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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September 2014 Events

We still have 2-3 months of riding weather left but the number of events is getting smaller.  Here are some highlights for the month of September.  As usual, you can see lots of blog posts and photos of these events using my Guide To Local Events page.

9/4: First Thursday at Dulono's Pizza / Moto Mania at the Uptown VFW
This Thursday!!!  This year, I've been parking at the VFW and walking back and forth between these simultaneous events.  Overall, it's the biggest local bike night by far so don't miss it.

9/5-9/6 24th Annual SCVR Chili Feed
I haven't been to Chili Feed since 2011 but I want to go back.  It's the SCVR's annual fundraiser and it's a really fun time.  Bring your tent and eat all the chili and drink all the beer you want on Saturday.  Live music, bonfire, mechanical bull, etc. etc. etc.

9/13: 5th Annual Rad's Extra Sharp Motorcycle Show
I have attended the last 3 years and managed to come away with an award each year.  Feel free to show up to enjoy some bikes, adult beverage of choice, and lots of cheese but leave your Sportster at home.  I want another award dammit.

9/20: 49th Annual Fall Flood Run
Twice a year, this event turns the border of MN and WI between Lake St. Croix Beach and Winona into a steady stream of bikes all day long on both sides of the river.  The past few Spring runs have been frigid so be sure to enjoy the relative warmth of the fall run.  This will be my 5th fall run and 11th Flood Run overall.  It's for a great cause so buy a wristband!

I know there's a ton of other rides and benefits out there.  This is just my edited list of ones I've actually attended in the past.  No matter which ones (if any) you attend, just go out and enjoy the beautiful fall riding weather while it lasts.

Monday, September 1, 2014

2014 AMA Hillclimb Grand Championships - Part 3

Lots of people rode to the 2014 AMA Hillclimb Grand Championships and there was a wide variety of bikes in the parking lot.

As I mentioned before, I rode my Sportster.

This was the first time I saw a Street 750 in the wild.  This one had a very odd windshield.

Lots of tooling on this guy's bags.

Here are two good-looking shovelheads:

Pair of flatheads:

If there was an award for "biggest sissy bar ornament", this Kawasaki would have won.

Moto Guzzi and Ducati:

Really nice Triumph:

I had fun hanging out for a little while.  Maybe next year I'll bring the family and make a day of it.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

2014 AMA Hillclimb Grand Championships - Part 2

The hill climb was a lot of fun to watch.  There were a lot of different classes of bikes and the riders were a wide range of ages, both male and female.  Good times up the hill tended to be closer to 10 seconds.  Most riders were successful but a few wiped out before making it to the top.

Waiting must have felt like forever.

Then you could just watch the riders stare up the hill.

Here are bunch of action shots:

Photos really don't do the event justice.  Here's a video of a couple of runs up the hill:

Some cool bikes spotted in the parking lot are up next!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

2014 AMA Hillclimb Grand Championships - Part 1

Two weeks ago, the Valley Springs Motorcycle Club in Bay City, WI hosted the 2014 AMA Hillclimb Grand Championships.  It was a 2-day event spanning Saturday and Sunday.  In spite of the threat of rain, I rode down on my Sporty and attended for a little while on Sunday.

Here's the flyer.  Sorry for not posting anything about this event in advance.  I found out about it last-minute on Instagram.

It was easy to find if you just followed the signs.

The property was very cool.  I want a 4-car garage/barn one day.

The hill was awesome.

Here's the crowd.  It was really laid-back.  Bring some chairs and the family and just hang out.  A couple of guys even brought a couch in their pickup.

Here are all the awards the riders were competing for.

Action shots are up next.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

First Thursday - August 2014 - Part 3

At first glance, this bike appeared to have a bunch of pieces riveted to it.  Upon closer inspection, it was all bolted together.  From all the insane bodywork to the Clockwork Orange seat, this bike stood out more than any other.

This Sporty stood out thanks to its frame.

Neat speedometer placement among other things on this Iron:

Ironhead:

Check out the carbon fiber body on this 1996 Sportster called Crossbreed from Brett Ohland.

There was a wide variety of other Harleys there too including this trike...

... a shovelhead...

...a flathead...

...and a local favorite, this 1922 JD that actually gets ridden.
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