Wednesday, August 31, 2016

From the Department of Why Didn't We Think of That?

Gear: It's What Works

Good story in the Pioneer Press about a motorcycle airbag jacket in action. Saved this guy's bacon.

Pioneer Press airbag jacket


Monday, August 29, 2016

Motorsickle Hill Climbing Bad Assery...

Right here in RW, no less. Duh. It's not like we don't have any hills around here. Sept. 17 and 18th at the Indianhead Motorcycle Club hillclimb grounds in Red Wing. Drags will be held Saturday and a semi-pro climb on Sunday. The fun starts at noon both days. There will be dirt. Details, go here:

http://www.indianheadmc.org/

And if you insist on not leaving the state of Wisconsin due to your obstinate pride, you can always go to the Valley Springs Motorcycle Club's  hill climb this Sunday, Sept. 4 in Bay City. Why, that's just right across the river from Red Wing, and yes, there are hills over there, too. F**k the state fair this weekend, go see this shit instead. Way funner than eating a nasty corndog at a venue that smells like little kid vomit and yer aunt's BO.

http://www.valleyspringshillclimb.com/

Hill climbing; so bad ass it's just like those stories Gramps told you about being a B-17 waist-gunner during WW Two. 

Random Motorcycle Picture of the Day

All kindsa stuff going on there.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Hey Look, We Have a Mission Statement

It's about damn time. Here goes:

The express goal of the Red Wing Ironworks Motorbike Club is to promote safe and skillful motorcycling in southeastern Minnesota. We are firm believers in ATGATT. Our membership is focused on sportbikes, sport tourers, adventure/dual-sports, standards  and vintage iron of European and Japanese manufacture. (We are not a Harley/cruiser club). And when our riding is done for the day, we usually drink beer afterward, watch crappy motorcycle movies and talk bikes ad nauseam.

This post approved by Tony, the club boss. Yo.



Random Motorcycle Picture of the Evening....



A Honda C-something-something- something 250 parked in the Driveway of Doom (That would be my off camber driveway that everyone loves....)
And vicious guard dog Bob, doing his level best to keep an eye on things.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Separated at Birth?

The Victory Vision......
 And the Brain, from Pinky and the Brain.....?

It Has Been Proclaimed, Therefore it Shall Be....

There will be a gathering of sorts in Little Timmy's VooDoo Lounge this eve. I think it starts at 7 p.m. Bring what you will, Cletus. Fezzes are optional.

This post endorsed by Edwin Schmitz, founder of Fezz R Us, Inc., Toledo, Ohio.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Walt Ride 2017 Plans. Already?

Tentative talks are centered on a Yooper ride in June 2017. (That would be Michigan's Upper Peninsula). Focus would be on Copper Harbor, Hougton area. Prolly a five-day ride this time around. The High Command at the Red Wing Ironworks Motorbike Club thought this to be a swell ride for next summer.

This post sponsored by the High Command, which, by the way, when searched on the internet produces images of nerds playing a video game of the same name or WW I Germans.

Monday, August 22, 2016

50,000 hits on the blog. And counting.

The accountants high atop the Acme Incorporated Tower in downtown metropolitan Red Wing have just analyzed the latest data and we've hit a milestone here at the Ironworks Blog: 50,000 hits on our page. Not ones to toot our own horn, but we're gonna celebrate in style tonight.


Random Motorcycle Picture of the Day

Racing sometime in the 1980s at Daytona. Notice the "safety barriers"....


Sunday, August 21, 2016

A short jaunt to Fond Du Lac.....

Or, what we saw on Hwy. 10 riding across central W'sconsin.

Men at work.

Talking the finer points what makes the perfect Brandy Old Fashioned, or in local speak, BOF.

The Gales of August come a-blowin'.

No trip to eastern Wisconsin cannot be done without a visit to a local super club; in this case it's the Cedar Lodge in Malone, Wis.


A cheese shop and radio station housed in former exhibit from the 1964 World's Fair in Neilsville. Weird, but fitting.

Cow that made the cheese for local cheese shop and radio station

The historic Silverdome Ballroom, est. 1933, also in the very hip Neilsville.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Random Motorcycle Picture(s) of the Day

Red Bull Girls at Indy Moto GP from a couple of years back: who could possibly complain?
Some dude named Hayden or something like that; posin' with a selfie taker. Also at Indy Moto GP.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Random Motorcycle Picture of the Day.....

Hmmmmm. Looks suspiciously like the backside of Wildcat Mountain near Ontario, Wis. With Mark, Neal and Eric, who by the way, made this movie..... Girl Meets Bike





Monday, August 15, 2016

Random Motorcycle Picture of the Day

Old English Iron.....Norton bad-assery.



Sunday, August 14, 2016

A swell Sunday for a motorcycle ride

In pictures, of course.
Our first and most favorite bathroom break on any ride: the Frankfort Township Hall near Arkansas, Wis.

Western Wisconsin Urinal Frog.

Wisconsin potholes: big mo'fo's.
Discussing the finer points of the Ninja roadside.

Was giving thought to an impromptu Evil Knievel jump


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Stuff to do

North Shore Shindig: Sept. 8-11, Finland, MN. This is a great ride-your-own-thang ADV ride on the splendid shores of the Big Lake (That would be Lake Superior, for you down-range types.) Great group of peeps to spend a weekend with. We're in. Details and such, go here:

North Shore Shindig

And it's time to get this on the calendar, the 67th annual Red Wing Ironworks Motorbike Club's Big Burn. This is our version of Octoberfest complete with a probably-illegal moto-centric sculpture burning in a rather average size backyard fire pit. No problem. As usual, entertainment provided by Rush River Beer, your crappy jokes and sad stories we've all heard before. Celebrate another grand year of motorsickle riding.
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
DATE: Oct. 1
PLACE: Bill's


This post fully endorsed by Julie McCoy, the Activities Director
 for the Red Wing Ironworks Motorbike Club





Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Hear ye, hear ye

There shall be an Ironworks Ride on Sunday, Aug. 14. Red Wing Caribou at 0900. Kick stands up at 1000. Direction? TBD. Weather is going to be swell.

This post approved by the Masked Town Crier Breathable Riding Suit, recently
 developed by Acme Incorporated, Red Wing, MN. Available at fine retail stores Sept.1.

Monday, August 8, 2016

News from abroad.

About stuff going on here. Makes sense, yes?

Speed freaks in Utah

And the rest of the story from some PR flack in Georgia.
http://triumphlandspeed.com/home/#itemId=57a5f87a414fb58fa3e1f474

This town's in tatters. I've been splattered. Sha-dooby.

Down in the valley. Trout Creek OHV riding area near Weaver, MN. Good-n-muddy. And the fast guys make riding in this stuff look easy.