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Gophers And Cheese

Gophers and Cheese is a motorcycle blog focused on Minnesota and Wisconsin near the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Since 2010, Gophers and Cheese has featured original photos and write-ups of motorcycles, great places to ride, and local events in the area.

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Mosquitoes Suck

If you've been following the blog for a while, you should know I'm a fan of Zac Doom (Heavy Clothing, Full Tilt Boogie Chopper Show, Show Class Magazine, and Heavy Thursdays at The Joint).  It sounds like he was just diagnosed with West Nile Virus that resulted in encephalitis.  I've always hated mosquitoes (they sure seem to like me though) but the worst I ever got was a bunch of itchy bites (I have a bunch right now).  What Zac got is WAY more serious and his friends set up a Go Fund Me to help support him (link below).  Here are a couple of photos from the G&C archive:

Buy stuff here...
https://heavy.bigcartel.com/

...or feel free to donate if you can:
https://www.gofundme.com/zac-doom-heavy-medical?member=679842

Heavy Thursday - June 2018

I rode my Road King to Heavy Thursday at The Joint earlier this month.  This year marks 10 years since I bought it.

This bike was cool but it seems to have a serious front suspension issue.  I believe the technical term is "slippage".  If you know the owner, please make sure he/she has corrected the problem.  Follow those torque specs people!

My '04 Sportster apparently isn't the only one with a saw blade air cleaner cover.  Here's another fine example:

Ratbike:

Pinstriping artwork:

Kevin's Triumph:

My favorite motorcycle/sideboat combo was there, this time with an all new sideboat!  The boat's not done but it continues to be a ridiculously brilliant idea.  The loading/unloading wheels were totally redesigned versus the last version to help prevent leaks.

Check out this ironhead.

Rockers Spring Social 2018

I've been attending the Rockers Spring Social, hosted by Ton Up Minneapolis, since it started in 2013.  It's always a great show if you're into cafe racers, vintage, and garage-built bikes.

This was the first year at the new venue, Red Stag Supper Club in downtown Minneapolis.  I've had dinner there quite a few times but was skeptical what it would be like for a motorcycle show.  As it turns out, the location worked out well and the weather was fantastic.  Billy got sunburn but I'm pretty sure I'm not supposed to talk about that as he kept telling everyone over the loud speaker that he was aware.

I rode my '04 Sportster and parked across the street, but there was plenty of parking for both spectators and show bikes down the blocked-off side streets.

Food, beer, and live music are staples of the Spring Social and Crankshaft was outside doing his bluesy one-man-band thing.  I've seen him play quite a few motorcycle and car shows over the years and he's great.

I got there late but lucked out to see the elusive "First Thursday" himself just as Dan was about to take off.  It was a little surprising to see him on his Sporty and not his Royal Enfield, given it's a cafe racer show, but it was good to see him since he dropped off social media to focus on raising his 10-20 children.  Maybe he doesn't have that many but I can't keep track and I doubt he can either.  That's why he numbers instead of names them.

Nate has a killer van.

There were tons of cool bikes but I'll just focus on a few.

You probably know I love mini bikes so I'm a sucker for Harley Shortsters (X90).  This one was entered in the Italian category since it was made by Aermacchi..

Blue Cat had this sweet looking Suzuki.  It looks like it could go anywhere and be so much fun.

Brett's Sporty is always a favorite of mine.

Zack's pan is beautiful.

My favorite bike in the show was this Triumph.  It was awesome.

If you missed it, better luck next year!

Heavy Thursday - May 2018

After a brutally long winter, it's nice that the riding season is finally back in full swing, complete with bike shows and bike nights.  May 3rd was the first Thursday of the month which meant it was Heavy Thursday at The Joint.  There was a good turnout but I was hoping to check out some winter builds.

I rode my '04:

Kevin's shovelhead was the chop-chop-choppiest chopper there.  The new bars that Jake made are awesome.

Speaking of bars, these were pretty cool too:

Elvis lives!!!  Kevin Baas seemed happy to have him back on the road.

Here are a few more bikes:

See ya next month!

