Last weekend, we went to the 2011 Donnie Smith Custom Bike Show in downtown St. Paul. My wife loves looking at lots of different kinds of motorbikes, so I took her to the show.
She really enjoyed looking at all the different motorcycles. This one was her favorite: “Dream Evil” a 1971 Harley Davidson
This was my favorite Harley there: 2007 XR1200 Grand National Replica (It has a Buell XB1200 engine, does that count?)
This 1922 HD was my second. Notice the copy of Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly catching the leaky oil underneath. It’s very absorbent!
A couple old sidecars:
Some of the motorcycles had interesting mods:
and interesting accessories:
Some great paint:
and funky designs. Don’t get your pant caught in that belt!
This KZ650 was rebuilt by some local high school students in 100 hours. Including the custom paint. Nice!
I liked this motorcycle’s focus on the color scheme that carried to unique parts – like the wheel hub and caliper.
even the spark plug wires were yellow.
This one looks like it could be very painful should something go wrong…
Jack Riepe, this one is for you. I mentioned your name, and she gave the big smile below.
Lots of motorcycles, people, and vendors. This being my first “custom” bike show. I was surprised how many people had an adult beverage in hand. I’d guess at least 50% vs the less than 10% at the IMS show. I know it’s a different crowd, but an interesting observation.
I gave my wife my GoProHD and told her to get some footage of her favorites. She hadn’t seen Gary’s video, but I was able to edit something similar together. This is my version of Gary France’s custom bike show vid.