Chesnee Classic Cycle

is the home of

The 10th Annual Antique Bikes on Main- July 26 & 27, 2014

"Always the Last Weekend in July"

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Sponsored by the City of Chesnee,SC and Northeast Area Council of the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce

 

Since 2005, Chesnee Classic Cycle has been home to the annual Antique Bikes on Main rally. All kinds of motorcycles and enthusiasts come in a real downtown venue.

The free Swap Meet on Saturday & Sunday gets bigger and better every year. Clean out your spares, find what you need to fix your bike or buy another one!

Saturday's Prayer Ride tours the area before coming back to Chesnee for Christian music and fellowship into the evening.           

Sunday is the official Antique Bikes on Main event, when main street literally fills with vintage bikes of all makes and models.  Not everyone rides a Harley.  Come look for the Norton 750 Commando, Honda 400 Four, Ducati 250 Mach 1, Benelli Riverside, Hodaka Combat Wombat or whatever YOU used to ride.  Maybe you still have that old Panhead or 750-4 Chopper. Bring it out.  It doesn't matter if it is a perfect restoration or a flogged, worn out "great old bike" that needs everything.  Gasoline Alley hosts all varieties of race bikes on Sunday, with legendary tuners and racers mixing in the crowd at past years.  Any race bike is welcome- dusty, dirty, running or not, from a dirt bike to a two stroke drag bike to an AHRMA or AMA roadracing bike. Somebody will love to see it and share stories that usually start with, "I remember the time when I...."     As always, it's all free for attendees and participants- NO admission, registration or fees to participate with your bike or bikes.  Just bring it out, park it and have a great time. 

It's motorcycle parking only on Main Street, especially on Sunday with designated areas welcoming motorcycles of specific vintages.   If you come on four wheels, with or without a trailer, there's plenty of parking on the side streets around back.

Visit Chesnee's famous Bantam Chef for a Chili Cheese-a-plenty in AIR-CONDITONED COMFORT while you tour the display of 50's era motorcycle and automobile memorabilia.  Other Chesnee Restaurants including El Limon Mexican, New Century Chinese, Yoshi's Japanese and Pizza House offer their specialty menus and a/c, all in walking distance.

Don't miss event food vendors like Wild Bill's, in front of Chesnee Classic Cycle.  Wild Bill has been with us every year since the beginning of Antique Bikes on Main.


Visit the link below to take a quick video tour of a recent Antique Bikes on Main with Big Al and Haley on Fuel TV Inc,

http://www.bigalandhayley.com/html/episode_42.html


You never know what kinds of bikes you'll see. You never know who you'll meet. Bring your bike, even if it doesn't run or look pretty, and help make Antique Bikes on Main even better this year. This isn't a TV show or high-dollar performance.  This family-friendly event is for people that love bikes. It's guaranteed to be hot in South Carolina in July, but Antique Bikes on Main is worth the trip!

If you missed it, revisit the historic first and only Motor Maids on Main July 10, 2012

In 2012, we kicked off Antique Bikes on Main early by hosting Motor Maids on Main.  As the official parade of the 2012 Motor Maids Inc. 72nd Annual National Convention held in nearby Spartanburg, SC, we battled so much rain, hail, wind and lightning that the ride was officially CANCELLED!  Everything on the video not shot in the Marriott was part of our rainy party that Tuesday night.

So what happens when you tell a bunch of bikers what they CAN'T do?!?  They do it anyways.  Around 150-175 Motor Maids rode into Chesnee- officially escorted by Chesnee Mayor Max Cash on his Harley and Chesnee Police Chief Danny Swofford- with many more arriving throughout the evening. Motor Maids are the real deal- no one can even register for the convention if they don't RIDE all the way.  No trailers, no trucks, no excuses.   You think you're tough because you rode yours?  It's pretty humbling to meet several 80 or 90+ year old Motor Maids that just rode their bikes hundreds of miles, some well over 1000 miles one way, just to party.  It's a great group for all women of all ages to consider joining, with chapters across the USA and Canada.  Check them out atwww.motormaids.org

See what you missed at the link below, courtesy of  SCETV-

http://www.scetv.org/index.php/etv_upstate/entry/motor_maids/

     If you see Button or Thomas Mossburg at Antique Bikes on Main, ask about their infamous ride into town on Motor Maids founder Dot Robinson's famous pink Ultra Classic sidecar rig....



