For the last three years we have gone to the International Motorcycle Show
in Seattle and used it as an excuse for a blogger meet up. With so much going on this year nothing had been mentioned so we did not anticipate attending.
We knew that Bobskoot
had his hands full taking care of Mrs. Skoot after her fall and broken wrist and others
are busy this time of year as well.
Then PolarBear mentioned going, and a small group of our Saturday morning coffee crowd decided to jaunt up for a quick overnight to the show. PolarBear
, aka Andy and his lovely wife SweetPea, aka Karen, RickRick
and I signed up for the trip.
Thank you Andy for driving! We were up at 4 am on Saturday December 15th and out of the house by 5:30 am. We drove to Lebanon and piled in PolarBear/SweetPea's Ford Expedition, then headed to Portland to pick up RickRick who'd driven up the night before.
To Seattle!! We made one stop in Kelso, WA at Starbucks for some breakfast and coffee and made it to Seattle before 11:00 am. We checked in at our hotel and then took the free hotel shuttle to the Convention Center.
|(Troubadour on a Yamaha)|
|(PolarBear on a Yamaha)|
|(RickRick and PolarBear virtual racing the Yamahas)|
|(Troubadour on the new 2013 Suzuki GW 250)|
|(Troubadour on a $10k BMW maxi-scoot - heated seats and heated grips)|
|(Troubadour on a BMW R1200R)|
|(Troubadour on the new 2013 Triumph Trophy)|
SOUND RIDER VINTAGE/ MODIFIED VINTAGE BIKE DISPLAY:
|(Troubadour on Jason DiSalvo's record setting Rocket III)|
|(1939 Harley Davidson Aermachhi M-65)|
|(Sorry - can't remember what this one was)|
|(1960 Ducati 200 Elite)|
|(1960 Ducati 200 Elite)|
|(1972 Kawasaki H1 500)|
|(1972 Yamaha DS-7)|
|(1975 Kawasaki K-1)|
|(1976 Harley Davidson FLH Electra Glide)|
|(1982 Suzuki GS 850 G w/side car)|
|(1982 Suzuki GS 850 G)|
|(Interesting Suzuki - it had no identifying sign)|
CUSTOM BUILD OFF BIKES:
|(is it pink......or black)|
|(A most excellent Triumph Rocket III)|
All in all it was a great show that we attended with a great group of friends. I would however think a different time of day might be better and less crowded. (we were there from about noon to 3:30 pm on Saturday)
We have attended four shows and I've managed to sit on bikes at two of them. I don't always deal well with large groups of people, especially hyper excited pushing and shoving ones.
We did come away with a few bags of swag and I am putting together a giveaway post for the new year. Stay tuned.
Oh, and thank you Andy for driving!!
- Au Revoir
"I find a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else along the way." - Franklin P. Adams