The event attracted over 100,000 people from across the state and region, bringing business to downtown hotels and restaurants. It also benefited North Carolina’s military, raising over $8,000 for the North Carolina National Guard and the United Service Organization of North Carolina.
“We are pleased to present the proceeds to two important organizations,”
Centered on the iconic Harley-Davidson™
This year, the Bikefest featured annual rides plus an all-new ride. The Patriot Ride drew riders from the dealership to the N.C. National Guard Armory for a special presentation. New this year was a sparkling Parade of Lights just after opening ceremonies on Friday.
“The all-new Parade of Lights ride, sponsored by Custom Dynamics, featured 50 bikes lit up with LED accessory lighting,” said Kris Weiss, Director of Marketing and Promotions. “It was quite a sight to see as they paraded through the downtown area with colorful lights. It created a lot of interest, and I suspect this ride will return next year.”
On Friday, 1 Wheel Revolution motorcycle stunt team brought downtown lunch crowds to Fayetteville Street for a special preview. The Kick-Start Parade brought customers from the dealership to downtown for bands and performance groups, including the award-winning Wolfpack Clogging Team. The 595th AFROTC Color Guard from NC State University presented the colors while Robert J. White, United States Army, Special Forces, Sgt. First Class (Ret) performed the bag pipes, followed by the National Anthem with American Idol finalist, Adam Lee Decker. Saturday, the festivities were in full-swing downtown and at the dealership, with live music, entertainment, vendors, shows and more. Sunday morning brought hundreds of people to the dealership for the Freedom Biker Church worship rally.
Ray Price Harley-Davidson and Triumph thank all Bikefest sponsors: presenting sponsor Nationwide Insurance; founding partners 96.1 Radio, 94.7 QDR and the Raleigh Convention Center; official sponsors Gregory Poole Equipment Company, Raleigh HOG, Gary Pool Motorcycle Attorney, WebEFX, NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program, Boom Magazine, the NC Education Lottery, and Sheetz; element sponsors: Custom Dynamics – Parade of Lights, Team Powersports – Metric Alley, Warlock’s Tattoo – Tattoo Fest, The Meat House Raleigh – Patriot Ride, Hooters – Bike Show & Shine, The Oxford – Circus Una Motorcycle Thrill Show, and World Tabernacle Church – 1 Wheel Revolution Stunt Show.
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About Ray Price, Inc.
Founded in 1972, Ray Price, Inc. in Raleigh, N.C. celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Originally named Precision Cycle, Ray Price, Inc. became a Harley-Davidson®