19th Annual Street Vibrations Wrap-Up

RENO, Nev. -- It was hog heaven for thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts in Northern Nevada this weekend. Although it's been colder than in the past, it didn't stop them from shopping and showing off their choppers at the 19th Annual Street Vibrations fall rally.

As many as 40 thousand motorcycle enthusiasts passed through Street Vibrations this week, dawning their leather garb and their hot hogs.

"They all come from different walks of life and you just get to see and meet and talk to an amazing group of people," Danielle Squire, Road Shows operation manager said.

"My family is infected with Harley madness," Roy McClanahan of Sparks, NV said. "When I was a kid, my dad told me I couldn't have one. I traded my snowmobile for one and kept it across the street from my friend's house."

He's been addicted since he was a young boy. This year marks his 10th year at Street Vibrations and instead of hiding choppers form his father, he now shows them off to the public--this time a 1948 Harley-Davidson.

"It means a lot to us that people appreciate it, especially when we take the older one and bring them all the way back to restoration," he said. "It's just a lot of fun to talk to the older guys who used to ride them when they were kids."

Then, there are those who came to shop. For some vendors, it's the biggest event of the year. More than 200 vendors decorated the streets of downtown Reno, the Nugget and Virginia City.

"We were about like 15-20% up from last year so that's a good uplift," Omar Ezas of Highway Leather from Atlanta Georgia said.

The weather was a slight drawback for this year's event, but Squire says they're still looking at $56,000 profit.

"There's something for everyone to do--families, bikers, people who just happen to be in reno locally or passing through or something," she said.

As the vendors start packing up and bikers start heading back home, motorists are asked to be aware of their surroundings, especially on the road.

"We want everyone to keep the rubber-side down," Squire said.

Organizers with the City of Reno are excited about the Street Vibrations turn out this year. They say during the event, 19 bars and clubs were check for compliance and no citations were issued. However, police had enough activity to keep them busy. There were 14 arrests including one felony arrest and 13 misdemeanor arrests. In addition, 12 people had a little too much fun, and were taken into civil protective custody. One person was cited for littering.

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