by Rocky Marks
It was a dark and stormy night…. Well, maybe it wasn’t night, but it sure was dark and stormy start for the Annual Roll for a Cause Motorcycle Run to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. This year the run was hosted by Parkhurst Dining, a division of Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Inc.
This is one of South Western Pennsylvania’s most popular runs do the longevity of the ride and the partners including Hot Metal Harley-Davidson as well as Steel City Harley-Davidson.
On August 3rd, the ride kicked off at 10:30AM after a 9:00AM Registration at Steel City. The route was mainly composed of back-road country riding through the South Hills of Pittsburgh, eventually making its way to Hot Metal Harley-Davidson for the after-party ride.
Typically the ride boasts 150 to 200 riders, but because of the rain, that number was cut to 50 riders. Additional would-be riders opted for their vehicles and showed up for the after-party picnic when the clouds parted and the sun started to dry the riders out.
The picnic included beer, food, entertainment, and of course Eatn’ Park Smiley Cookies. A band and DJ were on-site to entertain the crowd with music, and several chefs were on-site serving up one of the most elaborate motorcycle run buffets courtesy of Parkhurst Dining.
The rain seemed to be the theme for many of our Activities at Hot Metal Harley-Davidson. On Saturday, July 20th, Hot Metal Harley-Davidson held our 2nd Annual Custom Bike Show in the rain. It rained last year for this event as well. Nevertheless, a good time was had by everyone in attendance.
There were over 50 bikes on-site to look at and judge. The categories included Sportster, Dyna, Softail, Softail Modified, Classic, Non Harley, Touring, Touring Modified, Best Paint, and Best of Show. AJ Hadad, our Sales Manager who organized our show wanted to split the Softail and Touring categories between stock and modified “so that the casual rider without major frame and wheel alterations could compete and not feel like they had to spend $80,000 on their motorcycles.”
Despite the rainy start, once again, the clouds gave way to partly-cloudy skies with just enough time to hand out the awards and send almost everyone home with a smile on their face and a trophy on the mantle.
Hot Metal Harley-Davidson’s next major event is on Saturday, September 21st. It’s our New Model Open House where we will be showing off and taking demo rides on the new 2014 motorcycles, playing music, and serving up a free buffet for anyone who is in attendance.