Gophers and Cheese is a motorcycle blog focused on Minnesota and Wisconsin near the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Since 2010, Gophers and Cheese has featured original photos and write-ups of motorcycles, great places to ride, and local events in the area.
Hopefully you've been following me on Instagram and haven't assumed I'm dead. I've been busy with projects and simply haven't had much time to blog. Most of my energy has been getting ready for Moto Mania 2: The Big Deuce which is THIS SATURDAY!!! I'll have my XL883R but I'll also be debuting my "Evil Monkey" 1976 Honda Z50A (mini bike) and my Tamiya Lunchbox (radio controlled monster van).
What is Moto Mania??? Surely you're kidding. In case you're not, you can read my review of last year's event on Chop Cult here or read all my blog posts featuring extended coverage here. Dan has some new things planned but it should pretty much be a repeat of last year, which would be awesome. See ya there!
After meeting the guys from Track-er Die at Mama Tried, I special-ordered a belt-to-chain conversion kit for my 883R. It was far more difficult to install than I expected but that had to do with me and my Sportster, not their kit. Here are a few photos from my first ride with it last week.
I hadn't seen this bike in a while (blogpost here) with the spring seat and giant exhaust. Some bikes you just don't forget. By the way, this is what a Screamin' Eagle exhaust should look like... the beak of a giant screaming eagle:
Subtle black lace:
And here's Charlie's shovelhead one more time for good measure:
Chariots of the Gods 2015 had some pretty awesome vans. I love that people open their doors and let you look inside. It's like looking inside someone's house and seeing their living room, den, or sometimes bedroom.
I think seeing this Tamiya Lunchbox re-sparked my interest in radio controlled cars. That, and because I ended up selling my full-size van, I figured there's always room for an R/C van. I built my very own Lunchbox over the winter and just need to finish the body.
As if the wall-to-wall shag carpet above wasn't enough, check out the incredible interior on this one.
Here's a more classic shaggin' wagon:
This van's interior was cool and there was a cover between the front seats where you could access the motor and even see the ground which would be pretty surreal while driving.
I'll wrap up with some pop-up camper vans that would look perfect in a national park.
This year's show is August 13, 2016 starting at noon and you can camp overnight.
Until I attended the show in 2013, I didn't realize there was a custom van scene in the Twin Cities. Twin City Vans is the local club and they're hosting their 41st Annual Good Times Truck-In 6/10-6/12 down in Preston, MN (southeast of Rochester).
You can tell some people have been going to vanning events for a long time.
Here's a sampling of vans at the show:
The old "Don't Laugh Your Daughter May Be In Here" sticker is classic: