A couple of months ago Trobairitz posted on her blog her desire to spend a weekend in Seattle to attend the Seattle Cycle World Motorcycle Show. She probably gave Troubador a few jabs and he relented so they booked a room at the Doubletree, Arctic Club on 3rd Avenue. As soon as I noticed the post I clicked on all their links and was mulling things over in my mind. If I ever have a chance to meet people, then I do go out of my way to do so. Because of all the ice and snow I waited until the last minute to make my arrangements and when the weekend arrived the weather co-operated and the rest is history . We arrived at Qwest Field and I noticed my first photo op
Our plan was to meet at the Vespa booth at 3pm, but there was no Vespa this year but luckily we had previously arranged to meet via "text messaging".
We got our first view of the floor when I received my first text message from Troubador (Brad). He indicated that he had just entered the building so I looked around to try to identify him. I found out later that there are two entrances and he arrived one floor below
Near the entrance on the mezzanine there was a static display of sought after or unusual bikes
I noticed David Hough, author of Proficient Motorcycle was there autographing his books
I met Mr Hough last year in Stevenson, Wa at the Rally in the Gorge. We had sandwiches for lunch and he is a very elequent speaker and gave a talk on traction. He rode his Beemer with sidecar from the Olympic Peninsula where he resides.
(Chuck & Brad at the Gerbing booth trying on heated garments)
Here is a Darth Vader mask made of Aluminum checkerplate
There was even a Triumph Tiger with luggage
I didn't realize that a T-rex had such a large trunk
At the Honda booth I noticed their new 700 sport tourer on display
I think even Chuck was thinking of trading in his new Vespa 400-mp3 for this Honda Silverwing
There was even a display of an Ace car powered by a V-twin, front wheel drive
and a Ducati something or other vintage bike
Even Twisted Throttle was there. If you shop on-line you have probably been to their website.
I think this is a rare Beemer
I'm not sure if this was modified or not as it looks very unusual
We had a great time, and while all of us have never met before we were comfortable with each other and it felt that we had known each other for years. I know we will be getting together again, hopefully as soon as the new season starts.
(Brad, Bob, Brandy & Rick)
Sounds and action are sometimes better than mere words and static photos, here is a short video to make you feel that you were there with us . . .