Saturday, May 18 2013 07:43
Bikers take note – Riverhead's one and only motorcycle supply store is holding its grand opening party today at the corner of Elton and East Main streets.
Visitors at Renegade Classic's grand opening should expect to enjoy free barbecue, live music, bike contests and raffles between noon and 5 p.m. today, according to co-owner Vince Chiovarelli.
"There's going to be a bike show and trophies for best paint, best chrome, best custom and show favorite," Chiovarelli said.
He said biker beauty contest winners Miss Renegade Riverhead and Miss Renegade Deer Park will be on hand at the event, as will The Christian Motorcycle Association, who will perform group and individual bike blessings for interested parties.
Raffle prizes will include rain gear, helmets, leather jackets, belts, boots, gloves and Renegade Classic tee shirts.
As a franchise with 40 locations nationwide, Chiovarelli said he and co-owning sister, Lisa Jo, often receive an extra discount from manufacturers due to the large number of orders regularly placed by Renegade Classic.
He said those discounts are passed on to their customers.
"Our prices are very, very reasonable and affordable for that reason," said Chiovarelli.
The franchise, located at 1186 E. Main Street, has been an East End oasis for motorcycle accessory seekers since it first opened its doors at the end of September, according to Riverhead biker Anthony Martocchia, president of a motorcycle club called the "Zoo Crew."
"We used to have to cruise all over the place looking for gear," Martocchia said. "This place is great because I live right down the road."
Martocchia, whose club will be in attendance at the grand opening, was one of the Riverhead location's first customers.
"They do custom patches here, so this is where I got my [Zoo Crew] patches," he said.
Beginning in June, Renegade Classic will hold a monthly gathering for bikers on the first Thursday evening of every month with free barbecue and music.
"Bikers like having a destination and a place to hang out," he said. "We want a place to go and when we get there, we want something to do. Not necessarily to drink because people shouldn't be drinking and riding, but to hang out with like-minded individuals."
No alcoholic beverages will be served at any of Renegade Classic's events.
RiverheadLOCAL photos by Emil Breitenbach Jr.
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