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2014 AMA Hillclimb Grand Championships - Part 3

Lots of people rode to the 2014 AMA Hillclimb Grand Championships and there was a wide variety of bikes in the parking lot.

As I mentioned before, I rode my Sportster.

This was the first time I saw a Street 750 in the wild.  This one had a very odd windshield.

Lots of tooling on this guy's bags.

Here are two good-looking shovelheads:

Pair of flatheads:

If there was an award for "biggest sissy bar ornament", this Kawasaki would have won.

Moto Guzzi and Ducati:

Really nice Triumph:

I had fun hanging out for a little while.  Maybe next year I'll bring the family and make a day of it.

2014 AMA Hillclimb Grand Championships - Part 2

The hill climb was a lot of fun to watch.  There were a lot of different classes of bikes and the riders were a wide range of ages, both male and female.  Good times up the hill tended to be closer to 10 seconds.  Most riders were successful but a few wiped out before making it to the top.

Waiting must have felt like forever.

Then you could just watch the riders stare up the hill.

Here are bunch of action shots:

Photos really don't do the event justice.  Here's a video of a couple of runs up the hill:

Some cool bikes spotted in the parking lot are up next!

2014 AMA Hillclimb Grand Championships - Part 1

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.

Action shots are up next.

First Thursday - August 2014 - Part 3

At first glance, this Sportster appeared to have a bunch of pieces riveted to it.  Upon closer inspection, it was all bolted together.  From all the insane bodywork to the Clockwork Orange seat, this bike stood out more than any other.

This Sporty stood out thanks to its frame.

Neat speedometer placement among other things on this Iron:

Ironhead:

Check out the carbon fiber body on this 1996 Sportster called Crossbreed from Brett Ohland.

There was a wide variety of other Harleys there too including this trike...

... a shovelhead...

...a flathead...

...and a local favorite, this 1922 JD that actually gets ridden.

First Thursday - August 2014 - Part 2

As usual, a wide variety of bikes showed up to First Thursday at Dulono's Pizza.  The turnout was good in spite of the fact it was the week of Sturgis.  The crowd spread down all the nearby streets.

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.

Homemade console:

Looks like a big gold heatsink on this Yamaha:

Nice lineup of Ducatis:

Vintage Indian:

Crazy hill climber:

Old Triumph chop with flaking paint.

I thought this little Kawasaki was cool.  Check out the Minnesota kickstand.

Harleys are next.

First Thursday - August 2014 - Part 1

One of the new Polaris Slingshots was at First Thursday at Dulono's Pizza earlier this month.  I wouldn't mind taking one for a test ride.  It looks like a blast.

Either by coincidence (or perhaps by design), a Morgan was also there.  Quite a contrast to the Slingshot.

A wide variety of bikes is up next.

Moto Mania - August 2014 - Part 2

I rode my Sportster to Moto Mania and oddly didn't take a bunch of photos of it.  I took a lot of photos of other people's bikes but not mine.  Weird.

Here's Dustin's Sporty:

Kevin got his new tank mounted up:

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.

Moto Mania - August 2014 - Part 1

Earlier this month I attended First Thursday at Dulono's Pizza and Moto Mania at the VFW.  I'll start with Moto Mania...

As usual, an interesting array of local choppers and garage-built machines showed up.

Eric's shovel looked awesome:

...as did Charlie's.

Ed's bike just towers over all the others:

Joe's panhead looked great as always:

It might come as a surprise, but the Uptown VFW has one of the finer selections of Coors and "Not Coors" beers in Minneapolis.

Sportsters are up next!

Biltwell Made My Monday

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.

Tunnel Vision

Yes, more GoPro footage.  I'm like a little kid with a new toy.  This video was taken yesterday as I headed out to Bay City, WI to watch some of the AMA Hillclimb Grand Nationals.  These are two tunnels on I-94 in Minneapolis.  The first is the Lowry Hill Tunnel but I don't know the other's name.

Like the t-shirt?  Buy one.

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