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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Fire and Ice

I took a few photos of my 883 while the snow was flying on Tuesday.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Mama Tried 2015 - Part 20

To wrap up the ice riding event at Mama Tried 2015, here are few last photos from the day.

A few other guys from the Twin Cities made it out to the marina to check things out:

It was fun to watch this kid on mini bike take to the ice.

The ice Sportster (aka the "Hardley") from Revival Cycles was awesome.  It was great to see Sportsters represented.  When I posted this photo to Instagram, Harley-Davidson re-posted it (click here) and it went on to get nearly 10,000 likes so I was super Internet-famous for a few minutes that day.

I got some of my best photos of the day when I bravely/stupidly headed into the center of the track.

Here are some photos of the Hardley.

More ice riding!!!

After sharing over 500 photos across 20 blogposts, I think you get a good sense of what Mama Tried is all about.  That is why you should absolutely be there later this month (2/19-2/21) in Milwaukee.  I didn't go the first year (2014) but 2015 was supposedly a lot larger than 2014 and 2016 will likely be even bigger than 2015.  Flat Out Friday should be a great addition to the weekend.  If you plan to check out the ice riding, dress really warm.  Jeans and motorcycle boots on the ice are dumb.  Wear proper winter boots and windproof snow/ski pants and cover up your face.  Regardless of what you choose to see and do, have fun.  I did.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Mama Tried 2015 - Part 19

If you've seen him on TV or been to Wheels Through Time, you might know Matt Walksler. I haven't been out to the museum (I'd love to one day) but I recognized Matt immediately from seeing him on the show What's in the Barn.  His 1916 Harley-Davidson cutdown motorcycle was on display the day before at the show too and it was difficult to miss.

Watching Matt on his 1916 and Lee on his 1942 was the most amazing part of the day.

While I'm not an ornithologist, the bird in the photo below is probably some sort of seagull.  However, until a real ornithologist weighs in and shows me some indisputable evidence, I'm going to assume it's a bald eagle as that would make this photo insanely more epic.

You can see everyone else was busy getting photos of these guys too.

They seemed to get along off the ice as well.

Ben (Benderwerks) was another fun guy to watch.  His bike is full of cool details but I think it's the tires that make it stand out the most.

Here he is kicking it to life...

...and subsequently tearing up the track with it.

Here he is on a different bike.

I'll wrap up this post with more photos of Lee and Matt's bikes.

One last post from Mama Tried is left.  Come back tomorrow as I wrap it up!
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