Celebrating the change of season on two wheels
Last updated 10/3/2023 at 10:51am
Sisters Moto braved the damp, fall Central Oregon weather, hosting their third annual Sisters Moto Party. The event is an opportunity for the Sisters motorcycle shop to gather with the community, kids, and parents for the kids' races.
Sisters Moto is a family endeavor for Austin and Elizabeth (Biz) Brent and their children, Verbena, Dixon, and Adelaide. Motocross became a way of life and a livelihood for Brent while he was working in the industry.
He and Biz met at Portland State University and spent several years in Portland, where Austin worked for Motosport.com. Brent and the family moved to Sisters in 2017 and opened the store in 2021.
This is their third fall party to mark the end of summer.
"The store and all the facets of the store keep growing every year. This year, we had four races with at least five kids in each race, one of the party's main events," said Biz. Kids of different ages and skill levels were riding Stacyc bikes, a stability cycle that runs on a battery like an electric bicycle, but with throttle.
"The bike is easily manageable and teaches kids throttle control, which is how the bike moves forward. One of the great aspects of these bikes is kids can ride them right outside their garage door or out on a walk with their parents," said Biz.
There were different heats of up to five kids of different levels riding different-sized Stacyc cycles. Each kid got a medal for participating in the races and braving the chilly weather.
Sisters Moto built up their track next to the store and set up the event as a block party so anyone could wander in, check out all their deals on gear, and watch the kids race on the track. They had over $1,000 worth of raffle prizes to give away.
Sisters Moto hosted vendors they work with and sell at the shop, as well as local businesses that wanted to promote their products. They had free Wild Ride Brewing beer available, music, local food truck Coco Loco, and Mama's Juju Kitchen. Patrons enjoyed music from Tara Snow.
"The event and the shop were created on a foundation of community and support and instill that community support. We have the event not just to sell products and promote our products but also to bring the whole family out and enjoy the motorcycling sport. Motorcycling is such a community sport with groups often riding together," said Biz.
Sisters Moto sponsors riders and drives their race semi to different races across the Pacific Northwest to see their sponsored kiddos.
"We have 20-plus youth riders, and our sponsored riders go through interviews; we want to get good riders, but good kids and involved families," said Biz.
For more information visit http://www.sistersmoto.com.