It was killer. It was happening. The inaugural MOTOBLOT in Chicago was a success. The guys behind the event simply recognized the organic evolution of Mods vs Rockers Chicago and tailored the new venue accordingly. Here’s a look through our lens for just a taste of what MOTOBLOT was like…
You may have heard about Mods vs Rockers Chicago evolving into what’s now called MOTOBLOT (June 13-15th, 2014). It’s a motorcycle event we’ve attended for years and it hasn’t let us down as an opportunity to see unique bikes in a cool city, put on by great hosts. Larry Fletcher and Martin Cimek have created a vintage-bike juggernaut in Chicago with the help of their Ton-Up Chicago cohorts and assembled cast of Rockers. Here are 10 of our own reasons why we’ve attended for years.
We’ve been monitoring Royal Enfield’s modern reprise of the Continental GT since its working prototype rose to fame on the internet in 2012. Launched at the height of a current cafe racer craze, it hit and stuck and has continued a successful stir on social media. Its good looks have beckoned us from the beginning. Here’s why we think this bike is smart, cool and hits the nail on the head. (Read on below.)
“Evolve or Die.” A bold motto from the guys behind the successful Mods vs Rockers Chicago. They will celebrate their 10th Anniversary this year (2014) with a new, dialed-in and rockin’ motorcycle, scooter and hot rod event complete with a 3-day weekend of live music, a pin-up contest, vendor booths and much more. Introducing, “MOTOBLOT.”
This is a look back on our 2011 weekend adventure in Chicago during the annual Mods vs Rockers event. One of the event sponsors, Motoworks Chicago, provided us with a Tiger 800 XC to ride and film from (a big thanks to Johnny Scheff!). Here’s a photo gallery and story of how much fun we had surrounded by the headlining British marque.
When Johnny Scheff walks into a room, it’s not uncommon to hear someone say, “John-naay!!” As owner of Motoworks Chicago, he’s a quick-moving busy fella, but always deliberate with his handshake and hello. Though Motoworks is a motorcycle and scooter dealer, it doesn’t feel dealership-y. Read on to meet Johnny and peek inside the old brick walls of his S. Western Ave location…
We like to find motorcycle shops that hearken back to the good ol’ days where there’s a familial vibe in the air…and maybe a dusty jukebox in the corner. Shops that don’t have to adhere to corporate requirements are usually charming, in a concrete-floor and exposed-rafters kinda way. Even more unique is a shop whose owner is also the head mechanic. Chicago’s ACE Motorcycle & Scooter Co. is such a place.