What do you call a motorcycle show that is more a party with some incredible custom bikes in attendance as patrons? Mama Tried. Held in the spectacular venue that is The Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, the invitational event brings the cold winter of the Northern Midwest to life, in a way only a proper shindig can. Builders, bikers, fans, and riders pack the ballroom floor to talk motorcycles, share a drink and take in the amazing machinery on display. It’s a truly eclectic group, which is what makes the whole thing so amazing, a far-out bobber next to flat tracking’s finest.
Luckily for those who couldn’t attend, Paulo Rosas from the moto gear brand Pagnol and the motorsports design and marketing studio Speed Machines Design was on the ground in Milwaukee and photographed the event for us, and all to enjoy. And like so many events over the past two years, Mama Tried has faced more than one cancellation, with this year’s banners hanging from the ceiling still wearing last year’s date. But the down-to-earth guys who put the gig together wanted it to be as good as ever, and despite the delays, the 2021 edition was a knockout.