Bikers Show Off Their Rides at the Motorcycle & Scooter Show

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Last week's Hot Springs Village Motorcycle & Scooter Show had over 70 Villager participants with a variety of bikes from classic Harley-Davidson and BMW motorcycles to decked-out Honda Goldwings.

Bike enthusiasts had a chance to show off their rides last Saturday at the Hot Springs Village Motorcycle & Scooter Show held at the Visitor Center in the Cordoba Center. This show and tell motorcycle and scooter event had over 70 Villager participants with a variety of bikes from classic Harley-Davidson and BMW motorcycles to decked-out Honda Goldwings.

Owners were eager to share information, exchange stories and check out the bike sitting just next door. The event was the brain child of Dan Gruben, a devoted biker and member of the Goldwingers, who wanted to see a local event highlighting motorcycle awareness.

“It is a fact, that if you know a biker you are more aware of motorcyclists,” said Dan. “The biker is very small on the highway, and they need to be seen to be safe. I don’t want to lose any good friends because someone did not see him or her.”

Hot Springs Village is located off scenic Highway 7, known as one of the most scenic drives in America and a favorite ride among bikers from across the country. Hot Springs Village is home to approximately 400 bike owners, so a Motorcycle and Scooter Show was soon put on the community’s calendar of events.

The event was open to the public and everyone had a chance to see bikes up-close and personal. Riders got a chance to test their skill by participating in a simulated riding test given by the Arkansas State Motorcycle and Safety Unit.

Representatives of the Patriot Guard Riders of Arkansas were also available to answer questions about their program. The Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse amalgamation of riders who have one thing in common besides motorcycles: An unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security.

This event was organized by Dan and Sylvia Gruben along with a team of volunteers and the Hot Springs Village Marketing Department. It included music, food and benefit drawings. Music was provided by Larry Wilson, food from Grampa’s Catfish House, water from American National and popcorn from Arvest Bank.

Sponsors included Arvest Bank, Bradford Marine, David Jerrell’s American National, Greeson’s Kawasaki, John’s Honda and Lander’s Harley-Davidson.

While this year’s event was limited to Hot Springs Village residents, next year’s will be open to the public. Tentative date is October 18, 2014.

Check out other upcoming events at http://www.DiscoverHotSpringsVillage.org.

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