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Adios Hoot & Hollister, Hello 2009 V-Twin Expo

Friday, January 2, 2009
After the bike show  Hoot guests were treated to a spectaular fireworks show in downtown Knoxville.
Sorry, Adam, but the cancellation of the Honda Hoot means no fireworks over downtown Knoxville for you this year.
Well, we did it. We survived another year. Which is more than I can say for a growing list of motorcycle rallys and events. Much to Waheed's chagrin, we won't be Honda Hooting this year. Adam loved the down-home feel and the friendliness of the people who traveled to Knoxville for the annual Honda rally. Where will all those Gold Winger's go now? They're a resourceful lot, so maybe they can organize something at the grass-roots level.

Seems like Hollister wants to pull the plug on their yearly event too. It was reported that the Hollister City Council shot down sanctioning the event in 2009 by a 4-0 vote. Which means that now that it isn't 'official', more bikers than ever will probably converge on this small central Californian town. 

Myrtle Beach isn't exactly opening up its arms this year. The City of Myrtle Beach raised taxes last year with the money earmarked to study and promote ways to discourage the ralllies. And while over 60% of people said the community should work with the bikers, what about the other 40%? In these difficult financial times, I wouldn't be so fast to bite the hands that put dollars in my coffers. I hear that the rally is still going to be held, but I think it has already blackened its own eye.

I also learned that the Legend of the Motorcycle International Concours d'Elegance won't be held this year. Sure, this might be a smaller, more-specialized gathering tailored toward collectors, but it's still sad to see so many events having to pull the plug.

Hundreds of vendors  dealers  and builders filled the exhibition halls of the Duke Energy Center.
Hundreds of vendors, dealers, and builders filled the exhibition halls of the Duke Energy Center for the '08 V-Twin Expo.
Which makes me even more ecstatic that the 9th Annual Cincinnati V-Twin Expo will be here next month. It offers the first chance to see the latest and greatest products in store for the V-Twin industry in 2009. There's no better place to get ideas for what we'd like to put on our 2009 project bike, an area I'm excited about ramping up this year. Besides seeing old friends, it provides opportunities to make new ones. Not to mention there's always plenty of custom builders and smaller custom-production houses on hand, so it's the perfect place to see some great work and meet custom builders we'd like to feature.

Of course, Bike Week 2009 in Daytona will get the rally season cranked up soon after that. Then it will be no rest for the weary. One of our resolutions for the new year is to give our readers even more event and rally coverage, so Climb On with Motorcycle USA as we ramp it up this year. Because I like to think of the motorcycle industry as the Hydra - cut off one of its heads and two more spring up in its place. For every event that is cancelled, hopefully two more sprout in its place.
Bring it on, 2009!!


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Bonnie -July 3, 4, & 5 HOLLISTER, CA June 23, 2009 01:05 PM
Gypsy Tours Motorcycle Classic is alive & well in Hollister at Bolado Park for July 3, 4, & 5th. This is at the San Benito County Fair Grounds for camping, entertainment, food & bike vendors. Not a motorcycle flea market. Entry is free, parking $5.00, camping extra. Fun without the hassle.
Razor -Tulelake February 8, 2009 08:14 AM
Most people don't have a clue about Lava Beds Nat'l Park. This is place is a 20 min ride from where the Shasta Run takes place. There are tons of caves to explore & the rock formations & scenery is unreal. I could spend months exploring this place. I am tired of commercial runs that are tired. I have watched the organizers survive their 1st yr & I tip my hat to 'em for stickin with it. Oh yeah, the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fairgrounds is the nicest venue for a ride in campout bike rally I have ever seen. I noticed that tickets for the whole weekend are on sale for $50 bucks. I know where I am spending 4th of July weekend.
Wings2Fly -4th of July Shasta Salute to America Motorcycle Rally January 27, 2009 08:48 PM
While we watch motorcyle events cancelling all around us we still believe in the right to gather and the freedom to ride. We have moved the annual Shasta Salute to America Motorcycle Rally permanently to the 4th of July. 7/3 - 7/6/09 in Tulelake (northern) CA. We have a great location with lots of room for growth, awesome riding and everything you want at a bike rally. . Salute our military and freedom to ride. Biker games, arm wrestling, tattoo contest, corset contest. Free camping on 100 acres with R.V. spaces clean restrooms and hot showers. Huge Wings2Fly Saloon with “Hot Wings” & Roosters tending bar. Live entertainment. Day run on Saturday, Military parade on Sunday, vendors & great food. Awesome riding to National lava beds, Mt. Shasta and Crater Lake. Outdoor display of Traveling Wall and support of Operation Gratitude. Adults 18+ Friday & Saturday, Sunday family day until 6:00 pm. www.shastasalutetoamerica.com 877 688 4229