The number of people is the down side to this event, it is way crowded and the ride around the lake to exit is annoying and often littered with over-heated harleys.
I have to admit the vendors are there to make deals though. I bought a beautiful riding jacket for $100 in 04 and its only now showing the slightest signs of wear. The down side is Ive lost a lot of weight in the last year and its a bit big if I dont wear a few layers under it... I want a new one and that seems like the best place to get a great deal on a quality jacket. The atmosphere isnt quite like it used to be, so I am told by some veterans who have been going 20+ years. Thats really the reason I would go as a day trip. I don't need the drama but in small doses.
'01 Shadow Sabre VT1100C2
'83 XVZ12T Yamaha Venture Royale