More than 500 motorcyclists will be on hand Saturday near the Comfort Inn & Suites in Joplin as the second annual Hot Bike Tour will be held. The event will be held from noon until 6 p.m.
Joplin is the first of five cities. For day two, they will travel to Jefferson City, then to Springfield, Ill., for day three, with Bettendorf, Iowa for day four and wrapping up the journey at Wisconsin Dells, Wis., capping off the 1,000-mile trip.
“The main purpose of the tour is to really bring the pages of Hot Bike and Baggers magazine alive,” said Matthew Louck, vice president of marketing with the tour. “A lot of times, you have to go to the newsstand, pick up the magazine, you can read about the different bikes, how to customize your bike, but what is really cool about the tour is that you get to see those pages come to life. You get to meet the editors, you get to meet the guys that are actually writing the articles, the guys that are giving tips in the magazine, chance to meet the photographers, also get photographs taken of your bikes and possibly end up in the magazine as well.”
Those participating in the bike tour can register from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Hideout Harley-Davidson, 5014 Hearnes Blvd., Joplin.
“That is where bikes can register for not only for the Joplin stop – which is just for the day – or they can register for to go on the entire tour or just a few days if they want,” Louck said. “If you have a bike and want to be eligible for the bike show awards that is $25 which you register at Hideout Harley-Davidson. That gets you a goody bag, get you eligible for any prizes, allows you to park into the Hot Bike Hangout [near Comfort Inn & Suites].”
The event is also open to spectators with free admission.
“There will be activities going on, bikes on display and manufacturers,” he said. “We will have a main stage, where from 1 to 3 p.m., we will have a band called ‘Night Train,’ they will be playing all kinds of music there. We will have Unknown Industries, which is a stunt bike street team, and they will perform at different times throughout the day. They ride Harleys and do some crazy stunts, burnouts and all kinds of cool stuff.”
During the day’s event, spectators and riders can vote on the Sailor Jerry 2014 Invitational Hot Bike & Baggers Bike Build-Off. They are featuring 24 of the top builders.
“[The builders’] bikes were built for the tour,” he said. “They not only have to look good, but they also have to ride to be eligible for the build-off, to ride to all five stops of the tour.”
For those who want to get into riding a motorcycle, Louck said they can get input from the motorcycle participants.
“There will be tons of opportunities to meet and greet pro builders, guys from all over the nation and local, to ask questions,” he said. “There are a lot of bike shows that you have to have a bike to attend, this is one of those shows that is open to everybody, it is kind of a celebration of motorcycles, all makes and models.”
Louck said that tentatively, the motorcyclists would leave Sunday morning around 9 a.m. for their next stop, which will be in Jefferson City.
For more information, visit www.hotbikeweb.com/tour.