When the Shell Factory held its first Bike Night in December 2017, the idea was to hold it as a twice-monthly event in conjunction with the classic car Cruise-Ins.
As time went on and more cities began holding similar bike night events, the Shell Factory decided to scale back in frequency.
Thursday brought the second of three Bike Nights, where hundreds of motorcycles were parked in the middle parking lot and riders enjoyed themselves with beverages at the new Tommy’s Tiki Bar.
The Shell Factory will hold these events on the third Thursday of the months of November, January and March.
Anne Sheridan, general manager of the Shell Factory, said January’s Bike Night was already more popular than November, even before sunset, but they won’t increase the number they hold.
“It’s too conflicting with everyone else like Fort Myers Cape Coral, and we try to work it out so that we share the nights,” Sheridan said. “The bikers love going to different places, so we don’t want to ruin that.”
Owner Pam Cronin believed that people are ready to go out and do things outside, the Bike Night certainly fits the bill.
“We’ve tried to move the tables further apart, but it is what it is. They’ve moved things around to make them feel safer,” Cronin said. “The bikers are loving Tommy’s. I’ve heard so many positive comments about how they love the way it looks.”
On the big stage, Torched performed classic rock to a handful of people sitting at tables near the stage. Meanwhile, vendors sold motorcycle gear and other goods.
The big star seemed to be the long lines of two-wheel and three-wheel rides. Some of them were older classics while others were newer models. It didn’t seem to matter as those who came shared something in common.
Kim “Thumper” Crowe, president of the Wicked Sisters with Women in the Wind, an international all-female riding club with chapters worldwide, including in Cape Coral and Fort Myers, was among those taking part.
She said her group sponsored Bike Night when it was introduced and has continued to enjoy it.
“They have bike nights all over. Every bar has them sometime and somewhere. As long as there’s music and motorcycles, they just go together,” Crowe said. “Most of the bikes you’ll see are Harleys, but you’ll see Suzuki and Yamaha. It’s a great activity. Make sure the cars can see you.”