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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Donnie Smith Bike Show 2012 - Part 4

We're getting into my favorite bikes from the 25th Annual Donnie Smith Bike Show now...

First up is Tom Fugle's panhead.  I saw this bike at the DicE party at the Kung Fu Tap & Taco last year and was blown away (click here for pics from that trip).  I was very pleasantly surprised to see it again.  Look closely to appreciate how badass this bike really is.  The seat looks insanely uncomfortable.  There are no footpegs.  There is no front brake.  The jockey shift doesn't have a knob. Etc. etc. etc.  It's awesome.

This is a great Evo hardtailed chop.  I love the headlight but you're not getting a full close-up view of it.  This blog is called Gophers and Cheese, not Beavers and Cheese.  If you missed out, you missed out.  I've seen similar headlight treatments on bikes from other members of the El Forastero MC.  I'm assuming someone in their club does it and I have no idea how - if it's a decal, paint, or something else.

All the bikes up to this point have been great (believe me, I spared you a lot of garbage and high-dollar nonsense) but my favorite bike of the show is in the next post.  Check back tomorrow!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Stickers For Sale

The Cheese Shop is officially open for business!  Click the "Store" tab at the top of the page.

I had a dozen different stickers printed up that I designed.  They are available in the shop for only $2.00 each (includes shipping within the US).  You can pay via PayPal or by credit card.

All stickers are 3" x 1" and are printed with black ink on white vinyl, rated for 3-5 years of outdoor use.  The stickers would look great on your motorcycle, helmet, toolbox, or wherever.

Sticker Designs Currently Available:
  • Can't Leave Well Enough Alone
  • Chop That Fuckin' Sportster
  • EVOs Suck (at breaking down, leaking, and not starting on the first try)
  • Fenders Are For Pussies
  • Fenders Are For Pussies (but I really hope it doesn't rain)
  • Garage-Built
  • I Don't Give A Fuck How They Do It In Japan
  • I Think I Voided My Warranty
  • Rattlecan Paint Job
  • Stock Bikes Suck
  • XL1200
  • XL883

Anyone take photos during the Donnie Smith awards?

If anyone took photos of the winners at the 2012 Donnie Smith Show (or know who did), please e-mail me (  I know someone trying to track down a photo or two.  Thanks!

Donnie Smith Bike Show 2012 - Part 3

More photos from the 25th Annual Donnie Smith Motorcycle Show in Saint Paul...

My first impression of this bike was not good but the more I looked at it, the more I actually liked it.  The super-curvy lines of this bike just flow beautifully.  I'm not a fan of the paint but it does seem to fit the over-the-top nature of the bike.  I just don't know how you can see over the tank when riding it.

Lots of custom parts and interesting touches on this Evo.

2007 Sportster drag bike! 

1983 Shovelhead

1969 T120R Triumph Bonneville with jockey shift

Insane Ironhead Sportster drag bike:

Another ironhead (1979, I think), but this time long and low.  The blue really pops.

7 bikes in this post and only one had rear shocks!  I'm saving some of my favorites for the last two posts.  Come back to check them out!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Donnie Smith Bike Show 2012 - Part 2

More pics from the 2012 Donnie Smith Bike Show in St. Paul...

I love this 1975 shovelhead.  I've seen this bike around, including the DicE party down in Iowa last year.

This Triumph was really interesting.  It had a hint of steampunk style but mostly just showcased the builder's craftsmanship.

1959 Panshovel (I think)

Ironhead Sportster

Here's a totally different style of Ironhead Sportster and it's a 1977.  Long and streamlined with lights in the tank, it's unlike any ironhead I've even seen.  It's not my style but it was unique.

This bike-in-progress is from the Kennedy High School chopper class, taught by Kevin Baas of Baas Metalcraft. Very cool.

Would you believe this is a 1955 Harley Hydra Glide?  It looks brand new!

For those keeping score, that was 1 bike with mags, 1 bike with billet wheels, 2 bikes with invader wheels, and 3 with spokes.  So many more pics to go... come on back!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Donnie Smith Bike Show 2012 - Part 1

The 25th Annual Donnie Smith Bike Show & Parts Extravaganza took place at the St. Paul RiverCentre last weekend.  I went on Saturday.  It was my fifth straight year attending the show and, as usual, it did not disappoint.  I took a ton of photos and I'll post a lot of them over the next few days so check back.

Here is a view of the main floor and it was packed.  An article on Cyril Huze's blog said attendance was about 30,000!

Here are two shots of the swap meet area:

With that out of the way, let's get to the bikes...

Here's a fantastic raked out 1966 Triumph T100 Bonneville chopper:

Nice paint on this 2007 Harley Road Glide.  I rented a Road Glide in Las Vegas and liked it but riding around in 100 degree weather was exhausting.  If I would ever actually own a motorcycle with a stereo, it would probably be a Road Glide. 

1911 Harley Davidson 7A:

If 1911 is too old-school for you, here's a trio of slightly (and I mean slightly) more modern Harleys.

I really like the paint on this 1973 Harley Davidson X-90 (aka Harley Shortster).  I also like the sign because at the very bottom it says, "Top speed: maybe 55 mph."

1972 shovelhead - yea!  Corporate theme bike - boo!   It's actually a cool bike and the theme is thankfully not overdone.

1975 Ironhead Sportster

So to recap, that was a garage-built chopper, blinged-out bagger, a boardtracker, three old Harleys, a mini-bike, a theme bike, and an ironhead.  Obviously the bikes at the show were very diverse.  Check back for lots more!
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