Ready to Roll

By Baker City Herald July 11, 2014 12:34 pm

Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally 


S. John Collins / Baker City Herald A 500-horsepower V-8 engine from a Corvette motor moves this Harley-Davidson Boss Hoss motorcycle owned by Frank and Debra Saniti of Boring, Ore. They spent Thursday morning cleaning and polishing the bike at Baker High School in preparation for Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally, which continues through Sunday. Usually touring on two wheels, the Sanitis traveled by motor home and a trailer for their first-time participation at the Baker City event. “This is a great town. We love it!” Frank says. People are friendly, the city and streets are clean and the historic aspect is incredible, he said.
S. John Collins / Baker City Herald A 500-horsepower V-8 engine from a Corvette motor moves this Harley-Davidson Boss Hoss motorcycle owned by Frank and Debra Saniti of Boring, Ore. They spent Thursday morning cleaning and polishing the bike at Baker High School in preparation for Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally, which continues through Sunday. Usually touring on two wheels, the Sanitis traveled by motor home and a trailer for their first-time participation at the Baker City event. “This is a great town. We love it!” Frank says. People are friendly, the city and streets are clean and the historic aspect is incredible, he said.

The number of motorcycles might not be the only record set this weekend in Baker City.

How about tents?

The grassy fields around Baker High School resemble nothing so much the camp firefighters assemble when a big blaze is going.

Steve Folkestad, who with his brother, Eric, started the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally, expects as many as 8,000 riders to converge on Baker City this weekend.

A goodly percentage of that number was already here this morning, based on the frequency of Harley V-Twin reverberations bouncing off downtown buildings.

Although motorcycles will be parked along Main Street (closed to other traffic) all weekend, the official show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday.