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York Bike Week brings test rides, parades and concerts

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Beverly French, left, of Barnesville, Oh., is directed by Alex Mudd, a Harley-Davidson engineer, during the York Bike Week Harley-Davidson York Vehicle Operations Open House in Springettsbury Township, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

With York Bike Week kicking off Wednesday, a slew of new and returning events are scheduled throughout the week. 

Though Harley-Davidson Inc. announced in February it would no longer host an open house event at its Springettsbury Township factory during Bike Night, other events throughout the week are planned to attract attendees. 

New 2020 Harley-Davidson models will be available for a sneak peek at 1st Capital Harley-Davidson, located at 100 Arsenal Road The 2020 models will be shown Friday and Saturday at the dealership via the Harley-Davidson demo truck.

Riders Revel during the York Bike Week Harley-Davidson York Vehicle Operations Open House in Springettsbury Township, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Test rides of the new models also will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

In a release, 1st Capital Harley-Davidson stated that attendees planning to take a test ride must bring a valid motorcycle license, a PennDOT-approved helmet, closed-toe shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, full-fingered gloves and eye protection if they wish to take a test ride.

The Harley-Davidson final assembly plant, at 425 Eden Road, will be open for tours between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, with tours starting at regular hour intervals. 

Ives Brothers Stunting performs during the York Bike Week Harley-Davidson York Vehicle Operations Open House in Springettsbury Township, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

York Bike Week will kick off with a "Roll In Party" from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Quaker Steak and Lube, located at 1411 Kenneth Road. The event will feature a DJ and several vendors.

The York Expo Center will open Thursday with three days of vendors, food, music and beer. Admission for all three days of the event will be $15.

On Friday, a concert featuring rock bands Fuel and York's own Small Town Titans will kick off at 6 p.m. Concert tickets are $30, and York Bike Week admission tickets are not required. 

York City’s Bike Night and Parade will line up at the York Fairgrounds and feature about 1,000 motorcycles. Bike Night activities will take place from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday. 

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.