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Thursday, April 17, 2014

2014 Freedom First Riders Bike Show - Part 3

The vintage class at the 2014 Freedom First Riders Bike Show was small but full of cool old bikes.  My favorite was this 1935 Harley Davidson VL flathead.  In fact, it was my favorite bike of the day.

I also really liked this 1955 FL panhead.

Here are a few more vintage bikes on display.

While the Rat/Rad, Custom, and Vintage classes had some neat bikes to look at, the Metric, Stock, Trike, and Sport Bike classes really didn't impress me much.  I still can't believe that for 2 years in a row, not a single Sportster has been in this show in any class.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2014 Freedom First Riders Bike Show - Part 2

My favorite bike from last year's Freedom First Riders Bike Show was back again this year in the Rat/Rad category.  It's this 1946 WL flathead chopper.

Speaking of rats, check out these two rat trucks.

Back inside the arena, this is the Custom category.  It had a wide variety of bikes in it.

You had bikes with fancy paint jobs...

...and bikes with bedliner "paint" jobs.

This 1978 BMW Land Speed bike was really cool.

However, the bike that got my vote in the category was this little Yamaha XS400 cafe racer.  It looked like the most fun to ride out of all the bikes in the Custom class.

Vintage bikes are next.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2014 Freedom First Riders Bike Show - Part 1

On Saturday, I headed 2 hours northwest to Alexandria, MN to the 7th Annual Freedom First Riders Bike Show.

I went last year for the first time and the weather was much improved versus the snow we had last year.  It was nice to see people actually riding to the show this year.

Assorted sights along I-94:

The show is held inside the Runestone Community Center, which is an ice hockey arena.

Bikes are displayed by class and most vendors line the perimeter of the show floor.

Awards are given out in each category.

Unless you count the one Buell in the Sportbike category, there wasn't a single Sportster in the show.  There was an interesting one parked outside with a double-barrel shotgun style hand clutch and shifter.

It was a relatively small show so I'm not going to draw this out to a dozen posts or anything.  I'm cramming nearly 50 photos into just 3 posts so come on back.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Flood Run Next Saturday

The Spring Flood Run is next Saturday, April 19th (no, it doesn't move because of Easter).

I have ridden the Spring run 5 times since 2008 and ridden the Fall run 4 times.  It's always a good time and a fantastic area to ride.  You can find lots of photos and blog posts on my Guide to Local Events page.

Last Spring's run was REALLY cold.  Here's a photo and, yes, that's fresh snow on the ground.

Let's hope for much warmer weather this year.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Kevin Baas Party - Part 5

Red Desert's second set was just as awesome as their first.  Kevin's barn was an amazing setting to see this band.

Photos are all fine and good, but if you don't know what these guys sound like, crank up your speakers and LISTEN:

I am going to give you two pieces of homework... First, find out where and when Red Desert is playing next and GO SEE THEM LIVE!  Here's a link to their Facebook page (click here).  Second, make friends with Kevin and hope to get invited to his next barn party.  Don't forget to bring a hammock.
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