Yes it's true. This year we are charging $ 10 per day to get into the show. We have had an unbelievable 5 years of doing it for free but we simply can't do it anymore. Last year was a great show but we had many major issues behind the scenes. Two guys are not capable of handing the 20k+ spectators, 175 vendors ,25 Top Sponsors, 30 Invited builders ect... The show has suffered some, the people involved have not gotten the attention that is needed and deserved and frankly we can not handle the stress, pressure and workload anymore.
So what does the $ 10 admission do? The first thing it does is it pays for day 2..remember it's two full days now and we are giving away 2 bikes as well. That will almost double our operating costs...which are sky-rocketing.
Next it will help us hire a much needed real event staff to make your experience more enjoyable and help us do our job better. Much Better! We are also bringing over a container from Japan with Invited Builder/Invited Guest bikes... So if you can't get to a bike show in Japan we will bring the Japanese bikes to you. There is a massive laundry list of additional things that warrant the $ 10 per day admission but I think you get the message.
If it's too much to pay or you think the show is now tainted it's ok not to come. We want you to but it's up to you... remember it's just a bike show! We have always shared everything we do and why we do it (probably to a fault) with everyone but that's how we have always done it and it's made the show what it is. This year is going to be a challenging and interesting one for sure and we hope you are there to enjoy it with us...