Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hog Haven on Thursday Evenings, Bikers Rev It Up in Market Square

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hog Haven on Thursday Evenings, Bikers Rev It Up in Market Square

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The thing about Bike Night is, everybody has a bike.

Maybe they've been riding for four decades or maybe they've been riding for a month. Maybe they've got a leather vest or maybe they're riding in a T-shirt. Maybe they've logged 25,000 miles. Maybe they've logged a few hundred.

No matter.

Roll into Market Square on two wheels -- and maybe give your engine a rev while you're at it -- every Thursday night during the summer and you'll find a free parking spot, a jamming band and a few hundred friends.

"Everybody that has a motorcycle is a friend," said Tom Delmer, 74, a retired electrician from Lincoln. "You can talk and it doesn't matter where you are from, what you do or how much money you have. You've got a Harley. That's everything."

Oh right.

At Bike Nights in Market Square, all makes and models are welcome, but if you're gonna roll in and rev up, make sure it's on a Harley-Davidson.

"To a lot of people, it's either you're riding a Harley, or you are nothing," said Vince Rump, as he leaned against the 2009 Harley- Davidson 883 Custom bike that he parked in front of Primanti Bros.

For the third time this summer, Mr. Rump, 50, a machinist who lives in Baldwin Township, was at Bike Night in Market Square last week. He comes to hear some music, have a beer and get "chrome envy."

It's a condition, he explained, where you admire another guy or gal's bike and wish it was yours.

That's partly the point of Bike Nights, both in Market Square and a separate event that is held each week in Station Square, also Thursdays during the summer.

The events draw hundreds of people from a wide area around Pittsburgh who want to hang out in a crowd of people with similar interests. They want to hear a different band play -- last week in Market Square, it was Nieds Hotel Band.

And they really want to see everyone else's bike.

"You get a good sense of what's out there and see what everyone is riding," said Wes White, a service adviser at European Motorcycles of Pittsburgh, one of the Market Square Bike Nights sponsors. …

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