Two weeks ago, the Valley Springs Motorcycle Club in Bay City, WI hosted the 2014 AMA Hillclimb Grand Championships. It was a 2-day event spanning Saturday and Sunday. In spite of the threat of rain, I rode down on my Sporty and attended for a little while on Sunday.
Here's the flyer. Sorry for not posting anything about this event in advance. I found out about it last-minute on Instagram.
It was easy to find if you just followed the signs.
The property was very cool. I want a 4-car garage/barn one day.
The hill was awesome.
Here's the crowd. It was really laid-back. Bring some chairs and the family and just hang out. A couple of guys even brought a couch in their pickup.
Here are all the awards the riders were competing for.
At first, I thought this Honda Valkyrie had some giant NOS tanks on it made to look like rocket-ship engines. I later realized they were actually propane tanks. Knowing how my grill always runs out of gas at the worst possible moment when cooking dinner, I don't know how I'd feel about relying on that stuff to power my motorcycle.
Looks like a big gold heatsink on this Yamaha:
Nice lineup of Ducatis:
Crazy hill climber:
Old Triumph chop with flaking paint.
I thought this little Kawasaki was cool. Check out the Minnesota kickstand.
Sweet Tooth Leather (the air cleaner is particularly awesome):
Another Sporty with no mufflers:
Brett's "The Gypsy":
...and the honorary Sportster of the night was Dan's Royal Enfield. He's been modifying it a lot lately and just put a Sportster tank on it. I like it.
Speaking of Dan, he recently pointed out that most photos on my blog don't have people in them. It's true. I typically go out of my way to put the focus completely on the motorcycles featured in each photograph. I try to limit distractions in each photo and will occasionally go so far as to edit out people and things that happen get caught in the frame such as a random handlebar from a neighboring bike or a stray arm or leg of someone who was standing or walking nearby. Besides, would you really keep coming back to my blog if it was only filled with photos like this?
It's at this point that I can imagine Dan pointing out that featuring more photos such as the one above might drastically improve my female readership. He might be right, but I remain skeptical.
Sunday night, I posted this photo on Instagram and tagged Biltwell in it because I was wearing their helmet and bubble shield (if you look closely, their handlebars are gloves are in the bubble shield reflection too). It's not the first time I have tagged them in a photo, but nothing has ever happened.
Well, Monday morning Biltwell re-posted my photo on their Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts and my Instagram feed proceeded to blow up with new likes, comments, and new followers, which was awesome. It was simply incredible to watch the "Like" count rise on their pages to over 2,500 combined. It certainly helps that Biltwell has about 45,000 followers on Instagram.
I have been a fan of Biltwell and their products for years. I have had their Clubman bars on my Sportster since 2010 and have been wearing their Moto Gloves nearly as long (I actually have a backup pair new in the package, just in case). I put their Sanderson pegs on my bike in 2012, bought their goggles in 2013 (which performed great in Arizona), and I picked up a Gringo helmet and a pair of bubble shields earlier this year that I have been thoroughly enjoying.
Now I'm just waiting patiently for my Super Selfie Award to arrive in the mail.