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Sunday, August 31, 2014

2014 AMA Hillclimb Grand Championships - Part 2

The hill climb was a lot of fun to watch.  There were a lot of different classes of bikes and the riders were a wide range of ages, both male and female.  Good times up the hill tended to be closer to 10 seconds.  Most riders were successful but a few wiped out before making it to the top.

Waiting must have felt like forever.

Then you could just watch the riders stare up the hill.

Here are bunch of action shots:

Photos really don't do the event justice.  Here's a video of a couple of runs up the hill:

Some cool bikes spotted in the parking lot are up next!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

2014 AMA Hillclimb Grand Championships - Part 1

Two weeks ago, the Valley Springs Motorcycle Club in Bay City, WI hosted the 2014 AMA Hillclimb Grand Championships.  It was a 2-day event spanning Saturday and Sunday.  In spite of the threat of rain, I rode down on my Sporty and attended for a little while on Sunday.

Here's the flyer.  Sorry for not posting anything about this event in advance.  I found out about it last-minute on Instagram.

It was easy to find if you just followed the signs.

The property was very cool.  I want a 4-car garage/barn one day.

The hill was awesome.

Here's the crowd.  It was really laid-back.  Bring some chairs and the family and just hang out.  A couple of guys even brought a couch in their pickup.

Here are all the awards the riders were competing for.

Action shots are up next.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

First Thursday - August 2014 - Part 3

At first glance, this bike appeared to have a bunch of pieces riveted to it.  Upon closer inspection, it was all bolted together.  From all the insane bodywork to the Clockwork Orange seat, this bike stood out more than any other.

This Sporty stood out thanks to its frame.

Neat speedometer placement among other things on this Iron:


Check out the carbon fiber body on this 1996 Sportster called Crossbreed from Brett Ohland.

There was a wide variety of other Harleys there too including this trike...

... a shovelhead...

...a flathead...

...and a local favorite, this 1922 JD that actually gets ridden.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

First Thursday - August 2014 - Part 2

As usual, a wide variety of bikes showed up to First Thursday at Dulono's Pizza.  The turnout was good in spite of the fact it was the week of Sturgis.  The crowd spread down all the nearby streets.

At first, I thought this Honda Valkyrie had some giant NOS tanks on it made to look like rocket-ship engines.  I later realized they were actually propane tanks.  Knowing how my grill always runs out of gas at the worst possible moment when cooking dinner, I don't know how I'd feel about relying on that stuff to power my motorcycle.

Homemade console:

Looks like a big gold heatsink on this Yamaha:

Nice lineup of Ducatis:

Vintage Indian:

Crazy hill climber:

Old Triumph chop with flaking paint.

I thought this little Kawasaki was cool.  Check out the Minnesota kickstand.

Harleys are next.
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