York City Bike Night organizers are seeking bagger bikes like this Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycle to lead the parade Friday, Sept. 19.
York City Bike Night organizers are seeking bagger bikes like this Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycle to lead the parade Friday, Sept. 19.

You might know it as a cruiser or a Harley-Davidson Touring.

But York City Bike Night organizers know the models as bagger motorcycles, and they want them to lead the annual parade.

The committee is seeking up to 25 bagger motorcycles to usher the 20th Bike Night parade, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19.

"We do themes every year. We've done antiques, we've done vintage. This year it's baggers," said Mary Yeaple, member of the Bike Night committee and coordinator for York City Special Events.

To enter your bagger in the parade, visit www.yorkcity.org/bikenight.

The deadline for entries is Thursday, July 31. Applicants will be asked to pay a $25 entry fee, which only applies to the baggers leading the parade. Other riders in the parade will not pay a fee.

On display: The entry fee for baggers leading the parade benefits York City Special Events and also pays for the display of baggers in Continental Square.

At the end of the parade, baggers will also be on display on the first block of North George Street, where members of the public will vote for their favorite bagger motorcycle.

The bike receiving the most votes will get the People's Choice Award, and the owner will take home a trophy. Bikes earning second and third place awards will also be recognized.

An annual event that temporarily closes some York City streets to make way for thousands of motorcycles, York City Bike Night always shares the weekend with its presenting sponsor, Harley-Davidson.


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Open house, too: "Having Bike Night in conjunction with Harley-Davidson's open house always brings a great crowd. It's great for the economy and great for people in town," Yeaple said.

Bike Night typically attracts more than 2,000 riders, including those who travel from as far north as Canada and far west as California, she said.

"We had a group of women riders from Quebec last year," Yeaple said.

The Harley-Davidson open house also sees its share of international visitors and motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country, said company spokeswoman Bernadette Lauer.

"We get thousands who come from near and far," she said.

Harley's open house is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, through Saturday, Sept. 20, at the manufacturer's York Vehicle Operations, 1425 Eden Road in Springettsbury Township.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the three-day event, self-guided factory tours and demo rides will be available. A driver must have a valid motorcycle license to take a demo ride.

The event will also feature a dealer shopping area, music, entertainment, food vendors and more.

"It's a great community event for riders and non-riders who visit the plant. Some get to see where their bike was born, and others learn how a motorcycle was made," Lauer said.