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Old 10-04-2014, 07:12 AM   #1
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2014 Vancouver Toy Run

http://www.pne.ca/showsandevents/trade-shows.html

Anyone else going?

I know it's overwhelmingly a Harley "thing" but it's for a good cause, and from other years I've gone, it's a pretty cool, fun, if a bit weird sort of thing to go to on a DS bike.

I'll be there - will look for the few "odd" riders not wearing chaps and riding chrome!

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Old 10-04-2014, 05:23 PM   #2
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Yeah i'll probably go check it out. I never ride the route of course. I go to the mal, look at the bikes, jump on Hwy 1, give my money away, and look at bikes arrive.
Either be on my XR650, or my Norton.
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Old 10-05-2014, 09:13 PM   #3
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Good event!

As far as a "almost-exclusively Harley" event goes, it was good to go.

First, the search for a suitable gift.....

...sold!



... come, on, I challenge anyone to think of a better gift, what's better than the gift of advrider early on!

Needless to say, lots of Harleys ....





... and lots of Harley riders ... trying to be unique, but with few exceptions, a pretty homogenous bunch!

Ok - someone in orange is going to get noticed, which if you read his shirt, is what's trying to achieve!



Moving right along ... then there's this chap. Now he's interesting, inasmuch as

1) he's part of some entity called the "Lone Wolf" riders ... Now I counted at least two dozen "Lone Wolves" clumped together .... maybe someone else will see the irony between how their name and their namesake's ethology ...

2) he's wearing a kilt (the only in his group that I saw doing so). Not that pondered it for too long, but it crossed my mind that the kilts and forward velocity vectors probably are somewhat at crossed purposes ...



The thin slice of non-Harley bikes was a mix of road bikes, touring bikes, and yes, a couple of DS bikes. Some were decorated ....



... some were modded ...



.... and others, well, I don't know what to say about this many auxiliary lights. ....



Made a couple of new buddies - Steve and his friend Robert. They told me about the après event at the local Trev Deeley Harley dealership ... hey, there was a free bowl of hot soup, so don't judge me, ok?



Where the "sensible bikes" parked ...





Overall, it was a bit like what I imagine inadvertently walking onto the onto the stage of a YMCA musical - comedic and bizarre. It was nice to meet some new riders, enjoy some mild entertainment (Steve, if he wishes, since he saw it happen, can comment on the gal who stalled her Harley and fell over at a light. His comment about "trying to negotiate gas and clutch while in a straight line" cracked me up ) and of course, good money and donations raised for a good cause.

Bravo to all the organizers, the police for all the traffic control and escort. A well put-together event.

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Old 10-06-2014, 07:24 AM   #4
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Great pics my friend! Except for my ugly mug.
A great event of course, only for the main cause to give kids a smile. As for observing the event, I've always found it much like looking at the weirdos who shop Walmart in the pajamas, or other inappropriate attire. I've since given up riding the actual ride, finding it way too dangerous to navigate highly testosterone charged pirates trying their best to stand out from the sea of identical looking, independent thinking, independent looking comrades. As for the young lady on the slash cut exhaust, ape hanger adorned Sportster, she for sure had trouble navigating the straight line off the green light. Gotta be tricky trying to control all that 42hp out of the 'hole'. Luckily her version of AGAT [beanie, leather vest, muscle shirt, chaps, fingerless gloves] meant she was well prepared for these regular unfortunate vehicle control issues.
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Old 10-06-2014, 08:38 AM   #5
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So, go to an event that provides gifts for less fortunate kids and use it to make fun of what people are wearing and riding.

Nice!

Did you leave there and go over to the run for the cure and make fun of all the pink outfits and minivans?
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Old 10-06-2014, 09:25 AM   #6
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So, go to an event that provides gifts for less fortunate kids and use it to make fun of what people are wearing and riding.

Nice!

Did you leave there and go over to the run for the cure and make fun of all the pink outfits and minivans?
My dear sir,

How about we lighten up, huh?

First, I'll overlook you having not thought through the logical fallacy of linking attire for the Cure Run with that of this event

More importantly, had you actually been there, you'd know there was no one "making fun" of anyone. I took photos of what I found interesting and amusing, as umpteen posts and . The leap to full-on derision is one you're making, not me.

