Updated on April 25th, 2018 at 07:45 pm

Summertime in Wisconsin is a great time to get your Harley out and go for a ride.  One of the great summertime activities for people who own motorcycle is to partake in poker runs and rallies.  Gather your friends, gear up the bikes, and hit the open road.

Each year there are tons of sponsored poker runs around the state. These poker runs also include food, music, drinks and prizes.  In Wisconsin many runs start at a bar and proceed to other bars, with a final destination holding the music, food, raffles, and door prizes. The travel during the ride and the return trip home can become hazardous if drinking is involved.  Although riders are not required to make all the pit stops, part of the fun is riding with other people with similar interests.  Some may think that one drink won’t “do anything,” but that is not always the case.  Others may think they can drink more because they are passengers and not actually driving.  This can also be dangerous.  If a passenger becomes too drunk to hold on, or passes out, there is a possibility they may fall off the bike.

2012 Poker Runs in Wisconsin

Saturday, June 16, 2012:

The Have a Heart Bike Run begins at 9:00 a.m. in Prescott, WI.  All proceeds help children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Freedom Fest begins at 10:30 a.m. in LaCrosse, WI.  This event rides for a special tribute to the Fallen Heroes.  They will also unveil the newest exhibit in the Hall of Honor.

Monday, June 18, 2012:

Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day! This event is nation-wide and demonstrates the benefits of riding a motorcycle, helps people realize that motorcyclists are people from all walks of life, and they are more than just for recreation.  Take this day to ride!

Thursday, June 21, 2012 (Weekly):

Motor Bar & Restaurant at the Harley-Davidson Museum starts at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m. in Milwaukee, WI.  Enjoy the music, drink and food specials, and fun! Also check out all the bikes!

Saturday, June 23, 2012:

Hogs for Guide Dogs Motorcycle Scavenger Hunt and Ride begins at 10:00 a.m. in Middleton, WI.  Register for the Scavenger Hunt and all proceeds will help benefit guide dogs in the area.

Meeting new people, enjoying the wonderful scenery along the roads, and enjoying great music along the ride is always fun.  Engaging in Poker Runs means drinking in Wisconsin, this also means the police will be patrolling the area.  Police will give out more drunk driving tickets.  If this is the position you have been caught in, Attorney Nathan J. Dineen is a certified OWI Defense Attorney in Wisconsin.

Please enjoy the summer Poker Runs!  If you are out all day having drinks, remember to keep hydrated with water and eat food. Remember to think before you drink and ride safely!

Nathan J. Dineen