With three inches of ice on my pavement, bloody cold temperatures, and real snow falling out of the sky, motorcycling is definitely out of the question. However, there is one event in January that is motorcycle related but does not require riding: The Colorado Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet.
Held on the weekend of January 27th and 28th, this is one very large event and some bargains are to be had if a person is willing to wade through the packed venue of motorcycles, parts, and people.
I think anything motorcycle related could be found—with the exception of T-Bags. Or maybe our group just missed them. With over five hundred booths, the odds were that some little corner was missed!!
My list was very short—only two items: saddlebags and gloves. One of my girlfriends has really terrific and inexpensive saddlebags and I wanted to get a set of similar ones. Mainly because my official Harley Davidson teeny tiny Fatboy bags are full after I put my raingear and tool kit in and I have to have more space for the remaining gear I carry! My gloves were a special item—100 gram thermolite red leather gauntlets with fringe. A dealer found a pair for me and they were waiting for me at the show. I only had to locate this dealer among some five hundred plus vendors!!
While the task was daunting and with the help of wonderful friends, I was able to locate both saddlebags and gloves! Mix in the many custom bikes on display, made for a wonderful time! Unfortunately, the Wahine forgot her camera and has zero images to post up.
Oh well, there will be other motorcycle shows to see during the year—the next one on the calendar being the Colorado Springs Motorcycle Show and Swap meet on February 17th and 18th. Until then, I’ll hopefully have my new saddlebags installed on my bike. I’m hoping that the weather warms up significantly enough to not use my red leather gloves, but if it doesn’t, I will at least be prepared!
On another note, the city newspaper, The Gazette, reported that the city has repaired several thousand potholes from the ice and snow storms. One reason not to be out riding because I’ve had the luxury of dealing with several large ones in the mom-mobile and don’t wish to have to have an intimate moment with any of those road hazards while on my motorcycle. Maybe it is not a bad idea that I can’t get out and ride after all.
Well, if I can’t ride…I’m glad that I can at least shop!
Keep the Shiny Side Up!
~The Rainbow Wahine