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.
After meeting the guys from Track-er Die at Mama Tried, I special-ordered a belt-to-chain conversion kit for my 883R. It was far more difficult to install than I expected but that had to do with me and my Sportster, not their kit. Here are a few photos from my first ride with it last week.
I hadn't seen this bike in a while (blogpost here) with the spring seat and giant exhaust. Some bikes you just don't forget. By the way, this is what a Screamin' Eagle exhaust should look like... the beak of a giant screaming eagle:
Subtle black lace:
And here's Charlie's shovelhead one more time for good measure:
Chariots of the Gods 2015 had some pretty awesome vans. I love that people open their doors and let you look inside. It's like looking inside someone's house and seeing their living room, den, or sometimes bedroom.
I think seeing this Tamiya Lunchbox re-sparked my interest in radio controlled cars. That, and because I ended up selling my full-size van, I figured there's always room for an R/C van. I built my very own Lunchbox over the winter and just need to finish the body.
As if the wall-to-wall shag carpet above wasn't enough, check out the incredible interior on this one.
Here's a more classic shaggin' wagon:
This van's interior was cool and there was a cover between the front seats where you could access the motor and even see the ground which would be pretty surreal while driving.
I'll wrap up with some pop-up camper vans that would look perfect in a national park.
This year's show is August 13, 2016 starting at noon and you can camp overnight.
Until I attended the show in 2013, I didn't realize there was a custom van scene in the Twin Cities. Twin City Vans is the local club and they're hosting their 41st Annual Good Times Truck-In 6/10-6/12 down in Preston, MN (southeast of Rochester).
You can tell some people have been going to vanning events for a long time.
Here's a sampling of vans at the show:
The old "Don't Laugh Your Daughter May Be In Here" sticker is classic:
I went to the show in 2013 too and it was definitely inspiring. I bought my first van in February 2015, a 1999 GMC Savana (blogpost here). Sadly, it just wasn't the right van. The '99 body style was too new and required a surprising number of repairs in the short time I owned it. I love the old style with the shag carpet interiors, porthole windows, and airbrushed exteriors that are just overflowing with personality. I ended up customizing a few things here and there but sold the van this past winter. I will own another someday.
Anyway, back to the show:
The good news is that I did bring my good camera to the 2015 show and I will post those photos next!