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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Donnie Smith Bike Show 2011 - Part 5

Even more pics from the 2011 Donnie Smith Bike Show...

Bikes, bikes, bikes... so many bikes... let's see some people!

Here's a crowd shot of the main floor...

... and here's one corner of the swap meet area.  It was huge.

Speaking of the swap meet, I found some cool stickers.  I looked at parts, keeping an eye open for a cool headlight, but have more than enough projects on my Sportster to keep me busy without adding one more to the list.

Back to people...

Donnie Smith himself made the rounds and here he is, busy signing autographs.

There were some ladies in chaps helping the guys navigate the bikes at the Fury display.

Indian Motorcycles once again brought a touch of class with a real-life pin-up.

Yes, even more pics to come...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Donnie Smith Bike Show 2011 - Part 4

More pics from the 2011 Donnie Smith Bike Show...

Like old school raked out choppers?  Me too.  Here are some nice examples.

Not sure of the year on this one but I think it might have one of the Crazy Frank's rear fenders that are all the buzz right now in the blogosphere.  It's a nice bike regardless.

This one is a 1975 Honda CB750 called "Black Heart".

Here is a 1957 Triumph.

Here's the Winnie the Pooh (specifically, dead Winnie the Pooh) themed chopper I've seen many times before. I really like this bike.

For the these last two, I'm not sure what years they are.  Both are sporting coffin tanks and girder front ends.  If you look too quickly, you might think they're the same bike but they are actually quite different.

Many more pics to come...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Donnie Smith Bike Show 2011 - Part 3

Here is a pair of Sportsters with names from the 2011 Donnie Smith Bike Show.

This one is called "Jackwagon".  It's a 2000 XL1200C with a hardtail frame, springer front end, and right-side hand shift.  This is an awesome set up.  I really like the hand shifter and the fact that the owner didn't convert to a foot clutch.  The headlight and headlight guard / grill are nice too.  There are lots of awesome details on this one.

This is a 1999 Sportster named "Kill It".  The blue paint with ghosted skulls and blue anodized touches made this one stand out.

This is another cool bike with a name, but it's not a Sportster.  "Charlie Horse" has an 80" evo motor in a Paucho frame with a Revtech kicker, Ultima belt drive, and Hunt magneto.  The chromed out leaf spring front end is really nice.

More pics to come...

Monday, March 28, 2011

Donnie Smith Bike Show 2011 - Part 2

I hope everyone reading this around the Twin Cities made their way over to the Donnie Smith Bike Show this past weekend.  If you didn't, you can check out the pics here over the next few days and make sure you don't miss it next year.

Where to start?...  Hmmm... Let's start with Sportsters!  There were a ton at the show.

This is a 2009 XL883 Iron.  I like the retro AMF-style paint job.  It's also rockin' a Bench Mark slinky air cleaner, which was the first I've seen in person.  It was smaller than I expected, but looked great.  The bike also had some narrow window-style bars and some interesting mods to the hand controls.  Struts in the back and a really thin seat should make any prospective passenger think twice.

There were older Sporties there too.  This is a 1962 with a race-inspired look.  I like the triangle headlight.  This bike just looks fast.

This 2010 Forty-Eight was more stock than most bikes at the show (except the antiques).  However, the mods are tasteful and the bike looks good even though I personally prefer a skinny front tire on Sportsters.

Here are a pair of older Sportsters, not sure on the years...

This one is newer but, again, not sure of the year.  I know that I've seen this one before.  It appears to be 2003 or earlier.

I'll have a few more Sportsters in the next post...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Donnie Smith Bike Show 2011 - Part 1

I attended the 24th Annual Donnie Smith Bike Show on Saturday.  This was my fourth consecutive year attending.  The primary focus is on custom bikes but there are also a bunch of vendors everywhere and a huge swap meet just off the main exhibit hall.  This year's show was especially good.

Main floor:

Swap meet:

I'm going to break with tradition and start with just a few of my favorites in black-and-white and then post the majority of pics from the show in full color.  I'll be posting over 50 pics over a series of posts so check back.

I'll give more detail and description in future posts but here's a taste of things to come:

Check back for the full series of posts including a ton of color pics.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Stripping the Fender

I had previously chopped my rear fender and painted it.  Like the horn cover in my previous post, I want the paint on the rear fender to match my new tank so I decided to repaint it.

I had a flying eyeball emblem on the fender so I used my heat gun and some dental floss to remove it.  I then peeled the remaining mounting tape off the emblem so I can reinstall it later.

I then drilled out the rivets holding the plastic guard on the fender.  When I previously painted the fender, I simply masked off the guard but didn't remove it.  I decided to do this job properly.  You can see the stock red and silver paint along with a lot of dirt & mud where the plastic guard covered it.

I went ahead and used the Scotch-Brite discs to remove the paint, which worked really well.  When I painted the fender the last time, I only roughed up the stock paint.  This time, I got down to bare metal.

The downside of being so thorough is the mess it makes.  Everything in my garage is now extra dusty.  Check out my crazy wolfman hands.  The dust covered my hands while I was working.  In case you're concerned for my health, yes, I was wearing a mask and goggles.

Here are a few shots with the paint stripped.  I later primed it with Duplicolor self etching primer.
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