Lakeshore and Leslie, aka L&L, is Toronto's largest motorcycle meet. Bikers from all over converge in the joint parking lot of Tim Horton's and Price Chopper in the Leslieville region of Toronto every Thursday. Hundreds of motorcycles will roll in and out anywhere between 7pm to after midnight. Some stay for the length of time it takes to drink a coffee while others will stay for a few hours. Being a bike night, attendance is of course somewhat dictated by the weather. Don't expect to see more than a few die hard regulars on a rainy evening.
|A lineup of sportbikes by the Price Chopper|
This meet had humble a beginning when it started 2006 by Kevin and Mike (thebronze and cagedcbr from www.gtamotorcycle.com ). There were no designs to make it the biggest meet in Toronto. They just wanted a place to hang out and have coffee. And apparently they wanted the option to buy fresh produce and lunch meat.
The thing I like about this meet is you'll never know what you'll see or who you'll meet for the first time! I've seen a boa constrictor, a dog that travels on a motorcycle, Ural sidecar, slammed and souped up scooters, a Suzuki Hayabusa with a built-in vibrator, bikes from the 70's and more! You'll see the whole spectrum of the motorcycle community from cruisers to sportbikes and customs to scooters. You'll see the accompanied range of people from all walks of life too. All are welcome here. I've met motorcycle builders, computer nerds, nurses, artists and many more types of people. But what you do or where you come from doesn't matter -- our love of motorcycles is what brings us together.
|Marta, Raf and Reenie share Ighor's boa constrictor|
|Fiona's Ural sidecar rig with passenger Shaun|
Another hint this meet is hugely popular is you can check-in on the social media apps foursquare and facebook. This meet was starting to get so large the property owner hired security guards on May 24th of this year as the sheer number of bikes made it difficult (and possibly too intimidating) for customers at the Price Chopper to park and shop. See the YouMotorcycle blog for a letter he received from the property owner . Contrary to one what one might think about motorcycle culture (or perhaps it's a Canadian politeness thing), there haven't been any rowdiness problems that I've heard of. Security is just there to redirect the motorcycles from parking in front of the Price Chopper store until 10pm when they close.
|Larry aka "Chewie" -- one of the interesting characters I've met.|
|Margot and the boys|
|Su still loves her Aprilia RS125 even without all it's clothes on|
|Passing the Wendy's drive thru|
|Josie and Melissa asked for their photo to be taken.|