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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Motorcycle Super Show 2015

With the VStar in storage the perfect way to inject a little 'motorcycle-ness' into winter is to head to the Motorcycle Super Show in Toronto for ...

Vintage bikes, bike talk and restorations

Ken Morgan & Bar Hodgson (Show Producer)
1948 HRD Vincent Black Chopper
   
 
 
 
Honda 175, like my first bike "Flame"

 

...new bikes, previously loved bikes, vendors (galore) 

 
 
 
 

  

... and a lot of serious bling (and other stuff)

 
 
 
 Some stuff that made Ron (aka Art Rider) say, "what the f#%$ is that?"
(... and no kidding, we passed a motorcycle on the way home ... what the .... f#%$ was that!)

21 comments:

  1. Nothing better than "visiting" other bikes, when your own is hibernating. It usually takes the edge off. I like the orange (red?) Honda cafe racer best. And for the WTF moment... beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say.

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  2. Sonja that Honda CB 550 was my pick too. Even I, who knows nothing about bike restorations, could see how well it had been done. Up close and personal, it was flawless. It was restored by Kemp Archibald who, according to my friends Ron and Ken, is known for his fine workmanship on vintage bikes

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  3. Someone chopped a '48 Vincent? Sacrilege! Other stuff looked cool tho.

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  4. Canajun, funny you should mention that '48 Vincent Chopper. As I was standing there drifting in and out of the conversation between Bar and Ken about the bike the words 'the engine was a picker,' sort of grabbed my attention. Sure enough I heard the words 'engine' and 'picker' again in the same sentence so I had to turn to Ken and discreetly ask, 'when he says picker, does he mean, like - American Pickers kind of thing?' The answer was yes. So I have to assume that the Vincent was, shall we say, reborn as a chopper rather than a Vincent that was killed by being chopped. (My education continues.) There were so many details flying around about that bike I couldn't keep up, but I did take a photo of the engine as Bar seemed more than proud of how well polished it was (for a picker that is!)

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  5. I had to believe that the Vincent was being recovered rather than reconfigured. Not that I'm against it but my guess is that we'd all naturally feel a bit protective when stumbling upon a chopped Vincent. Looks like a great show.

    Visited coffee this morning and most of the discussion was about our upcoming Inside Gathering.

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  6. Coop, I always enjoy the show regardless. I had fun, sat on a few new bikes, reconfirmed the love I have for my VStar, took a lot of pictures and did a whole lot of people watching. My favorite was the bored little kid, sitting on the floor by a shiny Harley - making faces in the shiny chrome. Inside is a good place to be in this weather!

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  7. That really looks like a great snow. One of these days I'll get to one of these things. They never seem to make it to Alaska.

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    1. Richard luckily I live near a city like Toronto that can support these types of shows each year. The motorcycle super show has become somewhat of a midwinter break tradition and is always fun.

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  8. Great photo's Karen. I am looking forward to the Ottawa version of the show in Feb

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    1. Thanks Chris. I dropped in on the Ottawa show last year, I think it was the first year for the show and it was considerably smaller but a nice break just the same.

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  9. Something fun to do a chilly winter day.

    Looks like some cool and interesting (and some odd) machines.

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  10. Yay! So happy you got to go.. We were bummed the show did not come to Detroit this year. Hopefully in 2016. Great way to discover new bikes by being able to sit on all the different models. It's how I found and fell in love with my Vulcan! :-)

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    1. Kathleen just pop over to Toronto in March for the spring show. I found a link to the spring show and it seems they will have Bar's 1948 Vincent Chopper at that show too.(I added the link under the Vincent photo.) The January super show is touted as the largest show of it's kind ... I'm sure the spring show will be big too!

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  11. thanks for the pics, reminds me to explore the incandescent white balance setting on my own camera to see how things turn out. do you recall the brand of motorcycle that had the cargo box attached as a sidecar?

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  12. Dom, I thought I had taken a few other shots of that box sidecar that might have a hint ... but didn't. If you check back in a couple of days I may be able to find the answer to question though (one of my companions might remember what it was.)
    I wish I was a more technical photographer but I tend to shoot for the subject and correct with photoshop after the fact. Gotta love the age of digital!

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    1. Dom, Ron recalls one side car model as a "Henderson/excelsior, also known as a Super X. Not sure what year." But not 100% sure it is the model with the cargo box. The bike beside the cargo box was definitely a 1925 Henderson Deluxe, so chances are the two were similar. (Note to self, take even more pictures =})

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    2. Thanks for trying to find out.

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  13. Great pics. I saw the new models at the recent IMS show in Dallas.

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    1. Thanks Oz ... welcome back to the blogsphere!

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