Harleys and Pirates, sounds like a bad movie, not really,I got to take part in both subjects this past Friday.
I got to take part in the monthly Bike Night at Pomona Harley-Davidson in Montclair. This bike night had a luau theme where the dealership was decorated in a tropical style and the motor clothes ladies were stylin ‘ in grass skirts and leis in fact every customer got a lei. The food was bacon wrapped hot dogs cook on the grill right in front of the dealership, plus chips and drink. (and for free) there was also a DJ playing music.
Out front over to one side was Ralph G. of Supernatural Paint painting some motorcycle pieces, there were also custom painted fenders and helmets on display the pictures really don’t the depth of quality that goes into the work.
There was also a chance to win some prizes by buying raffle tickets from the Pomona Valley Harley Owners Group (HOG). And inside you could buy a ticket to win a Sportster.
For the Pirate part of this night I made my way to Pirate Speedway in San Bernardino which was having its Harley Night. If you ride your bike to the track you get in free if you take part in the parade lap.
After signing the waiver forms I got my wrist bands from Robyn McConnell who with Shawn McConnell own the track, I went out to the track to see what I might be getting myself into.
Speedway racing is done on a dirt eighth mile oval course and I found it kind of wet, I later met up with Randy Kim of Loma Linda HOG. On Harley Nights he brings a group from Quaid Harley-Davidson in Loma Linda. He looked at the track and talked it over the track owners and it was decided the street bikes would come onto the track at the intermission and let the racers runs a few heat races and dry the track out. That is what happened by the time the intermission came the track was dry enough for the Harleys come out. Normally I'm out on the infield taking pictures and getting an up close view of the racing but riding on the track was a bit different. The Harleys are a crowd favorite and I could hear them cheering as I made my laps.The street bikes are usually part of the opening ceremony at the track but for safety reasons they delayed it a bit.
Besides the normal fast paced racing of the different speedway classes, the Mini Bike races were also ran on this night, Mini bikes is made up of various sizes of dirt and dual purpose motorcycles that are allowed to come on the track just for fun and bragging rights. And the end of the night they run a course of left and right turns.
Speedway is very fast paced a heat race lasts about a minute or so and a main is done in short order as the racers are full of adrenalin and eager to win.
The speedway also has its own atmosphere that is hard to describe but on this Friday night under a super full moon among the sounds of Harleys and Jawas it’s not a bad place to be.