Whitney Point was the place to be this weekend if you like choppers, American Cruisers or sport bikes. As Elyse Mickalonis explains, although the 13th annual Cruisin’ Pallooza was all about motorcycles on Sunday, riders have a serious message they want the public to hear. Gear heads and motorcycle enthusiasts got the chance to check out some pretty cool rides this weekend at the Cruisin’ Pallooza.

WHITNEY POINT, N.Y. — It’s a lot different that driving a car. “It’s the wind in the hair, the cool breeze and just the freedom of it,” said Steve Ellsworth, Town of Binghamton Resident.

Tim Columbia, Southern Tier ABATE Member, added, “Enjoyment out of a country road, riding through the curves with a rhythm, it’s almost like music.”

This weekend’s 13th annual Cruisin’ Pallooza event drew a lot of gear heads and motorcycle enthusiasts, as Sunday marked third annual “Bike Night During the Day.”

Visitors enjoyed food, vendors, and bike games, while riders competed in seven classes, from sports bikes to American Cruisers. “Most people don’t need a trophy to appreciate their bike more.

But to be honest, bragging rights are priceless,” said Ralph Thorn, Johnson City Resident. Riders said they’re also urging the public to pay extra attention while they’re on the road during the summer, as more bikes will be out.

“You’ve got to be a defensive driver. It’s like football, you’ve got to be defensive all the time and be on the lookout,” said Ellsworth. Columbia added, “You look and you look twice. Don’t roll through stop signs. Don’t roll through right on reds. Stop, because a motorcycle might be coming.” Thorn said, “Keep your eye out for us.

But if I’ve got mine running you’ll see me, because you’ll hear it, before you see it.” There was also a bike show hosted by the Triple Cities Chopper Club and a ride to the event by Southern Tier Harley Davidson. Proceeds from the event will go towards Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse.

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