|Motorcyle Mania 2014
brought out over 5,000 bikes
From our observations, no other street festival that Middletown has boasts this many people turning out, nor can compare to the revenue that local restaurants and cafes seemed to be taking in judging from the lines out the doors and full street seating. Kiwanis of Middletown sold grinders to benefit their annual scholarship fund and Warm the Children campaign. The committee chair of the event on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce is Richard Greco.
While many residents have taken to online rants to complain of the loud drone of the exhaust of these vehicles cutting into their peaceful midsummer evening, fact is thousands of locals and citizens from afar of all ages enjoyed a fun, family friendly, inexpensive evening downtown with motorcycles on display that could truly be called nothing less than works of art and engineering ingenuity.
|Middletown Kiwanis President Chris Conely, and member Dave Darling man the club's booth which sold grinders as a fundraiser for the club's charitable causes such as the scholarship fund and Warm the Children Campaigns
|Vintage cycles, custom bikes, and bikes with side cars like this one featured were on display. Eager owners answered questions and allowed pretty much anyone interested to pose next to their bikes for a photo.
|Custom paint jobs and chrome dominated many motorcycle bodies, as well as special leather accessories also available for purchase from vendors at the event.
|An old school style ride has white washed ties
and broad fenders, but a totally new school exhaust system.
|As in this photo of a embracing couple, love was in the air at Motorcycle Mania. Love of chrome, noise, leather, family, and comradery among the biker community and its following.
|This white bike has an extra large "dashboard." The owner said it was so his wife, a frequent passenger on the back, could dock her ipod and provide tunes as they cruise; an innovation the owner said that many motorcycles don't come with.
|The South Green was overflowing this year with cycles of all makes and models.