The 5th Annual Rad's Extra Sharp Motorcycle Show was held yesterday at the Bass Lake Cheese Factory in Somerset, WI. It was my 4th consecutive year attending the show and I really like this one because I usually bring the family (they follow in the car). Also, what's not to like about the combination of cheese, beer, and motorcycles? It was a chilly morning but the sun was shining and it warmed up in the afternoon.
I rode my Sportster and was bummed that I couldn't enter it in the show as it didn't fit in ANY of the available categories. In each of the previous 3 years, I entered and won trophies in the Sportster and Mild H-D classes (whichever was available). My rear fender section is much-improved over last year. Would I have taken home a 4th trophy? We'll never know.
If there was a Sportster category, Kevin's and Ryan's could have given me a run.
Kevin's new blue tank looks great and his bike has a great lean.
The tank Spencer hand painted looks awesome on Ryan's.
Here's a shot of Kevin, Ryan, and one of the two Corys leaving.
This panhead belongs to the other Cory. I met him on the Ride for Larry Pierce. The Yamaha is his friend's. They were camping in case you're curious where all the mud came from.
Scott was next to arrive and we ended up with a small group of 10 people on 8 bikes as we headed out. We hit a bunch of fun, curvy roads first including a few I've never been down before. We also hit some favorites of mine too including the road between Welch and Vasa. I didn't take any riding photos this time but @ettelmn8 posted this one on Instagram of about half the group at a stop light. If you can stop laughing at Reinhart and look closely, that's me in my mirror bubble shield in the back-left.
Our first stop was the Harbor Bar in Red Wing, MN. Somehow, in all the times I have been to Red Wing, I had never been there before. Note the Triumph leaning against the fence. Reinhart refuses to put a kickstand on that bike for some reason.
After that we crossed into Wisconsin and stopped at the Nauti Hawg in Diamond Bluff, WI...
It was in Prescott I noticed that I had been traveling with a sidekick for a while.
Then it was back to Hastings, MN for a stop at The Busted Nut (no photo) before arriving back at Scott's place (aka "The Commune"). There are chickens and cats everywhere, living in perfect harmony. Sadly, there were no speckled eggs (false advertising).
He and his friends have a few bikes in the garage.
I'm looking forward to seeing this one finished.
While in the garage, I couldn't help but admire his sticker collection.
Nate took Charlie's Victory for a spin. That bike accelerates quite fast.
Here's Scott's bike... and a chicken.
We ended up doing a few rounds of slow races on his lawn and then I decided to leave early as storms were rolling in from both the south and west. There was a threat of hail and tornadoes so I reluctantly decided it was best not to stay so I could get through the cities before the storms hit. Those who stayed were treated to a home cooked meal, improvised flat tracking, belt branding, fireworks, minor injuries, a night of camping, and probably lots of other fun stuff including Charlie's amazing feats of napping (they are seriously impressive). Since there were only about 10 people on this run, odds are that you missed out. Better luck next year.
9/4: First Thursday at Dulono's Pizza / Moto Mania at the Uptown VFW This Thursday!!! This year, I've been parking at the VFW and walking back and forth between these simultaneous events. Overall, it's the biggest local bike night by far so don't miss it.
9/5-9/6 24th Annual SCVR Chili Feed I haven't been to Chili Feed since 2011 but I want to go back. It's the SCVR's annual fundraiser and it's a really fun time. Bring your tent and eat all the chili and drink all the beer you want on Saturday. Live music, bonfire, mechanical bull, etc. etc. etc.
9/13: 5th Annual Rad's Extra Sharp Motorcycle Show I have attended the last 3 years and managed to come away with an award each year. Feel free to show up to enjoy some bikes, adult beverage of choice, and lots of cheese but leave your Sportster at home. I want another award dammit.
9/20: 49th Annual Fall Flood Run Twice a year, this event turns the border of MN and WI between Lake St. Croix Beach and Winona into a steady stream of bikes all day long on both sides of the river. The past few Spring runs have been frigid so be sure to enjoy the relative warmth of the fall run. This will be my 5th fall run and 11th Flood Run overall. It's for a great cause so buy a wristband!
I know there's a ton of other rides and benefits out there. This is just my edited list of ones I've actually attended in the past. No matter which ones (if any) you attend, just go out and enjoy the beautiful fall riding weather while it lasts.