While in sunny California this past December, we decided to stop by our friend JD's shop Flying Monkey Fabrication to hang out for awhile, catch up, and ask him a few questions on camera. See the full story and interview here!
Check out a set of our Flying Monkey Grips inspired by the man himself JD Sansaver. This ws the very first pair ever made!!!! lowbrowcustoms.com/flyingmonkey
I thought Indian had one of the best displays at the 2016 Progressive IMS and it wasn't just because of the pin-up models (they certainly didn't hurt). Indian had a good mix of stock and custom bikes on display and did a nice job showcasing both the nostalgia and the modern technology of the brand. I own three Harleys and was pretty disappointed with Harley's display. Last year was much better because Harley had the LiveWire on display and it was rideable... sort of (blog post here).
Roland Sands purpose-built an amazing Indian Scout for flat track racing. It was one of my favorite bikes at the show (see more photos on his site here). When I first saw the new Scout in 2014 (blog post here), I really didn't like it. After seeing versions like this, the Scout is definitely growing on me. This bike is cool. I think ditching the stock seat, fenders, and speedo helped the aesthetics a lot.
While it was technically over at the Geico display, this Roland Sands Indian Chief was also very cool.
Here are two more custom Scouts at the Indian display:
I figure I'll bookend this post with the pin-up models because...well, because I can.
This is for all you Sportie, Dyna and stocker fans that don't want to change the tail light setup you already have but want to get rid of that crappy plastic side mount. This will relocate your License plate to a slick low pro style and mount either vertically or horizontally of the lower shock bolt. Super trick and super cool!
Perfect to replace the HD plastic side mounts on Sportsters, Dynas and other models. Will fit any bike with a shock rear suspension
Specs: Mounts to ANY 1/2" lower shock bolt and can be used vertically or horizontally. Includes LED lighted license plate frame and all mounting hardware Cold rolled steel construction w/ black powder coat finish. shock mount tab is 1/4" steel with TIG welded fabrication. Stronger than any on the market.
I went on both Friday and Saturday. As you might imagine, it was much busier on Saturday. Here are some crowd shots from Friday:
...and here are some on Saturday:
I like the mix of things to see at this show and it's why I come back year after year. All the major manufacturers have their latest bikes on display that you can check out and most of the bikes you can sit on to get a feel for.
Some of the fancy ones are off limits.
Some manufacturers have custom bikes on display like this Bolt with cool Frankenstein paint. Frankenstein... bolt... clever.
I really liked this Yamaha DT-07 Dirt Tracker concept.
Harley-Davidson debuted their brand new 2016 CVO Pro Street Breakout on Saturday. It drew a big crowd. On the plus side, it has a 110 Screamin' Eagle motor and the bike sits very low so it feels fast standing still. On the down side... well... maybe everything else. I'm not a fan of the style. It has a big fat 240mm rear tire and all I can think is... seriously?!?
In addition to bikes, there was a custom helmet display...
We have a limited supply on hand of our sixth annual local photography book, and it's slightly different from previous years (we're removing the bigger corporate type events and concentrating on the grassroots homegrown... now who would have seen that coming?)
100 pages, full color gloss perfect bound, 100% ad freeeeeee.... because (like I've said a couple hundred times before) ads suck. Nothing else, they suck. "But that's the name of the game." Well, good luck with that, these aren't like the others. I completely understand you might need to supplement declining sales with more and more advertisements within your pages, but eventually, everything becomes marginalized (like most major motorcycle events these days) and then it's just a copy of a copy of a copy... like most major motorcycle events these day. Wait. Did I just say that?
This is a limited release and my stock on hand will not last. Quick on the draw or miss the BBQ and get stuck with the 'slaw... Early release includes free shipping U.S., free shop rag, patch, button, and various stickers. (don't fret, there'll be more coming next month if you miss this early release).