Past Events


!! Bear Hits the 40th Year in Business !!

Bear and Sharon with the crew

Customer Appreciation Day at Bear's Vintage Metalworks in Ravenna Ohio

We celebrated with a Customer Appreciation Day on Sunday, May 19th.
Riders were treated with Free Hot Dogs and Cold Water; Free Promotional Items
from our dealers; and Loads of Door Prizes! Thunder Roads Ohio set up their
mobile booth, and Derrick provided Free Tickets to Ohio Bike Week – and some Concert Tickets as Free Door Prizes. It was great to have a big crowd come to
the store, including 40+ bikes riding from Valley Harley! We had extra help
from family and friends to keep things running smoothly, and everyone enjoyed themselves. We hope our customers know how much we value their support
and loyalty… We couldn't be here without them.

Bear's Vintage Metalworks Customer Appreciation Day in historic downtown Ravenna Ohio
Customer Appreciation Day at Bear's in Ravenna Ohio Customer Appreciation Day at Bear's in Ravenna Ohio
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Customer Appreciation Day at Bear's Vintage Metalworks
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Bear's 40 Year in Business Celebration Bear's 40 Year in Business Celebration
Customer Appreciation Day at Bear's Vintage Metalworks


Bear and Sharon Hit the 78th
Sturgis/Black Hills Rally

78th Sturgis/Black Hills Rallyclick me

78th Sturgis/Black Hills Rallyclick me

Bear Took “Peoples Choice Award” at
Thunder Roads Bike Show at “Sassy’s
in Twinsburg on October 23rd

Bear Took Peoples Choice Award at Thunder Roads Bike Show

Bear’s 1915 ‘J’ Model Harley was a Big Hit Among All the Custom Bikes

The Bear’s Crew Does Daytona

Bear's Crew Goes to Daytonaclick me

Bear's Crew Goes to Daytonaclick me


Changing Up Our Museum Display

Bear, Santa, Whisper, Cory, & Cory's Son, Jake, tackled the job of
removing the 1950 Panhead from the Museum and replacing it
with a fresh rebuild 1955 Panhead. Cory didn't want to get off the bike -
we thought we'd have to glass him in with it! Come on in and tour the old bikes
and some one-of-a-kind Harley memorabilia.

In honor of 'Mouse' Strayer

'Mouse' Strayer passed away this year in June. He leaves behind many old friends
and riding buddies who will always remember him on his shovel.
A ride in his honor left the bike shop on a rainy day to to the memorial.
In Mouse's honor, his best friend Alan & wife rode his blue & white shovel to the service
And so we all said goodbye to a dear friend...

Annual Balloon-a-Fair 2012 Parade

On a sunny Saturday in September 2012, Bear's entered their version of a Parade Float!
Santa Ric was our escort - out in front on his 2008 Ultra Classic Harley.
Then came Bear's 1971 AMC General 6 x 6 Troop Carrier - painted the classic orange & black!
Driven by The Kid, Bear, Sharon & friends rode in the back to wave at the crowd.

