'Thunder' on Main Street attracts motorcycle enthusiasts

Updated: Jul 5, 2021


Bikers, residents and sightseers congregated along a closed section of downtown Pleasanton on Saturday for a motorcycle rally sponsored by the Kansas City chapter of Soldiers for Jesus Motorcycle Club. (Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)


PLEASANTON – More than 1,000 motorcycle enthusiasts, residents and visitors swarmed Pleasanton’s Main Street on Saturday, June 12, for what is being hailed as the “First Annual Thunder on the Street Motorcycle Rally.”


Hundreds of bikes lined the street and riders and onlookers alike visited kiosks offering everything from bike-related apparel to food to legal services. A storefront on Main offered temporary henna tattoos, and several faith-based motorcycle clubs had tents on the street.


A prayer tent offered solace for those who felt they needed it. Down the street, a beer garden served to those who wanted to beat the heat.


Sponsored by the Kansas City chapter of the Soldiers for Jesus Motorcycle Club, kickstands went up earlier in the day at the Living Proof Church in Paola after breakfast was served there. The club advertised it as a full day of biker and family fun.


Main Street had a stage for a couple of bands playing throughout the afternoon. Stunt riders performed for the crowd, and Carpenters Ol’ Iron motorcycle museum was an obvious draw for visitors.

Members of the Kansas chapter of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, stroll down Main in Pleasanton. Dozens of organizations across the region were represented at the event. (Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)

Linn County Sheriff Kevin Friend reported the following Monday that, except for cases of visitors overheating and needing a place to cool down, there was very little trouble.

He added, however, that his deputies made two arrests: A Pleasanton resident was arrested at the event, and another person who was traveling to the rally was arrested.


County ambulance provider AMR also reported treating several victims of overheating.


“There were a lot of medical issues, said Galen Anderson, spokesman for the company, adding that all of them declined to be transported for medical treatment. “They all wanted to stay.”

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