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Gophers And Cheese

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.

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Rockers Spring Social, May 2016

5 years ago, the Rockers Spring Social was held at its former location, Club Jäger.  This was before the controversy and backlash that led to its staff quitting, the bar closing, and Ton-Up Minneapolis deciding to relocate its very fun cafe-racer-focused event to other venues.  Anyway, the moral of the story is, "don't be a racist."  Seriously, don't.  Before I made my way to show, I got some nice shots of my '04 XL1200C in a field so included a few at the end of this post.  This is back when I was running a swingarm-mounted rear fender.  It hugged the tire nice and tight but it eventually cracked from stress and I switched it up to the Crazy-Frank-inspired setup I have now.



















































Heavy Thursday, Sep 2019

Today I'm throwing it back to September 2019 for Heavy Thursday at The Joint / Cabooze.  The bike night expanded to include vans too.  Add in some live outdoor music and a view of the Minneapolis skyline and what's not to like?








































Progressive International Motorcycle Show, Feb 2020

The only motorcycle event I attended in 2020 was the Progressive International Motorcycle Show .  It's fun to see new models in person, including a prototype for the Pan America.  There's usually some custom and vintage bikes at the show too.  For 2021, the show converted to an outdoor event and is skipping Minneapolis this year.  Hopefully it'll be back next year as it's usually a fun indoor winter event.






















Konawerks Bike Show, Sep 2019

Back in 2019, the Konawerks Bike Show was held at Fulton Taproom instead of Grumpy's.  I took my kids so I drove to the show instead of rode... sacrilege, I know.  I managed to take a few photos when I wasn't busy trying to wrangle my kids.  While the beer and food were certainly good, the setup for a bike show wasn't as conducive to photo-taking as Grumpy's parking lot was.  I'm not sure what the plan is for this year but follow their Facebook page for details.



















Donnie Smith Show, Feb 2016 - Part 4

Well, I'm finally wrapping up coverage from the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show from way back in 2016.  Unlike my prior posts you'll see a bit of the swap meet and car show here too.  If that's not your thing, don't worry, there are more motorcycles ahead too.  This year's show is scheduled for May 21-23, 2021.  It's a later in the year than normal so, if you're planning to go, mark your calendar.













 









































Donnie Smith Show, Feb 2016 - Part 1

I took way too many photos at the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show back in 2016 to cram into a single blogpost so let's just get started...












































Check back over the next few days for more photos!

         
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