Sunday, September 24, 2017

Anamosa Fall Hill Climb

Alan and I rode to Anamosa to catch the fall Hill Climb.  Every time I go somebody makes the comment "the hill doesn't look that big from the highway".  Between rounds they had side by side drag racing up the hill.  Pretty crazy (video at the end).

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Chief Blackhawk Antique Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet

Hit the swap meet in Davenport on Thursday.  I got there at at 9:00 and it took me until after 3:30 to get through all of it.  I'm sure I missed a few things as people were still arriving throughout the day.  I did make a few small purchases for the shop and for one of my future XS650 builds.

A lot of nice bikes there and it is always fun to see some of them being ridden.  

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

2017 Black Hills trip

In June Mike, Jodi, Jane and I rode to the Black Hills for 10 days of riding and sight seeing.  The trip out was dodging rainstorms on day 1 and fighting very strong cross winds on day 2.  We based out of Lead SD  for a couple of nights (Stayed at the Town Hall Inn) and several nights in Rapid City We toured the Sturgis motorcycle museum, saw the Badlands, Deadwood, Devils Tower, the Crazy Horse Monument, and Mt Rushmore.  We found a lot of good roads like Spearfish Canyon and the Needles Highway.  Also found a lot of good places to eat and a few microbreweries.  On the way home we took back roads almost all the way which was great other than having to sit out a thunderstorm outside of Sioux City.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Road America - MotoAmerica 2017

Jane and I rode to Road America at Elkhart Lake the first weekend in June for the MotoAmerica Superbike races.  Natalie drove and was our support vehicle.

We stayed at the Othoff  and had to make our ttraditional trip to Schwartz Supper Club for steak. 

The races were good and there were several tributes to Nicky Hayden.  As usual in Wisconsin in July we had a few rain showers, but nothing that prevented the races from happening.  The crowds at the races were not too bad, but Elkhart Lake was dead.  I went to Siebkins on Saturday night and there were 6-7 people there. 

That said it was a great weekend and Jane really enjoyed the races.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Chicago Bike Show 2/10

Jane and I ran into Chicago Friday to go to the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show. It was a good show, maybe a little smaller than last year.  This year we didn't make any major purchases which is unusual.  Last year I picked up my heated gear (I finally have to admit I am getting older).  We spent twice as much time driving as we did at the show, but it was fun.

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