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Mark Daly of Thunderstruck Bikes burns some rubber on one of his custom Harley-Davidsons. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune

Annual Xtreme Bike Show one of summer’s best parties

You don’t have to love motorcycles to have a good time at the 22nd Annual Xtreme Bike Show, but don’t be surprised if you catch yourself pointing and grinning at some of the most painted-up, chromed-out and downright gorgeous motorcycles in Southern Oregon. Add live music, good food, something cold to drink and it’s a party.

The show, an annual charity event hosted by Mark Daley of Thunderstruck Custom Bikes in Medford, will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Rogue Regency Inn & Suites, 2300 Biddle Road. It features a variety of classes for extreme customs, stock bikes, metric cruisers, vintage bikes, a lady’s division and a specialty class for the most unusual. Entry fee is $10 and all proceeds go to the local Boys and Girls Club.

“The show is open to any type of bike,” Daley says. “It’s not just about fancy paint and chrome. It’s more about having fun and supporting a good cause.” Show registration begins at 11 a.m., with judging from 1 to 3 p.m. Trophies will be awarded around 3:30 p.m.

New this year is a poker run, hosted by Combat Hero Bike Build, a nonprofit organization that serves severely wounded veterans. The run begins at 9 a.m. at D&S Harley-Davidson, 38446 S. Pacific Highway, Medford, and finishes at the Rogue Regency Inn around 1 p.m. Proceeds from the poker run will help fund next year’s motorcycle build.

Daley, a nationally acclaimed custom motorcycle builder, became involved with the program several years ago and donates his time and talents to build a custom-fitted motorcycle for a combat vet every year.

“It’s always worth the time and effort when I see the reactions of these wounded guys who didn’t think they’d ever ride again. It gets pretty emotional,” Daley says.

In addition to the Regency Grill and Chadwick’s Pub & Sports Bar, the inn will offer an outdoor barbecue and a variety of adult beverages. Other choices include tacos, Cold Fusion Premium Italian Shaved Ice, Trollee Korn Gourmet Popcorn and a beer garden. Or grab an Uncle Al’s hot dog as you tap your feet to the live music by rock and country band Perry Road.

“This year we’re adding more hot rods, street rods and classic cars,” Daley says. “We’ll have a display by Oregon Vintage Motorcycles and booths representing D&S Harley-Davidson, Hansen’s BMW Motorcycles, the Boys and Girls Club, the Combat Hero Bike Build, the Cigar Den, a chain-saw wood sculptor and a few others.”

The 50/50 payouts get bigger each year and Daley says this year’s raffle prizes are well worth the price of a ticket. You could even win a getaway package courtesy of the Rogue Regency Inn. Ask about special overnight rates the weekend of the show to anyone who mentions Thunderstruck at registration.

This annual charity event started as a modest motorcycle show that drew a handful of bikes and made a few hundred dollars to benefit the local Boys and Girls Club. Twenty-two years later, the show has expanded to include a parking lot full of custom bikes, live music, a variety of food booths, a range of local vendors and hot rods and classic cars, all in a fun and family-friendly environment.

“The move from Front Street to the Rogue Regency went over really well last year,” Daley says. “There’s a lot more shade and the extra room has allowed us to offer more entertainment to people who might not be die-hard motorcycle enthusiasts but do enjoy the outdoor party atmosphere.”

Each year, Daley and his wife, Betsy, appreciate the dedicated group of volunteers, sponsors and supporters who donate countless hours and merchandise to make this event successful.

“Betsy and I could never do it without all of them, and the show participants who show up every year. With their help, we’ve been able to donate over a quarter of a million dollars to the Boys and Girls Clubs in Jackson and Josephine counties. It’s one of the summer’s best parties and if you buy a raffle ticket or two, you have helped support a very worthy cause.”

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