Motorcycles thunder at Cruisin’ Palooza (with photos)

By Perry Russom

July 1, 2013 Updated Jul 1, 2013 at 10:23 AM EDT

Whitney Point, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Motorcycles of all years, models and colors thundered into Cruisin’ Palooza at the Broome County Fairgrounds.

None caught as many eyes and camera lenses as Louis Kopuyar's custom ride.

"Twenty-five years I've owned it and I'm not going to part with it," said Kopuyar, of Lisle. "I'll be buried with it."

He assembled the bike himself, going paycheck-to-paycheck, to piece the bike together.

It took him 25 years and $20,000 to create his dream bike.

"You get a real good sense of pride that you did it yourself," said Kopuyar. "You're not paying someone else to do it for you or go to a showroom and buy it already done."

His bike was one of the hundreds that lined up for a closer examination at Bike Night During the Day at Cruisin’ Palooza.

In the sea of cycles, models from throughout the century perched on their kickstands.

Bob Slicklen of Vestal brought his 650 Matchless. The motorcycle is originally from England, and Slicklen said only 600 made the trip across the pond to the states.

"I found it after sitting for 10 years, cleaned it, put a set of tires, a chain on it and got it running," said Slicken.

Motorcycle riders and fanatics said the bike show is an opportunity to show the rest of the area how vast the biking culture is in the Southern Tier.

Gerald Ackley of Binghamton said the area has a lot of bikers compared to Scranton and Syracuse.

This is the third year of Bike Night During the Day.

It was sponsored by Southern Tier Harley Davidson.

A portion of the proceeds went to CHOW, the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse.