Motorcycle show roars into downtown Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. - In the 10 years since the motorcycle show first came to Spokane, Chris Cody and his father Steve have taken this event from a small motorcycle show to an event that Spokane looks forward to all year round.

The show, being held this weekend at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center, is expected to draw as many as 10,000 people.

"It's been a lot of fun and working with your son, you just can't beat that," Steve Cody said.

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Cody has watched and helped his son Chris take the show to new heights each year. He remembers the very first one they put together ten years ago.

"It was on a Valentines Day, it was a big snow storm that came in, we had about 3,000 people, 20,000 square feet down at the convention center and we thought we had hit a home run and every single year since then the attendance has grown to now what is 10, 11,000 people and 80,000 square feet of gleaming bikes and accessories," he said.

"We've got bean bag tosses for the kids, they can win t-shirts and you can buy a bike down here and get in the cash machine," Chris Cody added. "There's hundreds of bikes, there's hundreds of accessories, if you are in the market for any type of bike this is the time to buy a bike come on down, there's some great deals to be had."

Chris and Steve have watched the industry they love grow and grow. With fuel prices the way they are, two wheel travel will only become more popular.

"The average motorcycle rider is 45-years-old and makes about $70,000 and ladies now are absolutely getting into the sport, there is more women that are taking the instruction classes then there are men. So its a growing industry," Steve Cody said.