Story by Dave Haile & Pastor Z. Photos by Dave Haile, Tristan Haile & Stacy McCleary
This year’s Sacramento Easyriders Bike Show, Saturday January 12th, kicked off the night before at Yuba City Harley-Davidson with a pre-show party. As people gathered, we enjoyed good music and a delicious nacho bar. There was a buzz in the air, as everyone anticipated the ticket giveaway for the 2019 Sacramento Easyriders show. Winners of tickets included Big Al Cummins, Youa Hill and Rodney Fernandez.
The following day, in Sacramento, California, on a slightly foggy morning, the sound of approaching motorcycles echoed through the streets and filled the air. Hundreds of bikes lined the streets and some even rolled up on the sidewalks around the convention center as the Easyriders Bike Show opened. Bikers, builders and just plain folks showed up to this annual event to enjoy the festivities.
Vendors of all kinds, with almost anything you could imagine, were there; from bike accessories and performance parts to embroidered patches sewn on as you wait. They had leather jackets, chaps, vests, custom clothing and jewelry and purses to suit most desires, as well as metal art. It was there to be seen and had.
Sponsor Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys’ booth was there, handing out freebies and information to those who inquired. Bike builder Arlen Ness was showing his new builds and awesome new parts lines, Sacramento Harley-Davidson, Prism Supply Co. and many others had showed up to entice your senses.
The southern rockin’ style of the Charlie Brechtel band filled the air with some classic biker music and some of their own amazing original songs. Charlie is definitely 100% biker, a great musician and he’s also a cool Old School Biker story teller.
Between sets the people were entertained by NTC Drift Bikes spinning doughnuts and doin’ wheelies. If drift bikes were not rolling, Purrfect Angelz dancers took the stage or the numerous door prizes were handed out to eagerly waiting crowds. Lisa Ligon, founder and director of the Purrfect Angelz, announced the door prize winners and the entertainment on stage.
There were hundreds of Motorcycle Club members, Motorcycle Ministries, and lots of independent riders there. Bikers for Christ, Soldiers for Jesus, and Christ has Risen were some of the Christian groups that were in attendance This show appeals to folks of a wide range of ages and lifestyles. There were even some young future bikers there along with their moms and dads enjoying the show.
Easyriders really put on an excellent show this year. The bikes were off the hook. Baggers, choppers, antique, semi-stock and some extremely radical customs were here to please the eye. Custom paint and chrome abounded. The bike builders came to show their best from Oregon, Nevada, California and even as far away as Calgary, Canada. 2,000 plus people packed the show. We saw many old friends and made several new ones. I anxiously await next year’s show to see what builders will do to top this year.
The Best of Show award went to Stacy McCleary of Manteca, CA with his 2018 special construction flat track style bike, powered by an STD Panhead replica with an early 4-speed transmission. Stacy said, “I look forward to the Sacramento Easyriders Bike Show in January every year. I was humbled and honored to have my bike picked for the Best of Show – Stacy’s Garage.”
John Casey took home the John Green award with his 1964 Triumph Bonneville, People’s Choice went to Bobby Luna from Sacramento, CA and his 2003 Heritage Softail. Editor’s Choice was Ron Webber of Fresno, CA; Best Paint went to Alfonso from Fairfield, CA and his 2017 Road King.