Mama Tried 2017


Mama Tried has become a can’t-miss event here in the Midwest. This was the 4th year of the show and my 3rd time attending (I missed the first year). I drove out to Milwaukee from Minneapolis on Thursday and was able to check out some race bikes at the Flat Out Friday bike night held at the Harley-Davidson Museum.



On Friday, I spent a few hours touring the museum before making my way over to Flat Out Friday for indoor flat track racing. My favorite races to watch are the hooligan class, inappropriate class, and mini bikes. New this year was a Mad Max inspired halftime show. Over the course of the evening, there were some close finishes, a lot of bumping and crashing, and it was fun to see some friends from the Twin Cities compete.



Saturday was the motorcycle show and I spent a lot of time checking out all the bikes, drinking beer, and taking tons of photos. The show was in the same venue as last year and I really like the vibe of the place. Mama Tried has become very popular and there was huge line of people outside the building all day long so I’ll be curious if the show stays in that venue or looks for a bigger spot.



The whole weekend has a lot of events going on, and I love the diversity of bikes that are invited to the show, which keeps me coming back year after year. It’s a fantastic mix of motorcycles across a wide variety of styles, and virtually every bike was different than last year. Every bike on display has so many cool one-off details that it’s sensory overload.


ChopCult member Vince Nygra's beautiful Shovelhead!


The Slippery Sunday ice racing event was cancelled due to warm weather (again) but, like last year, some people found a (mostly) frozen lake outside of Milwaukee. Given how unseasonably warm it had been, being out on the ice was definitely sketchy but quite a few people took their chances and ripped around.



Big thanks to Warren, Scott, Maureen, and the staff at Flat Out Friday and Mama Tried for their hard work and hospitality. Be sure to keep an eye on the Flat Out Friday and Mama Tried websites for updates. The whole weekend was awesome and I’ll certainly be back next year.


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