Sunday, January 10, 2016

Bike Show

I went to the North American International Motorcycle Supershow!  It was indeed a super show.  In case you don't know the rules of the game, click any photo to look at a high-res version.

There were old and antique-style bikes,

(Custom version.)

(1912 original version.)

new bikes, 

(Check out the speakers on the back of this one.)

big bikes,

(The arched bits are painted to look like badass snakes.)


little bikes,

(Aw, cute kiddie cycles.)


and this thing, which is legally a motorcycle on account of it has three wheels, but it costs almost 3 times as much as our car and looks an awful lot like a car to me.

A lot of the bikes there cost more than our car, actually.  I believe this explains the high average age of show attendees; young people just don't have enough money to afford a motorcycle habit.

Once you've got your kickin' wheels, you can intensify with a custom paint job.  If you're not sure about what to put on there, just go with skulls.  Lots and lots of skulls.  There were skeletons everywhere.

(Mnyeh... my precious skulls... get away from them!  *Hissssssss!*)

For variety, some saucy ladies:

Or if you really want to make a statement, a supernaturally wrathful bull:

*Angry mooing*

If you're hungry, you can pick up an order of fries that has apparently been cooked in engine oil.

(I heart the guy who posed for us here, and the guy at the cash who's looking at him like what are you doing.)

May as well round out the day with some headless dudes racing.  I guess this is a PSA for what can happen if you don't wear a helmet.

There you have it!  Motorcycle Supershow 2016 FTW!  


LL Cool Joe said...

I love the way some of the bikes have been customised, but I'd love to own that white one. I used to be a biker before I got boring and seeing all these bikes kinda makes me want to go out a get one again. Thanks for that. :D

Ginny said...

Wow these are impressive. The one with the flames and the one with snake are my two favorites. I'm actually a bit scared to ride a motorcycle but they sure look pretty.

wigsf3 said...

So which of those sweet rides did you go home on?

Sparkling Red said...

I don't know if I could pick a favourite. I didn't even post all the photos I took.

DarcKnyt said...

Niiiice! Love it! GREAT stuff there!

Abby said...

Wow, that's some real artwork there. I love going to shows like that if just for the people watching!

Jenny Woolf said...

Oh that snake bike is the one for me! I wonder what that says about me...!

PhilipH said...

Fantastic series of photos Sparkling, yes, they're all sparkling and no mistake.

The very first photo is like nothing I've seen before. How the heck does one ride such a low-slung saddle?

Great post; thanks for all the work involved.

Lynn said...

You do so many fun things like that. I like the one with the snake on the front the most. :)

And that is a fun guy who posed - the other one's face is priceless. :) (I clicked to enlarge.)

Jenski said...

Fun! I love the new white one and the bright orange too.

Vanessa T said...

Those were awesome! The artwork on some of those are amazing.

Little known fact, I grew up on the back of a bike (not a Harley). Well, perhaps grew up is too general. My father owned a bike, and he took me on a lot of rides. I saw much of Northern California, and parts of Oregon from the back of that thing. :)