The Coast Riders began as the Greater Vancouver Chapter of Virago Owners Club in February 1992. This is when we established our pattern of group rides, regular monthly meetings and social events.
By spring of 1995, our membership was over 50 and we were one of the largest Virago Owners Club chapters in North America! At that point we adopted the name of “Coast Riders” for our chapter to give ourselves a distinct identity.
In 1995 the Coast Riders hosted the first Pacific North-West Regional Rally at Manning Park Resort in Southern BC. It was a huge success with 65 riders and passengers from all over Western Canada and the United States attending the weekend event.
A tradition had begun and subsequent rallies have been held in Merritt, Princeton, Winthrop WA, Enderby, Christina Lake, Cowichan Valley, Cache Creek and Oliver B.C.
In 1999 with the exception of the 250, Yamaha discontinued production of the Virago. Since then, many of our Virago owners have moved to different bikes.
In 2003, we realized that only about 50% of our members still rode a Virago. The Coast Riders felt that we had the infrastructure in place to operate as an independent club. Therefore, on January 1, 2004 we dropped our affiliation with the V.O.C. and registered as the Coast Riders Motorcycle Club.
The Coast Riders today is still primarily a cruiser style club, with touring, sport, and ADV bikes thrown into the mix! We welcome all makes and models. We are primarily a “Riding” club, with several of our members riding many kilometers each year.
From April to October there are regular Sunday group rides, occasional dinner or coffee rides, day trips to special events, longer day rides of several hundred kilometers, weekend overnight trips, and tours lasting several days and thousands of kilometers. Who knows what adventures you will have!
The highlight of each riding season is our annual four-day rally in July. This is a time of gathering of members to one specific area of B.C. where we enjoy daily rides, barbeques, swimming and good times!
Coast Riders provide support to new riders, share technical advice, and regularly discuss riding techniques and motorcycle safety.