Vendors

All true vendors (food and new items), as determined by Antique Bikes on Main officials, will be required to complete a Vendor Form (above) and submit payment,

All checks are to be made payable to Northeast Area Council

Check in at  Event Headquarters Tent in front of Chesnee Classic Cycle at 102 East Chester Street to fill out a form for consideration when you arrive if you do not pre-register or to be shown to your approved spot.

We do our best to welcome all parties, but are not accepting applications for any person(s) or group(s) that do not contribute to the family-friendly atmosphere of Antique Bikes on Main.  Please help us keep this event a positive experience for all in attendance.  As a generously-supported public event with no admission fees, we cannot allow vendors offering anything such as adult magazines or similar content products, gang paraphenalia, illegal or illicit items or content.

All decisions by Antique Bikes on Main officials are final. 

Swap Meet

Our Swap Meet is FREE!- NO admission, parking fees, space fees or tricks.  Sellers are only required to register by completing a vendor form (above).  Check in at  Event Headquarters Tent in front of Chesnee Classic Cycle at 102 East Chester Street to fill out a form when you arrive if you do not pre-register or to be shown to your approved spot.

The Swap Meet officially begins on Saturday morning, within the designated area.  No power or water hookups are available. Space is available on a first come, first serve basis.  We do require sellers offer motorcycle-related & family-appropriate items- no adult magazines, gang paraphenalia, illegal or illicit items or content, please.  Any such items and responsible parties will be removed without exception.True vendors will be set up in other areas.  All decisions of Antique Bikes on Main officials are final.

The City of Chesnee, Northeast Area Council and area residents generously support Antique Bikes on Main so we need everyone to help us keep it a great time.   Bring out your bikes, parts and goodies- any condition, any brand, any vintage.

 

Prayer Ride

Wow- 4 1/4" of rain between 8:30 and 12:15 Saturday Morning in downtown Chesnee swamped this year's Prayer Ride in July.  When we cancelled it, calls immediately came in from so many riders, churches and even the Sherriff's Office in the next county who wanted the Prayer Ride to happen that we immediately rescheduled. 

The 3rd Annual Prayer Ride will meet at Chesnee United Methodist Church on Saturday October 26, with kickstands up at 1PM! Don't be late!  It's not our official Toy Run- that's on November 24, "Always the Last Sunday Before Thanksgiving"- but because of the later date folks are asking if they can bring toys or make a donation for Kops Kids. That would be great, but is not necessary.  As long as you come and ride at BOTH events, we'll be thrilled!

CUMC address is 409 South Kennedy Street Chesnee SC 29323, located behind Turners Restaurant or one block northeast of traffic light at the Bantam Chef.  Arrive early to get in line and fellowship with others for this great ride throughout the area.  Riders will stop at multiple churches along the route to service prayer requests offered by participating churches.  Join us as we share our compassion and grow the church of Jesus Christ with our neighbors. 

After a great ride through two counties, riders will return to downtown Chesnee for Christian Music and Fellowship into the evening.  Come relax in our beautiful small city and enjoy dinner at one of our many restaurants.  Visit Chesnee's famous Bantam Chef for a Chili Cheese-a-plenty in AIR-CONDITONED COMFORT while you tour the display of 50's era motorcycle and automobile memorabilia.  Other Chesnee Restaurants including  El Limon Mexican, New Century Chinese, Yoshi's Japanese and Pizza House offer their specialty menus and a/c, all in walking distance.

 

Contact Dennis at Chesnee Classic Cycle (864) 590-2141, CMA  Steve Eplee (864) 437-7395 or Ben Godwin (828) 280-6984 for more information about the Prayer Ride.

 

Directions

Downtown Chesnee and Antique Bikes on Main is located at the intersection of SC 221 and SC 11.

