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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Snowless March

After a chilly February with no riding, the weather in the Twin Cities has been really nice throughout March.  We have had no snow all month!  I heard this is the first time that's happened as long as they've been keeping track (since the late 1800s).  Not only has there been no snow, but it's been getting warm.  Both the 30th and 31st will top 70 degrees!

Sadly, it hasn't been in the 70s since September but never mind that as I was still riding through the end of November last year.  Hopefully this riding season will last just as long.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Donnie Smith Bike Show 2010

The 23rd Annual Donnie Smith Bike Show was held this past weekend at the St. Paul RiverCentre.  I was there on Sunday, March 28th.  This was my 3rd year attending the show.


Once again, the main floor was filled with bikes and vendors.  The room to the left of the main floor had a huge swap meet.

I thought this Buell was cool.  It was built by Two-Bit Choppers.


There were a couple of Yamaha chops that I liked too:




Here's a cool shovelhead...

This bike, called "Dumpster Baby" from Brain Trust Bikes, made interesting use of a Bud Light pint glass:


Of course, I have to post some Sportsters:



I even saw this Sporty trike in the swap meet section:

A view of the swap meet room:

Here's an interesting bike for sale at the swap meet.  It looks like it came straight out of a barn.  The seller wanted $7K for it and listed it as a 1945-1947 Flathead WL.


Back out on the main floor, here's a Norton, Triumph, and Vincent:



This bike had a cool hand shift:


It seems to be the year of the completely ridiculous oversized tire...





I don't know what this is but apparently you can drag race with it...

Old school (1959 FLH):

I saw these knuckleheads last year and I like them a lot.  The second one has a new king and queen seat versus the last time I saw it.



These two bikes have something I had not seen before - decals (or something?) over the headlights.  I am not sure if you could actually project the image with the light on but the effect was cool with the light off.  The first one was black and white while the second was full color.



It's tough to pick a favorite bike from the show.  The bike I liked a lot last year "Black Copper" was there again this year.  I don't know if it was the way it was displayed or something else but it just didn't look as good as the last time I saw it.

If I had to pick just one, the knucklehead with the king and queen seat is my favorite of 2010.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Donnie Smith Bike Show - A Look Back

The 2010 Donnie Smith Bike Show is this weekend at the St. Paul RiverCentre.  This will be my third year attending the show.  Here are just a few highlights from the 2009 show (all photos taken March 28th, 2009).

Here is a shot of the crowd checking out the custom bikes and vendors.  There is another room to the left with a large swap meet.


If I had to pick one, this was my favorite bike at the show.  It is beautiful mix of black and copper and it's name is, not surprisingly, "Black Copper".  It was built by Jay's Garage.  I think it's very tastefully done and is the kind of bike I would happily ride home.

This was a close second in terms of my favorites.  Its name is Luo37 and was created by Leroy Thompson Choppers of Mentor, OH.  This one's a bit too weird to ride daily but I think it's really creative.

In terms of paint, the airbrush work on this tank was incredible.  The paint was done by Sprockets and the bike's name is Pin'd Up.  It was the second time I've seen the bike as it was also there in 2008.

Here's a pair of bikes with some very cool details.

I first saw this rather strange-looking bike at the O'Reilly World of Wheels car show in the rat rod section and it made another showing here.  It is/was a 1977 Kawasaki KZ650.


The Viking Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America always has a good presence at this show.  They have their own show at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds later each year.  It is definitely worth checking out if you like old bikes.  Here's a sampling of BSAs, a Triumph, a 1967 Sporty, and a very cool 1922 Harley Davidson JD.
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