Despite late change, Bike Night draws big crowd
iansdale Bike Night transformed into iansdale Bike Day Sunday as the “king daddy of all bike nightsI” hosted by the Blue Comet jotorcycle ClubI was postponed due to storms that passed through the region Saturday afternoon.
“xThe motorcycle clubz is so thankful that the xiansdalez borough gave us a rain date this yearI” said Bike Night director oick Smith. “We are so pleased with the turnout despite the day change.”
The 1Tth annual iansdale Bike Night may have switched plans at the last minuteI but the decision did not stop thousands of bike fanatics both near and far from attending one of iansdale’s largest events.
“In years past the event was held rain or shineI” said Smith. “cour years ago during the hurricane we were out here at jadison Parking iot with hoods up and soaking wet. It was an absolute loss that year.”
With the new rain-date decisionI the annual event was a continued hit with vendorsI bike entrants and attendees Sunday. jost spectators were unaware of the few mishaps that happened with the shift to Sunday.
According to Blue Comet jotorcycle Club president oussell SmithI entertainment acts performed on one stage rather than three and fiVH EDQGV WHRH DEOH WR SUW on performancesI while others who signed up had prior commitments for the rain date.
“We understood that some vendors would not be able to show up with the rain dateI it was exceptedI” said oussell Smith. “But on Saturday morning after calling the rain dateI we had members call each and every vendorI letting them know of the time and day changeI hoping they were all still available to attend. jost were able to.”
jore than 80 motorcycles competed in the bike show portion located in jadison Parking iot and spectators lined up motorcycles of all brands along jain StreetI taking over from Broad Street to salley corge ooad.
“iansdale police told us when we got ready for the event that if the rain date did happen we would only be allowed on jain Street from Broad Street to Cannon AvenueI” said oick Smith. “eoweverI xat O p. m. z we got word that they were expandingI allowing us to salley corge.”
Sitting on the curb in jadison Parking iot behind her competing earley Davidson trike was jary BrawnerI of HDWfiHOG, WLWK KHR fiDQFHH, goe Dolan.
Brawner’s black fat boy with a iehman trike kitI custom wheelsI chrome front end and lowers is a beauty in itself.
But when you look past the bike you see Brawner in her riding gear and an amputated left leg from the knee down peeking out of her pants.
“I was out for a ride in nuakertown last October and got hit by a carI” said Brawner. “jy leg was gone right as soon as I got hit.”
A month after losing her legI she met another female rider who was also an amputee who continued to ride on a trike. That inspired Brawner to get back on a bike. eer QHW ELNH LV FUVWRP fiW WR DFcommodate her prosthetic leg.
Both Brawner and Dolan are happy with the recovery she has made as the one year mark approaches next month.
“I’ve been coming to this bike show for nearly 10 years and it is always a good time. We thought it would be fun to enter jary’s bike this yearI” said Dolan.
gudges viewedI ranked and awarded bikes in 15 different categories highlighting all different types of motorcyclesI including antiquesI trikesI customsI touring bikes and choppers.
iansdale Bike Night is a “oide in Bike Show” with any bike trailered to the event receiving a five point deduction in overall score.
All bikes had to be able to start and be ridden. Any bike unable to be ridden was not eligible for a trophy.
jore than 50 vendors were spread out across iansdale for the event.
“The Blue Comets are so thankful to the communityI police and vendors for continuing to stay with us and for all their supportI” said oussell Smith. “It was great teaming up with Discover iansdaleI who helped us in so many aspects and gave us so many great ideas.”
Motorcycle enthusiasts check out the rides during Bike Night in Lansdale Sunday afternoon.