Bikefests are very popular events to go to, and can bring in millions of dollars for cities looking to increase tourism and possibly raise funds, often for charitable purposes, The number of visitors might be in the hundreds or thousands, while the more popular bikefests attract tens of thousands, and even hundreds of thousands. This is certainly good for the hotel and travel industry and restaurants in those cities which open the doors to welcome bikers to a bikefest!
Some cities do not like motorcyclists even though they do bring in lots of money. What the cities do not realize is that the the negative stigma about bikers as being bad boys, and bad girls, is due to a very small percentage of outlaw bikers in 1% motorcycle clubs, sometimes referred to as biker gangs. However, the type of person who is likely to enjoy a bikefest - the most tame of all motorcycle rallies - is your neighbor, the mayor, and usually you can even bring the whole family for a wholesome afternoon or an entire weekend of great weekend of entertainment! These events are usually just too boring and tame for the true motorcycle bad boys. However, not all bikefests are tame, and some are strictly for adults only. An example of a bikefest which more closely resembles a motorycle rally is the Carlisle Summer Bikefest which takes places in Carlisle PA, and ranks right up there as a full-fledged motorcycle rally which often features topless women, adult entertainment, great music, and camping.
If a bikefest becomes popular enough, it could turn into a motorcycle rally, or even a BIKE WEEK.