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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by supercub, Aug 17, 2013.
Thats too bad. It really is an awesome day, but you will never know untill you go.
Just don't want it to become another Oyster Run.
It's about old bikes, not chromed-out harleys or the latest racer replicas.
From what I'm seeing here - if I'm not part of the club I wouldn't be welcome. Besides that, only the members are supposed to know the date, so again I feel excluded. I'm not much for big clubs and large group rides so I'm not even sure this is something I'd be interested in.
Tell us what it's like. What do you enjoy about it? What is the event all about?
exactly, thats why i don't go to the oyster run. (once was enough. try to ride through drunk pirates in formation, its like a 100 yard long Winnebago. plus they get a little nervous when ya have to pull in with them..)
Vashon?? a fun day,i try to go every year..
Funny... If you go on the website: the few pics show mostly modern bikes... I passed by this island a month ago: tourists trap with uber expensive not great restaurants (but a lot of holistic massage places!).
If you join the club, you get to see the old bikes.
Actually this is an extremely cool event. 1000's of bikes of all makes and years, some I've never heard of. Very few Harleys lots of Europeans.
I'm not a member, but have gone every year for the last decade. I have always felt welcome. Riding the ferry to and from the island with hundreds of bikes aboard is a real thrill in itself. I'm going if I can find out when it is. Usual I get an invite from a member around now.
Somebody tell me when it is, I'll keep a secret.
I have been many times- it is a cool event- I think the reason they don't publish the date is to try to limit the numbers of bikes- not some grudge against anyone- it is a small island, serviced only by ferry, and has a lot of wealthy locals who really get twisted by having their precious little island invaded by a bunch of bikers who take up the ferry spaces, occupy downtown, etc. So it is a delicate balance to keep the thing going, and they try as far as possible to avoid offending the locals. I suspect they also feel that the date will get spread enough by WOM among the vintage crowd, and that may serve to help keep the event from being over-run by straight pipe Harley's etc.
The above are just my feelings about it, I am not a VME member.
Yes...but if you talk to the local businesses on the island they'll tell you it's the greatest thing to hit the island all year.
I'm whispering so nobody can hear....is it really next weekend?
well said, shoji guy..
Jon-Lars and Shojimon nailed it.
Membership or not, this VME sponsored event is a great gathering of enthusiasts and bikes you've probably only seen pictured in magazines or coffee table books.
The experience of riding a Washington State Ferry packed full of cool bikes is not to be missed. And the roads on Vashon are super fun.
But don't even think of showing up on a Harley. Unless it's an Aermacchi or pre AMF!
The VME guys are as far from exclusionary as can be. I've been many times, never a member, and have felt most welcome.
So is the gathering of old bikes this weekend the 7&8th ? I've been out of town for most of the summer working so I'm out of touch in my hood. Lol. I've never ever had a problem with an of the VME guys or the little run over to the island. It's a cool little gig but I do wish Plant Georgetown was still open.
Sunday, (good chance it's this Sunday:) early morning to late afternoon.
The Cretins have an event tonight:
Look out! Wish I were spending the night down there.
Too many TT's on a hangover.
Alright, I couldn't make it today due to prior obligations. Who's got pics of what I missed out on?
Here ya go....