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Mama Tried Show 2017 Weekend

Mama Tried 2017 Weekend

The past 4 years there has only been one place to be in February and that is Milwuakee, Wisconsin at The Mama Tried Show. Surrounded by a weekend jam packed full of festivities, there is no reason one should ever leave on Sunday back home with a feeling of disappointment. From the flat track racing on Friday, to the Harley-Davidson Museum, to the show it's self. Every single year I leave exhausted and overwhelmed by the amount of motorcycle fun there is. With never a dull moment, Scott Johnson and Warren Heir do an amazing job creating a motorcycle heaven for the masses and because there is so much to do, each year feels different yet familar.

Josh Kohn #77 ripping up some donuts on the Ice on The Sinissippi Lake. - Mama Tried 2017 - Lowbrow Customs Josh Kohn #77 ripping up some donuts on the Ice on The Sinissippi Lake.

Leaving for Milwuakee from Cleveland around 7:30am, I rolled solo to the show this year with the Lowbrow Van and The Pan-American in the back. I made it to the show venue in pretty good time. As I jumped out of the van, who did I see? Shawn Long from Imperial House Paints and his wonderful wife walking across the street. I yelled, "Hey you guys!" in a silly manner and with a smile they ran over to say hello. Thankfully I ran into them because Shawn offered to help unload The Pan-American out of the van and into the venue safely. It's always a pain to unload a bike by yourself. After checking into my hotel, in what I could only say is a sketchier party of town. I ventured off to the BMO Harris Bradley Center to get a place on the floor for Flat Out Friday.

Flat Out Friday

Walking into the arena through the loading dock/the pits area where bikes were being tweaked and tuned, you could smell the gas in the air. Instantly the adrenaline rush overwhelmed my body in anticipation of capturing the races from the floor again like the previous year. The feeling was crushed instantly when I learned they weren't starting the races till 7:00pm and practice was over... It was only 4:00pm. Standing in the center of the track I got a chance to catch up with some good friends while we watched people slowly fill the arena seats.

Mark "Rusty Butcher" Atkins and Flynn Bryant discussing if they should take a siesta under the Flat Out Friday signs. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Mark "Rusty Butcher" Atkins and Flynn Bryant discussing if they should take a siesta under the Flat Out Friday signs.

Walking on the course a few second before the races started I thought to myself about how the floor didn't seem nearly as sticky with coke syrup as it did last year. 7:00pm rolled onto the Jumbotron the heats started off with the Hooligan Class. My assumptions about the floor were spot on because racers were flying around all over the track. When I say flying I don't mean they were flying with their bikes. The crowd roared every time a wreck happened. So loudly, it felt like as if I was in the center of The Colosseum in Rome while gladiators battled for their lives. I found myself getting dizzy a few times following the leaders of the heats and though it was a small circle track the atmosphere of it all seemed larger than life.

Taylor Cunanan going for a ride on his back on Turn 4. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Taylor Cunanan going for a ride on his back on Turn 4.
Getting loose in the corners #47. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Getting loose in the corners #47.
Pro Class Taking off at the starting line. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Pro Class Taking off at the starting line.
Man Down! Turn 4 proved to be a menace to a lot of riders. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Man Down! Turn 4 proved to be a menace to a lot of riders.
Shope just saying hello to the wall and the crowd in awe.. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Shope just saying hello to the wall and the crowd in awe..
There were a handful of tight races with real photo finishes. It was extremely exciting! - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 There were a handful of tight races with real photo finishes. It was extremely exciting!
Turn 4 taking out another rider. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Turn 4 taking out another rider.
A scene from Mad Max took over before the finals started. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 A scene from Mad Max took over before the finals started.
Pro class final purse was worth $10,000 a 30 lap race... These dudes were insanely talented. The winner was #9 Jared Mees - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Pro class final purse was worth $10,000 a 30 lap race... These dudes were insanely talented. The winner was #9 Jared Mees
There were also some min bike races. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 There were also some min bike races.

Mama Tried Show 2017

Arriving to the show around 7:30am on Saturday morning, the sun light shined through the windows of the front of the building, vivid and bright. My eyes took a little while to adjust into the space but as they finally did, you could tell the staff took a great deal of time to set the bikes up in their placements. Each bike was placed with enough room to really get a good look from all sides. One of the best parts about this show is the wide diversity of bikes that are shown, from original 36 Knuckleheads, to beautiful choppers, to cafe racers, and even land speed bikes. There is something for every two wheeled machine lover at Mama Tried and it really opens your mind up to the possibilities of what you can do with a motorcycle.

