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Ramona Bike Rally expands to a three-day occasion

For the primary time, the Ramona Bike Rally will provide three days of leisure, meals and purchasing.

The Oct. 14-16 occasion, which began in 2016, kicks off on a Friday night time for the primary time, mentioned Chair Paul Zawilenski. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and the primary band will begin acting at 5 p.m., he mentioned. Meals and merchandise distributors will likely be out there all through the night.

The Ramona Chamber of Commerce-sponsored rally will likely be held on the Ramona Outside Neighborhood Heart.

Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, together with a beer truck for an Oktoberfest celebration. The native band Farm Truck will carry out at 2 p.m. adopted by a efficiency of nation musician Gethen Jenkins at 4 p.m.

“We’re hoping folks will come out to bop Friday night time and Saturday afternoon,” mentioned Zawilenski, chamber president and a motorbike rider of greater than 20 years who owns a wide range of seven bikes. “We’ll even have classic motorbike films on a display within the pavilion after the bands on Friday and Saturday nights.”

After gates open at 10 a.m. Sunday, rally guests can view all sorts of bikes, from classic bikes and choppers, to Harley-Davidsons, three-wheel bikes and scooters within the Sixth annual Customized Bike Present. Winners of the present will likely be introduced at 2 p.m. Tickets for a chance drawing that follows at 3 p.m. will likely be offered all through the weekend.

Zawilenski proposed the Chamber’s first motorbike present as a technique to appeal to motorcyclists passing by way of city on their technique to backcountry locations like Julian and Borrego Springs to cease on the town, store and dine in Ramona.

The primary 12 months the occasion was held because the Ramona Customized Bike Present on a Sunday morning as a part of the Ramona Nation Truthful.

“Then the following 12 months we did it once more and it grew,” Zawilenski mentioned. “I at all times had a imaginative and prescient of a bigger, standalone motorbike occasion. The third and fourth years we moved it to Dos Picos Park and it turned a daylong occasion from morning to night. We expanded it to incorporate distributors and meals, had some auctions and launched bands. Then COVID hit.”

In 2020, the Ramona Bike Rally was canceled due to the pandemic however it got here again stronger in 2021 on the Ramona Outside Neighborhood Heart, Zawilenski mentioned. Pre-pandemic, the one-day occasion drew about 750 folks, however final 12 months the occasion attracted 1,000 folks per day for 2 days, he mentioned.

A variety of vendors will sell their wares at the Ramona Motorcycle Rally.

A wide range of distributors will promote their wares on the Ramona Bike Rally.

(John Hancock Images)

The Ramona Outside Neighborhood Heart is the proper place to showcase distributors and bands, Zawilenski mentioned.

“This 12 months we wish to deal with the standard of the occasion and I believe we will likely be increasing it greater than final 12 months,” he mentioned. “This isn’t simply an occasion for outdoor motorbike folks to be coming in. I wish to see folks in the neighborhood are available.”

Aubrey Leigh presented trophies to Custom Motorcycle Show winners at the 2018 Ramona Motorcycle Rally.

Aubrey Leigh offered trophies to Customized Bike Present winners on the 2018 Ramona Bike Rally.

(Courtesy Ramona Chamber of Commerce)

Chuck Abney, a Lakeside resident who has been a volunteer choose of the Customized Bike Present for 5 years, remembers when the occasion was held for a couple of hours on the Ramona Nation Truthful.

“A handful of bikes confirmed up,” Abney mentioned. “Issues progressed and received higher. It moved to Dos Picos Park for a few years. There was an even bigger presence with sponsor Indian Bike of San Diego and there have been extra distributors, bands, auctions and raffles and a motorbike present.

“That was enjoyable for a few years after which that they had an excellent concept to maneuver it again to the fairgrounds and have it as its personal standalone occasion,” he mentioned. “It had a ton of individuals present up for the bike present, with all manufacturers and kinds of bikes. It’s been an excellent turnout the previous couple of years.”

Having a community-oriented rally that isn’t arrange at a motorbike dealership gives a refreshing and enjoyable expertise for guests, Abney mentioned.

Awards are presented to motorcyclists for their outstanding bikes in the Custom Motorcycle Show.

Awards are offered to motorcyclists for his or her excellent bikes within the Customized Bike Present.

(Courtesy Ramona Chamber of Commerce)

Throughout the motorbike judging, Abney mentioned he’ll search for bikes which have a clear look and add-ons that improve a motorbike’s performance and efficiency. He’ll draw on his expertise visiting different motorbike reveals and maintaining with developments in motorbike magazines, he mentioned.

“I received my motorbike license in 1982 and I’ve by no means been with out at the least two bikes since then,” Abney mentioned. “I’ve had as many as seven at one time. I benefit from the sport, I’m an avid lover of bike using. It’s an exquisite exercise to participate in.”

The entry charge to the rally is $15 per day, however a three-day move is on the market for $20. There’s an extra cost of $25 to enter a motorbike within the motorbike present.

Proceeds will go towards the Chamber’s training and scholarship packages that profit highschool seniors, Zawilenski mentioned.

High school seniors receive scholarships from the Ramona Chamber of Commerce with proceeds from the Ramona Motorcycle Rally.

Highschool seniors obtain scholarships from the Ramona Chamber of Commerce with proceeds from the Ramona Bike Rally.

(Courtesy Ramona Chamber of Commerce)

“We do that to spotlight the city, to carry folks right here, to point out them what an excellent city Ramona is, and the cash goes again to the scholarship funds,” he mentioned.

For extra details about the occasion, together with hours, band efficiency instances and motorbike present guidelines, go to the web site RamonaMotorcycleRally.com.