by Rocky Marks
Hot Metal Harley-Davidson had kicked off the summer in Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary fashion with the 3rd Annual ride to see Toby Keith. Since Kid Rock was part of Harley’s celebration in Milwaukee, what better way to wrap up the summer with one last ride out to First Niagra Pavilion to see the self-proclaimed “American Badass” himself.
Over 500 tickets were sold at the dealership in just a few short weeks and over 400 people showed up for the pre-tailgate party at Hot Metal on Saturday, September 7th! The party included music, free food and refreshments, and a chance to go back stage at the venue.
During the party Hot Metal Owner, Toby O’Brien and General Manager, Lori Flanigan dished out the food while Rocky Marks played music to a crowd overflowing the parking lot with motorcycles, excitement, and anticipation of the hour-long journey to Burgettstown.
At 4:30 the Allegheny Sheriff’s Department started leading the bikes out of Hot Metal’s parking lot bringing with them a trail of over 250 motorcycles! The bikes and their passengers wound their way through the South Hills of Pittsburgh at leisurely, yet non-stop pace.
Sirens wailed and lights flashed while cars halted as the riders were escorted through busy intersections. The line of motorcycles gliding down the road two-by-two stretched for an impressive mile during the most of the ride according to the police.
Once out of Allegheny County, the Washington County Sheriff swept in front of the pack of motorcycles aided by Cecil, Smith, and Hanover Townships. Cecil’s Volunteer Fire Department even placed a truck on the side of the road with it’s ladder stretched out over top the riders as a sign of respect and pride that comes with the gathering of so many free-spirited individuals who share a common love for riding.
The ride lasted about an hour and ended when the parade of motorcycles were escorted into the VIP parking lots. The smiles, high fives, and general feeling of excitement was apparent as the riders dismounted their bikes and headed for the gates. They were ready for the show.
Hot Metal Harley-Davidson is already working with Live Nation and the First Niagra Pavilion on dates for next year’s rides. You can go to hotmetalharley.com or faceboook.com/hotmetalharley to get a complete list of events and details as they become available.