Overall, it was fun but it was cold. Once you got downtown, the stops were close together so that helped. Is the weather was warmer, I would guess the turnout would have been higher and the costumes would have been better but it was still really good and I'm glad I went.
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The 2013 Demon's Death Ride was this past Saturday night. It was very cold and below normal for this time of year at about 40Â°F. In spite of the cold, about 25 bikes showed up for the start of the run at Bob's Java Hut.
I rode my Sportster.
Bikes lined the streets around Bob's. Most were cafe racers and were a mix of Japanese, British, and Italian makes and models. It makes sense given the fact the event was sponsored by Ton-Up Minneapolis. Mine was one of only 2 Harleys that showed up.
The bike at the front of this shot is 1976 Triumph Bonneville, same year as my dad's.
Some people decorated their bikes. The plastic pumpkin was awesome lit up.
Severed foot in the forks:
Skeleton on a Ducati:
Some people had demon-appropriate helmets.
Most people just wore a mask or some face paint as you really needed heavy leather gear, not a thin costume, for riding in such temperatures. It would have been interesting to see how people would have dressed if it was a lot warmer.
Frankensteiners Ball 8 was a great time in spite of the nasty weather. I'll leave you with two amazing cars. The first is a Jeep that was born to limbo. This thing was so ridiculously low to the ground.
Seriously, there is a car-limbo contest. I didn't watch the whole thing but I didn't see any car that could beat this one, especially when the windshield is flipped down like in the second photo below.
The second epic vehicle was this one. This car literally had a double-barrel exhaust. It made a low bassy tone like I've never heard. If that wasn't cool enough, it shot flames and fireballs out of them. It was amazing!
I swear the fireball in this last photo looks like the upper-half of a she-devil, but maybe I'm just seeing things.
Here's the same photo with the contrast cranked up. Do you see it?
Let's hope for better weather next year's Ball. Don't miss it!
I like this 2010 Sportster 48. The "Minnesota Jerk" seat matches a sticker I bought at Scooter Trash 3 so I'm guessing the owner designed both.
Here's a mostly raw-metal chopper.
There was even a scooter (a Jawa I think) and a motorized bicycle.
Here is a wider shot of the small handful of bikes that did show up including one sport bike. For such a small group, it's about as diverse as you can get. Note the lack of windshields and the lack of baggers.
Finally, there was this cool ironhead Sportster. It had a homemade devil's tail sissy bar and one of the biggest oil fill spouts I've seen on a bike.
I've got about 70 photos to share over 5 posts and I'm just going to kick it off with something I've never seen before... monster-rat-rod-truck-tractors. I really don't know what to call these things but they were massive, loud, and awesome. I'm going to go with "monster rats" unless someone corrects me.
Here you can see a few views of the crowd that braved the crappy weather. Lots of people were in costume too.
While I'm partial to rat rods (and you will see a lot of photos of rat rods), there were lots of different vehicles there.
Cars with nice paint:
Modern cars like this Dodge Challenger:
... and cars with ridiculous sound systems like this one that made water "dance" on the roof with his bass.