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Highlights of the 2019 Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show

Article by Daymon Woodruff, the Buffalo Chip.

If you love riding motorcycles, you probably agree that the best part about winter is when it’s over. And for those of us in the Midwest, there’s no better way to give Old Man Winter that final kick out the door than to hit up the Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show presented by Dennis Kirk at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

As usual, the show was a lot to take in, with attendees roaming the exhibit halls like kids in a candy store. After watching everyone drool over the entries, find treasure at the parts swap and meet some of the biggest names in the industry, here were some of the bikes, cars and moments that stood out to us.

The Loss of a Legend

As soon as the show opened Saturday morning and attendees started to pour in, it didn’t take long for word to spread that the world of custom motorcycles had lost its king, Arlen Ness, just the night before.

To the Donnie Smith Show family, Arlen Ness was many things—a hard worker, a creative genius, and a fellow Hamster—but above all else, he was our dear friend.

Losing Arlen the night before an event in which he has been so engrained wasn’t easy, but in a strange sense, the show acted as a gathering that held his spirit. Spending two days surrounded by some of the people who knew him best allowed us to recount old stories, laugh, cry and celebrate his remarkable time on this earth.

Rest in peace, buddy.


Custom Motorcycles Hit the Road as J&P Cycles’ 2018 Mobile Tour Rolls into Daytona Beach, Then Hits the Motorcycling Hot Spots

J&P Cycles, the world’s largest retailer of motorcycle parts and accessories, announced its biggest mobile retail tour ever, including Daytona Bike Week, Sturgis, Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary and the Iowa Rally (pictured here).  The Iowa Rally in Anamosa, Iowa is one of the largest annual motorcycle rallies in the Midwest. J&P Cycles’ nine-stop tour features the latest products and motorcycle customizing experts to help riders make their bikes into personal statements and rolling artwork.  More information about all the tour stops and the Iowa Rally is at www.jpcycles.com/events.

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2005 BIKETOBERFEST 154We all have rallies that we love, Biketoberfest in Daytona has always been one of my favorites. Maybe it’s because the summer is ending and Daytona offers summer conditions year around, maybe it’s just Continue reading LOOKING BACK AT DAYTONA BIKETOBERFEST 2005

Las Vegas BikeFest® 2017 Rally Recap

2018 LAS VEGAS BIKEFEST LOGOLAS VEGAS: More than 30,000 bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts from nearly all 50 states and 12 other countries cruised into town for the 17th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest, October 5-8. The rally was four action-packed days filled with entertainment, contests, bike shows, MMA fights, Uncle Kracker performing live, and demo rides from Indian Motorcycles. With the addition of Rally West, located on 3rd and Fremont Street, attendees had even more options for shopping for the latest in motorcycle parts and accessories, apparel, and more.

1“Our goal every year is to continue to keep the rally growing and the activities and entertainment “fresh”. With the new locations we chose for our poker runs, bringing the Tuff-N-Uff Amateur MMA fight, expanding our vendor area to Rally West, giving away $5,000 in shopping sprees and more bike shows, we feel we accomplished that”, states Mindi Cherry, Event Manager.

2Music filled the rally all four days with over 30 live bands playing- everything from hard rock, blues, punk, country and more. Continue reading Las Vegas BikeFest® 2017 Rally Recap