Motorcycle Dealer Closure Threatens Ohio Bike Week

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Sandusky, Ohio (AP) -- Organizers of Ohio bike week say they're worried that the closing of a Harley-Davidson dealership in northern Ohio will hurt the event, an important source of tourism dollars.

Roeder Harley-Davidson in Sandusky has been the main sponsor of bike week, which has included live music, races and stunt demonstrations and is scheduled this year for June 5-14.

Many events were to originate at the dealership, which shut its doors Friday after its bank started foreclosure proceedings. Harley-Davidson also says the dealership owes it $2 million.

Bike week organizer steve ernst says a portion of the dealership's campus is expected to remain available, but it's unclear if buildings will be open.

The event began in 2001 as a bike rally that ended on the shores of Lake Erie.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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