2015 Leesburg BikeFest Saturday Report

Bryan Harley | April 26, 2015
Friday’s momentum at Leesburg BikeFest 2015 carried over to Saturday as the streets of downtown Leesburg filled with throngs of motorcyclists. The moto-parade started early under balmy central Florida skies and continued well into the night as a constant stream of motorcycles, trikes and even a scooter or two paraded down the center of town. A handful of the more adventurous stopped in front of the crowd congregated roadside in Town Square for the obligatory burnout, grey plumes of spent rubber filling the air with its unmistakable smell. You never knew what you were going to see, to a priest driving a trike with a nun in habit riding shotgun to a black-clad sportbike rider donning a Predator helmet. Simply finding a good spot to post up and watch the Main Street spectacle was a popular pastime at Leesburg BikeFest.

The Rat’s Hole compound, from the bar to the party tent to the cordoned-off stunt track in back was shoulder-to-shoulder as the annual Leesburg Rat’s Hole Custom Bike & Chopper Show was in full effect with 110 bikes and trikes battling for ‘Best of Show.’ It was an interesting ensemble of two and three-wheeled vehicles including the first Harley V-Rod trike we’ve encountered, this one with a sporting two-front, one-back tire configuration. A custom-painted Polaris Slingshot garnered a lot of attention, but not near as much as “Hondog’s” ultra-popular rat rodded 1986 Kawasaki 1200, complete with an equally ratted-out trailer.

But Judd York and Flat Broke Customs out of Ellijay, Georgia, were the big winners of the day, first winning ‘Best Bobber’ before adding ‘Best of Show’ to their coffer as well. His rigid bobber was well-deserving, the build tidy and uncluttered, from its leaf spring fork to its tiny metal seat pan. Copper ribs connecting the split tanks and brass fuel lines feeding the highly polished engine gave it a touch of steampunk while its rigid rear and big kicker added to its old school vibe.

The day was a whirlwind of activities as lady bikers crowded the Budweiser Stage for the Mr. Luckyman competition, cameras in hand to catch the bare-chested action. Around the corner, the high-flying antics of the Disc-Connected K-9’s were a big hit as well, the world famous team of Frisbee-fetching dogs providing family-friendly entertainment. But Saturday’s festivities reached a crescendo when Puddle of Mudd’s Wes Scantlin broke into the first chords of the band’s hit “Control.” Thousands of fans packed into Towne Square as the band played an electric set, everybody on their feet singing and dancing in a mass of music-driven kinetics. After the show, the crowd slowly dispersed, some calling it a day while others filled nearby watering holes to top off the night.

             2015 Leesburg BikeFest

 Big wheel baggers were out in force at the Leesburg Rats Hole Custom Bike Show 2015. Lady bikers had cameras at the ready during the Mr. Luckyman contest on the Budweiser stage. The K9 Frisbee Dog doing what it does best to the delight of the Leesburg crowd.
Big Daddy Rat lives!  Proud winners hold up the spoils of their hard work at the Leesburg Rats Hole Custom Bike Show 2015. The bassist of Hypersona brought lots of energy to the Towne Square stage Saturday evening.

 

Bryan Harley

Cruiser Editor |Articles | Our resident road warrior has earned his stripes covering the rally circuit, from riding the Black Hills of Sturgis to cruising Main Street in Daytona Beach. Whether it’s chopped, bobbed, or bored, metric to ‘Merican, he rides ‘em all.