DirtQuake USA 2015

What happens when you invite a ton of people to a dirt track event on bikes that aren’t really designed for it?

Total amazingness is what happens.

SeeSee Motorcycles in Portland, held their second of SideBurn Magazines DirtQuake events on this side of the pond this past weekend. Free Camping, some Free Beers, Tons of bikes and a little bit of chaos made for a weekend that we are already looking forward to next year.

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Watch out !

A few months back, our friends Cory and Craig had a friend that was hit by a driver in their home town somewhere in Virginia. Craig asked if we could do a post of the shirt Reaper Records had printed with the cats over at Garage Prints, where  all the proceeds from the sales were to be donated to their friends recovery fund.

I love things like this and quickly purchased a shirt for each of the employees at The Shop, and began talking to the guys to see if it would be cool if we did something similar.

Here in Canada we are very lucky to have a system set up where you can get in an accident, receive top level care, and in the end not find yourself under a mountain of debt.

After a couple of months of back and forth, we are very proud to present you with The Shop Vancouver “watch out for motorcycles” tee.

A portion of the profits from each shirt sold will be sent out to people who find themselves on the short end of the systems stick. Our goal is to help support those in need, We don’t have much money to print hundreds of shirts, but as long as people want them, we will continue printing, and help out as we can… $50 here, a $100 there, it may not seem like much, but we all know how in times of need, a little can go a long way.

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The Picture Books @ The Cobalt Vancouver

Very Excited to have these cats playing in Vancouver on what was Truck Stop Rock Tuesdays at The Cobalt.

Win yourself a ticket and join us this Tuesday June 16th on the Guest List by tagging a flick on your Instagram #PictureBooksXTheShop

See you there.

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Swap Spaces Available !

We have limited number of spaces available for the swap at this years Spit-n-Shine show.
Email us TheShopVancouver@Gmail.com with the subject “Swap Space” to register for your space now.
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Each 10’x10′ space is $25 and includes space for 2 people to sell.
Load in for the swap will be from 6-10am the morning of July 18th,
please bring your own blankets or tables to display your items. For more details click Here

**Swap Spaces are not open to dealers, If you are interested in a vendor booth, please email us TheShopVancouver@gmail.com with the title “Vendor Booth” and we can sort you out. **

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Helmets 4 Daze

Last week we hosted a Helmet art show/ silent auction. We had 15 of the best local artists paint helmets that we donated from The Shop, along with about 50 vintage Helmets from Myk Roc and Tory… When all was said and we raised over $1500 that will be donated to the Arts Umbrella program.

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A letter to MLA

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I woke up this morning to this staring me straight in the face. After yesterdays conversation with VPD Sgt Fiddler, I spent the night pouring over the rules and regulations set forth by the CVSE for motorcycles and their operating standards.

I decided to write Mr Chandra Herbert an email , and I encourage you to do the same. His email is s.chandraherbert.mla@leg.bc.ca

“Spencer

This month is save driving month. A crack down on texting and driving, speeding, running red lights or stop signs, drinking and driving should be the focus.
Officials should not be focusing on something that has never caused a fatality, injury or otherwise and focus on those that do.
I read this mornings Metro News article, and It’s articles and attitudes like this that make people think it’s okay to hit a motorcyclist and leave them broken in the middle of the road.
As someone that rides a motorcycle, I will say that yes there are some people that have motorcycles that make too much noise.
That said there is a larger problem that occurs when papers and the news post images and articles like this and readers read and see a completely stock bike that would have absolutely no issue with noise.
Considering over 2/3rds of all motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers, this attitude in my opinion causes more problems than the issue it would potentially solve.
When the police and politicians take a negative stance towards an issue, many citizens follow, and follow in a manor that is simply one sided to the issue..
This article says that people can’t hear their tvs as motorcycles pass. Really ? this is the issue ?
I have friends whose wrists no longer work, whose legs are broken, and whose lives are permanently impaired because, while they were breaking no laws on their perfectly legal stock bike, they were hit by someone not paying enough attention to the road.
Spencer you say that there is no evidence that supports loud pipes save lives ? Maybe that test should be done.
I know that I’ve personally heard “I didn’t see him” said as a reason many motorcycle accidents happen, is it not possible that had they heard him, they would have taken a look up from whatever it was they were paying attention to ? Earlier this year I was riding into kits when I was nearly pushed off the side of Burrard St bridge into the bike lane because my legal, quiet bike was not seen or heard.
We are some of the most vulnerable motorists on the road and the bottom line is EVERYONE needs to understand there are bigger issues than your tv show, and hearing a motorcycle before you see it, because the bike you just heard, also caught the attention of a driver that wasn’t paying attention, changing lanes, texting, or making a left hand turn before they saw the motorcycle and just saved that rider months of recovery, years of pain and possibly their life ! 
 
Thomas Schneider 

Within minutes I had an email from Spencer asking if we could speak on the phone.
At 2:30 Mr Chandra Herbert called and we spoke about the article and the issue at hand.
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Track Day.

Last week we had the opportunity to get involved with a track event that our friend Sam was putting on in Pemberton. Only a few days before the event, the venue called and said that their truck broke down and that the track wouldn’t be ready for Saturday.

A few scramble phone calls later it was determined that if they could figure out how to get some money together to rent the right machine, they track could be prepped and everything would be a go.

Our Friend Mitch called me shortly after and asked if The Shop Vancouver would be able to get involved. Yup, no brainer.

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Lined up and ready to go.


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Saturday

Wow that was a bit of a big Saturday to say the least!

the day started at 5:30 am and I’m just settling down now to check out photos from todays Flat Track event that we sponsored in Pemberton and the International Female Ride day we hosted with our girl Becky of The Dream Roll and Them Road Apples.

I wish that I could have been there today to see everyone. It sounded like an amazing ride. I hope that we can do more of this for you girls in the future.

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Saturday should be fun

In or out of town.. make it to one of these events happening this weekend.

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Mikey Revolt Photo Show

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