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One of the more interesting bits of news was the absence of representation by Triumph at the show. Now they've been around a while, and I'm sure that some very smart folks ran the numbers before making this choice, but it was still sad not to be able to check out their line-up. Rumour has it that they've decided to focus on a more intimate, grassroots marketing approach. Setting up mobile parties at smaller events throughout the year. If that's the case, then good on them. Could be a nice change from the usual mass-market, debt-financing meatgrinder sales model so popular nowadays. With any luck we'll cross paths with them at some point and get to see what the new approach looks like.
It was also a shame that a couple of our favorite vendors from last year chose not to attend, like The Shop from Vancouver and a couple of other local builders, but maybe they'll come out next year. There were still a few of us Independents offering something different.
We had a lot of fun with our neighbours at Beacon Insurance throughout the weekend, though. There was plenty of time to shoot the shit, with the more relaxed pace this time around, and we're looking forward to seeing them all on our yearly trip up to Sicamous for The Summer Stomp in July.
It took a while, but we finally managed to get out and find some souvenirs for ourselves on the last day. Getting service can be tough when everybody's tired and you don't look like a given vendor's demographic, but a smile and letting them know that you know what you're looking for can go a long way. We did dig ourselves up a couple of Matching leather his and hers vests, with side laces and buffalo head nickel snap covers that gave us a lot of joy. A pretty bitchin' Sugar Skull bag for Ms. Evil Overlord and a pair of armored retro brown leather gloves for Big Daddy Me rounded things off perfectly. We even managed to pick up a nice surprise piece for a client build that we're working on!
All in all, The Motorcycle Show Vancouver in Abbotsford was a solid event with plenty to see and do. It's the largest shindig of the season, and it definitely got us pumped for all the fun still to come this year. Next up is the Vintage Classic Swap & Show at the Cloverdale Agriplex on April 23rd. We'll see you there!