Friday, May 25, 2012


Finally, after a few chilly and cloudy Saturday events inMarch and April, the clouds parted for May and we had a beautiful afternoon forour Saddle-Up and ride BBQ on the 12th at Hot Metal Harley-Davidson! 
The day started early with free coffee and donuts for ourguests.  The Open House flags went up,the cones came out, and the music started playing at 9AM.  Given the fact that Hot Metal has afirst-come first-serve Saturday in our Service Department, we already had abuilt-in crowd to kick off the day.

The Mon-Valley Hog Chapter kicked off the demo rides at10AM.  Our demo fleet’s line-up consistedof a model from each family, several customer-requested bikes, and for thefirst time we introduced a Tri-Glide to our line-up.  The trike was a favorite among demo riderswho had a fun time knowing that they no longer needed to put their feet downwhen they came to a stop.

At noon a hearty BBQ meal was put out for hundreds to enjoy.  Our lunch was catered and included BBQchicken, baked beans, cheesy potatoes, and hot dogs that were served up by HotMetal’s own Corl Rowe and Ruth Holzer as well as Terry Owens from the HOGChapter.

Inside our guests were treated to 50% of end of season gear,and an offer of a $750 gift card towards Parts, MotorClothes, and Service onall new remaining 2011 model year Harley-Davidsons.  50/50’s were also a big draw for people whopurchased tickets right up until the 2PM drawing.

In honor of Monther’s Day, Curves put together a free registrationtable that consisted of a gift basket and a generous handful of two-month membershippasses to their gym.

On Friday, May 19th Hot Metal Harley-Davidsonkicked off our first Friday Night event of the summer with the band “Sea ofHeads.”  The band covered everything fromclassic, to alternative to new rock, plus some of their own music.  The lead singer, Rick Ashcraft is a publishedsongwriter from Nashville and the bassist was Hot Metal’s own Master Tech, IanArlia.

To keep up with our events pick up an events list directly fromHot Metal Harley-Davidson or visit our website at  You can also become one of the almost 4,000people that “like” hot metal on our facebook page at We’ll see you on June 9th for our Anniversary Party, and onJune 15th for a Movie Night, where we will show “Captain America” onthe big screen outside with free popcorn and munchies!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Hot Metal Harley-Davidson is always the first in the Pittsburgh Market to try out new and creative innovations from the Motor Company.  When Harley-Davidson came out with a program where you can put one of our demo seats on your bike, we jumped at the chance to get these seats in.

The beautiful thing is that you don't have to try out another bike just to see what the seat feels like.   You can now try it out on your own bike, no matter what the year.  This takes the guess work out of "will it help me reach the controls better, will it allow me to be flat footed, will it push me back further, etc."

Please watch this very short video from our Parts Manager, AJ to find out more about the program:

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Bike Nights are a beautiful thing!

I have to admit... I was a little nervous about last week's Bike Night at Quaker Steak and Lube off of route 51.  This was the first time we would have our proverbial "dog and pony" show out for the year.  Believe it or not, it takes weeks and in some cases months to prepare for an event that lasts a few short hours once per week weather permitting.

When we got down there to set up last week, there were some bikes scattered here and there.  Set up was quick and flawless, we knew where everything was and where it needed to go, and we brought the perfect mix of people.  By the time we were set up bikes were coming in by the handful.

Once I started playing the music, the crowd started to get into their own rhythm pretty much the same way I remembered it from last year.  This year was a little different.  This is my 5th or 6th year going down there and with each year, I meet new people and learn new stories.

It was almost a homecoming of sorts.  Faces you haven't seen in months all the sudden appear, slap you on the back and give you a hug.  It's a great feeling to be back at the Lube again this year.  Granted, we only had one "official" Bike Night of the season, but I'm looking forward to some fun times down at the Southland.  Hopefully the rain stays away and even more friends come out of hibernation and join us tomorrow night (Weds May 2nd) at Quaker Steak And Lube ~ Rocky