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Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2007 10:00 pm

A last-minute $5 million insurance policy that caused headaches for organizers of Saturday's motorcycle show wasn't needed, after all.

The show that attracted several hundred motorcyclists to Downtown Lodi went off without a hitch, according to event organizers, merchants and police. As for whether the organizers broke even financially, well, that's another story.

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29 comments:

  • posted at 2:09 am on Fri, Aug 3, 2007.

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    Dont know if any went to charity or in there pockets,and no it's not an original idea,but at least lodi had one in there city limits GALT.LOL, But i will say good job SONS OF CALIFONIA MC.

     
  • posted at 12:01 pm on Thu, Aug 2, 2007.

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    I have been at events with thousands of "bikers". I can say that I felt as safe as could be. I am much more afraid at the local fair where the little gang bangers and punks mug everybody who crosses their path. I'll bet nobody saw a biker doing that!

    The REAL PIRATES are the folks who rape and pillage in another way----utility bills so high that one cannot use air conditioning in the middle of this stinking valley. Now, THAT'S A CRIME!

     
  • posted at 4:53 am on Thu, Aug 2, 2007.

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    Is that the same SONS OF CALIFORNIA MC that raised $6000 for the Boys + Girls club last month. How much of the lodi money was donated to charity,Boy i'm glad they had such a original idea.

     
  • posted at 4:05 am on Wed, Aug 1, 2007.

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    Wonder what the wonderfull chief of police in galt has to say now.He wold'nt allow a run in galt said there would be nothing but trouble,warned the lodi police department they would have the same,and could'nt wait to say i told you so to the chief of lodi police department.He's done nothing but talk bad of the son's of california mc who have donated thousands to charities. But im sure barnie fife will come out with something to try and make him self look good.Good job lodi,and the lodi police department.

     
  • posted at 12:16 pm on Tue, Jul 31, 2007.

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    Lodian: (on Jul 30, 2007 7:33 AM): Maybe the city feels the beer drinkers are a more rowdy crowd than the wine drinkers.

     
  • posted at 6:00 pm on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    The positive in this is that it was a successful learning experience for everyone involved. The event was fun, informative, and brought business to downtown, all of which indicates that this should be an annual event in Lodi. Best wishes for many more years of bike rallies and shows in Lodi!!

     
  • posted at 5:59 pm on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    Kudos to the folks at Lodi Beer Company for putting this event together. They're a true example of what a business can do to succeed, while other businesses just complain that no one is helping them be successful.

     
  • posted at 5:05 pm on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    Just goes to show that people need to change their perception of 'Bikers'. The average 'bikers' you see today are just like the people who drive trucks and cars. They appreciate a good machine, good food, good friends, and good rides. I know, because I am a passenger with one of these 'bikers'.

     
  • posted at 12:32 pm on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    Wow looks like there is more trouble on any given Friday at the theater courtyard with the underage drinking then on a biker gathering...Imagine that!

     
  • posted at 12:14 pm on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    Many of these types of bikers are patriotic Americans. They probably didn't want the bikers to find out about our illegal alien problem, as many are Minutemen and Vets.

     
  • posted at 12:04 pm on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    Thats unfair. I enjoy the appellation and vintage games with wine, the microbrew double talk with beer, the sour mash religion of bourbon and rye
    whiskey and the single malt games of scotch whisky. You can't be prejudiced against the beeros, the winos, or the distilled spirits sippers.

     
  • posted at 9:54 am on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    The food down there was great. And there was some REALLLY HOT chicks out there. Hope they come back next year.

     
  • posted at 9:23 am on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    I have just one word to say to the sceptics: DUH! As I have mentioned before, decent upstanding people ride Harleys. Get the image of the hell-raiser out of your heads. Walt Gray from KCRA 3 does an annual charity biker run. A blogger mentioned Jay Leno having 8 Harleys and even Jay goes on runs - he goes to Sturgis. I know a City of Lodi employee and his wife works at the hospital and they love their bikes. So, it was a success. DUH! I just wish I could have gone.

     
  • posted at 8:44 am on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    I thought it was a great event. The bikes were fantastic! I love every opportunity to bring crowds of people from in and outside of Lodi to the downtown area. I think that the $5M policy was a little ridiculous - it is unnecessary with this group (we should inform the underwriters that we aren't talking about bringing in RAP stars!) and they won't be able to break even without changing the fee to participants. I will attend again if it is downtown. I won't attend if it is held in another area of town.

     
  • posted at 8:22 am on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    It was all "much ado about nothing." Sounds like this event went off without a hitch and people had a good time. Those who spent a lot of time pre-judging others and fearing the worst should take their own inventory. Not everyone who drives expensive cars are "nice" people either.

     
  • posted at 7:55 am on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    Damn, I was hoping they'd pillage city hall, with our city council and management team in it. The GOB's could've been the defenders. LOL Good job, Brothers!

     
  • posted at 7:34 am on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    Well, what do you know. No problems downtown. Isn't that amazing!!! With as many cops that were walking around downtown, you would have thought we were at Daytona. What a waste of money for all those guys strutting around.

     
  • posted at 5:26 am on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    I wasn't surprised at all at the great turnout or for that fact the lack of mayhem. I hope Lodi is more accepting next year, you might just have an even bigger turnout, and better sales for the area!

     
  • posted at 4:36 am on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    Glad to hear it went off well (as many of us knew it would). I was just sorry I couldn't attend--Hospice charity ride was the same day. I look forward to next year, hopefully.

     
  • posted at 4:31 am on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    OMG! You cant be serous! You mean to tell me the nasty mean bikers didnt rape and pillage livable lovable Lodi?

     
  • posted at 3:59 am on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    No pillaging? I'm disapointed.

     
  • posted at 3:50 am on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    ALL OF YOU THAT WERE COMPLAINING ABOUT TROUBLE. LETS HER YOUR COMMENTS NOW. NOW WILL YOU PLEASE LEAVE THEM ALONE IF THEY DO IT NEXT YEAR.

     
  • posted at 3:44 am on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    The only real problem were the chuckleheads with the modified illegal exhaust, when did that many decibels become cool?, sounds like crap... "

     
  • posted at 3:16 am on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    What do you mean by these bikers? This City is nothing but a good old boy network still. Get past the 60's and 70's. Even Jay Leno owns 8 Harleys. JUst cause you own a bike doesn't mean you are a bad person. It's not like it used to be folks.. Move On would ya !

     
  • posted at 3:15 am on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    You got to realize these bikes are not cheap. People who own Harley's now are not your Hell's Angels type all the time. Plus, those type of bike gangs would not attend a function like this.
    So, the event brought in people with probably a lot of income to spend. Its a benefit for Lodi Business and hopefully next year they will be more fair in the insurance coverage they ask for.

     
  • posted at 3:07 am on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    Ditto Valley, sad part was the extra monies they had to come up with to ensure what didn't happen.

     
  • posted at 2:33 am on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    Just goes to show you the double standard that exist in Lodi, $1 million vs. $5 million, the wine drinkers vs. the beer drinkers.

     
  • posted at 2:30 am on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    Great I love to see this kind of stuff in Lodi. I think its good for the community, in many ways. It gives people something to do, and it gives an economic boost. I would like to see this stuff more often.

     
  • posted at 2:05 am on Mon, Jul 30, 2007.

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    wow! you mean to tell me that it wasn't complete anarchy? that these bikers actually show courtesy and respect to others? imagine that.

     
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