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In November, I was forced to cancel the January 2021 Colorado Motorcycle Expo at the National Western Complex in downtown Denver due to COVID-19 restrictions set by the Department of Health. It was not a decision taken lightly as I knew many attendees, vendors, and sponsors would be extremely disappointed and hoping for a different outcome.
I have been exploring different options with local motorcycle businesses, and I am excited to announce that I have partnered with Dirty Dogs Roadhouse, Colorado Rider News, and Rider Justice to create a modified monthly swap meet designed specifically for local vendors. This newly customized swap meet will occur once a month at Colorado’s #1 biker bar, Dirty Dogs Roadhouse. As always, at Dirty Dogs there will be amazing food, beverage, and entertainment, while we will be there supporting local businesses and YOU. Our vision is to bring back the grass roots “Swap Meet” until we can all get back to normal.
It is unclear what 2021 holds for biker community events, but my hope is by having an alternate venue for swap and fun, we can all continue to move forward. Our kick-off monthly swap meet will occur on February 20th, from 10am to 4pm and we plan to continue the events monthly, with crowds and vendor space expanding as the weather gets warmer and restrictions loosen.
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Cruise line companies have been taking reservations and then cancelling guest because of COVID restrictions. The suggestion of many travel agents is to book a cruise long in advance to increase the probability.
Do you ever wonder if there was a cruise for bikers? Do you wonder how many Rally’s will actually be scheduled this year? Well wonder no more.
High Seas Rally has been scheduling biker cruises since 2003 and is THE WORLDS ONLY BIKER RALLY on a Cruise Ship! This 7-day cruise is tailored to the biker community and is scheduled to depart from Port Canaveral in Florida on October 22, 2021.
Everything on the cruise is tailored to motorcycle riders including Salute to Service day, Leather night, Pirate contest, Best Beard Contest, Poker chip swap and much much more. If that wasn’t enough to get you interested, the kickass entertainment they have is well, they have scheduled Trace Adkins, Foghat, Molly Hatchet and much much more!
If you are interested they still have great balcony rooms available and if you mention BIKERDOWN when completing your reservation you can be helping injured riders at the same time. To get more information visit their website by clicking here.
Most of us in the New Year were hoping to be able to get back to our normal routine and motorcycle events in 2021. Arizona Bike week just announced they will be postponing their 25th annual bike fest to April 2022.
Bike week was rescheduled to October last year as bike week fell in the midst of the pandemic and shutdowns. The promoters did everything they could in 2020 to continue the tradition of bike week and to be in compliance with state health regulators. Unfortunately, the cost and attendance being down most likely played a factor in their decision to reschedule to 2022.
Safety is always in the back of the minds of promoters, but the experience is what brings bikers back each year. Attendees knew things would be different, but some of restrictions just didn’t give you the bike week experience.
This being the 25th anniversary of Arizona Bike Week is a monumental year for a rally and promoters felt that they would rather hold off on the 25th celebration until such time as they can hold the type of bike week they want.
Our hope is that riders will continue to go down to the Scottsdale Arizona and ride the magestic mountains and small rustic towns that depend on the motorcycle dollars to survive. There is so much to do in Arizona in the springtime. For other ideas, we did a piece last year of fun things to do in April, click here to read more.
COVID red levels in Denver and surrounding counties have put a hault on many of our charitable events and rides in December. Most recently, Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson had to cancel their 35th Annual Children’s Hospital Toy Run. This has been a time honored tradition in our biker community in Colorado with attendance hitting all time records in 2019.
Rider Justice, BikerDown Foundation and Colorado Rider News took it upon themselves to try to ensure the kids from Children’s Hospital didn’t go without their toys for Christmas by organizing a Modified Toy Drive/Run and to put a smile on Kathy Yevoli, owner of Rocky Mountain HD face.
On Saturday December 5th, riders are asked to decorate their bikes, strap on their toys just like they have done for years and meet at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse in Golden at 12pm. Kickstands are up at 1pm and we will do a short ride to Rocky Mountain where Kathy and Marina will have bins and boxes ready to accept your unwrapped toys and gifts for the kids.
If for any reason you cannot make it on Saturday, bring your unwrapped toy today thru Friday to the dealerships.
By Scott Schulz
It is with sadness and frustration that we announce the cancellation of the upcoming Colorado Motorcycle Expo “The Swap Meet” (due to take place January 30-31, 2021).
We know this will come as a tremendous disappointment to all sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees, and we want to assure you this decision was not taken lightly. The overriding factor leading this difficult decision is the city and county of Denver reverting back to “Safer at Home/Level 3” and the updated guidelines and restrictions around events and gatherings announced on October 27, 2020. The most debilitating restriction limits event attendance to no more than 25 people per room. Historically, our attendance has been in the 10’s of thousands and based on your recent survey responses and the fact that the upcoming Expo was not scheduled on Superbowl weekend, we were expecting an exceptional turnout in 2021. With increasing COVID numbers, we do not anticipate Denver will lift or lighten these restrictions in a timely enough fashion for us to properly plan this event as it takes several months to pull it all together.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have historically helped make the event possible through sponsorship, purchased booth spaces, and ticket sales, and to also thank you for your outpouring of support through these challenging times. We feel extremely fortunate to be a part of what feels like extended family.
