With the rise in event cancellations this year the midwest has had a lot of energy built up this summer waiting for some fun and safe vintage bike gatherings. So the folks at Horsepower Inc and Northbuilt Customs came together on Gasoline Alley in Indianapolis just south of the Indy 500 track to host a bike night that was welcome to a broad range of moto enthusiasts from vintage to modern. With events like the Moto GP canceling its run at the speedway and the Indy 500 being closed to any in person spectators, as well as the cancellation of the famed "Steer Inn" bike night, the large number of vintage, custom and high performance riders in the city were feeling an all time low in moral.
The crew at Horsepower Inc caters to the modern speed enthusiasts and high performance Harley riders while the crew at Northbilt Customs offers services to the more vintage Japanese and European bikes. So with a mix of all their friends and customer base combined it served to be a pretty diverse lineup of motorcycles ranging from just about anything you could think from the 1940's to present day rides. The Indianapolis area also recently got a new Triumph dealership as well and they joined in the fun bringing out out some of their most impressive restorations including a very rare and expensive Vincent Black Shadow.
The first couple bike nights also brought out the crew from Hoy Vintage Cycles who brought a wide variety of vintage bikes from Moto Guzzi to rare Hondas a couple of which we had actually featured in previous blog posts to the site.The streets of "Gasoline Alley" outside of the Horsepower Inc. facility on these bike nights became notoriously known for a rotating cast of pro stunt riders and brave amateurs willing to burn the rubber off their tires for the crowd gathering there each night. Some spectators even came out with lawn chairs just to see the rotating spectacle of stunts being performed on the streets throughout the night. One such rider famous for his traveling moto antics was "C-Bear stunts" made the trek up to Indy twice just to give the people a proper show they wouldn't forget.
Along with C-Bear several high performance dyna riders from all over joined the fun helping keep the spirits high and the stakes even higher. The bike night events stretched on through the end of the summer up until just recently happening a couple times a month. It was much needed relief for many riders and we thank Horsepower Inc, Northbilt Customs and Truimph of Indy for helping bring this outlet to many in need of a good time.Photos by Mike Vandegriff