Area motorcycle riders, particularly those who ride Harleys, have a new place to hang their helmets: New River Valley Harley Davidson in Christiansburg.

A branch of the Roanoke Harley dealership, NRVHD opened its doors last week. As of Thursday of this week, they’re still waiting for paperwork from the Commonwealth that will allow them to actually sell motorcycles but the service department, parts counter and accessories/clothing stores are open for business.

Rode my bike over Thursday to pay my respects, pick up a t-shirt and a couple of parts and ran into bikers from Christiansburg, Radford, Hillsville and Ocala, Florida.

Harley dealerships are often social gathering places as well as stores to load up your Visa with parts and fancy leather jackets. The Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group (HOG) serves coffee and donuts to members and visiting bikers at the Roanoke dealership every Saturday from 8 -10 a.m. In Staunton, there are local Harley riders who spend nearly every Saturday and Sunday sitting on Shenandoah H-D’s massive front porch and strike up conversations with anyone who comes by. I sometimes wonder if they ride their bikes only from home to the dealer and back.

The new Harley dealer has a front porch but no tables on it yet and is located just off U.S. 11 on a hill next to Cracker Barrel, which means we all have a place to eat breakfast when we drop our bikes off for service.