Laconia isn't what it used to be, every 7/11 store clerk is an auxiliary cop with an attitude !!! They hasseled a freind for pulling over because his bike was overheating, have to get a room for a week !!! I live one and a half hours away so I take a couple day trips. I like daytona because I'm riding while it is snowing home and lets not forget BIKINIS !!!! And Sturgis has some of the best riding anywhere. Laconia is one of the oldes and the riding is nice but it doesn't compare. If you get a chance do daytona / sturgis or both !! Lots of nice smaller events, if you don't mind mud/dust there is the rendezvous in new york !!