H-D of Erie's profits grow with Bike Fest, Roar on the Shore

Publish Date: 
Jul 23, 2013

ERIE, Penn. – Lots of businesses benefit from big motorcycle rallies, and this year’s Roar on the Shore was very good to event co-sponsor Harley-Davidson of Erie. On a normal weekend, dealer principal Kelly Lapping sells three bikes. Last weekend, he sold 30.

Harley-Davidson of Erie, a Top 100 Dealer, hosts a nine-day Bikefest during the weekend Roar on the Shore rally.

"It's a definite economic boom across the board," Lapping told GoErie.com. "In the future, it will be getting bigger and better. We definitely have plans to expand on Bike Fest with more venues next year."

That’s just fine with many of the restaurant and hotel owners in the area, who also benefit from the rally, which drew 100,000 people in its seventh year.

"Roar on the Shore is definitely one of the biggest weeks of the year," said hotelier Tim Merryman. "Bikers are great. They're gracious, kind and we enjoy having them and we have several that come back year after year."

Tammy Polanski of the Manufacturer and Business Association told GoErie the vendors made more in the first night than they did over the course of last year's three nights of Roar on the Shore.

Posted  by Holly Wagner