Finally, I work with a dozen motorcyclists in my office, of whom all but two are cruiser types. 90% of my regular street riding partners ride cruisers. The playful banter we exchange is of no lesser caliber, and yet somehow no one loses any sleep over it all, nor does anyone disrespect each other.

How about telling us how you enjoyed the Kamloops Toy Run?

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Old 10-06-2014, 10:50 AM   #7
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2014 toy run

I also participated in the toy run along with some members from Dual Sport BC on our "practical" bikes. When I saw the long line of bikes in front and behind it really didn't matter what someone was wearing or riding. There were smiles everywhere.

Thanks to all those that made the day safe, all four police depts, yes 4! Coquitlam RCMP, Port Moody Police, Burnaby RCMP and finally the VPD, the motorcyclists who used their bodies and bikes to close off side streets and all the families and residents along the way who gave two thumbs up to this end of the year good cause motorcycle run. Talk about critical mass!

On my trip back to Vancouver Island later that day I stood at the front of the ferry outside and got as much fresh air as possible to clear out all the Harley smoke I had ingested and breathed in. And whoever the Santa was leading the "parade" thanks for picking it up along the Barnett, I noticed my speedo was registering 120 kms at one point (while sailing past the Bby RCMP).

Next year hopefully I'll be on the Island for the Port Alberni run and the Victoria run.

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Old 10-06-2014, 11:59 AM   #8
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My dear sir,

How about we lighten up, huh?

First, I'll overlook you having not thought through the logical fallacy of linking attire for the Cure Run with that of this event

More importantly, had you actually been there, you'd know there was no one "making fun" of anyone. I took photos of what I found interesting and amusing, as umpteen posts and . The leap to full-on derision is one you're making, not me.

Finally, I work with a dozen motorcyclists in my office, of whom all but two are cruiser types. 90% of my regular street riding partners ride cruisers. The playful banter we exchange is of no lesser caliber, and yet somehow no one loses any sleep over it all, nor does anyone disrespect each other.

How about telling us how you enjoyed the Kamloops Toy Run?

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I don't enjoy toy runs, but I also don't belittle those that attend. I feel my annual donation to Christmas amalgamated covers it.

"Overall, it was a bit like what I imagine inadvertently walking onto the onto the stage of a YMCA musical - comedic and bizarre. It was nice to meet some new riders, enjoy some mild entertainment (Steve, if he wishes, since he saw it happen, can comment on the gal who stalled her Harley and fell over at a light. His comment about "trying to negotiate gas and clutch while in a straight line" cracked me up )"

I guess this was the part that set me off. People that find humour in others misfortune offend me.

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Old 10-06-2014, 01:16 PM   #9
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People that find humour in others misfortune offend me.




You know ZERO about me, to make the presumption that such is how I'm wired. You've pontificated on this matter well enough, isn't there some dickery in Perfect Line or Jo Momma that also needs righting?

WestCoast, glad you enjoyed it too. Great weather too. Are you coming back out in two weeks for the DSBC ride in Chilliwack?

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Old 10-06-2014, 07:22 PM   #10
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You know ZERO about me, to make the presumption that such is how I'm wired. You've pontificated on this matter well enough, isn't there some dickery in Perfect Line or Jo Momma that also needs righting?

WestCoast, glad you enjoyed it too. Great weather too. Are you coming back out in two weeks for the DSBC ride in Chilliwack?

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Don't worry CM, it's my fault. I have a particular natural knack at pressing Kamloopsrider's button, apparently even when I'm not trying. A great event to be sure, later on, really good free soup from the HD marketing Dept, :-], and the girl involved in the 1mph crash was perfectly fine, with not even a scratch underneath the HD [tm] leather vest. or the HD [tm] Ranger tour boots. A happy day for all.
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Cheers Steve (et al, for that matter)

Hope we can see you too at the DSBC ride Sunday after next, as per our chat at the HD dealership.

If you do, feel free to laugh at my slow a$$ all you like, which if there's slick mud involved, could likely entail botching "the simple navigation of a straight line off a standing start" ...

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Old 10-06-2014, 09:30 PM   #12
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Sorry I missed that, I would have liked to participate. Will put it on the calendar for next year.

But I'm not interested if people are not allowed to make fun of me.
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I am glad to hear and see that the Vancouver Toy Run is still going strong. I was involved with one of the host clubs who put it on way way back in early 1980s. We always had a lot of fun bugging each other and brought a lot of joy to those kids. The "cruiser" group had not been born yet. We had every type of bike there you could think of.