Bob Millerleile pushing his beautiful pan/shovel for a photo op with David Carlo. Bob Millerleile pushing his beautiful pan/shovel for a photo op with David Carlo.
Chuck Goerlitz bringing in his 1938 UL chopper to the show. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Chuck Goerlitz bringing in his 1938 UL chopper to the show.
You could win this 1956 Panhead built by Joey Cano at this year's Giddy Up Texas! - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 You could win this 1956 Panhead built by Joey Cano at this year's Giddy Up Texas!
This land speed Hummer was insane. Built by Dan Rognsvoog. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried This land speed Hummer was insane. Built by Dan Rognsvoog
Hundreds of people flooded the gallery through out the day. There was even rumors it was taking up to two hours to get in to the show. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Hundreds of people flooded the gallery through out the day. There was even rumors it was taking up to two hours to get in to the show.
1942 WLK by Bob Wells was on point! - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 1942 WLK by Bob Wells was on point!
The S&S powered Pan-American made some heads turn over the weekend. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 The S&S powered Pan-American made some heads turn over the weekend.
There are no words to describe how brilliant Dalton Walker's 1951 Pre-Unit Triumph is. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 There are no words to describe how brilliant Dalton Walker's 1951 Pre-Unit Triumph is.
Taking in every detail on Matt Jackson's 1950 Panhead. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Taking in every detail on Matt Jackson's 1950 Panhead.
Kiyo Mitsuhiro's incredible dual CB750 engine land speed bike. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Kiyo Mitsuhiro's incredible dual CB750 engine land speed bike.
Ramsey Allen's 1941 Kuncklehead. The tank art and molding on this bike were beautiful in every way. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Ramsey Allen's 1941 Kuncklehead. The tank art and molding on this bike were beautiful in every way.
Elliot Grosshans' 1961 Panhead is a real show stopper. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Elliot Grosshans' 1961 Panhead is a real show stopper.
Jp Rodman's long Knucklehead trike got everyone in the show talking. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Jp Rodman's long Knucklehead trike got everyone in the show talking.
Dayten Likness' 1949 Panhead chopper is near perfection. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Dayten Likness' 1949 Panhead chopper is near perfection.
Evo's, Pans, Cb's, Classic 1911's Mama Tried has them all. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Evo's, Pans, Cb's, Classic 1911's Mama Tried has them all.
Alex Rindskopf always thinking outside the box with his builds. 1976 FLH Chopper. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Alex Rindskopf always thinking outside the box with his builds. 1976 FLH Chopper.
One of the many halls and paths you could walk in the show. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 One of the many halls and paths you could walk in the show.
Jason Wilson and his "Indigo Moon" Knucklehead. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Jason Wilson and his "Indigo Moon" Knucklehead.
Jason Webber's 1951 Panhead stealing all the light. Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Jason Webber's 1951 Panhead stealing all the light.
The latest build from Nick "Haints" Resty. In love with every single thing about it. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 The latest build from Nick "Haints" Resty. In love with every single thing about it.
There were over 100 different bikes to look at in the show! - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 There were over 100 different bikes to look at in the show!

Slippery Sunday

With the weather being in the mid 60's all week Slippery Sunday was officially cancelled a few days prior to the weekend. Running into my friend Jacole at Mama Tried on Saturday night, she gave me the heads up that the Frozen Few and some others where possibly heading up north an hour or more to try and get some ice racing in. I've missed out the past three years and this was the small chance and glimpse of hope I was looking for.

Sunday morning, Jacole texted me that the ice was good and the races were on. Full of excitement I jammed over to the show to pick her up and we made our way out to Neider Park. This park was is in the middle of nowhere Wisconsin. There was just a bunch of cornfields and small towns the entire way there. We started seeing little mounds of snow and small lakes frozen over the further we went north. 

Driving into the parking lot, there were maybe a dozen people out on the ice and a handful of guys preparing their bikes to go out. As we got closer to the boat launching area where the bikes where getting onto the ice. I noticed it seemed kind of thin. My entire life, I have never set one foot on a lake covered in ice, so I was a bit hesitant to step out at first. As I made it out further to where everyone was ripping around the whole idea of falling through stopped scaring me and I got into my groove. Watching these guys rip around and slide all over shooting slush into the air was incredible.

Mike Silvo's Knucklehead on the ice at Lake Sinissippi - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Mike Silvo's Knucklehead on the ice at Lake Sinissippi
Josh Kohn #77 doing his signature slide. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Josh Kohn #77 doing his signature slide.
A handful of different bikes where ripping around along with the Crazy Eight/Forzen Few. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 A handful of different bikes where ripping around along with the Crazy Eight/Forzen Few.
Mike Silvo and Nick Toscano ripping around the ice. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Mike Silvo and Nick Toscano ripping around the ice.
All smiles with Mel Stultz in the slush. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 All smiles with Mel Stultz in the slush.
Atsushi Yasui has all the style. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Atsushi Yasui has all the style.
Max Herman took his car out on the ice!!! - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Max Herman took his car out on the ice!!!
Atsushi Yasui - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Atsushi Yasui
Justin Walls on his Alcohol powered JD. This was his first time riding on the ice ever, and he looked like a pro. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Justin Walls on his Alcohol powered JD. This was his first time riding on the ice ever, and he looked like a pro.
Brian Cannon giving Mel Stultz a slushy good time. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Brian Cannon giving Mel Stultz a slushy good time.

 

I could not have asked for a better ending to my weekend. The adrenaline rush I got from shooting these guys ripping around the ice is the kind of stuff I live for. The weather was absolutely perfect that day. The locals didn't care one bit we were out there having fun. I even got to catch up with a few friends I haven't seen in a long time.

Daniel Desoucey #69 ripping around on his Flathead. - Lowbrow Customs - Mama Tried 2017 Daniel Desoucey #69 ripping around on his Flathead.

If you are looking for a good way to cure your winter motorcycle blues. I promise you going to Mama Tried and experiencing all that it's weekend of fun has to offer, is your answer. Just being in the birth place of Harley-Davidson alone has it's own feeling of nostalgia. Combine that with the H-D Museum, the different styles of racing and the show itself gives you one memorable weekend. If you missed this year's show, make sure you don't next year.

 

Words and photos by:
- Mikey Revolt

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