Chicago Supercycle Show

This past St. Paddy’s Day Weekend in the new Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center Schaumburg IL the 24th Chicago Supercycle Show and Parts Expo was held. Parking was free and you didn’t have to walk half a mile to get inside the event. The Renaissance staff was friendly, helpful and performed in a professional manner. One of the big dogs from the venue staff even rides a bike and was thrilled to have the show there. Getting there just before 10am on Saturday I was able to get a good parking spot since one of the many early birders was leaving with an arm load of goodies. Once inside I was greeting by one of the R & B staff at the early bird window and since I was there for a few reasons he got me an escort to get me where I was going to first. Going through the “check point” the question about knifes was asked, and of course, my titanium Leatherman was on my belt. You know what came next. You can leave it in this box or take it back to your car. It was back out to my car, leave it there and turn off my lights

Once inside I felt right at home, the overall feeling in the room was full of energy and yet mellow at the same time. About half of the floor was filled with parts for bikes of all kinds and ages. The other half was mixed with vendors offering the latest and hottest biker items to be found and of course some bikes. You could find bikes covering the whole range of interests from antiques to tricked out metrics.

The bike show featuring $2,500 in cash awards was filled up. Returning again as the Chief Show Judge & Bike Show Coordinator was Ray Kittel of Ray’s M/C Show World. One of the larger vendors besides J&P of course was Condor Products. Teffy the owner was there with his crew selling the Pit Stop Bike Chock. Condor Products just inked a deal with Triumph Motorcycles America Ltd. to supply a Pit Stop / Trailer Stop with each new Triumph Motorcycle purchased during the Spring Open House April 22–26. On hand top name builders Dave Cook, Jerry Burrow, Dave Dupor along with 7-time AMA Grand National Flat Track Champion Chris Carr, the man who piloted the BUB Lucky 7 Streamliner to a new world land speed record of 350.88 mph were doing meet n greets. I spent some time chatting with Jerry Burrow, he is a down to earth kind of guy and class act not to mention a bad ass bike builder. Sunday Steve “Mongo” McMichael from the Chicago Bear Superbowl team was signing autographs.

In the corner was the stage where the Ron LaPuma Band, sponsored again this year by the Iron Horse Bike & Music Festival, played hard driving blues ‘n’ rock through out the day. Ron and his band had the crowd jamming and dancing with songs played from a super wide play list from my fav Ted Nugent to you name it.

At 4 pm the Tattoo contest was held with a good turn out of participants. They showed off their ink that ranged from small pieces to large full backs. There was a respectable sized crowd, which was good since the contest was based on crowd response.

Of the things being said about the show, it was that the amount of used parts and number of used parts vendors seemed to be down, that was mentioned most. While speaking with Dickie of R&B I brought up the parts and he told me that they had to keep a balance of everything to maintain a broader appeal. Plus with the growing interest in the older bikes, more parts are back where they were meant to be on the road & in the wind.

So many reasons making this a good show; from seeing old friend, making new ones, checking out the latest and greatest in products to some of the top builders in the motorcycle industry today. Then add in being surrounded by the best of people you could find anywhere and you have one hell of a good time. I’m looking forward to the show next year. See you there!

Gery Schemel

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