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February 2015 Events

There are three big motorcycle shows to help get you through the typically frigid cold of February.

Progressive International Motorcycle is 2/6-2/8 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  The primary focus of the show is new models from all the big manufacturers but there are typically some custom and vintage bikes to look at too.  There's usually a stunting show too.  This will be my 9th consecutive year attending.  My prior blog posts are tagged International Motorcycle Show.

If you're willing to drive, the Mama Tried Motorcycle Show is 2/21-2/22 in Milwaukee, WI.  Last year was the first year.  I didn't attend but the photos I saw made it look amazing.  I'm hoping to check it out this year.  The focus is hand-selected, top quality custom bikes.  There's also a pre-party at the Harley-Davidson Museum on Friday (2/20) and ice riding/racing on Sunday.

At the end of the month, the 10th Annual Rochester Bike Show is 2/28 in Rochester, MN at the Mayo Civic Center.  I like this show a lot and this will be my 4th consecutive year attending.  It has a good mix of local custom motorcycles and there's a swap meet too.  My blog posts are tagged Rochester.

Donnie Smith Bike Show 2014 - Part 10

This post wraps up the 2014 Donnie Smith Bike + Car Show.  Don't miss this year's show happening March 28-29, 2015 at the St. Paul RiverCentre.  Wyzzrd's shovelhead is up first.

Kevin's shovelhead:

Bobby's other panhead:

Only 2 months to go until this year's show!

Donnie Smith Bike Show 2014 - Part 9

If you attended the 2014 Donnie Smith Bike Show, you should have noticed a group of bikes in the back-left of the main floor.  If you missed them, there's something seriously wrong with you.  I've posted lots of photos of these bikes at various shows over the years and have no intention of stopping.

Joe's panhead:

Steve's panhead:

One of Bobby's panheads:

One last post from the show featuring 3 more bikes is up next!

Donnie Smith Bike Show 2014 - Part 8

Here are some of the Sportsters I spotted at the 2014 Donnie Smith Motorcycle Show.  First up is Jarad's ironhead:

Here's the Kennedy High School Chopper Class ironhead (work-in-progress):

Green hardtail with giant oil tank/cooler:


At first, I didn't realize this was a Sportster, but it clearly is.

Brett Ohland makes some cool bikes.  Here are two of his Sportsters.

While I know it's not a Sportster, this is still my favorite bike of Brett's:

If you went to the show and if you know me, then you know the group of bikes I'm saving for my last two posts.

Donnie Smith Bike Show 2014 - Part 7

As I mentioned in my first post about the 2014 Donnie Smith Bike Show, people have VASTLY different personal definitions for the word "custom" as it applies to motorcycles.  While I can appreciate the time, craftsmanship, paint, and expense that went into these bikes, they are not my style.  I'm not trying to make fun of them, and you may even like some/all of them, but I simply had to share.  The owners are clearly proud.  I've you're viewing this post on Chop Cult's Blog Dump, I apologize in advance (cover your eyes or put on your welding helmet and scroll quickly).

I give you... the Wolverine Fatboy:

NOS-powered, dual-engined lunacy:

Roundbar dragon:

Not a full bike, but this could be the hubless front wheel you need for your next outlandish build.

Snake skin pipes, surround sound, and a gambling motif... why not?  To me, the tank texture looks like tree bark but I think there are 3D skulls on it - I didn't get a good photo as I was distracted by the rest of the bike.

This is a bike where the rider and anyone in a 300 foot radius would be instantly killed in a crash.  It's completely covered in guns, spikes, and blades.  Look really close and you'll see a shovelhead motor in there.  By the way, how do you kickstart this bike without slicing your leg off?

Budweiser box chopper.  Are those supposed to be bull horns?  Why?

If you're looking for more bikes like this, I'm sorry.  There were more at the show but I didn't take photos.  If you were not a fan and need a palate cleanser, Sportsters are up next.


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Donnie Smith Bike Show 2014 - Part 6

If you like shovelheads, there were a few at the 2014 Donnie Smith Bike Show.  Here's Joe Mustari's...

...and here's a couple more:

This one was pretty crazy.

I know this wasn't a shovelhead.  It's a Harley-Davidson SS-250 from the same era.

I'll throw in one hardtailed Evo for good measure too.

While I'm saving some of the best bikes for last, I have to share some of the most ridiculous too.  Those are up next.

Donnie Smith Bike Show 2014 - Part 5

2014 was the first year that the Donnie Smith Bike Show became the Donnie Smith Bike + Car Show.  The cars were set up in the adjoining Roy Wilkins Auditorium.  I saw the White Stripes play there once... what a phenomenal show that was.

With this being the first year of the car show, I wasn't sure what to expect.  The number of cars was relatively small compared to most car shows I've been to but there was a really wide variety of styles represented including high-collar customs, hot rods, rat rods, monster trucks, lowriders, drag cars, and more.

I do love rat rods.


I though I overheard someone saying this car was worth a million dollars (or maybe it cost that much to build).  It's cool, but I don't know about "a million dollars" cool.

That's it for cars.  Shovelheads and an SS-250 are next.


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