East Tennessee Motorcycle Events for December

DECEMBER KNOXVILLE-AREA EVENTS:

Sportster Sweepstakes, Dec. 5 at Bumpus Harley-Davidson [2250 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro]. Final drawing at noon. Stop in every day to register through Dec. 5, 2009. Grand Prize winner will win their choice of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle or a Bumpus shopping spree. 615-849-8025.

Greene County Toys for Tots Toy Run, Dec. 5, Greeneville. Begins 11 a.m. in the Old Wal-Mart parking lot. Fee: $10 per rider or $10 value unwrapped toy. Sponsored by U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and Clubhouse Custom Cycles. All proceeds go to buy toys for less fortunate children in the Greeneville area. Live music by bonfire way after the run. For more info call 423-422-2106.

Youth Emergency Shelter Ride, Dec. 12 at Colboch Harley-Davidson [1830 N. Davy Crockett Pkwy., Morristown]. At 3 p.m., Santa and his riders will be riding or driving to the Youth Emergency Shelter and having a party for children there. Colboch H-D is also accepting toys and clothing donations through Dec. 24 for the shelter.

Knoxville H-D, East TN H.O.G. Meet, Greet & Ride, Dec. 13. 11:30 a.m. at Quaker Steak & Lube, Knoxville. Ride at 1 p.m., weather permitting. Guests welcome. Info: www.east-tnhog.com or 865-671-2454.

UPCOMING EVENTS

6th Annual Music City Bike Show and Swap Meet, Jan 9-10. Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Nashville. People's choice of bike show will win an Epiphone guitar. Trophies for all classes. $10 entry fee includes two admission passes. Call 615-519-0576 or email info@bobbyappleton.com.

The Great American Motorcycle Show, Jan. 22-24 at the North Atlanta Trade Center [1700 Jeurgens Court, Norcross, Ga.]. Over 3 football fields full of new foreign and domestic motorcycles--one of a kind custom rides, sport bikes, custom builders, great deals on motorcycles, trailers, scooters, parts, apparel and anything needed to ride. Admission: $12/adult, one child free with each adult, $7/child aged 6-14, under 5 free. Weekend passes available for $20-$35. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fri., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sun. Call 770-279-9899, email rhonda@natcshows.com, or visit www.northatlantatradecenter.com for details.

International Motorcycle Show, Jan. 8-10 at Carolina First Center [One Exposition Dr., Greenville, SC 29607]. Cycle World's epic motorcycle show, featuring new models from manufacturers, demo rides, vintage bikes, and lots more. Tickets: 1-day $12 (online advance) • 1-day $13.50 (online general admission) • 1-day $15 (box office). For more info, go to www.motorcycleshows.com/SouthCarolina.

5th Annual Appleton Bike Show and Swap Meet, Jan. 9-10 at Tennessee State Fairgrounds [Nashville]. Famed custom builder Bobby Appelton's annual bike show and swap meet features vendors from around the country, and an expected 10,000 visitors. For more info, go to www.bobbyappleton.com.

GWRRA Chapter P of TN Pancake Breakfast, Jan. 16 at Applebees in Springfield, Tenn. $5 per ticket for the Raffle. Goes from 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.. Benefits the Chapter P as well as St. Judes Children Hospital. Sponsored by the Tennessee Gold Wing RoadRiders Association. For more info, go to www.tngwrra.org.

Easyriders V-Twin Bike Show Tour, Feb 6 at the Knoxville Convention Center [701 Henley St]. See a huge array of custom V-twin bikes. For more info, go to www.easyridersevents.com.

Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride, May 30 in Sevierville. This is the 10th anniversary of the annual commemorative ride with friends and neighbors and to Honor and Support Fallen Veterans, Police, and Fire/Rescue men and women. Special plans are in the works for the ride, but everyone is invited to join together at Colboch Harley-Davidson in Morristown on the return trip and then later at Sundown Saloon. For more info, visit www.smokymountainthunder.net.

REGIONAL EVENTS

Polk County Toy Run, Nov. 28, Saluda, N.C. Register from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. Entry fee is $10/per rider. Call 828-817-3084 or visit www.genelummush-d.com/hog for details.

Wheels Of Thunder Lebonheur Toy Run, Dec. 5, at Bumpus Harley Davidson of Memphis. Toy run to benefit Lebonheur Childrens' Hospital. Registration from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Kickstands up at 1:15 p.m. Arrive at LeBonheur at approx. 2 p.m. $5 per person and unwrapped toy(s). For more info, go to www.cmtabate-wheelsofthunder.com.

Toy Run in Smoky Mountains, Dec. 5, Asheville. Meet at South Charlotte St. Starts at 10 a.m. with parade following. Admission is $10 per person or unwrapped toy of equal value. Visit www.genelummush-d.com/hog for more info.

Foster H-D Toys for Tots Ride, Dec. 5. Tuscumbia, AL [595 Highway 72 West]. Bring a new, unwrapped toy. Visit www.fosterhd.com or call 256-383-5814 for details.

Salvation Army Toy Ride, Dec. 5. Meet at 4225 Atlanta Hwy., Bogart, Ga. Call 706-548-3300 for more info.

Carolina Riders 2nd Annual Shriners Toy Run, Dec. 5. Easley, S.C. Bikes line up from 1-2 p.m. with kickstands up at 2 p.m. for the short ride to Shriners Childrens Hospital in Greenville, S.C. Please bring an unwrapped new toy for donation. Email scott@carolinaridersonline.com for more info.

Curly's H-D Toy Run, Dec. 5. Curly's Harley-Davidson in Winston-Salem, N.C. [3441 Myer Lee Dr.]. Toy Run registration begins at 8:30 a.m., bikes out by 10:30 a.m.; event ends at 4 p.m.. Bring an unwrapped toy. For info contact Tracey at curlyshd@mindspring.com or 336-722-3106.

Brenner Children's Hospital Toy Run, Dec. 5. Greensboro, N.C. [5538 Farragut Street]. Toy Run begins at 12 p.m., bikes out by 1:30 p.m. Entry is $10 per person or unwrapped toy of same value. Contact Amy at 336-273-1101 or visit www.hdofgreensboro.com for details.

Bikers in Boxers, Dec. 12. Hickory, N.C. [1824 13th Ave. Drive NW]. Ride starts at 2 p.m.. A fundraiser to help support Cooperative Christian Ministries of Hickory. The event will include live music, free food, plenty of activities and a 3 mile ride in nothing but boxers! Spectators welcome. All money raised will go to help local families in need during the holiday season. Call 828-328-6303 or visit www.kyhnc.com for info.

Ghost Town H-D's Nightmare Before Christmas Open House, Dec. 12. Ghost Town Harley in Waynesville, N.C. [82 Locust Drive, 828-424-0066]. Featuring exclusive military appreciation posters, postcards, and calendars featuring fellow rider and U.S. military supporter Marisa Miller. Visit www.ghosttownharley.com for info.

Rod Run, Dec. 12. Riders Resort helps host the 1st Toy Run/Food Banks Benefit—hot rods and classics clubs, and motorcycles. $20 car cash donation. or two cans and two toys donation. Anyone can make donations of cash. Everyone can attend the party and participate on the route with entry. Check in starts in Blue Ridge at 11 a.m. Riders Resort [Ducktown, Tenn.] is the second stop. Party at Chevelles in Murphy, N.C. (828) 835-7001. Live band, raffle, prizes!

Hope For Tyler Benefit Ride, Dec. 12. Douglasville, Ga. Meet at the Ingles on Fairburn. Proceeds go to medical expenses. For more information, call 770-380-2200 or 404-993-1911.

Book Signing by Beverly V. Roberts, Dec. 12. At Sherlocks Books [200 Maddox Simpson Parkway, Lebanon, TN; 615-449-9807] from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.. She will sign copies of Portraits of American Bikers: Life in the 1960S--The Flash Collection. All bikers welcome to come and see her. Email judy@sherlocksbooks.com for more info.

Southern Woods Rider Holiday Poker Run, Dec. 13. Loretta Lynn's ranch, Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Registration from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.. $30 ride fee, $25 with donation of a new toy. Cash prize awarded to winner. Open only to dirt bikes and 4-wheel ATV's. Visit www.southernwoodsrider.com or call 615-848-9082 for info.

REGIONAL SANTA VISITS

Santa at The Creek, Dec. 5. Mountain Creek Harley-Davidson [exit 333 from I-75]. Activities, crafts for kids, shopping opportunities, and a chance to visit with Santa. Bring your pets for photos with Santa. Visit www.mountaincreekharley.com or call 706-370-7433.

