Yesterday was one of those typical Alberta autumn days – on the crisp side of cool at just below zero celsius, and not a cloud to be seen in a sky that was blue as far as the eye could see . It was a perfect day to go for a drive, and so I went north about 90 minutes up the highway to Red Deer to check out the motorcycle swap meet sponsored by the Central Alberta Canadian Vintage Motorcycle (CAVMG) club. This is an annual event – they actually have one each spring also – which is held at the Westerner Fair Grounds located at the south end of Red Deer, and which attracts folks from both the Edmonton and Calgary area and so tends to have a good turnout. Included in the $3 admission was a vintage motorcycle display, and they had quite a few bikes in various stages of restoration (project bike to concours level). Although the majority of what was there was H-D related, there was also a good mix of Japanese and European bikes on display, as well as vendors offering services and parts for a wide range of marques.
It was a very pleasant way to spend a few hours on a Sunday, and as is usually the case, I learned a few things also. I was specifically looking for some leads on gauge repair options (tachometer, speedometer etc.) for my GT750 project, and I had a couple of good conversations with folks who had booths at the show, and who knew much more about gauge repair than I did. All in all, time well spent.
The next CAVMG Swap Meet event is April 5th. 2009 – its already on my calendar !