Driving Directions

GPS address- 102 East Chester Street Chesnee, South Carolina 29323.  East Chester Street will be closed on Sunday, but GPS will take you to within 50 feet of Chesnee Classic Cycle.

From Interstate 85- Take Exit 78 in Spartanburg to SC 221 North. SC 221 becomes South Alabama Avenue- which is our Main Street- as it passes through Chesnee. You can also take Interstate 85 Exit 92 in Gaffney to SC 11 and travel west for the scenic ride. After passing the Cowpens Battleground National Park, turn left at second traffic light and you have arrived at Antique Bikes on Main.

From Interstate 26- Take Exit 18 onto I-85 North in Spartanburg towards Charlotte, then follow directions from Interstate 85. You can also take Interstate 26 Exit 5 to SC 11 and travel east for a great ride. When you cross the railroad tracks, you're in Chesnee.  Turn right at first light and you have arrived at Antique Bikes on Main.

If you get onto Interstate 85 Business North, Exit 78 to SC 221 is the first exit after you merge back onto Interstate 85 North.  Then follow the directions listed above From Interstate 85.

 

 

Lodging

These area motels welcome Antique Bikes on Main attendees.  Be sure to mention Antique Bikes on Mainwhen making your reservations.  Some have limited availability and/or cut-off dates for reservations, so plan ahead.   Special offers will be added when offered closer to rally date.

Comfort Inn & Suites (I-85, Exit 75) 154 Candlenut Lane Boiling Springs, SC 29303 Phone: (864) 814-2001 (800) 424-6423 FAX (864) 814-0908

 

Comfort Suites Westgate 458 W. Blackstock Rd Spartanburg , SC 29301 864-699-6700

Courtyard by Marriott 110 Mobile Drive Spartanburg, SC 29303 864-585-2400 www.Marriott.com/spach

 

Hampton Inn & Suites/Summit Pointe Conference Center 801 Spartan Blvd. Spartanburg, SC 864-699-2222

 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Spartanburg-North 161 Sha Drive Spartanburg, SC 29307 864-504-3333

Quality Inn and Suites(Bus. I-85, exit 4)160 Simuel Road Spartanburg, SC 29303 Phone: 864-542-0333 Fax: 864-598-9646

 

Sheridan Hotel(I-85, exit 63)1386 E. Main Street Duncan, SC 29334 Phone: 864-433-1122 Fax: 864-433-0049


Got an Idea to help make Antique Bikes on Main even better?

We're always looking for ways to make Antique Bikes on Main a bigger and better event. Attendance in 2012 was around 16,000 people, all adding to the local economy.  Have you got an idea to help us grow or offer event participants options while they are in the area?  We're looking for the right combination of motorcycles and affordable good times, with a motorcycle-friendly scene only  Chesnee Classic Cycle and the City of Chesnee can offer.  The Motor Maids did.  We worked with their schedule and together we made history.    Make Main Street in Chesnee the destination of your event.

Just imagine- what can we do with your group, non-profit or company?  Contact us to see what we can do together.

The 9th Annual Toy Run on Main- Sunday Nov 24, 2012

Sponsored by the City of Chesnee,SC and Northeast Area Council of the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce

"Always the Last Sunday before Thanksgiving"

Kickstands up at 2PM, leaving from Fred's parking lot in Downtown Chesnee

Join us at Chesnee Classic Cycle for our 9th Annual Toy Run on Main.  Help us raise donations for Chesnee-area youth, to be distributed by the Chesnee Police Kops Kids Charity.  Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Toy Run or drop one off in advance if you like.  Donations sites include Chesnee Classic Cycle, Fred's store in Downtown Chesnee, Dollar General on HWY 221 in Mayo.

In the best years, we have gotten a wide variety of toy donations.  This really helps meet the needs of our youth, ages up to mid-teens. Your creativity in generosity is always appreciated.  

All contibutions in check form need to be made payable to Northeast Area Council.  These funds will then be transfered to Kops Kids Charity officials for additional toy purchases.

