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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.