Santa at Tifton Harley-Davidson, Dec. 5. Located off I-75 at exit 61 in Tifton, Ga. Visit www.tiftonharley.com for more info.

Christmas Open House with Santa, Dec. 5, at Bumpus Harley-Davidson in Murfreesboro. Santa will be available for photos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit www.bumpusharleymurfreesboro.com for details.

Chili Dogs and Harley Klaus, Dec. 12. At Bost Harley-Davidson in Nashville. Free food and pictures with Santa! Visit www.bosthd.com for info.

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS

Knoxville Rider Education Program.: Training sites in Knoxville and Morristown. Courses for beginner to advanced riders. Visit www.krep-tn.com.

Rider's Education Classes: Instruction in proper motorcycle safety and riding at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson & Buell [1820 W. Lamar Alexander Pky., Maryville, 977-1669]. Limit six riders per class. Pre-registration required. Visit www.smh-d.com

Boaters' Driver's License lectures and tests at Alcoa Good Times Kawasaki Yamaha. To sign up, e-mail student's name, phone, age to parts@alcoagoodtimes.com or customers may call 865-981-4444.

CLUB MEETINGS

KNOX COUNTY

Volunteer Riders (off-road club) meets the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Time Warp Tea Room [1209 N. Central St., 524-1155]. www.volunteerriders.com

Time Warp Vintage Motorcycle Club Vintage Bike Nights are Tuesdays at the Time Warp Tea Room [1209 N. Central St., 524-1155] around 6 p.m. www.timewarptearoom.com

Royal Blue Rangers ATV Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ATV Professionals [5105 Clinton Hwy., 357-2885]. www.royalbluerangers.com

865 Scooter Gang meets on the second Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. at Old City Java [109 S. Central St., 523-9817]. www.scooter-news.com

East Tennessee Knoxville Chapter Harley Owners Group meets the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Knoxville Harley-Davidson [605 Lovell Rd., 686-8264]. Guests welcome. Info: 865-671-2454. www.east-tnhog.com

Volunteer Road Riders Club meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Beef O'Brady's [11083 Parkside Dr., 671-2134]. www.volrr.com

The Christian Motorcycle Association meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Knoxville Harley-Davidson [605 Lovell Rd., 686-8264].

BMW Riders of Knoxville meet the first Monday of every month; location varies. www.bmwrok.org

USCAV (United States Citizens Aiding Veterans) meets on the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. at Ramsey's [5331 Central Avenue Pike]. www.usav.us

Ladies of Harley Dragon Chapter meets the first Tuesday of eac month at 7 p.m. at the IHOP, Maryville, TN. Contact chairperson at rkcarrol@bellsouth.net.

ANDERSON COUNTY

Wind Rock ATV Club meets the last Tuesday of each month from 7-9 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Civic Center [1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, 865-425-3450].

Eternal Riders Motorcycle Ministry meets the first Monday of each month for a dinner and ride; the second Monday of each month for a Bible study; and the third Saturday for a group ride. Each meeting is at Second Baptist Church [777 Public Safety Lane]. For more info, visit eternalriders.net or call 864-457-0311.

BLOUNT COUNTY

American Legion Riders has meetings the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m., and group rides are on Sundays at 1 p.m., A.L. Post 13 [223 Waters Rd., Maryville]. All riders invited.

Goldwing Riding Club Chapter A2 meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. for dinner and 9 p.m. for the meeting at Ryan's Steak House [1053 Hunters Crossing Dr., Alcoa, 681-7776]. Ride to follow (weather permitting).

The Harley Owners Group Dragon Chapter meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson & Buell [1820 W. Lamar Alexander Pky., Maryville]. Contact Johnny Stooksbury at 865-977-1669. www.dragonhog.com

Ladies of Harley Dragon Chapter meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at various locations. Contact Rosemary K. Carroll (rkcarrol@bellsouth.net) or Ginna Harrison (hinharri@msn.com). www.dragonhog.com

JEFFERSON COUNTY

Biker-B's Swap Meet, on the first Sunday of each month at 11 a.m., at Biker B's [271 W. Old Andrew Johnson Highway, Jefferson City, 475-1010]. Buy, sell and trade a variety of bike stuff.

Bikers Against Child Abuse meets on the fourth Sunday of each month at 3 p.m. at Magnuson Inn [1421 Murrays Chapel Rd., Sweetwater]. www.bacausa.com

Shiloh Riders meet the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. For the location, contact Jim White (fxdwglide@hotmail.com) or visit www.shilohriders.com.

