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Motorcycle swap and shop coming to town

Column by John Akal
Posted 2/17/21

It’s show time!” That’s an expression that can mean a lot of different things, but usually during February in Colorado it includes some of the bigger motorcycle shows and swap meets of the …

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Motorcycle swap and shop coming to town

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It’s show time!” That’s an expression that can mean a lot of different things, but usually during February in Colorado it includes some of the bigger motorcycle shows and swap meets of the year. But, as with everything else, things are a bit different this year.

One of those big shows has traditionally been the Colorado Motorcycle Expo that has been held at the Denver Coliseum for quite a while. It always includes a huge swap meet where you can look for hard to find parts and find vendors selling all kinds of things related to motorcycles. It’s become such an institution over the years that when most experienced bikers talk about it, they just refer to it as “the Swap Meet.” The Colorado Motorcycle Expo is always the biggest one in the region.

Last year it swooped in just before everything was shut down for COVID, but this year, things still haven’t opened up quite enough to hold a huge indoor show so the event at the Coliseum has been canceled.

But fear not, Colorado Bikers. Golden’s own Dirty Dogs Roadhouse has swooped in to the rescue. Instead of having one big show, they are going to start doing something different. They are going to partner up and begin having monthly swap meets in the parking lot at Dirty Dogs. The first one is going to be this coming Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Now, I know that talking about going to an outdoor motorcycle swap meet right after we had a weekend of sub zero temperatures hitting us sounds kind of crazy, but so is the weather here in Colorado. The forecast for the day, as of this writing, looks like it’s going to be hitting somewhere between 45-50 degrees, so everyone should be fine with just a jacket on.

Now, here’s a bit of inside information, coming from a guy who knows a little bit about the players involved. What makes this an exciting turn of events can be summed up in one word, “experience.”

Mark and Rob, the owners of Dirty Dogs Roadhouse, have been holding their own parking lot swap meets for a few years now, so they have the system for laying one out pretty much nailed. That’s been a part of their operation over there for a while now. But, I know both of these guys quite well and also know that before they opened their roadhouse, they were each major fixtures in the motorcycle community and have manned their own booths at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo for a very long time and have had a strong relationship with the organizers. That translates into a solid group of people, with loads of experience, banding together to start a new type of event right here in Golden. This is going to be a lot of fun.

In addition to that, the events will be sponsored by Rider Justice, one of the nation’s leading motorcycle legal services as well as Colorado Rider News which is a local monthly motorcycle publication. Both of these organizations bring the experience of being a part of more motorcycle shows than you can count.

So, trust me, these are going to evolve into some very well attended and organized monthly events. This new format is structured specifically for local vendors, so shopping there will be supporting a slew of local businesses. Of course, the location has built in food, drinks and live music so that will be a huge advantage as well.

Here’s what you can expect to see in the coming months as these meets grow. Booths from various shops, local builders and scrap dealers with lots of various new and used parts for sale. Local artists with things like jewelry and hand made accessories. Plus booths with lots of motorcycle apparel and more with various clubs and organizations represented.

Dirty Dogs Roadhouse is located at 17999 W. Colfax Avenue in Golden. That’s near the old Heritage Square at the far west end of Colfax for you locals who remember that place. For more information you can go to www.coloradomotorcycleexpo.com/monthly-swap-meet or call (303) 384- 3644.

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com

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