Chrome, leather fill Carson City

Fringe, jeans, leather vests and a few short skirts filled the parking lot of Carson City Harley-Davidson on Saturday.

Taking part of Street Vibrations' 14th annual festivities, thousands of riders of Harley-Davidsons, Buell, Ducati, and several other makes meandered their way through vendors, performers and demonstrations.

All the latest high-performance gear for motorcycles was on display at Drag Specialties including tires, helmets, leathers, oil tank breathers, exhaust and fuel parts.

There were T-shirts, vests, bike-care products and even more T-shirts awaiting shoppers seeking a memento.

As the Harley Dolls performed on stage, people wearing T-shirts representing various clubs stood about. Clubs from Merced and San Jose, Calif., Montana, Daytona Beach, Fla., and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The aroma of savory barbecue filled the air as the sound of boots on the pavement could be heard " in between the revving of the unmistakable Harley engine.

"Loud pipes save lives," read a patch on one man's vest.

Custom paint schemes on fuel tanks and fenders with exotic artwork caught many eyes, some stopping to take a photo.

Jason Pullen of San Francisco performed stunts on his Harley-Davidson Sportster.

He popped wheelies, quickly coming to a stop and balancing on the front tire " rear tire in the air. Then he accelerated again, moved his legs over the handlebars and rode the bike effortlessly.

Street Vibrations events continue today from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. at Carson City Harley-Davidson with food, a beer garden, live DJ, the Harley Dolls and awards. In Reno at Harley-Davidson/Buell Motorcycle Sales and Service with factory demos, Dyno Drags, food, vendors, beer garden and live music. Also Sunday services with Christian Motorcycle Association, and JC and Us Ministries.

Virginia City will have merchants open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. providing VIP parking on C Street; with the Tatoo Expo from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the downtown Reno Events Center.

For information, visit www.reno.com.

- Contact Rhonda Costa at rcosta@nevadaappeal.com or 881-1223.

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