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.
I'm not trading in one of my Sportsters for a Honda anytime soon but if you can't appreciate a bike like this, there's something seriously wrong with you. They're building some pretty sweet bikes in NE Mpls. Go check them out!
Then there's the beautiful purple and white Honda that I recently saw at the Rockers Spring Social. It was nice to see all the little details with it up on the lift. I really love those black and white forks.
The Moto Collective hosted their open house yesterday in Northeast Minneapolis. I stopped by in the evening.
There was a good turnout while I was there and it had been going on for a while. If you've been to the Chariots of the Gods custom van show, it was basically in the same place.
I rode my '04 as my '03 is in pieces right now getting ready for Moto Mania in August. I happened to park next to Andy from Hold Fast Motors and we got to catch up on projects and trips. I really want to go to Utah now.
The Moto Collective is basically a shared workspace for a bunch of guys to work on their bikes. They have some dedicated rental space available to anyone looking to work on their own project. I also learned that Cafe Racers of Instagram (#CROIG) is based here and is part of the group. They have a HUGE following and I never realized they were local.
Before getting into all the bikes inside the shop, here are a few I spotted outside. I like stripped down sport bikes.
I didn't get a photo of the whole bike, but this Sportster had the best VIN number ever (4CAM...).
Tough-looking Ducati (would fit in well at Moto Mania):
This Triumph would also be right at home at Moto Mania with those flat track tires.
John's ironhead was all chopper, zero cafe-racer... except maybe the goggles.
I've only met Todd once but I see his Yamaha everywhere:
This bike likely has some stories to tell. Based on the label on the windshield, I assume it hit a deer. The last time I saw it (click here for post), it had a giant Spongebob Squarepants on it and didn't have the cat litter saddlebags.
I drove my van because I brought my kids, which also explains the relatively low number of photos I took. I took a lot but I would have taken a lot more if I wasn't chasing after them constantly. Here are some of the few indoor shots I took.
This is a cool shovelhead:
MÃ¶tley CrÃ¼e reference?
Some very nice Triumphs:
Custom 3-wheeler (not a Morgan):
This Yamaha tribute to the Flying Merkel is so cool and I hadn't seen it in a while.
Even smaller Harleys:
Some very old and very cool Harleys:
This Indian designed for Flat Track is just oozing inspiration for my Moto Mania build.
I was really excited to see Andy's freshly hardtailed Sportster.
He even let me take it for a spin and while I was off riding it, Rachel snapped these two photos with my camera and didn't tell me as a surprise for when I downloaded them. The bike is really fast and really fun to ride but no front brake, no gauges, and no mirrors takes a little getting used to. The hardtail rode a lot nicer than expected but it's not like I put any real miles on it. These two are adorable (photo credit Rachel Mac):
While looking around, I was collecting inspiration for my XL883R to get it ready for the Moto Mania dirt track event on August 1st. Before I decided to keep the flame tins that came with it, I was planning to go with an XR750-ish tail section like this. I may still go that route one day.
Alright, time for awards.
I didn't keep track of who won what and for what reason, but I know Billy was the MC and Donna handed out the trophies.
I don know that this guy won best in show. What I don't know is which he liked better, the trophy...
...or the kiss.
The Rockers Spring Social was a really good time. If you missed out, better luck next year.