Pekin’s 15th Annual Super Cruise Weekend began Friday with classic and custom motorcycles and trikes lining Court Street for several blocks.
The event has attracted motorcycle enthusiasts from all over central Illinois. Lisa Schmedeke of Manito moved to the area with her husband, Roy “Fat Boy” Schmedeke, four years ago and attended their first Bike Night last year.
“My husband’s a biker and this is what out interest is,” she said. “(We enjoy) seeing the different bikes and his friends.”
While the city of Pekin has been holding a Downtown Cruise for 15 years, Bike Night is a relatively new addition, being in its eighth year. Super Cruise Weekend promoter and organizer Steve Bresnahan was quick to say that the weekend is not just for motorcycle and car enthusiasts.
“Even if you’re not (a motorcycle and car enthusiast), we’ve got good food, we’ve got a great band playing some great rock ‘n’ roll music, and it’s a beautiful night,” he said. “It’s a great way to promote downtown Pekin.”
Bresnahan said he is, in a way, the founder of Bike Night.
“I came up with the idea eight years ago,” he said. “I approached Pekin Main Street and the Main Street Committee and encouraged them to try this. We’ve been doing it ever since.”
While Bresnahan said Bike Night was not strictly an event for motorcycle enthusiasts, Brian Bruen of Pekin was not about to miss a chance to show off his newly-acquired 2018 Harley Davidson Streak Glide Special. He said his black bike with orange racing stripes is one of only 225 such motorcycles in the world that were made in that color.
“I come to these (Super Cruises) every year,” said Bruen. “I just got (the Streak Glide Special) last year. I have a trike at home that I showed off last year.”
Bike Night, hosted by the Pekin Downtown Super Cruise Committee and the city of Pekin, also offered live music by rock band “Jury’s Out,” food and merchandise vendors, a beer garden, face painting, henna tattoos, and disk jockeys from the Peoria radio station 104.9 The Wolf. Sponsorships from 15 local businesses helped make Super Cruise Weekend possible.
For Saturday’s Downtown Cruise, the motorcycles will yield Court Street to hundreds of classic and custom cars. The Downtown Cruise will begin at 11 a.m. and will continue until 8 p.m.