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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

2014 Rockers Spring Social - May 17th

The Rockers Spring Social Motorcycle Show presented by Ton-Up Minneapolis is less than 3 weeks away.  It will be held Saturday, May 17th at Club J├Ąger in Minneapolis (Registration 1-4pm, Awards 5pm, Music 6pm).

Don't miss it if you like customized European and Japanese cafe racers.  I went last year and bounced back and forth between that show and the Chopper Art Show, which made for a good day.  Click here for my blog posts.

Monday, April 28, 2014

First Thursday This Thursday

Yep, it's almost the first Thursday of the month again so that means bike night at Dulono's Pizza.  The forecast looks wet but maybe we'll luck out.  Last month it snowed but I'd rather not think about that.

To coincide with the First Thursday festivities, this month is scheduled to be the first ever Moto Mania at the VFW near Dulono's.  More details on this post.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Graffiti Series Part 20 - Road King

After the Donnie Smith Show (yes, I'll post photos eventually), I took a ride and I stopped at one of my favorite places to take photos, the Intermedia Arts building in Uptown.  There was still some snow on the ground and the chrome bubble shield on my Biltwell Gringo made for some fun shots.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Flood Run - Spring 2014

The 2014 Spring Flood Run was cold but definitely warmer than last year.  I layered up and rode my Road King.  I left the windshield at home and opted for my Gringo and smoke bubble shield.

I arrived at the Beach Bar a little before 10am, snapped a few photos and left before the crowd (the run officially starts at 10:30).

I arrived in Diamond Bluff while vendors were still busy setting up at the Nauti Hawg.

I continued south to Maiden Rock.  There was a strong wind off the lake and waves were crashing against the shore.

In my opinion, the Wisconsin side of the run is much better than the Minnesota side.  I prefer the roads, the views, and the towns.

I reached the southern point of the run, Winona, MN.

I headed north on the Minnesota side for a little bit but cut back into Wisconsin at Nelson.  At this point, the towns were quite busy and the sun had come out but that was short-lived.  As I continued north it got cloudy.

Here's Maiden Rock on my way back north.  It was busy, but not as busy as when the weather is really nice.  The run falling on Easter weekend probably didn't help either.  This run has had up to 30,000 bikes in the past and better weather always helps turnout.

The run supports Gillette Children's Hospital so be sure to always buy a wristband!

In spite of the chilly weather and the fact I hit rain heading home through the Twin Cities, I had fun and covered over 250 miles.  Don't miss the Fall Flood Run on September 20th!

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.
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