After a brief ride through the country around Chesnee, spend time with us in downtown Chesnee at Santa's House.  Planned activities include vendors, food, live music and children activities with face painting & a chance to meet Santa Claus!   Last year we had approximately 300 riders and well over 1000 toys!  Come on out for a great time, before the hectic holidays and winter sets in for good.



For More Information about the Toy Run or to come as a vendor free of charge, contact:

Chesnee Classic Cycle

102 E Chester St. Chesnee, SC 29323

(864) 590-2141

dennisharris@chesnet.net

Chesnee Classic Cycle

Since 1993, Chesnee Classic Cycle has been a regional hub for vintage & classic motorcycles, owners and enthusiasts.  The shop is housed in the former Potter's Livery Stable, established in 1914 , which is the oldest original timber-framed building remaining in downtown Chesnee.  Owner Dennis Harris spent his early years as a flattrack racer and renowned tuner, achieving national success with Norton, Ossa, Ducati, Cagiva, Honda and Harley Davidson motorcycles before retiring to establish Chesnee Classic Cycle in his hometown.

The pace at Chesnee Classic Cycle is less hectic nowadays than in past years.  Basic service and tires are a primary focus.  Older Harley Davidsons are most common.  Other marques and projects find their way to us, often when other shops are unable to help.  We never got into recent custom trends so popular on television, so terms like "Old School" don't really apply.  You won't find neon or an apparel section or a showroom full of bikes for sale. It's more like an old country hardware store, but with men relaxing around motorcycles instead of a pot bellied wood stove. Chesnee Classic Cycle is just a real motorcycle shop.

A brief history of Antique Bikes on Main and our mascot "Barney"Antique Bikes on Main has become the signature annual event of Chesnee Classic Cycle.  Ever since the beginning, we have always found a reason to get together with friends- usually with something on the grill, something in the ice chest and lots of friends & motorcycles.  Early events focused on specific bikes, like Italian and British brands.  In May 2005, we held the first Antique Bikes on Main event open to all bikes. 25 or 30 friends showed up, with about the same number of bikes.  Within three to four years, it had moved to "Always the Last Weekend in July", outgrown East Chester Street in front of the shop and taken over the town with 10,000 in attendance. 

The heat has become legendary.  Even so, with the added Swap Meet and Prayer Ride on Saturday, Antique Bikes on Main has become one of the top summer motorcycle events in the region with attendance continuing to climb.  We want to keep it fun and free for everyone to attend, old and young. We loved motorcycles when we were kids and we want them to have fun here, too.  We also remember when it didn't cost $50.00 just for parking, admission and a cheap plate of food to go to a bike rally.  Hopefully Antique Bikes on Main will help remind people that money isn't everything. 

Our Antique Bikes on Main motorcycle rider logo has affectionately become known as "Barney".  In 1947, a good friend of ours named Sam Greenway opened a new Harley Davidson dealership in Fayetteville, NC after returning from World War II.  Greenway Harley Davidson operated for about ten years before he let the HD Franchise go as he transitioned to a more profitable Schwinn Bicycle dealership.  Mr. Greenway was a regular at Chesnee Classic Cycle for many years.  In early 2007, Mrs. Greenway asked us to help resolve the remains of his life long collection of everything two-wheeled as Sam reached the end of a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.  When we finished, she came to us and said, "Thank you for helping.  I know this isn't much, but Sam would want you to have this for your shop."  She handed us their last new Greenway Harley Davidson green t-shirt from 1955.  Barney was on the front of that shirt.  When we did our first Antique Bikes on Main t-shirts in 2007, Barney on his old motorcycle was the natural choice and a fitting tribute to our good friends Mr. and Mrs. Sam Greenway.

 

We're usually here at Chesnee Classic Cycle Tuesday - Saturdays after 1:00PM until 7:00PM, sometimes later. 

When you stop in, offering a cold twelve pack of Busch Light in cans is an excellent way to say "hello"....  

Contact

For More Information, contact:

Chesnee Classic Cycle

102 E Chester St. Chesnee, SC 29323

(864) 590-2141

dennisharris@chesnet.net

 

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