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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.
Live music was playing, beer was flowing, and the scene was set for another day of partying but for me the road was calling. I had such an awesome ride down that I wanted more so I slipped away and headed back on the road... directly into more rain.
Thankfully, it passed quickly and I headed toward Anamosa.
I had been meaning to get down to the National Motorcycle Museum and it definitely did not disappoint. I took a bunch of photos there that I'll have to post another time.
The ride home was good. I don't remember all the roads I took but it was a much more direct route than what I took to get down there.
By the time I got home, I covered 1,044 miles and smashed just about as many bugs with my face.
I hope to make a lot more memories this year as Hell On Wheels 2017 is tomorrow!!!
Once everyone was awake and managed to get their bikes started, we headed off for a scenic ride to the show. I can only imagine that my 2008 Road King stuck out a bit, nestled in a pack of choppers. It would be in the eye of the beholder to determine which was the anachronism.
Hell On Wheels Chopper Show is this coming weekend (10/7/17) in Franklin, IA. Time for a look back at last year's show. I rode my Road King, which is about as "un-chopper" as it gets but I didn't care and I had a blast. I followed the river south. These photos are from Maiden Rock, WI.
I eventually crossed into Iowa and ride was great.
I made it to Weaseland by dark and set up my tent. I certainly appreciated Michael's hospitality. His place was incredible.
In case you haven't heard, Dulono's Pizza announced the closing of its uptown location on July 9th (Facebook post). Dulono's was the the home of the biggest monthly bike night in the Twin Cities for many, many years. The first time I attended was July 2010 (original blog post). I would typically attend multiple times per year but more recently I spent my First Thursdays at the uptown VFW (which no longer has a bike night) and Heavy Thursdays at The Joint/Cabooze.
Here are a few photos from July 2010 in full glorious color (longtime followers of G&C will remember I used to only post black-and-white photos).
I don't know if a new location will ever emerge to take Dulono's place and host a bike night of this size. The Joint/Cabooze has Heavy Thursdays and I'm sure lots of other locations would LOVE to have the crowd show up that used to attend at Dulono's. Maybe people will still show up at the old location anyway. I have no idea.
Rest assured, there are lots of other bike nights around the Twin Cities but they tend to be smaller and more specialized. Here are just a few.
What I'll miss most about bike night at Dulono's was the HUGE crowd filling multiple parking lots and side streets and the wide diversity of bikes from Harleys to vintage to cafe racers to rat bikes to sport bikes and everything in between. The pizza was good too.
Just kidding. I made the mistake of calling it "boat-themed" when I first posted photos of it. I was corrected and shown the sidecar is truly a fully functioning boat!!! The details on this thing are incredible and I especially love the arcade joystick and buttons. The retractable wheels on the bottom for easy loading/unloading are genius.
They're also busy building a scrambler out of a 1977 ironhead Sportster to raffle off. It looks insane so far (in a good way). I seriously hope whoever wins it immediately takes it out on the motocross course for a victory lap.