse or a 2018 Slingshot to the lucky raffle winner. 



2019:   160,000 people (estimate)

Charity: National Association of Mental Illness – Homefront Project

Grand Marshal: Movie/TV/theater star Kim Coates 

Headline Concerts:
Wednesday:  Lita Ford
Thursday:  Night Ranger
Friday:  Steven Adler of Guns N’ Roses
Saturday:  Stryper


2018:   160,000 people

Charity: Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center

Grand Marshal: Pawn Star’s Rick Harrison

Headline Concerts:    Wednesday:  Zoso
Thursday:  LA Guns
Friday:  The Outlaws
Saturday:  Tom Keifer of Cinderella


2017:   160,000 people

Charity: Mercy Center for Women

Grand Marshal: TV/movie actor Danny Trejo

Celebrity Attractions: Pittsburgh Steeler James Conner

Headline Concerts:    Wednesday:  Jackyl
Thursday:  Molly Hatchet
Friday:  Great White
Saturday:  RATT


2016:   10th ANNIVERSARY: 165,000 people

Charity: St. Martin Center New Playground Project

Grand Marshal: “American Chopper” star Paul Teutul Jr.

Headline Concerts:    Wednesday:  Jackyl
Thursday:  Vixen
Friday:  Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil
Saturday:  Quiet Riot


2015:   150,000 people

Charity: Erie Homes for Children & Adults’ Project First Step

Grand Marshal: Jackyl frontman Jesse James Dupree

Celebrity Attractions: Pittsburgh Steeler Louis Lipps, singer DMC (Darryl McDaniels)

Headline Concerts:
Wednesday:  LA Guns
Thursday:  Jackyl with Special Guest DMC
Friday:  April Wine
Saturday:  Dokken


2014:   125,000+ people

Charity: Saint Patrick’s Haven (homeless shelter)

Grand Marshal: Danny “The Count” Koker

Celebrity Attractions: Tim Smith from “Moonshiners,” Pittsburgh Steeler Louis Lipps

Headline Concerts:    Thursday:  Count’s 77 (Danny Koker Band)
Friday:  John Kay & Steppenwolf
Saturday:  Dee Snider of Twisted Sister


2013:   100,000 people

Charity: Boys & Girls Club of Erie

Grand Marshal: Kyle Petty

Celebrity Attractions: Danny “The Count” Koker, Jason Britton Stunt Show

Headline Concerts:
Thursday:  Firehouse
Friday:  Jackyl
Saturday:  Queensrÿche


2012:   85,000 people

Charity: Perry 200 Commemoration

Grand Marshal: Vanilla Ice

Celebrity Attractions: Legendary bike builder Rick Fairless, Trevor Vines Stunt Show

Headline Concerts:
Thursday:  Great White
Friday:  Slaughter
Saturday:  Kix


2011:   65,000 people

Charity: Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa.

Grand Marshal: Country music star Darryl Worley

Celebrity Attractions: Pittsburgh Steeler Hall of Famer Rocky Blier

Headline Concerts:
Thursday:  Darryl Worley
Friday:  Mustang Sally
Saturday:  Locash


2010:   50,000 people

Charity: SafeNet’s Big Backyard Children’s Garden

Grand Marshal: Robbie Knievel

Celebrity Attractions: Legendary bike builders Arlen and Cory Ness

Headline Concerts:
Thursday:  Skid Row
Friday:  Blackfoot
Saturday:  Molly Hatchet


2009:   35,000 people

Charity: Local Iraqi and Afghanistan Veterans

Grand Marshal: Bret Michaels of Poison

Celebrity Attractions: SPEED Channel host Michele Smith, bike builder Arlen Ness

Saturday Rock N’ Roar Concert: Warrant


2008:   25,000 people

Charity: Shriners Hospitals for Children – Erie

Grand Marshals: Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Ami James of Miami Ink

Celebrity Attractions: SPEED Channel host Michele Smith

Saturday Rock N’ Roar Concert: Blue Öyster Cult


2007:   Inaugural: 10,000 people

Charity: John Kanzius Cancer Research

Grand Marshal: Peter Fonda

Saturday Rock N’ Roar Concert: Edgar Winter








Following are the latest statistics of motorcyclists in the USA:


Male Owners – 81 percent
Female Owners – 19 percent

Median Age:

2018 – 50
2014 – 47
2012 – 45


2018 – 68 percent
2014 – 61 percent
2012 – 63 percent

College Graduate:

2018 – 24 percent
2014 – 20 percent
2012 – 17 percent

Median Household Income:

2018 – $62,500
2014 – $62,200
2012 – $64,100

Work Status:

Employed – 71 percent
Retired – 24 percent

Motorcycle Ownership:

2018 – 13,158,100 (up 2.5. million over 2014, the last year of the ownership survery)
2009 – 11,704,500 (previous record)

Motorcycles in Use:

2018 – 12,231,000 (up more than 2 million over 2014, the last year of the ownership survey)
2009 – 11,015,105 (previous record)


Motorcycles in Households

MIC says that households owning motorcycles rose from 6.94 percent in 2014 (the last full survey) to a record 8.02 percent in 2018, an increase of more than 1.5 million homes.

The United States Census Bureau’s most recent estimate put the number of U.S. households at 126,224,000. The MIC Owner Survey found that 10,124,400 of those homes had a motorcycle.

Millennial and Motorcycling

The MIC owner survey also says it has uncovered trends among the emerging group of millennial motorcyclists.

More than half have taken a training course and use their bikes frequently for commuting. Sixty-nine percent say they are interested in electric motorcycles, citing fuel and the environment as top drivers.

“For the past several years, manufacturers have offered more great entry-level motorcycles at affordable prices,” Buche said, “while at the same time focusing on increasing the industry’s outreach to millennials.”