Chrome, chaps and choppers roll in for 2nd annual cycle rally
BY JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes
Good Vibrations is bringing the music, malt, merlot and motorcycles this weekend with Keizer Station as the epicenter.
Motorcycle stunt shows and concerts highlight the four-day festival, which started Thursday. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Association and the Christian Motorcycle Association.
And whether you ride, like looking at bikes or just want to relax and rock out, chances are there’s something for you this weekend.
Keizer Station and the Keizer Renaissance Inn will be the headquarters and sleeping quarters, respectively, of this year’s Good Vibrations motorcycle rally. More than 700 bikers registered for last year’s event, and organizers think this year will exceed that number.
“Some of the people I’ve spoken with hadn’t registered because the weather was so strange, they were going to wait and see if the sun as ever going to come out again,” said Carol Infranca, a Good Vibrations spokesperson. “They were planning on registering at the event so we’re expecting a lot of walk-ups.”
Vendor Village at Keizer Station will host ride-in shows, bike competitions, aerial jump team performances, vendor booths, food and live music through Sunday, July 17.
• LivFast Freestyle Motocross Aerial Stunt shows on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. These are free of charge.
• Skynnyn Lynnyrd – a tribute to you-know-who – plays two shows, one at 7 p.m. Friday, July 15 on the Keizer Rotary Amphitheater Stage at Keizer Rapids Park, and another at 8 p.m. Saturday at Vendor Village. Tickets to both concerts and the stunt show are $15 each.
• A motorcycle parade at 10 a.m. Sunday along River Road N.
• Vendor Village with food, beer and all kinds of fun stuff to buy at Keizer Station. Booths will offer up all things motorcycle, anything from lighting to helmets, leather, boots and other accessories.
• Town & Country Bowl is hosting Rock and Glow Bowl from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights.
• Steelhead is serving up free blues and oldies at their 6:30 p.m. Saturday show on the Keizer Rotary Amphiteater Stage at Keizer Rapids Park. Beer and wine available.
And while Keizer is ground zero, there’s events all over the mid-Willamette Valley.
Salem Harley-Davidson has a food and beer garden open until 7 p.m. Friday, July 16, with the Chris Loid Band performing. They’ve also got food, beer and a live DJ on Sunday until 4 p.m.
Woodburn Drag Strip has the 34th Annual Les Schwab Tire Centers/Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series all weekend long. It includes alcohol dragsters, funny cars, super stock, stock, super street, sportsman motorcycles and more.
In its second year, the festival is put on by Road Shows Inc. the company that coordinates the massive Street Vibrations cycle rallies in Reno, Nev.
“We get some of the most spectacular bikes at our events,” Burke said. “Our participants love their bikes.”
Sharing the road
Keep those eyes peeled and ears open: You’ll be sharing the roads of Keizer with as many as 3,000 motorcycles this weekend.
In addition, limited street closures will be in effect: River Road will be closed for about 30 minutes Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Stadium Drive will close from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Saturday for motorcycle stunt shows.
It’s not always easy to spot motorcycles on the road. Organizers said it’s more likely you’ll hear a bike before you see it.
“There’s going to be hundreds of them coming and going, and we hope you don’t see it too late because we certainly don’t want anyone to meet up with one of our participants by accident,” Infranca said.
And police predict, at times, there will be loads of traffic on local streets this weekend.
“We would encourage people to take their time getting from Point A to Point B,” said Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns. “Its a good time to recognize there are motorcyclists out on the road, and we have to remember to check our blind spots. That’s a dangerous area that seems to take out a fair number of motorcyclists.”
Safety tips from AAA include providing motorcyclists with enough room to maneuver, not trying to share a lane with a motorcycle. The club also urges motorists to check mirrors carefully before making a lane change, as they can be difficult to see.
Stunt show to fly high at Keizer Station
Death-defying feats are just par for the course at the LivFast Freestyle Motocross Aerial Stunt Shows Saturday, July 16, at Vendor Village.
LivFast Freestyle Motocross Aerial Stunt shows on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. These are free of charge, as is a 1 p.m. practice run. All ages are welcome.
“When you see them your jaw will drop,” said Carol Infranca, a Good Vibrations spokesperson.
The cyclists use mathematical equations to determine height and distance of jumps; Infranca said the stunts change depending on the venue’s layout. The cyclists perform mid-air flips, handstands and more, flying 70 feet trough the air and 40-50 feet off the ground.
“If you don’t find (the motocross) shows exciting, you’d better check your pulse – you might be dead,” added Randy Burke, president of Road Shows Inc.
After each show the stunt riders spend time talking to kids in attendance, Infranca said.
“I would really encourage anyone who has a kid to get to that show, they’ll be amazed,” she added.
• Skynnyn Lynnyrd – 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, July 15 at Keizer Rapids Park – Keizer Rotary Amphitheater, and Saturday July 16 starting at 8:30 p.m. at the Vendor Village at Keizer Station.
Skynnyn Lynnyrd prides themselves on being more than a cover band.
Calling themselves Lynyrd Skynyrd – Reloaded, the nine-member group aims to hit every lick the way Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and the boys would have.
They’ve got two shows: One from 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on the Keizer Rotary Amphitheater Stage at Keizer Rapids Park, and a free show at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Vendor Village. Admission to Friday night’s show is $15 (free for registered rally participants); beer will be available. A $5 discount coupon will be included in the official pocket program, available at the Vendor Village.
• The biker parade Sunday morning may just offer up as many motorcycle riders in one place as you will anywhere in Oregon.
It’s at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 17 on Wittenberg Lane. It will travel down River Road and return to Keizer Village. American flags will be distributed from businesses on the west side of River Road courtesy of the Keizer Chamber of Chamber and the River Road Business Association.
• The Vendor Village at Keizer Station offers up food, beer, and all manner of motorcycle merchandise. It’s free to get in.
It’s open 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. until an 8:30 p.m. concert Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday.