Start of Day

I took an Uber-X cab to Vosges Chocolate on the north side of Chicago on a cold Sunday morning, February 22, 2015. There I met about a hundred other motorcycle enthusiasts to board 2 chartered buses heading to the Mama Tried Motorcycle show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This ride event was organized by none other than Johnny Scheff, owner of Motoworks Chicago.

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Johnny welcoming everyone and explaining the day.

Johnny introduced me to Dan, a customer who had purchased a Black Bonneville T-100 just months before. As I was getting to know Dan, my riding and wrenching buddy Dan Reyer walked up and joined the conversation. I told both of them that I only make friends with owners of Black Bonneville’s!

The Bus Ride

The buses left for Milwaukee about 9:15 AM.

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Johnny speaking on the bus microphone.

Brunch at the Iron Horse Hotel

We arrived at the Mama Tried location around 11 am. Dan, Dan and I decided to go get brunch first at the Iron Horse Hotel. So we walked there in the cold!

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Dan and Dan at brunch at the Iron Horse Hotel

Mama Tried Show Highlights

After a nice brunch, we took a shuttle to the Mama Tried Show. Here are some of the show bikes I liked the most.

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A Triumph as old as me!

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1954 Triumph

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A beautiful blue old Harley

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My friend Chris Brand’s 1979 Yamaha SR500 Cafe Racer

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A very nice Norton cafe racer

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A sweet Norton Commando retro mod.

The most interesting bike of the show to me was this custom Norton designed and built by Dave Cook.

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Custom Norton by builder Dave Cook

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I love the exhaust design

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I also love the raw welds and raw steel finish.

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Handlebars, headlight and front fork

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Really unique brake rotor disc and caliper.

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The other side reveals the way the exhaust ends… pretty cool!

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Lowside shot

Oh yeah… Storm Crow was there!

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Storm Crow

Ice Racing – Wisconsin Style!

From the show we took an Uber-X over to the McKinley Marina area and watched some ice racing on Lake Michigan! It’s basically flat track racing on ice!

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Ice racing at McKinley Marina

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A guy was riding a bike that was in the Mama Tried show from Revival Cycles… Texas.

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This guy on a Benderwerks bike (Harley) put on a great show!

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Checking out the bike after the demonstration!

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Closeup of studded tires used.

Harley Davidson Museum

When had had enough ice racing, we headed over to the Harley Davidson Museum for a look before boarding the buses back to Chicago. Here are some highlights.

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Board Track Racing display –  panorama

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Evel Knievel’s Harley XR-750

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Evel Knievel jump ramp display

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Hand drawings from the Harley design department

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I remember these – so common growing up around Chicago!

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The Harley XR-750 that so many Flat Trackers like to race!

 

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This hand artwork reminded me of my own illustration and design career pre-computer. Used to do this by hand all the time!

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Dan checking out a display

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This display reminded me of my Dad who was a sign painter and did custom lettering and pinstriping as well using brushes and paints like this.

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A Harley as old as me also!

The bus ride back to Chicago was interesting… but that’s a story better told in person!