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The Mama Tried Motorcycle Show isn't just a bike show, it's a full weekend experience. When you consider the show itself, Flat Out Friday, a visit to the Harley-Davidson Museum, multiple concerts, and ice riding on Slippery Sunday (weather permitting... and it did not cooperate last year), you really can't ask for more. I'm bummed I'm missing it this year but I hope everyone that attends has a blast. The last few years will be hard to beat, but the show seems to get better every year. Have fun everyone! I'll leave you with some photos of One (Metallica tribute) and Weedeater at last year's show.
These guys were so good.
Pushin' and shovin' in the pit (Rave security was not amused):
Weedeater was fun to photograph. The facial expressions are fantastic.
Here's a bunch of photos from the Mama Tried Motorcycle Show in 2018. Remember that this year's show is THIS WEEKEND! I was lucky enough to have early access so you'll see a lot of photos during setup and without the crowd. Once the door opened, it got packed. The Rave Eagles Club was an outstanding venue and I think it made for some great photos but I'll let you be the judge. I took way too many photos to try to organize them by bike. They're pretty much in the order I took them, revisiting some bikes over and over and over again.
This bike was incredible. A lot of people didn't think it worked but it's ELECTRIC. Let that sink in.
The room was filled with incredible motorcycles but this shovel was one of my favorites and looks a lot more like a rider than a show bike:
Mama Tried and Flat Out Friday is this coming weekend (2/15-2/17/2019) in Milwaukee, WI. I guess it's about time I post photos from last year. I had a blast (as usual) and took literally thousands of photos. Unfortunately, I can't attend the show this year but I had lots of fun looking through the pics from last year. You can look forward to seeing a few hundred posted here over the next few days starting... now.
I took the following photos at the Mama Tried bike night at the Harley-Davidson Museum Thursday night before the races and show began.
Hundred of photos from last year's show will be posted very soon... Keep checking back.
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:
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.