Martinsburg Bike Night, a premier event for motorcycle enthusiasts, takes place in Martinsburg, W.Va., Aug. 20. The event is organized by Main Street Martinsburg and Blue Knights West Virginia Chapter V, a motorcycle club consisting of members of law enforcement.
Bikers can participate in a police-escorted 40-mile trip through the area’s rolling hills. This is the 15th year for the event, said K.C. Bohrer, president of Blue Knights Chapter V. To join in the ride, bikers pay a $20 registration fee or $25 for the ride and a special commemorative pin. Registration begins at noon at the new location of the Living Room Church on Rock Cliff Drive and ends at 3:30 p.m. with the ride starting at 4 p.m. and lasting until about 5:30 p.m.
“There are prizes and giveaways for the first 50 riders registered,” Bohrer said. “These include key rings, tactical knives, and other items. We’ve had from 300 to as many as 600 riders in the past.”
The area has plenty to offer bikers, Bohrer said.
“There are a lot of back roads with beautiful scenery. Martinsburg is right off of I-81, so it’s easy to find. You also have a lot of historic places like Shepherdstown and Sharpsburg just a few miles away. We’ve never had a problem attracting people,” he said.
Bike Night is also different from other biker events in the tri-state area.
“We aren’t typical,” he said. “This is a family-friendly event. It’s a safe, very controlled event, involving law enforcement personnel.” Spouses and children of Blue Knight members accompany them to various rides and functions.
Even if you’re not a biker, there is plenty to do from 5:00pm to 11:00pm in downtown Martinsburg for no registration fee. A variety of restaurants are open, bike and apparel vendors will be on hand, and there will be food concessions. Visitors can go to a beer garden and listen to three live bands: Break of Day, High Mileage, and Troublemaker. The groups play ‘80s and ‘90s classic rock.
“Bike Night is a great opportunity to see what downtown has to offer,” said Randy Lewis, of Martinsburg’s Main Street organization. “It grows and grows every year.”
The event has attracted from 3,000 to 8,000 visitors each year. Martinsburg is less than a two-hour trip from the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas.
Bike Night is one of the biggest fundraisers for both Main Street and the Blue Knights.
For more information:
Bike Night: mainstreetmartinsburg.com
Martinsburg Tourism: travelwv.com