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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.
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.