There are many ways to usher in Spring, but a party is always a fun way
By JD Gore and Jody Davison
One thing we should be able to agree on is that spring weather is fickle. The saying that “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes” is the epitome of the Northwest. We get plenty of rain and snow so when we get a forecast of sun, we have reason to celebrate. Northwest Harley-Davidson in Lacey, WA was doing just that on April 27th. And we wanted to share in the fun!
As Jody and I pulled in to NWHD there was already a lot going on. Drag Specialities had their huge trailer out with all the latest and greatest parts and accessories for your ride. Drag featured products from Biltwell, Inc., Z1R, Hog Tunes, Custom Dynamics Motorcycle Lights & Accessories, LA Choppers and Rekluse Performance Clutch. Drag Specialties announced this visit as their only event stop in Washington for 2019. Just for this party, Drag Specialties would be giving away a Roller Cooler full of swag to a lucky winner.
Next to them serving food were Screamin’ Jac’s and the Corndog Kid, and then a beer garden hosted by Northwest Beerworks. A live band was setting up in front by dozens of new and used bikes for sale.
The dealership also had a promo going on, in which the first 25 people to take a free test ride would receive a complimentary H-D Travel Cube Set.
Around the side and back, ABATE of Washington’s Olympia Chapter was holding a bike blessing for sixty or so riders wanting to kick off their ride season with a little divine protection, and I don’t blame them. NWHD provided breakfast for each participant and Christian Crusaders MC provided hot beverages.
Before things got into full swing, we went inside to visit with Marketing Manager Kyler Locke, and let him know we wanted to capture some pictures and video. From inside you could hear the faint rumble of bikes pulling up. We went upstairs in apparel so Jody could check out the sales. She visited with the Motorclothes team and got the skinny on the newest items.
We knew it was close to the bike blessing time, so we headed out back. There was a large gathering of men and women, heads bowed;, and prayers said, they all walked to their bikes as two trikes with American flags took the lead. They were going on a ride that would end up in Tenino. The large procession of bikes rode systematically two by two out of the parking lot.
With the departure of the blessed bikes, more bikes arrived as festivities were about to begin. Drag Specialties looked to be installing a stereo system on a bike, then the band started up. Some people found the Harley food vendor and others the beer garden. We enjoyed the music for a while, just basking in the great sunny weather.
Kyler then came out and announced the winner of the Great Northwest H-D Photo Hunt contest which ran from March 30-April 26 and awarded points for photos taken according to a list of about 125 locations, events and situations. Contestants were to share each photo on Facebook and tag NWHD. There were weekly winners of a $250 NWHD Gift Card and the top points winner would also receive a $1,000 NWHD Gift Card. So Kyler presented a $1,250 NWHD Gift Card to top points winner Cyn West who was very happy!
After a photo and congratulations to Cyn, everyone settled back into enjoying the food, drink and music.
We went back inside and walked to the café area inside. Got a coffee and then went to look for a swing arm bag for Jody’s Street Bob.. She is also looking at adding a Wind Vest, not 100% sure yet. All in all it was a great day for a ride and enjoying the great hospitality at Northwest H-D’s Spring Kickoff Thankful for the dry weather, at least for these “5 minutes!”