In addition to getting our picture taken with virtual-Flo from the Progressive ads, the custom bikes were really the highlight this year and the focus of my shots. So much attention to detail, so many clever ideas, so much work!
All that’s new and hot on 2 wheels, plus some sweet classics and incredible custom bikes, under the bright lights of the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle on a sunny December afternoon. Almost makes you want to break out the leathers and ride…
Dave and Glenn ran in a 2Fast track day at Pacific Raceways and Danielle, Jordan, Aubrey and I went along to watch. I can’t capture the awesome sound of the bikes or the palpable energy of walking the pits, but I did get some great shots of
along with a few other photogenic riders. 😉
Cara and I met Dave, Aubrey, Geoff and Glenn at the annual Motorcycle industry swag-fest, which was as conspicuously low on swag as this year’s Auto industry event but nevertheless entertaining. We saw a lot of great custom bikes, some sweet vintage ones, the latest and greatest from Kawasaki, Honda, Ducati, Suzuki and a wide selection of fringed leather chaps in everything from traditional black to metallic pink. Click through and enjoy!
A vintage BSA (Birmingham Small Arms) motorcycle, back when Triumph’s parent company was still in the bike business. Seattle Motorcycle Show, Dec 2008.
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If you were standing this close with the engine running, you’d no longer have eyebrows. From the Seattle Motorcycle Show, Dec 2009.
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Walked through the Seattle Motorcycle Show last night with John. We saw some pretty sweet bikes – street, dirt, and otherwise – and tried a few on for size. We also bought a street vendor hotdog for a couple of booth girls (which got us a thank you and a hug, but no phone numbers) and talked about a lot of bikes with a lot of people that are really into bikes. Check out the pics, hosted in my new SmugMug gallery in full quality. There wasn’t a ton of even light so I had to shoot a really high ISO with my pocket camera and they’re a bit grainy, but the content is cool even if the shots aren’t. 🙂
Lance is shopping for bikes on the Victory website (check out the 8-Ball, we both agree it’s the bike to get) and i’m checking ad replication on a server in Dallas. Another morning at work. 🙂
I still haven’t found the hardware i need to mount that nifty S2000 antenna. Danielle and i hit up Ace Hardware but they don’t carry a lot of metric stuff. Might get it done by sunday for the charity show in Issaquah, but prob not. Might have to go with the yellow pvc tape covering the hole in the fender where my antenna should be. Classy, eh?
Feeling much more like the Seattle tech nerd i figured i’d be a lot sooner than now. Rockin to the iPod on the bus every morning. Big office full of screens and wires and fellow nerdy types. Even Charla at the front desk is playing Peasantquest on HomeStarRunner.com and we have good discussions about the RIAA and intellectual property. And then i picked up my token yesterday so i can log in from home. So freakin high tech. Not only is it a secure VPN with a quadruple set of passwords, but i carry this gizmo around with a passcode number based on an algorithm synchronized with the central server that updates every minute. Too crazy. Hope i don’t lose it. 😉
What’s the deal with time moving so fast, anyway? The last two weeks have felt like a whirlwind…
Trip to MT was great, it was awesome to see Mom and Dad and see how their new house is coming along. It’s going to be really cool (pix coming!), even despite the washboard roads and early-morning livestock fiascos. Tonya and Jared’s wedding was a great chance to see them, and catch up with a few others. A sunny, amazing weekend to travel, too. Lance, Matt and I caught the new Charlie’s Angels movie back in missoula sunday, which is great, and joined Grama and Grampa, Grama Frances, Aunt Judy & Uncle Gordy, Jennifer & Anthony, Taylor, Zachary, and Mom & Dad for McKenzie River pizza at Rowdy’s Cabin. Overall, a great vacation, although i did come back somewhat less than rested. 😉
Christian finally got his phone fixed just before i left, so feeling a little less disconnected there. I called him at sunday brunch and passed the phone so he could congratulate Tonya, too – ironically, he was at a wedding reception at the time. He’s hoping to run the Florence marathon in october (yes, in Florence, Italy!) and i’m going to try and cross-schedule my trip to be there waiting at the finish line! I have the money all saved up, gonna start shopping for plane tickets pretty soon. So exciting!
Gabe returned to Seattle from air force tech school on friday, so since i’ve been home monday we’ve been hanging out nonstop. Helped him pick up his Honda streetbike (pix coming!) from the repair shop, and now that the frame is straight we’re both seeing the potential to make it really cool, and are really excited to start working on it. He’s gonna be stationed at McChord AFB in tacoma, so he’ll be around awhile – we’re gonna do all sorts of stuff. 😉 We also rolled thru Sturtevant’s, an awesome ski shop (staffed with cool, friendly people despite being on the eastside) and a found a sweet DNA ski jacket for half off – part of my watch-for-good-deals-on-gear-so-i’m-outfitted-by-next-season plan. Sweet!
Found a bunch more cool anime movies and some japanese musicians that are really cool – added a few of them to my Amazon wishlist. Feel free to buy me something. 😉 I ordered Akira on DVD and it arrived just before i left, so i haven’t watched it yet. I’m excited, tho – it’s one of the cornerstones of modern japanese animation, and digitally remastered in DTS it’s supposed to be really impressive.
Headed to Woodburn, OR (near Portland) with the NWNismo crew tomorrow morning, for a track day and some vacation time. Hopefully, i’ll be able to scam a ride down there in somebody’s Z32 (Clint? Christi? Hint hint!) but as long as i make it down there, i expect i’ll have a good time. Patrick is rolling down to Cali tomorrow morning, too, so we might caravan with him as far as Portland. He’s gonna be gone until sept 21st – it’s gonna be lonely around here for the summer! And he’s gonna miss out on some serious boat time… 😉 That’s today’s plan, btw. I still need to do some laundry and pack tonite, but hopefully i’ll be done with work a bit early, to meet Kim at home and head for Lake Union and some watery summer fun! If ya wanna go, gimme a call… 😀