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.
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.
"Tell you the truth, the truck is, uh, you know, the most important thing for me. I... I don't really... it doesn't matter if I, uh, become the champion or anything. That's, that's not the most important... I... I need this truck."- Lincoln Hawk
"I should be able to blow them away real easy. There's a lot more technique involved and you can't beat experience." - Carl Adams
"I'm not so enthused about people coming up and patting me on the back saying "you're the best". I don't need people to do that to me. If I win, its because I wanted to be the best one time in my life." - Mad Dog Madison
I'll wrap up Full Tilt coverage tomorrow. Come back for one more round!