A maroon Suzuki Hayabusa, one of the fastest street bikes ever made, was the first to arrive.
Then they all started showing up.
Soon there were plenty of sport bikes – known as “crotch rockets” – cruisers of all brands and even an older touring bike.
Last Saturday was the first fund-raising run for the Deuce Dawgs, a Quincy based motorcycle club.
“It’s a our very first event and it will become an annual event,” said club president Terry Williams, who would have to park his Honda VTX early that day to take care of the afternoon barbecue.
The club is just over a year old,” he added. “We came up with this event to help buy school supplies for kids.”
Williams said that all types of bikes were welcome at the event, which involved about 135-mile ride touching Georgia and Alabama before returning for lunch at Carter-Paramore.
Members of other clubs had come out to participate along with unaffiliated riders.
With “True Biker Girl” emblazoned on her helmet and “Deuce Dogs Motorcycle Club” painted on her jeans, Betina Hightower was ready to hit the road with her custom painted Honda.
Fancy paint jobs seemed to be the order of the day, but one rider had a different point of view. Sitting comfortably on his 1987 Honda Goldwing, Tommy Hinson said he preferred having his bike out on the road to having it sit in a shop.
“It rides like a dream,” he said describing the classic old touring bike that’s well known in the motorcycle world for comfort and reliability.
But his brother Thomas Hinson has a different taste in bikes, favoring black with plenty of chrome. He is vice president of the Deuce Dawgs and rides with a matching chrome helmet and chrome rim shades.
Eventually everyone was signed up, gassed up and ready to go. Williams stopped traffic and they roared out of the BP station down Highway 90 as a group.