Each year during the last full weekend in June, the Hodaka Club holds Hodaka Days in Athena, Oregon.
This years event was June 22-25, 2017. If you plan on camping, plan on getting there on Thursday or even earlier. The Swap Meet starts on Friday as usual (Bring your Hodaka rollers and parts!!) and there's free tent camping in Athena City Park with an all-night security patrol.
It's the annual gathering of Hodaka Club Members as well as other fans of Hodakas and vintage motorcycles!! The city opens up its park for several Hodaka Days events, and most years, for inexpensive swimming. The Athena City Park swimming pool and showers are usually open during the Hodaka Days event.
To start things off, there's a vintage bike Poker Run "TT ride" on Thursday several miles out on paved back roads. During the Badrock ride on Friday, back in town at the Athena City Park there's the Hodaka parts Swap Meet with Vendor booths, raffle sales, registration and silent auctions. Register for Hodaka Days and join the club and get some great SWAG from our sponsors!
Saturday, the annual Hodaka Days parade takes place through all 5 blocks of Downtown Athena.
Then there's the eye opening Bike Show in Athena City Park, plus an Awards Banquet, Auction and BBQ that evening!
A family-friendly "playday" for twin shock motorcycles up to 250cc takes place at the Diamond-Eye Manufacturing track on Sunday.
There is also a free health check by the Lions Club, Car Show, a VFW pancake breakfast and a breast cancer awareness walk, so really there's something for everyone at Hodaka Days!!
The past couple of years, Peter Starr, famed Hollywood director and producer of the original "Bad Rock" film has attended, bringing along some of his remastered video for a Movie night at the Longbranch Saloon in Weston, a few miles from Athena.
Former factory Honda racer Tommy Croft just loves the Badrock Ride!! He and AMA Hall of Famer Preston Petty have attended Hodaka Days as well as former Bultaco factory rider Ron Pomeroy who usually flags the Sunday Scrambles race. Rick "Super Hunky" Sieman, former editor of Dirt Bike magazine has been threatening to show up for years, and we've seen VMX magazine editor Ken Smith author of the Hodaka Book there also, as well as 500cc AMA Motocross World Champion "Bad" Brad Lackey, so you just never know who's going to show up!!
This is really an event that brings back the simple pleasures we all enjoyed when these bikes were originally sold back in the 70's! Just picture a small county fair atmosphere and good fellowship with really good folks, all tied together around a castor oil fueled, expansion chambered Hodaka festival!
More information is available on our Events tab or visit the official Hodaka Days web site: www.hodakadays.org. Please check out our 'Volunteers Needed' page for Hodaka Days, or contact Ervin Robison (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to volunteer to help with any of the events at Hodaka Days!!
"Happy Hodaka Days!" ~ Jimmy Pomeroy