BRISTOL - After completing major renovations, Yankee Harley Davidson is gearing up for major charity rides to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Special Olympics.
Yankee Harley Davidson, at 488 Farmington Ave., will be participating in “Ride, Rock and Make a Difference” on July 15 and “The Dream Ride Experience” on Aug. 5 to benefit MDA and the Special Olympics respectively. Mark Smith, chief operations officer of Yankee Harley Davidson said that, in both events, more than 100 bikers will be leaving from Yankee Harley Davidson and meeting up with other riders from across New England.
Tickets are on sale for $30 for Ride, Rock and Make a Difference. The event, presented by Trantolo & Trantolo and TSI Harley Davidson, will see the bikers ride to Sun Valley in Stafford Springs. There, they will be entertained by local band Cold Train and classic rock band 38 Special. All proceeds will benefit MDA.
“We’re trying to make this the largest one-day ride in the world,” said Smith. “There will also be food trucks; it’s going to be a fun day and a great bike ride. The MDA is Harley Davidson’s charity of choice - we’ve raised $2,500 for the organization already this year. We’ve been doing this ride for the past several years.”
Registration will begin at 7 a.m. Aug. 5 for The Dream Ride Experience and kickstands will go up at 10 a.m.
For $30, bikers will ride on a 40-mile scenic trip around Connecticut and then gather on the Farmington Polo Grounds. Once there, they will find vendors, raffles, carnival rides and games, on-site pet adoption, live entertainment and food. Those who wish to register can visit dreamride.org.
Smith said that he was pleased to see strong support from the local Chamber of Commerce and the City of Bristol during the dealership’s May grand reopening.
Yankee Harley Davidson moved to Bristol from Torrington in 2002 and its recent renovation included an expanded showroom and more room for motorcycle merchandise.
“The philosophy at Yankee Harley as that we are all about the customer service experience - that is the biggest change we’ve made,” said Smith. “Whether you’re looking to buy a bike, purchase parts and accessories or if you’re looking for motor clothes, we will make sure that you have a first-class experience. We have a detail shop that uses such great products that your bike will come out looking better than when it first came off the truck.”
Smith said Yankee Harley offers a “jump start” at which visitors can get on a motorcycle and shift through the gears and feel what it is like to ride a bike. He said Yankee Harley Davidson is looking into putting a “learn to ride” program in place and bringing back a rental option.
Yankee Harley Davidson also holds bike nights on the second Thursday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m., weather permitting, featuring food, live music and vendors.
For more information on Yankee Harley Davidson, call 860-583-8484 or visit yankeeharley.com.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.