On The Road: Two Wheel Sunday

CALGARY — Like a good single-malt or a fine wine, some things just take time.

On June 1 Calgary is set to see its first Two Wheel Sunday – an event that’s taken a couple of years to come together.

“It’s really Bill Rodgers’ idea,” says Two Wheel Sunday co-creator Bobby Baum. “We were in his shop, talking bikes and everything about them when Bill mentioned putting on an event that would bring all of the motorcycle groups in town to one place at one time.”

Rodgers is a local artist who has been involved in motorcycles since the early 1980s. Baum has been around motorcycles in Calgary his entire life.

“We talked about the idea a bit more, and we both really thought it would be a way to take the pulse of motorcycling in Calgary,” Baum says. “I thought it was a brilliant suggestion, but it took time to incubate.”

The more Baum thought about bringing together all of the Calgary-based stakeholders involved with motorcycles, the more excited he got. He shared the idea with a couple of groups, including the local section of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group and the Victory Riders Association.

His idea was met with enthusiasm.

“The Victory Riders were all over the idea, and so were a few other groups,” Baum says.

The wheels were in motion. Organizational meetings started up, and people such as Don Fergin of Universal Cycle Services and Ron Barron of O.M.G. Motorcycle School helped lay the groundwork.

Barron owns a small shop at 3907 – 3A Street in northeast Calgary. He offered up the use of his parking lot to the cause.

“Then we looked at the calendar to set a date,” Baum says. “We didn’t want to step on anybody’s toes in regards to double-booking events, and Sunday June 1 was wide open.”

The demise of the Melrose Café & Bar, which used to host a motorcycle event the same weekend, freed up the date.

As word about Two Wheel Sunday began to spread, interested people began to pick up various tasks and responsibilities. Show posters were designed, food was discussed, and seed money was collected. Every group involved has shouldered some responsibility for the event – and that kind of cooperation should ensure success.

According to the poster (www.facebook.com/twowheelsunday) Two Wheel Sunday is: “A collaborative event bringing all motorcycle groups, shops, riders & enthusiasts to one place, at one time.”

Currently, the list of those involved reads like a who’s who of the Calgary motorcycle industry with more than 40 names attached.

Some of the big name shops such as Blackfoot Motosports mingle with many of the smaller, family-run businesses including Anderwerks Motorrad Spezialist, Lucid Kustoms, Mad Jap Kustoms and the Old Motorcycle Shop.

Several motorcycle groups including the Apocalypse Scooter Club, 403Riders, Calgary Motorcycle Club and Chinook Wings Motorcycle Club plan to attend.

Many motorcycle-related charity rides are on the list, too, with Ride for the Breath of Life, Ride for Dad, Ride for Sight and the Magic of Christmas Toy Run slated to attend.

“There’s such diversity in the two-wheel scene,” Baum says. “There are the scooters, the sport bikes, the cruisers – and then there are the brand-specific enthusiasts, too.

“When you go to the Calgary Motorcycle Show (in early January) some of these folks are there, but definitely not all of them – and they’re certainly not there with their own motorcycles.

“We just wanted to give these groups and vendors a place to set up a table that will allow them to introduce themselves to other motorcyclists, and share exactly what it is they do. It’s sort of like speed-dating for motorcyclists, or just those interested in motorcycles, so they can go from booth to booth and see what everybody has to offer.”

Two Wheel Sunday runs June 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine at 3907 – 3A Street N.E., just off of Edmonton Trail. There will be on-street motorcycle parking and a special show and shine, and donations will be accepted for the Calgary Poppy Fund and Veteran’s Food Bank. In fact, all funds from the sale of smokies and pop will be donated to the charity.

“I don’t know of anything anywhere else that’s quite like this event,” Baum says. “There might be, but it’s a first for Calgary.”

Greg Williams is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Have an auto related item to share for the column or What’s Next? Contact him at 403-287-1067 or [email protected] Visit his website at gregwilliams.ca

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