I had the pleasure of speaking with Ray Sasseville, a very jubilant and elated man. In fact the whole 16 member team is a pretty happy group of people. The city of Salmon Arm has agreed to all of the requests to extend noise bylaw hours and to grant licenses for both beer gardens.

Although Ray and his team have already invested a ton of time and money in to the event, Ray expressed on the phone yesterday that the hard work officially begins now.

With 4 venues in total - the Summer Stomp Rally site, the 2 Music venues and the vendors village - there's a lot of elbow grease to be applied yet noted Ray in our conversation.
"The plans are in place, now it is to execute them - REALLY, REALLY well!"

The RCMP - while concerned at the numbers of people this event is expected to draw is up to the task and drafting a budget to Salmon Arm City council for the expenses. Sturgis North has already agreed to help with the costs and are providing shuttle services to and from various venues. In all Sturgis North's team has budgeted $300K for security (Stats from the Salmon Arm Observer article) and the man heading up their security team?  Peter Maia - he has been involved in first aid and security for more than 25 years, doing every major event in B.C. since Expo ’86. He was in charge of the Ontario pavilion for the Vancouver Olympics.

JB's Custom Colors - an RFBA Member business in Kamloops is painting the Sturgis North Motorcycle that is going to be taken around to bike shows across the country promoting the event, there are plans for some big bands to be entertaining people - like you though, we all have to wait for the ink to dry on all of the flurry of contracts that will have to be signed in the next few weeks.  Ray is going to have one bad case of writers cramp!

It is official - a FIVE DAY event in the heart of some GORGEOUS riding country!!!!

Register for their newsletter to stay informed of the happenings and watch the Busted Knuckle Chronicles and the Belt Drive Betty Web SIte too as we are going to be a major media sponsor for the event!

Our reporter Jeff LeGrand from the Calgary MRFD and the CMC will be on hand to give us all the low down on this first time event that many, many western Canadian riders are hoping will become a Western Canadian Signature Motorcycle event.

There will be tons and tons of developments and important updates to watch for...
So - let's hear your comments and feed back...are you excited that Sturgis North is coming?
The Great Canadian Bike Rally is the same weekend in Merritt - are you planning on taking in both first time events or only one?  It's only 211 KM from one venue to the other with some pretty, pretty riding country in between....

The discussion is in our forums on
on our FB Fan Page  of right here!

In other news:

In the UK Kawasaki has decided to re launch it's riders program with discounts etc...

If you are handy with graphic design and want to win 1000 pounds, Ducati has a Christmas Card design contest going on!

Our friend and colleague Jeff from VRide TV in BC has a calendar for sale.

Bikes over Baghdad 3 is set to place to entertain the US Troops

Have a great day and please take your time out there.Belt Drive Betty

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