De­spite late change, Bike Night draws big crowd

North Penn Life - - NEWS - By Amanda Pic­cir­illi apic­cir­illi@jour­nal­reg­is­ter. com

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.

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