Running strong for its second consecutive year, The Greasiest Motorcycle Show brought together custom bike enthusiasts from Northern Illinois and surrounding areas for a weekend of celebrating the garage-built motorcycle community. Bad Grease, a lifestyle brand that focuses on motorcycles and skateboarding, hosted the aptly-named event once again at Brauerhouse’s venue space, B House Live, in Lombard, Illinois.
The show took place on the weekend of March 23 and was the unofficial kick-off for what would typically be the start of riding season. Given we live in the unforgiving Midwest, we were once again duped and granted several snowstorms into the spring months following the show. This misfortune of weather made The Greasiest an even more appreciated break from the long cold apocalypse of winter, as we emerged from our garage hibernations into the sunlight for a fun-filled weekend with old friends and new.
In one short year and shed of their rookie stripes, Bad Grease did one hell of a job improving an already great bike show. They do a fantastic job finding a diverse assortment of choppers, bobbers, and everything custom on two wheels. Not an easy task. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone. Their first year had already made this one of my favorite bike shows to attend, and I felt lucky to be invited back this year to bring my ‘72 Triumph.
The morning on the first day of the show has become one of my favorite times. It’s exciting to watch people ride in and unload their bikes, never sure what, or who, is going to show up. During this time we can see how good and kind people can be to one another, carefully lending a hand for friends and strangers as bikes come out of trucks and trailers, and even simply offering a gas can for those who forgot their own. It’s one of the times to see the true purpose of these shows: community.
At the venue, B House Live, everyone wheels their bikes down a long hallway, from the sunny parking lot, into a chandelier-clad venue. In a matter of hours, the empty floor is neatly organized with rows of motorcycles, each given a custom showcard made from a used 45 vinyl record. By the time the show opens at noon, the entire venue is packed with family, friends, and every ounce of enthusiasm for two wheeled machines. Even with the extension to a two-day show this year, the fun times made it fly by too quickly and left everyone antsy for the next one. For anyone interested in custom motorcycles on a grassroots level, keep an eye out for The Greasiest, and mark your calendars once we find out next year’s dates.
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