The weather the last few days has been almost spring-like, warm(er), on and off rain, melting snow, etc., that is until overnight and today. Cold westerly winds took the tease of spring away so it was a good thing we had All Things Motorcycle to enjoy this weekend.
My day started early, only slightly later than a weekday. Up to Minneapolis for coffee with the Usual Suspects, then down to the Minneapolis Convention Center for the show. I wasn't brave enough to volunteer to work the VJMC booth, but many of the coffee folks did. The only thing I had to contribute was my wearing of this year's T-shirt, promoting our local VJMC chapter on the front and highlighting the 1969 Kawasaki Mach III. I thought the booth, in conjunction with the local Viking Chapter of the AMCA was a fantastic display of vintage machines. Interest by the attendees seemed very high.
An interesting take on an XS650 Yamaha.....
I had no idea winches were the farkle of choice for the little off-road machines.
And another.....I guess I'll have to start looking at bigger machines, none of mine are big enough to carry a winch.
For as much fun as it is to look at the machines, attendance at the show for me is actually more of a social event; running into people I see often as well as rarely with the perfect opportunity to talk two wheel motorized machines. Sometimes we often talk about other things. Multiple Dave's, Mike's, Jeff's, Tom, Kevin, Brent, Robin, Mark, another Doug, Chris, Seth and then Joanne, Bob, Gary,Nina, Rhonda, Steve and others, all folks I saw and never managed to catch up with again.
This year's 6 hour presence at the show set a record for me, though the time passed quickly and getting a chance to chat with so many was great....I even had a chance to sit on a few bikes.
The Ducati women were prominent this year....I think those were iPads they were carrying around, weren't they?? Friend Mike got a nice photograph of one of the women, of course dressed in red. All of them were wearing very striking footwear but Mike's photo didn't include her shoes which was probably a good thing since Acrophobia might easily befall you had they been shown.....it was a very long ways to the floor from where the photo stopped.
Rather than dwell on photographing the new motorcycles which are easily seen so many other places, I was more interested in zeroing in on the GP race bikes.
Though I'm not really sure, one can only speculate that these guys had a series of technical questions....