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Full Tilt Boogie 2014 - Part 7

Sportsters were very well represented at Full Tilt 4.

We'll start with the ironheads.  I believe this one won an award:

Jarad's bike looked really good and I even managed to snag a couple of photos of him kickstarting it.  The crowd is mesmerized.

Black & White:

This bike has so many things going for it.

Swingarm chop:

This bike was filthy, greasy, appears to have possibly once caught on fire, and is all-around awesome.  Apparently, I'm not the only LadyHump fan in Minnesota.

The crazy fishtail exhaust might distract you from another cool detail on this bike which is what I'll call fork carving, as opposed to fork shaving ("Hold Tite").

Glad Jordan and his bike made it in safely.  It sounded like he had a pretty rough ride in the rain.

Evo Sportsters are next.

Full Tilt Boogie 2014 - Part 6

While Full Tilt had lots of Harleys, there were some cool Japanese and British bikes there too.  Mike's Norton is awesome.  I like the yellow/gold he recently added to the tank.

See... the sun did eventually come out:

Hardtailed Triumph hiding in the grass:

I've been seeing this Triumph at shows for years:

Dan's Royal Enfield was looking good in the rain.

Very cool Yamaha.  I saw this bike at the Rockers Spring Social (yes, I'll post photos eventually) and the skateboard wheel taillight stood out along with a bunch of other custom parts.

The orange bike next to it was pretty cool too.

I like headlight grills.  This one looks like crosshairs to me.

It's too small to read in the photo but I liked the sticker on this bike that said "Zero to Sixty 3 to 4 minutes."

Over 50 photos left and they're all Sportsters...

Full Tilt Boogie 2014 - Part 5

It's nice to see people getting creative with Evos and there was a good mix at Full Tilt 4.

This softail proves you don't need a tubing bender when you can weld.

I saw this super-clean Dyna a few days earlier at Rumble on the Deck [blog post].  It has a really nice hand shift / foot clutch setup too.

Hardtailed Evo:

One man band:

Nate had the best aftermarket accessory:

Japanese and British bikes are up next before I unleash an avalanche of Sportsters on you.

Full Tilt Boogie 2014 - Part 4

Half the fun of arriving early at shows like the Full Tilt Chopper Show is to watch the bikes being ridden in.

There was a good assortment of shovelheads there including Zac's.

Charlie's snow shovel:


Sweet Leaf:

Speedometers add weight and will only slow you down:


There are lots of cool details on this one but I love the seat:

Evos are next.

Full Tilt Boogie 2014 - Part 3

There were at least half a dozen panheads at Full Tilt 4 in addition to Tom Fugle's mind-blowing one.  I really like Pete's bike and wish I had taken a few more photos of it but I got a few good ones a few days earlier at Rumble on the Deck [blog post].  Like Tom, Pete built this bike for Born Free.  Yes, I realize these two photos are nearly identical but the one on the bottom proves the sun actually did eventually come out.

The paint on Pete's bike was done by Flying Weasel.  Not only does he do great work but his van is awesome.

Back to the panheads... This is Pete's brother Joe's bike.  This bike has gone through a lot of changes over the past few years (I see it at shows a lot) but it continues to be a favorite of mine.

Another award winner:

Deep dish pan:

I was parked next to this panhead last year at the Bearded Lady.

Plum Crazy arrived late and I think it won some sort of award too.  You have to love the improvised soda can rain guard around the intake.

Hmmm... I've covered flatheads, knuckleheads, and panheads, so what comes next?

Full Tilt Boogie 2014 - Part 2

There were so many awesome bikes at Full Tilt 4.  In spite of the rain, there was a solid turnout.  It was nice of the guys on baggers to park at the very far end of the lot. 

Just to keep all the bikes semi-organized, I'll be posting by motor with flatheads and knuckleheads first.  There was only one of each but it was quality over quantity.  The upsweeps on this flathead were very cool.

I didn't get the whole story on the knuckle but it was apparently a recent barn find.

I'm pretty sure barn finds are most valuable when they are truly "barn fresh" and not cleaned up.  If that's true, I think the rain washed a couple grand worth of decades-old dirt onto the parking lot.  Oh well.

Panheads are up next.

Full Tilt Boogie 2014 - Part 1

This past Saturday, the 4th annual Full Tilt Boogie Chopper Show was held at Tavern on the Avenue in St Paul.  The show is organized by the guys at Heavy and every year has been awesome.  The weather didn't cooperate this time, but there was still an outstanding array of bikes to look at.  I arrived early and left late so I didn't have to ride through the rain but it rained most of the time I was there.  Lots of people were walking around soaked but everyone seemed to be having a good time.

By far, the most amazing bike there was Tom Fugle's panhead he called Double Diamond.  He built it for Born Free 6.  When posting lots of photos from shows, I often save my favorite bike for last but this one is too good not to share first.

In case you're not familiar with Tom, watch his Born Free 6 profile for a little about him and the bike he built:

The more you stare at the bike, the more detail you will see including things like the oil tank built into in the rear fender.  The frame looks like it's made from melted wax, not steel.  Tom seemed to squeeze parts into impossibly tight spaces like the way he routed the pipes.  He also makes the paint himself and photos simply don't do it justice.  It really has to be seen in person in sunlight to be fully appreciated.

Not surprisingly, Tom's bike won the "Watermelon Pete Best In Show Award".

Now that Tom's bike is out of the way, the rest of my Full Tilt posts will cover motorcycles built and modified by mere mortals.

Visit The Bearded Lady This Saturday

In case you haven't been paying attention, the Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freakshow is this Saturday in Northeast Minneapolis, right outside the 331 Club.  The band lineup was recently announced on their Facebook page.  This will be my 5th consecutive year attending and I highly recommend checking it out.  See you there!

Oil & Ink Vintage Motorbike Print Exposition

The Oil & Ink Vintage Motorbike Print Exposition is a traveling art exhibition that came to town Thursday night, the same night as Rumble on the Deck in Stillwater.  After hanging out in Stillwater for a bit, I swung by Create in the Waterbury building to check out some moto-art.

There was a small but diverse mix of bikes out front including this old shovelhead.

Inside the prints were framed and lined two of the walls (about 20 prints in total).  Music was playing and beer & wine were available.  Each print was available for sale for $100 each (unframed).  There were some that I really liked, but not enough to impulsively shell out $100 with no practical means of carrying it home.  I don't have a lot of suitable wall space anyway.

I didn't notice these two guys when taking the photo above, but their reflection in this print makes me smile.

The one I really liked was a Vincent that appeared to have been done in watercolor. Out of respect to the artists, I didn't take any direct photos of the artwork (trust me that I really wanted to).  After a little research at home, I learned the original painting of the Vincent was done by Makoto Endo, who paints in ink with chopsticks.  His website has lots of motorcycle paintings done in the same style.  They are really cool - check it out.


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