An estimated 200 to 400 motorcycle riders are expected to begin arriving Friday at the China Peak ski resort for HighPipe, a three-day motorcycle festival featuring motorcycle demonstrations, live music, custom bike shows and other events.
The festival is sponsored by the Bonnier Motorcycle Group and is open to all motorcyclists, regardless of what they ride. But the focus will be on “scrambler-style” motorcycles, according to Corey Eastman of Cycle World magazine. “Scrambler” is a back-in-the-day term for motorcycles with both on-road and off-road capability. Scramble-style motorcycles predate the specialization of today’s sport bikes and cruisers. They often came from the factory with an upswept exhaust, nominally to avoid rocks and tree stumps, hence the term “HighPipe.” According to Eastman, scramblers are undergoing a resurgence with newer models from BMW, Honda, Triumph and Ducati.
Eastman said this weekend’s HighPipe festival is the first event of its kind. Some riders are bound for China Peak from Colorado, Oregon and points more distant.