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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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Retro Rewind Dubuque 1/7/17

I Checked out the Retro Rewind Cars and Guitar Revival on Saturday in Dubuque.  It's sold as the teaser for the outdoor Vintage Torque Fest that occurs in Dubuque in May.  I've been to Torque Fest and this is definitely much smaller to fit in the Five Flags Arena.  But they had a great turnout in spite of the cold weather.  It was a large "Hot Rod"  crowd and it was fun just talking to people and checking out all the activities. It starts to get me wound up for spring.

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There were quite a variety of motorcycles with a lot of un-restored originals or old customs.

Something for the kids complete with neons

 A lot of Rat Rods and customs (and PBR everywhere)


And after you check out the bikes there were various vendors to talk to, bands playing throughout the afternoon, the cool old theater was showing car and bike themed movies (I watched American Graffiti on the big screen, which took me back to my high school days when it first came out), and there were the magazine shoots going on with the several of the Pin-Up girls.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

June 2016 Southern Swing

Jane, Jodi, Mike and I took a motorcycle trip from Iowa to Charleston, SC and then across to Birmingham, Al before returning to Iowa.  It was a good trip, but weather conspired a bit against us making it a bit difficult at times.  We had rain each of the first four riding days and then it got pretty hot.  That said there was a tropical storm that came through Charleston the week before we arrived and a week after arrived, so even though we fought some rain we didn't get into he worst of it.

All in all almost 2600 miles for the trip with no major mishaps and we only got lost a couple of times.

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 Some mechanical issues and then heavy rains made us skip the Tail of the Dragon, have to hit it next time.

The hotel let us park the bikes under the canopy to keep them out of the weather.
Toured the Fort Sumter National Park in Charleston.

Our house in Charleston had an alligator in the  marsh right behind the house.

Toured Barber for the people in the group who hadn't been there.

 Of course we had to find a microbrewery along the way.  This was Good People brewery in Birmingham
 Had a guy on a "Sportster Rat Bike" stop and check out our bikes at a gas stop.  Told us he was retired but used to play in BB Kings band.

 On this trip we broke a lot of Peter Egan's rules for the perfect trip by putting in a few long days and riding way too many interstates, but the last day we tried to get back on track and stopped right before getting home at Old 218 Tap in Hills to cool off, eat, and have one beer to toast the trip.