Event Review: Long Beach Motorcycle Swap Meet

The guys from MotorcycleSmack.com went to the Long Beach Motorcycle Swap Meet on June 24th, at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach, Californinia.

This swap meet has been going on for many, many years.  One vendor we talked to had been selling there for over 20 years.    The visitors are mostly older, too, with many of them proudly displaying their allegiance to Harley Davidson on shirts, hats, and tattoos.

We guessed the event was around 50 percent Harley-oriented, 25 percent old Japanese and British iron, and 25 percent bicycle related.  There’s a nice variety of parts and products for sale at this event- everything from handlebars for your hog to polish to hats to belts to luggage to 70’s Japanese cafe racers for sale.

Although mostly male and a little surly looking, the swappers are generally a pretty friendly bunch.  You have to be quick to get the best deals.  The meet opens at 7 am sharp, and bargain hunters quickly  scoop up the finest treasures in new and used parts.  One hesitant shopper checked out a piece of $10.00 luggage, put it down, and within one minute the item was scooped up by a quick thinking bargain hunter.  Mr. Quick asked Mr Hesitant if he had wanted to buy the bag.  When Mr. Hesitant replied "yes, I was thinking about it", Mr. Quick’s smiling reply was "well, too bad, you lose!"

In addition to parts and accessories, there’s always a number of interesting bikes for sale.  As far as we were concerned, the star of this particular show was a beautifully done cafe racer based on an old Honda 750.  The paint was very 70’s looking, but who knows when this thing was built.  With tiny, narrow bars, a rigid rear suspension and practically no seat padding, this thing looked barely ridable.  But it was sure gorgeous.  Just the thing for the motorcycle collector who likes looking at his bikes just as much…or more…than riding them.

The So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet is put on by Topping Events, and they have motorcycle swap meets in Vallejo, California as well. 

The next Cycle Swap Meet in Long Beach is July 22nd.  For more information visit www.toppingevents.com

You probably won’t find much here for your new Yam-Ninja-GSXR-CBR, other than things like alarms, cleaners, clothing, tools, etc.  But if your taste in motorcycles runs toward the eclectic, this is the place to be.   

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