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New Port Richey hosts perfect weather and motorcycles galore

Annual Cotee River Bike Fest attracts thousands over the weekend.
A lone motorcyclist makes his way down Main Street during the annual Cotee River Bike Fest on Saturday. The streets were cordoned off for the three-day event, which attracts thousands of enthusiasts to New Port Richey. [Michele Miller]
Published Oct. 14

NEW PORT RICHEY — As weather goes, it was a perfect day for riding. Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts took advantage of that and the “Motorcycles-only” zone, as downtown New Port Richey rolled out the welcome mat.

Allen Sanders of Tampa gets some direction from his wife, Christine Sanders, in parking his custom Harley Davidson Road Glide during the Cotee River Bike Fest held Oct, 11-13 in downtown New Port Richey. The custom motorcycle and the 32-inch front wheel was created by Low Life Baggers in Ybor City, and garnered a lot of attention from those passing by. [Michele Miller]

It’s impossible to count how many bikers and others attended the three-day event, said New Port Richey Police Chief Kim Bogart, noting that it was pretty packed during the evening concerts.

“So many people are coming in and out of here over three days, we just can’t tell," he said.

Gabor Koppany (left) of Clearweater takes cell phone video of his wife Stacey as she tries out "The Jumpstart Experience" at the Cotee River Bike Fest held Oc t. 11-13 in downtown New Port Richey. "I've never ridden on the road, but I'm thinking of getting my own bike" Stacey Koppany said, adding that she's leaning toward a Harley Davidson Sportster. [Michele Miller]

Bogart patrolled the event, riding through Sims Park and the cordoned-off streets on a T3 Motion Electric Standup vehicle, one of two donated by the Rotary Club of New Port Richey and Dobies Funeral Home.

New Port Richey Police Chief Kim Bogart shows off his ride during the 2019 Cotee River Bike Fest — a T3 Motion Electric Standup vehicle, one of two donated by the Rotary Club of New Port Richey and Dobies Funeral Home. [Michele Miller]

There were no event-related arrests, said Bogart, who enlisted the patrol help of other law enforcement agencies, including anti-gang task force officers from other areas.

“It went very smoothly,” he said. “I thought it was a pretty tremendous event.”




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