By Diana Olmstead
The Quick Throttle Staff woke early Saturday, Sept 27th, looking forward to the day ahead of us – a nice ride to Burlington to check out the Oyster Fun Party at North Cascades Harley-Davidson! We picked a location in Mason County to meet up and then headed off on a truly enjoyable, beautiful and scenic ride via Hwy 101 north to Port Townsend to catch the Port Townsend-Coupeville ferry. Once we departed the ferry we rode up Hwy 20 through Deception Pass to Anacortes. From Anacortes we rode a short distance east to Burlington where the dealership is located.
As we rolled in we could see that the dealership was overflowing with bikes and upbeat, happy-go-lucky riders that were strolling through the parking lot where most of the Oyster Fun Party festivities were taking place.
Lucky for us, a couple of bikes were heading out as we pulled in so we grabbed their spot and parked our bikes. By now the clouds that had been hanging around were dissipating and the sun was shining. We ditched our jackets and gloves, and decided to stretch our legs and check out the party.
Eagle Rider Northwest had a vendor both set up so we headed in that direction. The booth was surrounded with riders asking questions about bike rentals and checking out the riding accessories they had on hand. Further down a huge barbecue tent had been set up and was manned by a few folks with the Christian Motorcycle Association. The dealership went all out offering riders a free mouthwatering BBQ lunch or Oyster Shooters at a minimal cost.
Near the back portion of the dealership, the parking lot had become an outdoor music venue. The band “Paid n Full” sounded great as they rocked the stage while riders sat around the numerous tables and chairs, eating, mingling and enjoying the music. I snapped a few photos and met several loyal QT readers who were clearly having a great time!
From there I headed inside the dealership, which too was jam packed with shoppers in every department. The North Cascades H-D Staff were hustling and bustling. I witnessed a couple of bike deals take place before I headed over to my two favorite areas – the Motorclothes and Parts departments. It almost felt a bit like Black Friday as I watched many riders shopping at a feverish rate, holding armfuls of shirts and other misc items before heading to the long lines at the cashier counter. Over in the Parts Department I felt like I was lost in the land of the giants… tall, tattooed, leathered up, biker giants who were pouring over the parts catalogs and scouring the parts wall. One of the biggest reasons that I was looking forward to this visit was to greet and congratulate the new North Cascades H-D General Manager, Greg Fisher. Many riders in the Pacific Northwest are already familiar with Greg as he has worked in the motorcycle industry for 20 years, and 17 of those years were in management. I was happy to see my old friend who seemed right at home in his new surroundings yet was full of energy and quite excited for the future of North Cascades Harley-Davidson.
After chatting with Greg and several of the staff it was time to make my way back to my bike. As I was walking across the parking lot, I spotted a guy that had a certain look, the kind of look that made me want to talk to him and take his photo. It turns out that my gut instinct was right; this guy had a story to tell. He was from B.C. and he and his buddy had come to check out the Oyster Fun Party and then head over to check out the Oyster Run the following day. I introduced him to the rest of the QT staff and we all hit it off. He told me that he and his buddy’s experience with North Cascades H-D had been top notch, far better than the shops in his neck of the woods… and he couldn’t stress that point enough to me. He was cool, he was happy and he was simply diggin’ feeling valued as a customer and he wanted me to know about it. I wrote down his name and stuffed it in my jacket. Unfortunately, at the end of my weekend I hit some rain heading home and his name was no longer legible on the paper I had written it on. The biker community is often a small world and I suspect that I’ll probably cross paths with him again sometime.
A testimonial like the one above is just one great reason why you should check out North Cascades H-D. They are conveniently located just off I-5 and Hwy 20 at 1337 Goldenrod Road in Burlington.