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  • 2013 Motorcycle Show Your Thoughts

    The Motorcycle show is on January 17 18 19 and 20th 2013

    Somewhat new format with an ailing motorcycle market. What do you think

    manufacture displays are smaller

    Less clubs

    Less dealer space

    Less vendors


    So what do you think? Some of the mmic reps and people that are in contact with the show promoters check this site, so if you have something that could be considered constructive it will probably make it to the right ears.

    Dont bother bitching about the price of parking, that is something that is out of the shows control and land is expensive, at least they are providing a shuttle service for those who cant make the trek from their car to the entrance.

    did you see anything interesting?

    Personalty I like the slightly smaller venue, make the show a little more focused on motorcycles. As a vendor I dont like the 4 day long show. I like the new Husky 650 (but you knew that already) and at 7990 it going to give the KLR and DR buyers something to think about. I still have not had time to finish my round at the show so I might have something more to add

    Tom
    Tom Timmerman
    Past President DSBC

  • #2
    Less of everything is sort of 1 reason not to go this year and the other reason showed up in the dealers on Friday. Just to costly to come from the Island for something smaller.

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    • #3
      I don't know if it was because attendance is down (lots of parked cars though), or because it's spread over 4 days, but I really liked being able to walk around without being in a huge shoulder to shoulder crowd. I could see what I wanted to see and go at my own pace. Previous years were too crowded to be able to do that. With the amount of time I spend in downtown Vancouver, $6.00 for parking is really not that bad. With the lower crowd, I found that more people were stopping at our booth to chat (boy those tires were great at getting peoples attention!).
      Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by xr8d View Post
        I don't know if it was because attendance is down (lots of parked cars though), or because it's spread over 4 days, but I really liked being able to walk around without being in a huge shoulder to shoulder crowd. I could see what I wanted to see and go at my own pace. Previous years were too crowded to be able to do that.
        I agree. It was nice to be able to talk to the vendors without having to line up or feel like you were holding up others. I was there Thursday night, so I'm not sure if that was due to lower attendance or the day/time.

        With the online resources available these days, I think there is less reason to go to shows for fact finding. I think this is especially true if, like clarge said, you have to spend a lot of time and money travelling. This may be one reason for lower attendance.

        I think the shows are great if you are close to making a purchasing decision and want to meet the vendors. Also, in this online world, it's nice to get out and actually talk to people. I hope that the shows continue, even if they are in a smaller format.
        What's right is what's left if you do everything else wrong.

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        • #5
          I'm not sure how much smaller the show really is with the manufacturers taking up less space. It has been noted that there are a lot less leather and tshirt vendors. Which is ok by me. Also less unrelated to motorcycles vendors ie quad or candy.
          Tom Timmerman
          Past President DSBC

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          • #6
            I loved the show, it is always great to get and see everything under one roof. Parking prices, well it was reasonable and you can come and go in one day if you get a receipt. Hell you have to pay to park at the hospital these days... I always find lots to look at although I did not spend too much time looking at the new Harleys.

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            • #7
              loved it
              as someone else mentioned being able to walk freely through the isles and being able to get close to the vendors tables was great
              being able to sit on the bikes without the hoards of peopel was great aswell

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              • #8
                I thought this year's show was actually better than previous years'. It felt like there was a bit more focus on Adventure Touring and Dual Sporting, and less focus on showing customized cruisers (which I don't actually have an issue with, just not my style). It was definitely less crowded on Sunday than previous years, but crowded enough that someone would sit on whatever bike you might be taking a picture of at the time. The DSBC cards with a few events listed on them was a great idea!

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                • #9
                  I enjoyed the Show this weekend. I agree with Tom, it was nice not to have so many non-motorcycle related vendors. It was also nice to be able to walk around and not get jostled by crushing crowds.

                  The busiest place at the Show was the DSBC booth!!! The tire display was a huge hit (thank you Colin at MX1 for lending them to us) and the huge photo display drew people in as well (Thank you Doug at Minuteman Press for printing them for us).

                  Thank you to all the fantastic people who volunteered at the booth: John (farp), Ted (southpoint), Guy (DRuZer), Rick (North), Chris (Chwk Chris), Bill (wjm), Jon (xr8d), Gordon (blocker), Leedam (bikefx), Ian (IanB), Ken (unsightedlight), Peter (Fbomb), Mike (MikeO), Scott (tiwelder), Sharon (rambo). And a huge THANK YOU to Tom (tomcycle) and Scott (Scott604) for working on the booth and being there with me all weekend. We kept it simple and it worked great. We had 500 card calendars printed and we handed out almost every single one of them. We also sold quite a number of Trail Passes.

                  I chatted with people while I was at the booth almost non-stop. It was great to see old friends and to encourage new faces to sign up to DSBC. I've already notices a few members on the forum.

                  Next scheduled event is the Flat Tire Social on March 3. Watch the forum for further info. If any new members have any questions feel free to PM me or any of the other Administrators.

                  Judy
                  On the internet you can be anything you want . . . . . It's strange that so many people choose to be stupid.

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                  • #10
                    Had a great time at the show this year. Here are a few photos a got of the DSBC booth









                    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/unsightednight

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                    • #11
                      Nice photos unsightedlight, thanks for posting them
                      On the internet you can be anything you want . . . . . It's strange that so many people choose to be stupid.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by unsightedlight View Post
                        Had a great time at the show this year. Here are a few photos a got of the DSBC booth











                        Is Tom talking about "Tires"?

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                        • #13
                          One of my pet peaves with these shows is the Wholesale/Distributer displays. When I see something I want, I want to buy it (with show discount, if possible). The "For Display Only, Go see your local dealer" answer is lame when I want instant gratification. Usually by the time I get home I don't bother pursuing it or I check out how to get it online, bypassing the local shop. You distributers should figure out some arrangement with your dealers where people can actually buy the cool stuff you bring to the show, on the spot.

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                          • #14
                            dang sure wch i i could go too the show could be a few years mssive stroke got in the way

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by buddy98 View Post
                              dang sure wch i i could go too the show could be a few years mssive stroke got in the way
                              Hey Mark, how are you making out? I was looking forward to riding with you this season on my new TR650 Terra.

                              John
                              A motorcycle will go anywhere the rider has the ability to take it.

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