The 19th annual Hot Harley Nights is underway in Sioux Falls, benefiting Make-a-Wish South Dakota.
Friday, people from all over the region came to show off their motorcycles in the bike show. Many people were able to leave with trophies in several different categories for the significant work they’ve put into their custom bikes.
‘It came just blue and black and I accessorized it, I have a deluxe front fender, custom paint job,” said Craig Bostian from Aberdeen.
All of that work means a lot of time and money were spent on his bike.
“It’s quite a bit of money for the paint job but other than that it's just a hobby and its fun...but I spend more time riding it than working on it,” said Bostian.
For some people custom designs are all about showing off a little of their personality, but for others the custom work has a little more personal meaning.
“Well my son…last year August 9th he was hit by a car making a left hand turn in front of him and it killed him and he was always talking about putting it in bike shows and what not and I just felt that you know you can't bring him back but at least you can bring the bike back,” said Jeff Verdon from Willow Lake.
After the accident, Verdon worked to bring the bike back to his son’s original design.
“The frame was gone so I started out with a new frame, the whole front end here the wheels...I kept the original bars he had and everything back, the exhaust and everything,” said Verdon.
It was the kind of work that helped ease his pain.
“It was a learning experience…I used to help my son because he used to do it all himself so I was just helping him,” said Verdon.
It’s why Friday’s bike show was not about winning a trophy, but showing off a little piece of his son.
“It’s not about the winning or the losing its here and that’s what he wanted to do,” said Vernon.
There are plenty more inspirational stories still to come from Hot Harley Nights this weekend, including those from Make-A-Wish South Dakota. The fun continue Saturday with a huge parade through Sioux Falls.