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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Scooter Pete's - Tyler, TX

Tyler is located in the Pineywoods of East Texas and unless you ride the long slab named I-20 the roads to Tyler are lined with great scenery and dotted with nice curves.  The town has a lot of worthy ride destinations including the friendly motorcycle shop, Scooter Pete's.

Scooter Pete's has a sales department, a service department, accessories, a grill, and on selected days a seamstress with a good selection of patches.  Pete and Nisee, owners of the shop, have developed a reputation for fairness and integrity while building a great team of employees.  Hagar, a well known and respected mechanic, runs the high quality service department.  Once in the store Bubba can answer your questions and help you find what you need.
Hagar starting of the days events
On April 16, 2011 Scooter Pete's hosted the Spring Rally benefiting Wounded Hearts, a foundation that helps wounded soldiers.  The recipient for the one day event was Rob Dickey, a brave soldier and fellow rider who lost part of both his legs while serving in Afghanistan.  Through the efforts of the event Rob was presented with a 2006 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic at the end of the day.
 Scooter presenting the bike to Rob, Hagar looks on.
Nisee escorts Rob to the bike
The rally included the Moving Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, military vehicles, vendors, live bands, and a Bike Show.  Scooter Pete's also provided a bike washing team of ladies that detailed bikes using only Moto Oz detailing products with proceeds benefiting Wounded Hearts Rally.

The Legacy Vets M/C performed the moving POW/MIA Empty Chair Ceremony at the beginning of the rally.  This highly symbolic ceremony reminds us of the brave men and women that have still not been brought home.  This was my first time to see the ceremony and it was quite humbling.
 We are reminded that all soldiers have not made it home
The empty chair reminds us to never forget.
The National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, The Empty Chair Ceremony, a flyover, and laying of wreaths at the wall were all part of the opening ceremonies.  The rest of the day included the bike show, bike detailing, food, and fun.
Hagar introduces the Moto Oz detailing team to the bikers
 The Wall
 Too many names
 Equipment of the greatest and bravest armed forces in the world
 Forever free
 WW II bike and uniform.  This guy was awesome.
 The detailing team in action - hey that bike looks familiar.
 This softtail had a lot of custom work
 Another great paint job.
 Nice bike
A custom Valkyrie trike in the show
Scooter Pete's is a great shop with quality people who truly care about bikers and the biker community.  If you are out in the East Texas area do yourself a favor and stop by Scooter Pete's at 14685 Hwy. 155 South, Tyler, TX - 903-581-0810.  If it is near lunch time enjoy one of Scooter's cheeseburgers from the grill.

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