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Motorcycle mania roars onto Vashon

August 26, 2014 · 4:32 PM
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Downtown Vashon is always filled with motorcycles and their fans during the Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts annual island event. / Susan Riemer/Staff Photo

On Sunday, more than 1,000 motorcyclists gathered in downtown Vashon for the Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts’ 32nd annual Isle of Vashon TT. Islander and longtime member of the club, Jody Heintzman, said 750 people registered for the event, about 100 less than last year. It was a safe event, he said, with no problems reported. “Everybody seemed to have a good time,” he added.

Those who register participate in a poker run, drawing playing cards at designated points along the island ride, and the person with the best poker hand wins. Following the ride, which takes motorcyclists from town to the west side, Tahlequah and Dockton, many participants gather at The Sportsmen’s Club for a barbecue and motorcycle-related games and races.

The motorcycle club typically hosts the event the weekend before or after Labor Day, drawing many onlookers and some criticism on Vashon for not divulging the date to anyone but club members. Heintzman says they do this to keep the event from being overrun — something that has happened in the past — and to keep the focus on vintage bikes. Still, for motorcycle enthusiasts of all kinds, there are plenty of bikes to look at and wish for, with the latest gleaming bikes parked next to classics from the past, like the Indian above

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