Las Vegas BikeFest disappoints in 2015


The 15th annual Las Vegas BikeFest has come and gone with some saying they may choose to ignore the event next year.

This year's Vegas-style moto celebration was held in a new location –– this time in the heart of downtown Las Vegas –– and attendees say that's more or less where problems began. Parking was "expensive and limited" according to attendees.

Overall, the event was poorly organized according to visitor Debra Teplitz, who had travelled from Texas to attend the event.

"We met a ton of people [at the event] and a lot of the conversation was about how they were not happy with the set-up and that they were not sure they would come back," Teplitz told Biker News Online. "For a 15th anniversary year event, it felt more like a first-year event."

However, Teplitz said there were some highlights, including the Artistry in Iron invitation builder competition. Artistry in Iron participants include builders that have shaped the industry and who are establishing the trends in custom bikes and engineering.

The bikes are judged solely by the master builders themselves. The winner was presented with a check for $10,000.

Victory and Indian were also on hand to offer demo rides, drawing praise from attendees both for the bikes themselves and the companies' participation.

"It's too bad that Harley-Davidson didn't come out and do the same," said Teplitz.

Asked if she would choose to attend the BikeFest again Teplitz said she was unsure.

"Maybe. It is Vegas, after all," Teplitz said. "But I'd lower my expectations."

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