Peoria Grand Nationals Rally

The Peoria Grand Nationals event was this past Saturday on the Peoria River Front. The Grand Nationals TT are dirt bike track races held at the Peoria Motorcycle Club.  On Saturday morning there was a motorcycle parade that departs from the Peoria Motorcycle Club and ends on the Peoria Riverfront.  At the riverfront there is a bike show, vendors, and bands performing.

It was a not an easy day shooting because of the crowds and the sun beaming down.  This year I did not make the parade because I woke up late.  I rode down to University and Main street and they had it blocked off.  The officer at the patrolling intersection did not let me join the parade.  It's like dude, come on, I'm on a bike just let me in.  After I was denied access to the join the parade, I made a U-turn and hopped on 74, and went to the riverfront.

I met a guy named Terry who was talking with a buddy of mine who had his bike in the bike show.  Below is a shot of Terry's 1999 Harley Davidson Road King.


A 1999 Harley Davidson Road King at the Peoria Grand Nationals Rally bike show in Peoria, IL

Below is a shot of my buddy's bike that I mentioned earlier.  It is a custom 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa. 


A custom 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa at the Peoria Grand Nationals Bike Rally in Peoria, IL

Later on that day I met a guy named TJ at his booth at the Grand Nationals rally.  TJ is artist that will draw, paint, and airbrush just about anything and everything. He really does, well according to his Facebook page.  One of the first bike I saw at his booth was a 2007 Harley Davidson Street Bob.  He told me that bike gets a lot of attention, and it did.  He told me that the bike is named, "Nightmare".  Below are several shots of his work.


Another friend of mine had a booth set up in the vendor section of the Grand Nationals Rally.  Outside of his booth, he had several bikes around. If you are needing motorcycle gear or parts.  Check out Extreme Kempy.  Below are a few shots of the bikes at his booth. 


Keep seeing motorcycles!