Despite the disappointment and impact we know you all feel, we want you to know that we are fully committed to serving this industry and community that we love. We can say with confidence that we will be back stronger than ever at the next Colorado Motorcycle Expo (scheduled for January 29-30, 2022). This also is a weekend that does not conflict with the Superbowl, so we can hardly wait!
Once again, we thank you all for your support and know that we are here to support others in the industry as we all work through these difficult times.
See you in 2022,
As the holiday season begins, we are committed to posting all upcoming events for November – December. For more information on these events, please contact them directly. If you would like your event to be added to this list, please email us at email@example.com
BikerDown Foundation is in our 9th year of Adopting Families for the Holidays program. The program started with the desire to help 2 families that had suffered a tragic loss due to a motorcycle fatality. While we knew we couldn’t replace the loss they were feeling, we could ensure that the family wasn’t alone and that the children had Christmas under the tree.
The Adopt-a-Family program has helped almost 450 families over the years and the need for families in the Denver and surrounding areas continues to grow as rent and the cost of living increases. In 2020 due to COVID-19, this has affected many families in ways they could not imagine. Many parents are still not back to work, children cannot attend school and parents are forced to stay home.
As we enter the holiday season many of us begin to feel joy and excitement as we get closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, for many families in our community, they begin to WORRY about how they are going to make their children’s Christmas wishes would come true.
This year the Adopt-a-Family program is going back to our grass roots and have limited each state to 25 families to ensure that we meet our goal of fundraising. We see this as a challenging year for all.
BikerDown with the help of Dirty Dogs Roadhouse in Golden will host a Freezin for a Reason Chili Cook off and Toy Drive on November 28th after Thanksgiving and Black Friday. All teams are encouraged to pre-register for this event and we will have great prizes for the winners.
Adopt-A-Family has not yet determined their ability to hold the Lunch/Dinner with Santa which is where we normally distribute the gifts to the families. We will work very hard to manage a program that meets local guidelines and continue to make the event the BEST that we can make it.
All of this wouldn’t be possible without the help of Walmart, Rider Justice, BikerDown sponsors, riders and our biker owned business supporters, each family receives a $250.00 Walmart gift card. Adopt-a-Family has a direct line to Santa Claus and he always comes to visit the children and bring some gifts for them.
This year we are on an aggressive fundraising effort to help over 75 families, but we need your help, if you would like to Donate to our program please visit our website at www.adoptafamilytoday.org. This website is also where we ask all families to request adoption.
Whether you are FOR or AGAINST President Donald Trump, you cannot deny his support from the biker community or residents in the State of Colorado.
A long line of vehicles waving American flags and flags in support of President Donald Trump gathered Sunday morning at Bandimere Speedway for a “MAGA Drag” caravan around the Denver metro area.
Drivers, bikers and anything on wheels showed up at Bandimere Speedway to line up for the parade which started at Bandimere Speedway, then proceeded Eastbound on C-470 to Interstate 25, Northbound on I-25 to Interstate 70 and finally went Westbound on I-70 to Golden
The endpoint was planned to be the Dirty Dogs Roadhouse at 17999 W. Colfax Ave. in Golden, and quickly it was clear there wasn’t enough parking to accommodate all the vehicles. So the drivers line the side roads as far as the eye could see .
A website for the national event says the purpose was to organize rolling flag parade caravans, circling highways in a “big ol’ heap of old-fashioned American patriotism.”
One of the primary goals of Hornbuckle Foundation is to collaborate and work together with other Recovery Community Organizations and non-profits. Monarch Sober Living played a pivotal role in the success of the Hornbuckle Foundation’s sober living placement and recovery coaching program. With their experience, they helped fine tune a dream and turn it into a successful reality, by providing guidance and teamwork.
We were approached by Rider Justice with an idea to bring meals to sober living houses through 2Wheels4Meals. The Hornbuckle Foundation had dreamed of being able to do an event like this for the last year, and 2Wheels4Meals made it happen!
Residents of sober living are near and dear to our hearts. They are working toward achieving long-term sobriety. This journey is not for the faint of heart! Many bridges have been burned, reputations destroyed, and it can be a long road to getting back on the right track. With COVID happening, isolation has wreaked havoc on the world. This event brought people together and was a reminder that they are not alone; that the community cares about their intrinsic value and worth. They’re worth some amazing, gourmet Italian food- worth the effort to be blessed. I loved what Laurie said the best, “We see you and we are proud of you.” So many people don’t get to hear that very often, even those not in recovery. It was a special day to be a part of. We are grateful and humbled to be chosen to play our small part.