Every year right after Christmas, it’s amazing to think back about everything that has happened throughout the year .
Where did the year go? What in the world happened to make the summer fly by so quickly? What do you mean, Christmas already came and went?! I didn’t get to ride nearly as much as I wanted to!
Let’s take a trip to remember some of the things that happened during 2010…
International Motorcycle Show Bus Trip.
As always the bus was packed full of people and there was a lot to be seen at the show! New bikes, old bikes, merchandise, and lots of people from all over.
New Bike Buyers of 2009 Appreciation Party.
This year’s theme was “South of the Border”. We had a ton of prizes donated from local businesses available, a wild fashion show, a photo booth, discounts, and entertainment to rock the night away. Every year these parties are a blast with the different themes! Sorry, no hints as to what this year’s theme will be for the new bike buyers of 2010!
Press Conference for 2011 State HOG Rally.
You got it… the 2011 Illinois State HOG Rally will be in ROCKFORD this year!! We are SO excited to have our city host it this year, and have a lot of stuff lined up for that weekend. We’ll be talking about it more as the event gets closer!
Women’s Garage Party IX.
As always the Garage Party was a huge hit! We love seeing the look of accomplishment spread across the womens’ faces when they realize that they just picked up a big motorcycle off of the ground, or the excitement of learning the ways that they can add accessories to a motorcycle.
Rumble at the Temple 2010.
Kegels was a proud sponsor of Rumble at the Temple, which took place at Tebala Shrine and gave those who attended a chance to win a new 2010 Sportster 883. Will you be there this year for your chance to win??
Karl’s Spring Ride.
These guys were anxious to get their bikes back on the road (totally understandable!) and there was a great turnout for this chilly April ride led by Karl Kegel. This was the first of many free rides that we had throughout the year, purely for the enjoyment of riding.
Bike Blessing and Pet Adoption.
The day was absolutely beautiful for the bike blessing and pet adoption! Many people came out to have their bike blessed by the Christian Motorcycle Association and check out the adorable dogs and cats that were up for adoption from Noah’s Ark.
Blood Drive and Product Seminars.
The Rock River Blood Center had their big green bus parked out front for the day for dozens of people to donate their blood. While they waited, we had four different product seminars to educate them about helmets, leathers, eyewear, and rain gear.
Annual Executive Ride to Milwaukee.
This annual ride gives riders a chance to explore all that Wisconsin has to offer, including a trip through Milwaukee, the home of Harley-Davidson. Because of our close proximity to Milwaukee and title of world’s oldest family owned dealership, the ride makes a stop over the border to Rockford to grab a bite to eat and browse the dealership.
Mel’s Ride to Milwaukee.
May is known as Women Rider’s Month, and Harley-Davidson holds a big party to celebrate women riders in downtown Milwaukee. Mel Kegel led a ride of both men and women up to the party to join in on the festivities, which included a band, food, drink, bike demos, and more.
Biker Jam 2010.
This year’s Biker Jam started with a torrential downpour of rain along with lightning and thunder… what a nightmare!! However, the sun broke through and turned the day into a scorcher, allowing everyone to ride their bike in and take part in one of our biggest events of the year.
Dogs for Dads.
Father’s Day, June 2010.
Kegel’s staff brought out the grill and cooked hot dogs for fathers and their families for father’s day.
Another one of our free rides led by the sales manager Bruce. The turnout for the free rides is always great… who wouldn’t want a good excuse to go riding on a beautiful day?!
Karl & Rich’s Ride to the Harley-Davidson Museum.
Karl Kegel and service manager Rich led a group of people up to Milwaukee for a tour through the Harley-Davidson Museum. Everyone had a wonderful time, and say that the trip is definitely worth it if you get a chance to go up there!
We closed the store to all men and only allowed women to come in and shop, eat, drink, and socialize for a couple of hours. The deals were great and the women even greater! Everyone had such a good time, that another Ladies Night is being planned for this year.
Garage Party X.
This Garage Party was a little more intimate than others, allowing more one-on-one time and more questions than usual.
Hot Bikes & Hot Rods Show.
This year’s show brought out a ton of people on a blazing hot day. There were so many amazing looking bikes and cars, it was hard to pick a winner!
Mark & Allen’s Chicago Style Ride.
Mark Kegel & Rentals/Rider’s Edge director Allen did a free group ride to Sycamore, Illinois to visit the infamous Portillos Hot Dogs. The ride, as always, had a great turnout and everyone loved treating themselves to some wonderful italian beef.
Harley’s Heroes Tour.
The Harley’s Heroes Tour rolled through the dealership to help veterans get all of the benefits that they are entitled to. There were vendors and veterans out to show their support, and a raffle benefiting disabled veterans.
2011 MY Open House and 9/11 Remembrance Ride.
This year’s Open House introduced some pretty awesome new bike models for 2011 and brought out a lot of people who braved the rain to be able to remember 9/11. There was a chance to buy a brick for the 9/11 Memorial that will be built in downtown Rockford.
1st Annual Swap Meet, Bike Show, and Rock River HOG Chili Cook Off.
The day after the Open House kept festivities going with a swap meet, bike show, and chili cook off for the members of Rock River HOG. For our first swap meet ever, the turnout was better than expected and there are plans for another one this spring!
Fall Color Ride.
Cold weather didn’t stop these guys from coming out to enjoy another ride! Beautiful fall colors welcomed the riders in the beginning, and warm food and treats of the season welcomed them back when they reached the end of the ride.
The 21st annual Champagne Party was our best one yet!! Everyone had fun be it a customer or an employee. The champagne was flowing, the food was great, the band and DJ kept the good times going, and the holiday spirit was in the air. Thank you to all of the employees, the vendors, and most importantly thank you to the customers who came out to spend the evening with us!!
Breakfast/Lunch with Santa.
The big man in red joined everyone in the diner as they ate their breakfast and lunch. There was an opportunity to have your photo taken and kids got to let him know what was on their wish list.
This year was full of good times and good people!! Thank you everyone who joined us in the fun throughout the year, we couldn’t have done it without all of you. We have a lot in store for 2011 to keep the good times going, so be sure to watch out for us on here, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, the radio and TV! Have a safe and happy new year!