Once again, the only thing we bought was from my local motorcycle shop, Two Wheel Motorsport. Once again I bumped into Steve who ran the course at Conestoga that got me going on two wheels and got a fantastic discount, this time on a Shark Raw helmet. $150 for the lid, taxes in (less than half what it’s retailing for).
|The website the show put out (when it loaded at all) was insecure. Management & organization is an issue.|
What would be nice would be having access to show specials at my local. I’d happily spend the hundred odd dollars I spend getting to and into this show and apply it to purchases at Two Wheel. If that’s a possibility I’ll save a Saturday next January and avoid the lines, crowds and other nonsense. I’m going to contact Two Wheel and see if show specials might be available for customers on that weekend at their shop. Their new digs are twice as nice as the International Centre and it doesn’t take you an hour of lining up to get in the door.
The other reason to attend a show is to touch base with your favourite motorcycle media. I did have a nice chat with Glenn from Motorcycle Mojo but couldn’t find Graeme at Inside Motorcycles, though I can see my favourite motorbike magazines at the Toronto Motorcycle Show in February which feels like a much more professionally organized, industry driven event. I can also take my wife to that one without her rolling her eyes at all the strippers on display.
To the dress-alike leather pirates and many other social riders this show must feel like coming home. Next year I think that’s where I’ll be.
|Coulda skipped that…|
|Woulda happily have skipped that (this is the passageway you get funnelled into
after getting out of the big passageway)…
|Coulda done this at Two Wheel…|
|Coulda done that at Two Wheel…|