BRISTOL - Yankee Harley Davidson will be celebrating its re-opening this weekend.
Yankee Harley will also be having a “Grand Re-Opening and Tent Event” Friday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 to 4 p.m.
There will be live music Saturday and Sunday, food from “All Fired Up” barbecue Saturday, and “Ted’s Famous Steamed Cheeseburgers” and “The Whey Station” on Sunday.
There will also be door prizes, an end of season motor clothes sale, new and used bikes, and Yankee Harley Davidson will be offering a limited time low rate finance promotion May 17-22.
On May 19 at 10 a.m., the Bristol Chamber of Commerce will head to Yankee Harley Davidson at 488 Farmington Ave. at 10 a.m. for a ribbon cutting and celebration of their recent renovations.
“Yankee Harley have been good chamber members,” said Katie D’Agostino, marketing and communications director with the Central CT Chambers of Commerce. “They have made a lot of renovations to their retail area, making their store larger. The motorcycles sell themselves, but this also allows them to showcase a larger selection of clothing and accessories.”
The chamber will also be at Yankee Harley on May 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. for a business after hours event. During that program, general manager Mike Keehan and Mark Smith, chief operating officer, will introduce themselves to visitors.
“They will have a lot of people waiting to explain things to people,” said Mark Thomas, marketing and public relations specialist for the City of Bristol. “This really is a full-service bike shop. They’ve got a big warehouse on Broad Street with a bunch of other cycles. They’re doing good in Bristol and this won’t just be a 10-minute ribbon cutting. They’re really making a big deal out of this and trying to do it right.”
Visitors to the business after hours will also be able to get a look at the 2018 motorcycle lineup. There will be a dealership tour, an in-house poker run, door prizes and raffles, a “jump start rider experience” and appetizers and beverages.
Thomas explained that the jump start rider experience is a simulator that will teach people how to ride a motorcycle.
“A motorcycle is a very different sort of animal to driving a car,” he said. “This will safely teach you how to shift gears and handle a bike.”
Thomas encouraged people to stop by Yankee Harley Davidson and see what they have to offer.
“With the spring weather here it’s beautiful to ride in Connecticut,” he said. “With all of our scenery, this is a very biker-friendly state.”
This event is open to Bristol Chamber members, who can register online at CentralCTChambers.org.
For more information on Yankee Harley Davidson, call 860-583-8484 or visit yankeeharley.com or connect on Facebook at facebook.com/yankeeHD.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.