Sturgis 70th Anniversary Rally 2010

The last time we traveled to Sturgis, S. Dakota was in 2004, and we've always wanted to go back. So the 70th Anniversary Rally this year seemed like a perfect time. Closing the store for 2 weeks was a big decision, and we're sure more than a few customers were not happy with us! But the trip was well worth it. We pulled a 'Toy Hauler' camper with our bike in the back and camped out at a couple stops on the way out and back. For Sturgis week we stayed at KOA campground in Spearfish - just north of Deadwood. IT made for a long ride to some points - like Custer National Park at the south end of the Black Hills. But the weather was great the whole week - hot temps, sunny skies, and only an occasional shower to dodge. The huge amount of bikers on the roads, or at any one location was amazing. Before we left the estimated number of week-long attendance was aroun 700,000! That may be a rally record... We took our 2009 Harley Tri-Glide this year, and it was a big difference from two wheels. Bear had his work cut out for him in the sweeping curves and hairpin turns - especially in Spearfish Canyon and the Needles highway. The breathtaking scenery had us pulling over for pictures along with groups of other riders. Once big advantage to the trike was the large storage capascity. We packed rainsuits, sweatshirts, leaters, rally info, lots of T-shirts for the crew back home, and even my souvenier rock from Crazy Horse Monument! No matter what I bought there was always room to stuff it in the bike. The riding and the beautiful views were great but the big draw to Sturgis is the PARTY! The concerts (3 or 4 every night), the bars, the casinos, the row after row of motocycle-related vendors, and the cool bikes!! It was fun to just cruise the main streets and be part of the comraderie of hundreds of thousands of riders in one area. We noticed a big number of "Baggers" this year, but still saw plenty of original customs and tricked-out choppers. The Police seemed to be trageting 'ape-hanger' handlebar height, and we saw alot of pull-overs for this. I think our favorite spot was the town of Deadwood. A quaint, historic main street - with casinos!! Gambling, shopping at all the gift spots, great restaurants, "Bikini" bike washes (Bear really enjoyed that) and a scenic ride coming and going were a few reasons we loved it. We also toured actor Kevin Coctner's "Tatanka", a memorial to the bison and native amderican culture - just outside of Deadwood. And another great ride was north to Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming. What an awesome landmark to see in person! And the gift shop there flies the largest Harley Davidson flag to honor all the riders during the rally. As always, Black HIlls H-D in Rapid City was host to thousands of bbikers everyday. You could tour the dealership or storoll through the large assortment of vendors set-up on the property. And everywehre you saw banners, signs, or bill boards saying "Welcome Bikers", which made you fell jus that "WELCOME". IF you decide to go to the rally next year, make your reservations early. We called in January and just go the last KOA campsite available. All in all, our trip to Sturgis and the Black Hills was AWESOME - now will our customers let us close the store to go again? We'll see... Ride Safe & Be Happy!!
Bear & Sharon


Sunday, April 25, 2010, was not blessed weather-wise!! But over 120 motorcycles and their riders braved the clouds and pending rain to attend the Bike Blessing. Sons of God MC co-hosted the event, and minister Danny Peyton kept tradition with administrating a though-provoking sermon. Bear's shop held an open house with refreshments - including great homemade cookies courtesy of Bev Madonio. Door prizes were drawn, all the guests bowed their heads for the blessing, and then rain drops began to fall - scattering the bikers to start home before the storm. Everyone had a good time which just goes to show the weather can't keep us down!

Thanks to all involved in the eventing planning, and special thanks to our door prize donors:

A&W Rootbeer
Bear's Vintage
Deltran Battery Tenders
Bridgestone Tires
Gibson Insurance
Mustang Seats
On-guard Lock's
Sons of God MC
X-Treme Charge

On Sunday, April 26, 2009, Bear's and Sons of God MC hosted their 2nd Annual Blessing of the Bikes. The event was held at Bear's Vintage Metalworks in Ravenna, Ohio. The warm sunny day drew in over 350 motorcycles!!! and approximately 500 riders & friends. Door prizes, refreshments, corn-hole games, and an open-house in the bike shop were enjoyed by all. The group blessing by Sons of God minister Danny Peyton had everyone present solemn over the joys, & dangers, of riding a motorcycle. After this, all present were invited by the club to ride Quaker Steak & Lube in Canton for lunch. Door prizes donated by the following people: Alessi's Restaurant, A & W Rootbeer, Bear's Vintage, Bev Madonio (homemade Cookies), Custom Chrome, Gibson-Governor Insurance, Kuryakyn, Mustang Seats, McDonald's, Sons of God MC, & V-Twin Co.

Thanks to all who helped with the event, including our extended crew: Ben, Doug, Tommy, Sharon, Mex, Billy, Bear, & Rachel.

Good friend "uncle" Dennis kicks over his knucklehead which was the oldest bike to ride in.

Raising of the Bikes

  Bear & a crew of helpful friends and customers got busy in the new showroom addition. 3 Harleys - a 1941 Knucklehead; 1953 Panhead; and a top fuel AHDRA drag bike called 'Thumper', made the journy to the ceiling for display. A lot of worry and sweat went into this event, but the guys had a good time and the bikes are still in one piece! The new room should be open by November to our customers!

Blessing of the Bikes 2008

  First Annual "Blessing of the bikes at Bear's was held on Sunday, April 20, 2008. The rainy weather didn't put a damper on the event; 60 riders came in to have their motorcycles blessed and visit the store. Minister Danny Peyton, Sons of God chapter president, presided over the ceremony, and everyone enjoyed the door prizes and camaraderie.

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