|06-01-2012, 08:44 AM||#1|
Joined: Jan 2005
Location: Calgary, AB Canada
8th ANNUAL LAWRENCE BIRD MEMORIAL RIDE
I have set dates for a weekend ride to Whitefish MT. June 23-24. Meet in Whitefish at Mackenzie River Pizza Saturday night . . come one, come all . . WHO WAS LAWRENCE BIRD ? ? ? ?
Lawrence Bird was the oldest and longest serving BMW Motorcycle Dealer in Canada. He was a man who lived his passion ... motorcycles. He operated his workshop with his companion Joyce for over 40 years, in Brandon MB.
While providing service to the marque, he had seen 3 national BMW Motorcycle Distributors come and go, in Canada. He also proudly represented, serviced and sold, Harley Davidson, Vincent, Norton, Triumph, Moto Guzzi, Yamaha, and Hodaka, from his small shop in Brandon.
In 1998, BMW Motorrad Canada decided his small workshop no longer fit their new corporate image, and refused to continue business with him, and removed his privileges to officially represent BMW. He continued to service BMW as an independent, for the last years, before closing the shop, and retiring in 2001.
Rider's whom had the pleasure of meeting him can only describe him as ' a true gentleman of the sport', someone who would always be there to assist a rider on the road. As a lifetime member of the BMW MOA, (the largest international BMW motorcycle club in the world) membership #25, secures him as a founding member and a true friend of the sport...
With this ride, we have chosen to continue to re-visit one of his favorite places, a ride he would do most long weekends, from Brandon, to enjoy and live his passions of motorcycles and photography, in the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.
In the past, we have met at the shop and departed. Everyone rides at their own pace and with whom they chose to ride with, deciding their own routes and stops along the way... (this is not a large parade type ride)
The destination is quite rewarding... meeting up in Whitefish, for an evening of good food, and good company ... just a weekend to enjoying motorcycling ..
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