LOUDON COUNTY

East Tennessee Trike Riders, Chapter of Trike Riders International (www.trikes.org), have a breakfast meeting on the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Hampton Inn, Lenoir City [585 Fort Loudon Medical Center Parkway, Lenoir City, 865-988-2000; I-75, Exit 81]. Trike parking and entrance are in front of building. A ride follows each meeting. TRI applications will be available. For more info call 865-408-1102 or e-mail Will.Wright@charter.net.

MORE

Tellico Riders meet the second Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. at the Tellico Village Yacht Club [100 Sequoyah Road, Loudon, 458-4363]. www.tellicoriders.com

Southern Cruisers Riding Club meet the second Monday of each month at Wally's Restaurant [6521 Ringgold Rd., East Ridge, TN]. For more info visit www.scrc34.com.

MEET-UP GROUPS

The Lady Bikers meet each month at Alcoa Good Times [2019 Topside Road, Louisville, 865-981-4444]. All women are invited to join. For more information on rides and meet-ups, visit meetup.com/the-lady-bikers.

Knoxville Riders. For more information, visit meetup.com/Knoxville-Riders.

Bikers in Cleveland, Tenn. meet up at Ed's Cycle for Dinner Rides each Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. and depart at 6 p.m.

BIKE NIGHTS

KNOX COUNTY

Brickyard Bar-B-Que, Wednesdays and Saturdays at Brickyard Bar-B-Que [7545 Brickyard Rd., Powell, 865-938-9222]. www.brickyardbar-b-que.com

Bullfeathers Bike Nights, Wednesdays [10535 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922, 865-690-1786].

Calhoun's Bike Nights, Thursdays at 7 p.m. [550 City Park Dr, Lenoir City, 865-673-3366], with live music and food at the Tiki Hut.

Coyote Joe's Bike Nights, Thursdays at Coyote Joe's [5640 Clinton Hwy., 865-689-9722]. www.coyotejoesbar.com

Diamond's Pub Bike Days, Sundays at Diamond's Pub [9307 Kingston Pike, 865-692-1823]. Dollar longnecks all day.

Quaker Steak & Lube Bike Nights, Thursdays at Quaker Steak & Lube [5616 Merchants Center Blvd., 687-0399]. Live music by Hanover Fist. www.quakersteakandlube.com

Ray's ESG, Tuesdays at Ray's ESG [7355 Kingston Pike, 865-766-0464]. Happy hour 3-8 p.m., live entertainment at 8 p.m. www.raysesg.com

South Bound Bike Nights, Fridays from 7 p.m. at South Bound Bar & Grill [106 S. Central in the Old City, 865-474-1038]. Free parking and free show. www.southboundbarandgrill.com

Under Dogs Bike Nights, Thursdays and Sundays at Under Dogs [1317 Island Home Ave., 577-5159].

BLOUNT COUNTY

Big Daddy's Bike Nights, every Saturday at Big Daddy's Scoots & Sports Bar [2641 Highway 411 S, Maryville, 977-5057].

Naterz Bike Nights, every Wednesday night at Naterz Sports Grill [510 Foothills Plaza, Maryville, 980-0505].

SEVIER COUNTY

No Way José Cantina Bike Nights, Thursdays at 8 p.m. at No Way José Cantina [104 Walden's Main St., Pigeon Forge, 429-7779]. Music and specials.

SULLIVAN/HAWKINS COUNTY

The Bus Pit at Bone Fire Smoke House [242 East Main St., Kingsport, 423-239-722] Bike Nights, Thursdays.

CAMPBELL COUNTY

Back Door Bike Nights, Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at The Back Door Cafe [2221 Jacksboro Pike, La Follette, 423-562-1777]

COCKE COUNTY

Annette's Southland Bike Nights, Thursdays at Annette's Southland Bar & Grill [1480 Highway 25E, Newport, 423-625-3700]. Free food at 7 p.m., live entertainment and gift raffle (arrive before 8 p.m. to be in the drawing).

Bobarosa Bike Nights, Fridays from 7-10 p.m. at Bobarosa Saloon [2299 E. Hwy 25/70, Del Rio, 423-613-9139]. Every Sunday afternoon is Bike Day with live bands, free giveaways from Budweiser and Miller, plus Bobarosa Saloon T's, posters, etc. www.bobarosasaloon.com.