2000 Harleys head for Lennox

THE thundering roar of more than 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycles has turned the tranquillity of Lennox Head upside down as more than 3000 riders prepare to rev up the 25th anniversary of the Harley Owners Group.

Each year the elite group of biking enthusiasts travel thousands of kilometres to take part in a rally for a weekend of biking camaraderie.

This year the Northern Rivers chapter of the group is sponsoring the rally.

Deborah Duplock, co-owner of Seaside Moto Cycles in Ballina, said the rally was held each year in a different location.

“Last year it was the Barossa Valley, but this year we get to showcase the beautiful clear waters of the Ballina coast and its surrounding hinterland,” Mrs Duplock said.

She said this year's rally was an important one as it coincided with the 105th anniversary of the Harley Davidson motorcycle and the special Harley Owners Group milestone anniversary.

Group event manager Jolynn Miller said the weekend's rally was expected to attract a record number of participants and would offer extra activities to make the event more memorable.

“For the first time we will have live coverage of the MotoGP on big screens. We also have two new competitions with best vest and best tattoo,” Ms Miller said.

Drag racing and motorcycle legend Brett 'The Boss' Stevens will be a special guest, with his drag racing team and his Australian Championship-winning 800 horsepower Nitro Harley Top Bike.

Although many activities are for members only, Ms Miller encouraged the community to attend the public events.

This year's Thunder Run departs tomorrow at 9.30am from the Seagulls Stadium in Ballina. The motorcycles will travel north along the Coast Road and head left into Bangalow Road near Red Devil Park at Byron Bay, before returning south via the Pacific Highway. They will exit at Ross Lane and finish at Lennox Head's Williams Reserve.

“It's a great sight for kids and locals to come along and see the sights and sounds that is a Thunder Run',” Mrs Duplock said. “It really lives up to its name - the sound of almost 2000 Harley-Davidson motorbikes is a thunder rumble.”

An exhibition of Harley- Davidson bikes will be held between midday and 2pm tomorrow at Saunders Oval. People can get up close and personal with the bikes, see the best of the best and vote for their favourite.

The day finishes with Biker Games from 2pm to 5pm at Williams Reserve.

For those interested in seeing the newest 2009 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle demonstration fleet, head to the car park at the end of Ross Street on Pacific Parade, Lennox Head, from 9am to 4pm today. The bikes will be available for people with a valid motorcycle licence to test ride.

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