Looking back over Bike Nights at Clare’s Harley-Davidson® of Niagara over the summer, there have been a bevy of great memories and good times shared by folks from all walks of life.
The Thursday night tradition which regularly brought hundreds together in the parking lot of Clare’s Harley-Davidson® of Niagara always featured top-notch live entertainment, food and plenty of bikes. But really an incredible highlight to Bike Night’s was the wide variety of people who gathered and the stories they shared.
Collected regularly by the folks at HTZ- FM, the “Bike Blog” shone insight into the hearts of many attendees with their touching tales. Tales that ranged from great relationships that started at a bike club to a new lease on life found through riding. Tales that echoed every day people looking to find meaning and make the world a better place.
Below, John aka “the Widowmaker” on the outside may have seemed daunting to many but digging a little deeper, he talked about being a trucker and how the name was actually created by co-workers for him after a history of losing several loved ones to cancer.
Below, the Niagara Chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse, an organization that advocates for abused youth by supporting them in court, home life and ultimately act as a body of Bikers to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live.
Since 2001 Clare’s has hosted Lucky 13 Cruise Nights – Bike Nights. They started out at Arizona’s Taps & Grill, moved to the Moose & Goose in Thorold and then in 2009, moved the event to the Dealership itself, in Niagara on the Lake.
The tradition continued this year for 13 weeks from the 1st Thursday in June to the last Thursday in August and how popular was it? Just check out the pics below!
Scenes from Bike Night at Clare’s …
What a Summer it Has Been!
So many individuals and clubs came out to boost the event along with talented live acts, food trucks and local vendors who added to the mix that made this community event a total success, back dropped by a commitment to give back to good causes!
Below, the team from Project Share was one of many charitable organizations supported by Bike Nights. Here they collected over 249 pounds of food.
Live act the Lisa Klassen Band …
Below, chowing down on PIGOUT ROASTERS…
Prizes made every week exciting ranging from free races passes from Humberstone, Welland County Speedway and Merrittville Speedway to Clare’s official Bike Night merchandise and other cool stuff like an ongoing promotion that qualified 16 people to win a $500 gift certificate from Werewolf Airbrush…
New this year were Harley-Davidson® motorcycle demo rides – Each Thursday select 2018 Harley-Davidson® motorcycles were ready to test ride, and many lucky people did just that.
Overall it was the participants and generous time of all the employees and volunteers who made this year great.
IT’S NOT OVER YET!
Moving forward there is still lots to look forward to.
The next event is at Clare’s Cycle & Sports on Friday September 14th for the Ride of the Flags. Attach a flag to your bike and join in to kick off the 16th Annual Biketoberfest. Ride leaves Clare’s Cycle & Sports on Hwy 20W, in Fenwick at 6 pm.
Then on Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th it’s Biketoberfest put on by the Welland County Motorcycle Club. Be sure to visit the Clare’s booth when you’re there. Clare’s Cycle & Clare’s Harley-Davidson® of Niagara will be on site for the weekend with dealer t-shirts to buy and showcasing select 2019 motorcycles, atvs & side by sides.
Also at this event, don’t miss your chance to test ride the NEW 2019 Harley-Davidson® motorcycles as the Demo truck rolls in! (Valid motorcycle license, approved helmet and gear required)
Another exciting element of Biketoberfest is that the draw for the 2018 Harley-Davidson® Street-Glide® motorcycle winner will take place with proceeds from the $20 tickets that have been sold throughout the year going to the Pathstone Foundation which supports mental health in Niagara. Tickets are still available at select locations or email: firstname.lastname@example.org For full details on Biketoberfest please visit the website
The sun sets on Bike Nights for another year but the memories live on and there’s still so much to look forward to!
A family owned business for over 60 years, CLARE’S Cycle & Sports Ltd. began as a small shop in Welland, Ontario, Canada in 1954 where John Clare was the sole proprietor and eventually moved to Fenwick where over the years it has grown to be the large and successful business that it is today.
Over the years CLARE’S has added many brands to the dealership. Currently, Clare’s supplies sales, service, parts and accessories to Harley-Davidson®, Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki & KTM lines lines to the dealership and in 2008 CLARE’S Harley-Davidson® of Niagara came into being at 590 York Rd Niagara on the Lake.
CLARE’S Cycle & Sports Ltd. & CLARE’S Harley-Davidson® of Niagara have established themselves as one of the premiere motorcycle dealers in Ontario.
CLARE’S Harley-Davidson® of Niagara
590 York Road
Niagara On The Lake, ON L0S1J0
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