I like this article. It is informative and interesting. Thank you Westin Porter, and thank you to City Weekly for sharing Motos in Moab. Hopefully more people can join in this fun community of motorcycle lovers thanks to your exposure!
As someone who has participated in this event since it's inception, I feel it necessary to refute some of the claims that Dan "Rodneydangerfield" Stewart has made. The organizing group and volunteers spent hours and some even stayed extra days to make 100% sure the campground was put into a state better than when we had arrived. Nothing was spared when it came to making this event environmentally friendly. What part of it wasn't, Dan? The engines of the bikes? What do you have to say about the thousands of jeeps that crawl over the natural rock formations with their engines running every single day in Moab? What about the boats that spill oil and gasoline into the Colorado River? We were only there one weekend... To isolate this group as less environmentally friendly as any other Moab-going motor enthusiast is absurd.
Secondly, the purpose wasn't to promote anything other than friendship, camaraderie, love of the outdoors, and love of motorcycles. Nobody made any money doing this. Where there sponsors? Yes, but only out of necessity. There was no profit in this. Salt City Builds and Locolobo have brought tons of different factions of motorcyclists together into one community because we all love to ride. You and your friends are apparently a part of the groups that are divisive and hate other riders that you consider "posers". You seem to also feel the need to patronize and belittle riders who came from Salt Lake City. Who are you to say what makes a rider a "real" rider? Do they need to crash? Do they need to ride 1 million miles? What is your oh-so-elite definition of a rider that makes a 250 mile voyage insignificant?
As for nobody wanting to see flame throwers, whiskey bottles, and guys digging ruts on their bikes in Moab, let me remind you that 1,200 people attended, and the event was completely filled... I don't think your statement needs any other response than that.
Nobody sees you creating non-profit events in order to bring people together, and I don't think it's the writer or City Weekly who are out of touch. Your negativity clearly demonstrates that you are uncomfortable with change and I'm sorry that you feel you have to stand on your lawn and yell at the kids doing the new thing telling them to get off.
P.S. - When you decide you want to have fun with motorcycles and the outdoors instead of unabashedly hating others who share your passions, this group will welcome you with arms wide open.
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