Monkey Chop

If you've been following me over on Instagram you know I recently picked up two more late-70s Honda Z50s to add to my Evil Monkey (aka Snow Monkey in the winter).  One clearly caught fire so I call it the Toasted Monkey.  I'm rebuilding that one for my kids (and they're helping!).  The other was pretty much just a frame so it's a blank canvas for me that I'm calling the Monkey Chop.


It won't look exactly like this but here's a quick mock-up of the direction the Monkey Chop is going:

Now I just need to crank up this song in my garage to get motivated.  It's classic disco from 1979 and it's perfect!!!

2018 Progressive International Motorcycle Show - Part 5

Here are some choppers featured at the 2018 Progressive International Motorcycle Show.  First up is Zack's panhead.

Bob's Evo and Panhead:

Mike's shovelhead:

Not sure who built these but these two bikes were cool.

I'll wrap it up with Eric's shovel.

2018 Progressive International Motorcycle Show - Part 4

Would you believe that this is a Royal Enfield?

To provide a little contrast, here's their new Himalayan adventure bike:

Here are some photos of the stunt show on Sunday.

After the stunt show, I took my kids to hear Lisa Brouwer talk about her cross-country motorcycle trip, following the trail of the Avis & Effie Hotchkiss, mother and daughter, who did it on a Harley Silent Gray Fellow (with sidecar) about 100 years earlier.  My daughter thought Lisa's talk was the best part of the whole show.

Photos wrap up tomorrow.  Choppers ahead!

2018 Progressive International Motorcycle Show - Part 3

It's always cool to see local builders and companies featured including The Moto Collective and CROIG (Cafe Racers of Instagram).  Here's a fun fact... Cafe Racers of Instagram has only posted 300 more photos on Instagram than I have (we're both approaching 3,000)  but they have nearly a million more followers than I do.  I'm clearly doing something wrong and it's probably a combination of my obsession with Sportsters and total lack of high definition slow motion drone footage.

While I tend to take photos of custom and vintage bikes, the show is really about featuring new bikes from all the big manufacturers.  There were new two bikes I was interested in.  First is the new Fat Bob 114.  I really want to test ride one of these as I've heard nothing but good things.

The other is a Honda Grom, which I somehow failed to take a photo of so here's a similar Suzuki.  I love mini bikes.

Here a few more bikes from around the show...

I think engine cutaways are cool and I don't recall seeing a suspension cutaway before.

BMW had this setup... and I'm just going to leave this right here.

Two more days of photos ahead!

2018 Progressive International Motorcycle Show - Part 2

One of this craziest bikes at the show was this tie dyed panhead.  From across the room, I knew who the builder was.  Rick Fairless' bikes are not subtle.


There was a section of vintage bikes at the show including this more traditional panhead.

Also quite vintage was Jason's flathead, featured prominently near the entrance of the show:

I went to the show Saturday and went back Sunday with my kids.  Here are a few photos from the stunt show on Saturday featuring Vicki Golden:

Come back tomorrow for more pics!

2018 Progressive International Motorcycle Show - Part 1

Photos from the 2018 Progressive International Motorcycle Show... posted in 2017???  I've fallen so far behind blogging that I'm now time traveling to get ahead.   In reality, the show just moved up due to Minneapolis hosting the Super Bowl this year.  The bike that caught my eye when I first walked in was this Indian with airplane sidecar.

Yes, it's ridiculous, but the craftsmanship is outstanding... some might say riveting.

Speaking of Indian, they had their drool-worthy FTR1200 on display.  Social media was quick to point out how I had confused this bike with their FTR750 and/or their actual race bike.  Oh well, I deleted the post.  Next time they should just put a sign on it.

Speaking of flat track, here's Harley's bike next to an Indian for green screen photos.  Was the Indian deliberately placed in front of the Harley for realism or was it just my camera angle?  Hmmmmm.

When I think flat track, I don't think BMW but check this out:

To wrap up the Indian bikes, here's a polished Scout (I appreciate the work, but still think this motor is ugly).

Keino does incredible metalwork and this is his take on a Scout.  To me it looks like a superhero or a robot.

More photos tomorrow!
         
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