Think of this the next time you see a handful of top tier sponsor logos presenting, powering, or hosting a mega-chopper show....
"What's the big deal?"
"I don't care who the sponsors are..."
"A couple (of dozen) logos on a flyer never bothers me..."
"I just go for the free beer!"
"I only ride old knuckleheads so none of this applies to me..."
Until you realize there's ulterior agendas at work. Large corporations have successfully infiltrated the blossoming (uncontrolled growth potential) "scene" (for lack of a better word. Ask a hipster for advice if you're confused) by mere "shiny bead" tactics. "We'll give them some free stuff, and they'll eat right out of our hands... ha ha ha!" Pure Fat Cat money men maneuvering.
So what's this all about then?
Somewhere there is a computer algorithm defined to identify and classify shop phone numbers and addresses and prevent sales from (insert company name here) to your independent "small shop." Effectively denying you the ability to create a unique business and monopolizing the only avenues for new part acquisitions. Of course, you could always "buy Chinese" but you're a prideful kinda guy (or gal) and you wanna support the USA (note to self; most of the parts are still made overseas... shhhhhh).
"None of this sounds very Chopper at all..."
"I'm voting for Hillary, she'll fix everything..."
"I bought my Sportster USED, so I'm okay...."
"I'm one of the extremely few elite that can just have some connected friends fab the parts I need..."
"It's not fair... (insert whaa whaa sounds effects)"
It's (big) business. Nothing more.
Have a complimentary energy drink and go buy a t-shirt ....
Random stop along Route 66 (Hwy 40) on the way to Flagstaff, AZ. If you're planning on skating it, someone's been keeping it pretty clean, just bring a towel or two. Used to camp here for free but now we just make miles. It's an option if you're traveling on the cheap! Lots of history in the place; Diablo Canyon, the closed Zoo, the ghosts... great place to explore if you've got the time.
Seems appropriate to post online...
Lava Burger at the Lumberyard Brewery Flagstaff Arizona
On August 25th 2016 the National Park Service turned 100 year old. We were fortunate enough to be just finishing up a family trip and visiting Arches National Park (about 5 miles north from Moab). Blistering hot during the day and windy rain showers at night! Perfect.
Here's a quick observation; Sturgis in 1990 v. Sturgis 2015
The most noticeable differences?
(aside from the lack of Baggers in 1990, you might count maybe a few...)
The complete lack of corporate footprints in 1990...
~ versus ~
The diarrhea of advertising 2015
People have different opinions on the current ever increasing ever marginalizing corporate involvement-infiltration involved in motorcycle(s) "profiteer" events/etc., but if you have any question as to my opinion, it's this:
FUCK YOUR CORPORATE SPONSORS
We didn't need them before (as is evident) and YOU really don't need them now.
More cars (on loan) inside the Darryl Starbid Museum (LINK HERE) in Afton Oklahoma. Definitely worth a visit if you're anywhere near it. Take the time and make the stop, you won't be disappointed if you're into the history of and kustom car builds. He's done a great job of filling the museum with more original photography, exhibits (wall displays), and cars then you'd find at most places guaranteed. I'd rank this right up there with the Kustom / Roth collection at Galpin Motors in Van Nuys.
Located in Afton Oklahoma the Darryl Starbird National Rod and Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum immediately caught my attention. Taking a lesson learned from our previous ( @wussarmy ) Kit's Kulture Rides, we immediately made a bee line for the museum while crossing the country this summer. ...And it was well worth it. The museum housed over 50 custom vehicles, most from Darryl Starbirds custom shop build decades ago and preserved in their prime! Absolutely amazing.
Huge thanks to the Good Bar Long Beach for allowing us to takeover. Sorry we drank you out of all your specials; Modelo, PBR, Miller, & Coors... I'm not even sure how that happened. We hardly drink at all?