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2014 Freedom First Riders Bike Show - Part 3

The vintage class at the 2014 Freedom First Riders Bike Show was small but full of cool old bikes.  My favorite was this 1935 Harley Davidson VL flathead.  In fact, it was my favorite bike of the day.

I also really liked this 1955 FL panhead.

Here are a few more vintage bikes on display.

While the Rat/Rad, Custom, and Vintage classes had some neat bikes to look at, the Metric, Stock, Trike, and Sport Bike classes really didn't impress me much.  I still can't believe that for 2 years in a row, not a single Sportster has been in this show in any class.

2014 Freedom First Riders Bike Show - Part 2

My favorite bike from last year's Freedom First Riders Bike Show was back again this year in the Rat/Rad category.  It's this 1946 WL flathead chopper.

Speaking of rats, check out these two rat trucks.

Back inside the arena, this is the Custom category.  It had a wide variety of bikes in it.

You had bikes with fancy paint jobs...

...and bikes with bedliner "paint" jobs.

This 1978 BMW Land Speed bike was really cool.

However, the bike that got my vote in the category was this little Yamaha XS400 cafe racer.  It looked like the most fun to ride out of all the bikes in the Custom class.

Vintage bikes are next.

2014 Freedom First Riders Bike Show - Part 1

On Saturday, I headed 2 hours northwest to Alexandria, MN to the 7th Annual Freedom First Riders Bike Show.

I went last year for the first time and the weather was much improved versus the snow we had last year.  It was nice to see people actually riding to the show this year.

Assorted sights along I-94:

The show is held inside the Runestone Community Center, which is an ice hockey arena.

Bikes are displayed by class and most vendors line the perimeter of the show floor.

Awards are given out in each category.

Unless you count the one Buell in the Sportbike category, there wasn't a single Sportster in the show.  There was an interesting one parked outside with a double-barrel shotgun style hand clutch and shifter.

It was a relatively small show so I'm not going to draw this out to a dozen posts or anything.  I'm cramming nearly 50 photos into just 3 posts so come on back.

Flood Run Next Saturday

The Spring Flood Run is next Saturday, April 19th (no, it doesn't move because of Easter).

I have ridden the Spring run 5 times since 2008 and ridden the Fall run 4 times.  It's always a good time and a fantastic area to ride.  You can find lots of photos and blog posts on my Guide to Local Events page.

Last Spring's run was REALLY cold.  Here's a photo and, yes, that's fresh snow on the ground.

Let's hope for much warmer weather this year.

Kevin Baas Party - Part 5

Red Desert's second set was just as awesome as their first.  Kevin's barn was an amazing setting to see this band.

Photos are all fine and good, but if you don't know what these guys sound like, crank up your speakers and LISTEN:

I am going to give you two pieces of homework... First, find out where and when Red Desert is playing next and GO SEE THEM LIVE!  Here's a link to their Facebook page (click here).  Second, make friends with Kevin and hope to get invited to his next barn party.  Don't forget to bring a hammock.

Kevin Baas Party - Part 3

In mid-March, I visited the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee for the first time.  I took hundreds of photos and will post a lot of them at some point but I want to share one particular bike from the collection right now.  This bike was built by Kevin Baas' Kennedy Chopper Class using a Sugar Bear front-end.

What does that have to with the party?  Sugar Bear was there!!!  This is me (left) with Sugar Bear (middle) and Kevin (right).

Here's one of just Kevin and Sugar Bear:

The master at work:

Sugar Bear has been building bikes longer than I've been alive.  If you don't know who he is, get educated:

Shop pics are next.

Nuts Run and Bike Show This Weekend

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, you have at least two good options...

Freedom First Riders Bike Show is Saturday in Alexandria, MN.  I went last year and had fun (click here for photos).  It's a relatively small show but it's nice that it's indoors in case the weather doesn't cooperate.

The Defrost Your Nuts Run is also on Saturday.  It's basically a bar hopper that departs from Mallalieu Inn in North Hudson, WI and the route changes each year.  It was cancelled last year due to snow.

Kevin Baas Party - Part 2

I recently posted my photos from the Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freakshow and, in this post, I talked about the bands that performed and how I was upset with myself for missing Red Desert.  Well, I was pleasantly surprised to find a band set up in Kevin's garage when I got there and I was EXTREMELY happy to see the words "Red Desert" on the drum set.  Here are pics from their first set.  They kicked so much ass.

Red Desert wasn't the only special guest at the party.  Find out who showed up next.

Kevin Baas Party - Part 1

Kevin "Teach" Baas and his family recently moved into a big new place in the country and he was nice enough to invite me and a barn full of friends over to the inaugural party.  Kevin, of course, is a local bike builder, teacher of the Kennedy Chopper Class, owner of Baas Metal Craft, organizes the annual Knuckle Shuffle, and writes Vintage Bike Addiction.  I'm sure he does a bunch of other stuff too in all of his spare time.  I never saw his old place, but the new place is AMAZING!

That's Kevin sitting high above the crowd:

Here he is throwing some devil horns for the band that played.  Oh yes, there was a band, and it wasn't just any band.  More on them later.

This giant poster of him riding his knucklehead Elvis is just awesome.

He's even on a big Budweiser / Strugis banner.

Kevin and his wife Amy addressing the crowd:

The barn was so cool and he made a lot of the signs.

As the night went on, there was live music, drinking, headbanging, moshing, and even good ol' fashioned wrastlin'!  At least... that's what I think was going on here.

The party went late.  This guy was smart and brought a hammock.

Band pics are up next.


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