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Big Dog cancels motorcycle rally

After two years of building the Big Dog Motorcycles Tornado Rally, the bike builder has canceled the gathering for 2007. Several factors played a role in the decision to forgo the rally for the year, the company said in a press release last week.

The Big Dog factory and headquarters location, just east of downtown Wichita, Kan.’s streets and businesses, prevented major future event growth. While the company considered moving the event to a different venue, it considered its factory a large draw for the event and it would have been logistically difficult to shuttle rally-goers to the campus and manage the two sites, the company said. Event congestion also created ill will with the manufacturer’s neighbors, which the company wanted to avoid. Big Dog also cited the time commitment involved in planning such an event and the difficulty of putting in sufficient employee time during the spring and summer seasons.

Big Dog Motorcycles President Nick Messer thanked its dealers, vendors, neighbors and friends for their support and participation and the City of Wichita for its assistance in making the rally possible.

“We know the Tornado Rally was a great event for our friends, our customers, our employees and our city, making our decision difficult,” Messer said.

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