More than 100 bikers join Vintage Motorcycle Canyon Run

The motorcycles on Main Street stretched from the House of Jade to the former Lillooet Bakery as more than 100 motorcyclists visited Lillooet July 2-3 for the second Vintage Motorcycle Canyon Run.

More bikes lined the other side of Main Street from the Lillooet Museum to 7th Avenue.

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Getting in on the act, a few vintage rat rod cars joined this year’s run. A couple of rusting rods were used as towing vehicles for some of the classic bikes.

Lillooet residents and bike fans had a chance to check out the bikes and talk to the riders during the Show ‘n Shine on Main Street.

Organizer Tim Renshaw described this year’s version of the Canyon Run as a “huge success.”

He told the News, “The run is growing, everyone is very well mannered, it was a great crowd and everyone seemed happy.”

Renshaw added, “The run is all about getting your old bike running and meeting good folks.”

Approximately 50 riders participated in the first-ever Canyon Run last year.

There was a change in the route on Saturday because of the fatal accident on Highway 12 south of Lillooet.

The motorcyclists took a detour and had an extra two-hour ride on the dirt road running through Fountain Valley on their way into town.

Renshaw said that several bikes needed repairs and ended up in the trailers, but “everyone still got to ride. People shared bikes and everyone helped each other out in great ol’ biker form.”

The run started in Chilliwack at 7 a.m. Saturday and headed up the Fraser Canyon via Highways 1, 12 and Fountain Valley Road to Lillooet for a BBQ dinner and overnight stay.

After breakfast Sunday morning, the run returned to Chilliwack via Highway 99 North,  Spences Bridge and Highway 1.

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