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Ascension day bike show, Lahti Finland

Old 05-14-2015, 03:10 PM
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Default Ascension day bike show, Lahti Finland

Spent most of today in Lahti with my neighbor walking around the city harbor where the second annual Ascension day bike show was held (Fin:Ascension day = Helatorstai)

The event was very well organized thanks to the Sabre MC and MMAF, even the weather had improved from last year as this time it didn`t rain the whole day. This also was the debut for me to participate in a motorbike show albeit the event was very custom biased which has been very clear the whole day from the attitude of certain participants towards us, all the way to some newspaper atricles I`ve seen that has completely neglected the presence of the streetfighter bikes in the event altogether! Childish if you ask me but what can you eexpect from the Harley people

Bottom line was that we had a fun day and got to see many beautiful bikes.

Here`s a few pictures I took along the day, not all in order by section as I did several laps but I don`t think that matters much:

Be early they said, the show starts at eleven they said. So we were there at 10:15. Pffft, could have come at 11 or later and still be on time. It was immediately clear we were not welcomed by all when the placing of the category poles started, some guys almost got a heart attack when the Fighter section got placed between the custom and chopper and raised a helluva racket. As can be seen it got carried all the way to the other side of the parking lot for a while.

We decided to be the adults and laugh it off through the window of the bar-ship at the side of the lot while enjoying breakfast.

Finally all the bikes found their places and we settled to our section being placed to the far edge of the parking lot, cause what they did not take into account is where all the pedestrians come to the area: along the pier side right to the SF bikes Even the rain subsided for a while just to start again a bit later. Lucky it was mostly just drizzle but the wind from the lake was pretty harsh all day.

Me and the boy started the tour from the "other/modified" section

The trike is living a some sort of a boom here as these things are starting to get more common on the roads.

This one got my vote in the custom class

Last minute touch ups. Not that it matters in this rain but I did wipe the mud off mine as well upon arrival, having scrubbed it three nights in a row in the garage before this felt a bit of a waste not to.

Now that you could call a lean mean machine I must confess I had to look before noticing it`s a Triumph. The only one in the lot besides mine. Note the integrated tank.

Little LOTR action going in the paint

This one had a metal plack glued to the tank probly taken from a trophy in another event saying "the worst toilet"

When only too much is enough, go twin turbo

"sufficient" flow rated pipes

This one I might have seen before somewhere...

My neighbor`s Kawi

Seabarf & a leaf blower

Turboed Busa, how else...

Probly the widest rear tire I`ve ever seen. Surprisingly quiet considering the almost complete lack of a muffler.

more to come in a minute...
Old 05-14-2015, 03:54 PM
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This one I`ve seen in the exhibition center a few years back. Air ride, pity the only pic got blurred...

This thing had, along with the mahoosive front wheel and the enormous engine, more electronics than a good sized Best Buy store. No sidestand? No problem, just lower the air ride to the ground!

See if you cna recognize them all. Back when I was a kid I could have made a remark about it being a sacrilege to place Edguy and Jaymz side by side... but I`m past that

A few latecomers:

I remember this thing from the winter exhibition as well. That CANNOT be comfy to ride through the twisties, although I`d reckon these things are more built to go fast in a straight line...

Another sea bear, everyone`s entitled to an opinion... I`m refraining from revealing mine...


Custom, divided first




People`s Choice



and the Sponsors` choice.

All and all a fun day, the weather could have been better but with full gear on we managed the whole day.

So, what was the best thing of the day?

I`m gonna have to say this! Streetfighter class, second place!

Good night!
Old 05-14-2015, 05:46 PM
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Saweet! Many congrats friend. Great looking trophy. And I must say the little Mattie is as cute as he can be too.
Old 05-14-2015, 10:20 PM
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I must say, having seen the other bikes with the turbos and considerably heavier modifications than in mine I was quite surprised when my number was called! Specially since from day one NO modifications on my bike has been done to woo any votes, EVERYTHING is done the way I and I alone want it so I guess I've done SOMETHING right I wouldn't have minded the first place and the 1000eur but I'm not complaining as is.
Old 05-15-2015, 10:22 PM
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Woo, 2nd place - that's pretty damned good Mattson. Congratulations. Thats a solid group of bikes, especially considering the fighter scene in Finland. Great job.
Old 05-16-2015, 12:02 AM
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Ha! I was waiting for something like that..............

Well done Matti - the effort was worth it and the bike looked great.

Loved the picture of your son among the bikes as well.

Cheers, SB
Old 05-16-2015, 12:39 AM
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Thanks for the congrats! I must say I was hoping... but not waiting, so it was a bit of a shock to hear my number getting called. And yea lil Samuli didn't know which way to be amongst all the bikes, grinning from ear to ear all the time probly gonna have to use the free pass I got to the Lahti bike expo a few weeks later and take Sam there.

Gonna throw a leg over the bike to go on an all-day ride with the neighbor inna few hours, haven't had the chanche to do that yet this season so gonna take full advantage and head a little further down roads I haven't ridden that much.
Old 05-25-2015, 08:27 AM
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Congrats on 2nd place.
I also like the blue VW trike, all the other ones I've seen are pushers.
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