I now live in Qualicum Beach and have been on a couple of the Port Alberni Toy runs, but for a few reasons I don't do it any more. My main reason is safety. I realize that it is a great event and for an excellent cause. But I just don't want to ride with all those people that just don't know how to ride. Each time I have been on the PA Run, there have been accidents caused by very inexperienced riders taking out 1-5 other riders. I just don't want to be one of the ones taken down because somebody cannot control their bike properly.

The last time I was at the start up of the ride and some guy came in behind me that was weaving and wobbling so bad it was down right scary. He had no idea how to control his bike at slow speed, flopping his feet around on the ground and flipping his handlebars back and forth worse than a real tank slapper. Once he finally came to a stop, he took about 6 tries to put his side stand down, then proceeded to get off his bike on the right hand side, nearly toppling the bike over onto himself. He had about 8 of his buddies roll up behind him, and they all rode the same way. A few of us were chatting and mentioned these guys as a riding issue. Then one of them tried to interject that all cruiser bikes rode that way, it is the way they are built. We all looked at them in shock and just said, "No, you need to learn how to ride." We then got on our own bikes, started up and rode them out of the parking lot at under 5 KPH with both feet on the pegs or floorboards, no wiggling required whatsoever.

We rode the route to Port Alberni on our own, stopped in a coffee shop in Port and waited for the parade to go by. Sure enough, 2 of those riders had gone down and taken out some experienced riders. Ever since then, a small group of us don't bother with the ride. We go to the event and make our donations, watch some of the festivities, then leave before the mass exodus. Our average ages are in our 60s and we each have at least 40 years of riding behind us. We don't need to be taken out by somebody that has no clue.
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I am glad to hear and see that the Vancouver Toy Run is still going strong. I was involved with one of the host clubs who put it on way way back in early 1980s. We always had a lot of fun bugging each other and brought a lot of joy to those kids. The "cruiser" group had not been born yet. We had every type of bike there you could think of.

I now live in Qualicum Beach and have been on a couple of the Port Alberni Toy runs, but for a few reasons I don't do it any more. My main reason is safety. I realize that it is a great event and for an excellent cause. But I just don't want to ride with all those people that just don't know how to ride. Each time I have been on the PA Run, there have been accidents caused by very inexperienced riders taking out 1-5 other riders. I just don't want to be one of the ones taken down because somebody cannot control their bike properly.

The last time I was at the start up of the ride and some guy came in behind me that was weaving and wobbling so bad it was down right scary. He had no idea how to control his bike at slow speed, flopping his feet around on the ground and flipping his handlebars back and forth worse than a real tank slapper. Once he finally came to a stop, he took about 6 tries to put his side stand down, then proceeded to get off his bike on the right hand side, nearly toppling the bike over onto himself. He had about 8 of his buddies roll up behind him, and they all rode the same way. A few of us were chatting and mentioned these guys as a riding issue. Then one of them tried to interject that all cruiser bikes rode that way, it is the way they are built. We all looked at them in shock and just said, "No, you need to learn how to ride." We then got on our own bikes, started up and rode them out of the parking lot at under 5 KPH with both feet on the pegs or floorboards, no wiggling required whatsoever.

We rode the route to Port Alberni on our own, stopped in a coffee shop in Port and waited for the parade to go by. Sure enough, 2 of those riders had gone down and taken out some experienced riders. Ever since then, a small group of us don't bother with the ride. We go to the event and make our donations, watch some of the festivities, then leave before the mass exodus. Our average ages are in our 60s and we each have at least 40 years of riding behind us. We don't need to be taken out by somebody that has no clue.
You've summed up my thoughts re: the safety issue. I join in the start assemblage, and the finish assemblage, but want nothing to do with the armada of hazardous levels of motorcycle operation. Last Sunday I got caught up in perhaps 450 yards of "the herd" to get into the PNE grounds, and was almost taken out twice by over enthusiastic noise emitting, and testosterone fuelled nutball riding on machines that have no right attempting changing direction at over 5mph. I read yesterday a study indicating crashes by 45-69 yr old men has increased 10 fold. I totally get it after Sunday's deal.
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I read yesterday a study indicating crashes by 45-69 yr old men has increased 10 fold.

I've heard of this. Where did you find this study?
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