By Cerah Venturo
I had the pleasure of traveling to Denver to attend the 42nd Annual Colorado Motorcycle Expo at the National Western Complex, February 2020. Presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys and Sun Harley Davidson. “The largest motorcycle swap meet in the country!” was an epic show full of endless unique vendors selling new andused motorcycles, parts, apparel, and jewelry. 20,000+ motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the country were in attendance.
CME 2020 offered truly unique entertainment. Event-goers were treated to a huge variety of things to do, allowing one to make it their own! There was a live tattoo competition, featuring “The Ugliest tattoo.”A pulse raising stunt show in the arena right in front of a live band playing all of our favorite classic rock songs all weekend.
wet T-shirt competition that drew a big crowd. And I strolled through a huge selection of used bikes in anenormous bike corral.
The custom bike show was jaw dropping, to say the least! The show featured a prize pool of over $7000.00 in cash and trophies! I was blown away with the bike variety brought to show off by the proud owners. We saw everything from American baggers, Asian sports bikes, European restored, trikes, even mini classics! It was a tough competition as some of these bikes were truly unbelievable. Just incredible how much hard work & attention to detail was put into all the magnificent machines in the competition.
My favorite was the American big twin radical customs 1st place winner, Dino’s Customs Cycles out of Lakewood Colorado. Dino’s also took 2nd place in the American Classic restored with a beautiful 1940 Indian Scout.
Three different motorcycle charities were out selling raffle tickets all weekend for the 50/50 cash prize. BikerDown Colorado, Bikers Against Child Abuse, and Vets for Vets were able to raise several hundred dollars to split between the lucky winner and their charity of choice. I had the pleasure of helping out BikerDown Colorado at their booth all weekend. BikerDown is a non-profit organization that was founded by Laurie Montoya out of Lakewood Colorado in 2011, with the sole mission of helping injured motorcycle riders. Whether that is with medical equipment, fundraising, financial or emotional support BikerDown has truly stepped up in their local communities to help motorcycle riders and their families in any way possible. They have since branched out to chapters in Arizona and Las Vegas. It was really amazing to help out all weekend and see firsthand how much of an impact they have made over the last decade in the local riding community in Denver. I’m confident they will experience the same success as they look for opportunities to help injured riders in other states.
If you are interested in supporting this terrific organization email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Overall the event was of absolute epic proportions infun, and entertainment! We were all very thankful that the new owner, Scott Schulz, did such a great job at keeping up the traditions of this long running expo on his first year and working so hard to revamp and bring it back to life this year. For the past few years, Colorado Motorcycle Expo had seen a decrease in attendance, vendors, and spectators due to multiple factors. Scott has been working diligently, rebuilding old, and creating new relationships and networks.
I talkedScott post expo and he said, “I am happy with the turnout. Everyone seemed to have a great time. We look forward to hosting it again.” Feedback from vendors and attendees have been crucial in recreating such a successful event. We truly cannot wait to see what’s up Scott’s sleeve for Colorado Motorcycle Expo 2021. Hope to see you all there next year!