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« on: August 12, 2017, 09:23:05 PM »

It was OK, but seemed rather anemic.  I didn't know it was on - just happened to be out for a ride and stumbled upon it.  I was there late in the day so it might have been a bit more lively earlier in the day.  There was a good stunting demo going on when I was there though.  
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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2017, 07:05:12 AM »



  Yes, i was there around 11 to 1:30. I'm not sure about this event. I think it's way better when it was at the high school grounds last year. When it's downtown, people riding in must park away from the main activities on side streets north and east, city parking patrol acting like U.S. mall cops with big sticks, preventing parking in obvious no brain bike parking. The entire event consists of non descriptive new bikes, questionable customs, ugly rats, annoying rap music, and a stunt show. I understand there was a change in operation, from an unpopular micro manager to the last minute single person. If they ever decide to charge an entry fee it will die quickly.
 Best part of the day for me, finding 2 new craft brew places there, unbelievable pizza and IPA at one, and almost being put in my place by a girl rider on an older 1150 GS on the ride back, with a Porsche speed rabbit 1/4 mile ahead, nary a speed revenue collector to be seen. One of the best rides of that road since they bulldozed the original road.
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2017, 07:42:56 AM »

I'm out of town (In Namibia) so I didn't get a chance to participate this year.  I think it's a mistake to label the previous organizer as a micro manager.  Totally untrue.  She originated the thing and ran it for three years with very little organizational help from anyone.  The first two years it made a bit of money and the third year it lost money that she paid out of her own account.  She has since moved to the Island and the festival fell on the shoulders of a local bike shop guy who I know fairly well.  He is trying to build a business and is a one man repair shop and he took this on because he felt the community deserved to have a festival.  By the way, any money made goes to charities within the community and as pointed out...it's free entry.  I'm amazed that anyone would criticize something that's free.  If it doesn't suit your taste then either get involved to change it or don't bother showing up.  It's that simple...
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2017, 09:44:18 AM »

Man oh man Steve, it looks as you did it again, it makes a Sunday morning read interesting for sure, have a good day.
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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2017, 11:04:37 AM »



  Just my observation of the show, with comments thrown in from a volunteer there yesterday. Glad i went there because the craft brewer offerings were of premium quality. Made me seek out their permanent location. I understand she's had a tough time of it from hitting her head, I hope she recovers.
 We can choose to be offended by any utterings, or not.
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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2017, 05:34:28 PM »

nary a speed revenue collector to be seen. One of the best rides of that road since they bulldozed the original road.

Steve:  You chose the time poorly Wink!  When I went up at about 3pm (not really sure what time it was but it was around that time) there were three speed traps on the way up: one just north of Lions bay - a solo cop with a radar gun riding what looked like a dirt bike, one at Furry Creek, and one at the usual spot by the casino on the way into Squamish.  Also a fourth on the way back at Britania beach at about 8pm.
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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2017, 08:47:09 PM »

nary a speed revenue collector to be seen. One of the best rides of that road since they bulldozed the original road.

Steve:  You chose the time poorly Wink!  When I went up at about 3pm (not really sure what time it was but it was around that time) there were three speed traps on the way up: one just north of Lions bay - a solo cop with a radar gun riding what looked like a dirt bike, one at Furry Creek, and one at the usual spot by the casino on the way into Squamish.  Also a fourth on the way back at Britania beach at about 8pm.

  Its always been a habit of mine to try to avoid the hot dogs and hill billies returning back from Whistler for the day, getting out of Squamish before 2pm seems to be the deadline for revenue speed tax collectors and traffic jams.  There have been many a judgement about this "Olympics" road. If travelled in a proper amount of velocity, it is quite marvelous. As usual, they've posted speeds to the ability of the lower ebb of human ability, understandable I guess, the road would for sure be posted at 105km hr in the USA or Western Europe. Aside from the motorcycle festival, I was humbled by the ability of this girl on that elephant of a bike, especially in the corners,  very impressive. I like to see girls on bikes, we need bigger numbers as motorcyclists, and we need riders to have skills this girl has. I sometimes ride with a lady who has high skills as a motorcyclist, good to see.
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« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2017, 10:37:56 PM »

No offence taken Steve.  Just pointing out the obvious...that no one should be critical of free stuff, and yes, Suzanne has been suffering from a wicked concussion (struck by the boom on a sailboat) for almost two years.  It was most likely the reason that year 3 was not up to the quality of previous years.  I was curious to know how Jamison would do with it.  He is quite the Harley mechanic but he seemed to be totally preoccupied with the backlog in his shop and I wondered how much time he was devoting to the show.  My wife has volunteered for all four years.  All of the people who put it on are volunteers.  Not all are vintage bike enthusiasts but at least one of them has over 20 bikes from the 60's and 70's, including a nice CBX.

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