A city bathed in history, Milwaukee had built up some pretty high expectations within our hearts long before we embarked on this 20 hour road trip to Flat Out Friday and Mama Tried. Still coming down off of the high of an experience I can only describe as electric, I am happy to report that MKE did not disappoint. The Iron Lilies are as in love with this town, and more importantly its people, as ever!
The Heathen Hootenanny
Probably the most daunting task of the trip was throwing together a shindig to bring together all the people with whom we've connected over the years who planned to be in MKE for this conglomeration of awesome events.
With the essential help of our sponsors and friends: Hot Leathers, Harley-Davidson, Royal Enfield, TC Bros, Bell, Passmore Motorcycles, Orlando Harley Davidson, Mama Tried, and various lady riders of MKE, we put together a killer hang out (aptly titled The Heathen Hootenanny) at the iconic Boone & Crockett of Milwaukee. It was this night that we learned how and where to order a proper Old Fashioned!
We met so many phenomenal people and had an amazing time! Thank you again to everyone who made this night possible and made it out to share a few cocktails and some laughs!
Getting to Know MKE
A few of us were able to take a day to absorb some of the local color of Milwaukee. Collectivo Coffee stole our hearts and walking the city streets was a relaxing and enjoyable pastime. The city itself pulses with life and a brightness rare to most metropolitan areas.
The Harley-Davidson Museum was a must-see for us, and we do not need to tell anyone how impressive this place is. The weight of the history of our passions swept over us, and the "nerding out" did not stop until we left the museum hours later. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that anyone who rides, or even thinks about riding, make the pilgrimage to this mecca of motorcycle history.
Flat Out Friday
Here's where we get to the good stuff. Indoor flat track races is something that the majority of us had never before seen. Leticia was so excited to share this world of hers with the rest of us, and we immediately understood why. The concrete floor of the arena is prepped for the races with a quick spray of soda syrup to make it sticky. Regardless of this detail, there were plenty of times where riders would loop out, but hop right back up and rejoin the group.
The energy of the races was infectious. The various classes, all unique in their spirit, ranged from Pro, to Hooligan, to Women's, to Youth, to Boonie, to Brakeless, to Bultaco, to Vintage, to Inappropriate (my personal favorite), and I'm sure I'm missing some in there! This was a full day event packed with excitement.
We are hooked. We plan to attend the Concrete Clash on the Coast flat track event during Daytona Bike Week in just two weeks time! We hope that our Leticia will be able to hop off of her announcing duties and hop onto her race bike to challenge the boys for this event!
The Icing on the Cake
Few words are needed to describe how excited we were to have the opportunity to ride a bit of ice. After an hour drive north, we joined the some of our Hooligan buddies for a little time on the slush. Here you can see our girl Dana getting ready to rip and slip:
By far the most impressive thing we saw was the convergence of some of the most impressive bike builds currently circulating the motorcycle community. The Mama Tried show is a MUST for anyone who loves custom builds and vintage bikes. All types and styles of bikes were present and the ambiance of the show itself was unique to anything we've experienced.
Here are just a few of the bikes we loved:
Ok, Milwaukee, it was worth cramming 5 girls in one car for 20 hours to get to experience a little bit of what makes you so special. We were heartbroken to leave, but cannot wait to be back again in the fall!