Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Bikers Plan Loud Farewell | Some Mourn Event's Move from Sarasota to Lakewood Ranch

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Bikers Plan Loud Farewell | Some Mourn Event's Move from Sarasota to Lakewood Ranch

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THUNDER BY THE BAY

SARASOTA -- With the Thunder by the Bay's motorcycle festival move to Lakewood Ranch this weekend, some bikers plan a Saturday morning protest ride.

Instead of leaving downtown with a whimper, they'd like to throttle up a roar.

Brrrapt!

Brrrrapttt!

Brrrrraptttaptaptaptaptap!

"I took the baffles out of my bike today and it's angry-loud," joked Denny Lykins of Bradenton. "I'll probably get a ticket."

At 9 a.m. sharp, bikers plan to ride three loops around Main Street and Fruitville Road. The Saturday morning weather forecast is for rain, so some may ride on Sunday, too.

Thunder by the Bay has been downtown for 18 years, but complaints about noise and congestion pushed organizers to move the charity event to the Premier Sports Complex in

Lakewood Ranch.

Rick Hayberg, who owns the Custom Toyz bike shop in Sarasota, says this is unfortunate. Merchants don't know what they'll be missing.

"I kind of see their point, but c'mon," Hayberg said. …

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