Motorcycle madness in the Maple City

HORNELL — After some easy riding, area motorcycle enthusiasts showed their wares at the first annual AMVETS Post 245 Bike Show.

The event drew more than 20 entries. Bikes were judged in three separate categories: vintage, street and cruiser.

Many spectators arrived by motorcycle, but elected not to officially display their bikes.

The motivation behind the event was simply to share the joy of being in the wind, on a motorcycle.

“It’s the freedom, the wind in your face and the brotherhood I have with my fellow bikers,” said organizer Joe Herbert.

Bikes on hand ran the gamut, from Yamaha’s to Indians, Victory’s and Triumph’s. However, as expected Harley Davidson’s dominated the field in number.

Winners were chosen strictly by people’s choice balloting. Voters closely scrutinized paint jobs, customized parts, added accessories and the amount of tender loving care shown to the bikes by their owners — all a reflection of the riders, who were eager lobbyists on behalf of their steel horses. 

The event was accompanied by a 50/50 raffle and the sale of hamburgers and hot dogs. Trophies were given to winners in each of the categories.

Encouraged by the turnout and camaraderie on display, the event is sure to be back again next year.

“We’re hoping to do it every year on the first weekend after the 4th of July,”  Herbert previewed. “We’ll be looking to do even more things with it next year.”

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