Moose Jaw hosts Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Association show and shine
Conversing with older motorcyclists is a highlight for Cody Banilevic.
“I just love being around the vintage motorcycle atmosphere and talking to the older experienced motorcycle enthusiasts,” he said.
Banilevic was one of many motorcycle enthusiasts who came out to the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Association show and shine at the Western Development Museum on Sunday.
Banilevic said he has been an enthusiast in street bikes for three years and considers himself “new into the game.” He said he has come out to the event many times before.
“I’m just excited to see all the bikes. It’s a great excuse for everyone to get together and talk about bikes,” said Banilevic. “The roads are so bad in Moose Jaw that guys don’t really bring their bikes out. So it’s nice to see them all out.”
This year he brought his 1947 Harvey-Davidson Flathead motorcycle that he has owned for one year.
“It’s all restored by a guy out of Edmonton and I drive it to work every day,” said Banilevic. “I bought it all completely done and I’ve just been riding it ever since. I haven’t done anything to it.”
Aaron Chamberlain of Moose Jaw said he’s been riding bikes for 30 years. Along with his two motorcycles, his dad and his brother-in-law also brought some motorcycles to the event.
“We thought we’d bring a couple bikes out and put them in the line,” said Chamberlain. “I like checking out all the new bikes. There’s usually a few different ones every year.”
Barry Wolf of Regina, secretary for the newly formed South Saskatchewan section of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Association, said the sunny weather on Sunday would’ve likely affected turnout.
“It’s about promoting and brining motorcycles out,” said Wolf. “Particularly with the vintage group, (it’s about) getting the vintage bikes out and showing them off and restoring them.”
He said the event featured a wide variety of bikes from around he world, including some made in Germany, England, Japan, America and in Kiev in the former USSR. Motorcycle owners came down from places like Gravelbourg, a dealer from Saskatoon and Swift Current.
Wolf added the reason the new section was formed was because of an increasing number of members. Last fall the section was created and it now has 26 members.
Kathy Fitton, manager of the Moose Jaw Western Development Museum, said the partnership with the group for the show and shine is a good fit.
“We’re a history of transportation and we do have motorcycles n our galleries. So to have a motorcycle show and shine here, it just makes perfect sense,” she said. “It’s a win-win situation.”
Since the owners came out with their bikes, she said it gave people the chance to talk about motorcycles.
“In previous years there have been some pretty amazing bikes out here,” said Fitton. “It’s a great opportunity for people who have their own motorcycles or those who are just really interested in bikes to come up and take a look at what is here and you can also chat with the owners.”