Michael's Blog


Donnie Smith's Heavy Mettle Shovelhead
Sep 2, 2020
Donnie Smith's Survivor Harley-Davidson Shovelhead built in 1982 in the Smith Brothers and Fetrow days was on display as the oldest legacy build in Michael Lichter's 2020 "Heavy Mettle" exhibition at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.
Gloria's Burnout
Jul 26, 2020
Harley riding Octogenarian Gloria Struck having fun at the Broken Spoke Saloon downtown with her Motor Maid MC sisters during the Sturgis Black Hills Motorcycle Rally 2010. Photo ©2010 Michael Lichter.
Gloria Struck recently had her 95th birthday, so just to keep the accolades rolling, I want to wish her an incredible belated happy-happy birthday and add to everyone else’s praises as to how wonderful this woman is. 
Coast-to-Coast Multicast with J Shia and Sofi Tsingos
Jul 22, 2020
Jessi Combs in Bobby Green's Overland Whippet at The Race of Gentlemen. Wildwood, NJ. Photo ©2015 Michael Lichter.
Of course, we paid tribute to Jessi Combson to kick off last nights “Women in Custom Biking” episode of the “Coast-to-Coast” podcast that I co-host with Cris Sommer-Simmons, but most of the show was given up to two incredible custom motorcycle builders, J Shia and Sofi Tsingos.
Broke Down
Jul 20, 2020
Flatirons Harley-Davidson Memorial Day MDA run. Broke down on the highway on the way back to Boulder, CO. June, 1983. Photo ©1983 Michael Lichter.
It’s summer and it’s hot, and yes, we break down on the side of the road.
Heavy Mettle Exhibition Builders on Shoptalk Multicast
Jul 19, 2020
“Heavy Mettle” exhibition builders Brian Klock, Jerry Covington and Paul Yaffe will be on tonight’s “ShopTalk” multicast
Rhett Holley’s Root Beer Float Scott Peck Harley-Davidson Shovelhead
Jul 17, 2020
Rhett Holley’s Root Beer Float Harley-Davidson Shovelhead that he built for and with the help of Scott Peck. Opening spread from Club Harley Magazine (Japan), July 2020 issue.
Rhett Holley’s Root Beer Float that he built for/with Scott Peck is one beautiful machine. Starting life as a 1975 Superglide, he and Scott Peck, the customer that commissioned the bike and helped with much of the build, found this Shovelhead in a barn with the front wheel sticking through a hole outside the barn. 
Michael interviewed on the Pigeon Whole podcast by Dave Woll
Jul 16, 2020
Michael as photographed after his portrait sessions of riders on the Cross Country Chase in Miami, FL. Photo by Melissa Shoemaker
It was fun getting interviewed for the Pigeon Hole podcast by Dave Woll.
Stop at Kermitts on the Flatirons HD Run 1983
Jul 12, 2020
Stop at Kermitts Bar and Grill during the Flatirons Harley-Davidson Memorial Day MDA run out of Boulder, CO. Photo ©1983 Michael Lichter.
Kermitts was a great way-point where we'd stop for a cold one and some chile while riding a mountain loop in the Rockies NW of Denver.
Dean Bordigioni on the MCR Chronicles Multi-Cast
Jul 8, 2020
Dean Bordigioni riding his 1-cylinder 1-speed 1914 Harley-Davidson on the Motorcycle Cannonball. Stage 7 (274 miles) from Cedar Rapids to Spirit Lake, IA. Friday September 14, 2018. Photo ©2018 Michael Lichter.
This image of Dean Bordigioni in the Motorcycle Cannonball shows the determination that went into riding coast to coast on a single-cylinder ~7hp single-speed 1914 Harley-Davidson without missing a single mile, and taking the first place trophy home at the end.
Sugar Bear on Ken Conte’s Bikers and Racism Podcast
Jul 7, 2020
Sugar Bear leads the way on the Lichter / Sugar Bear ride from the Broken Spoke County Line during the annual Sturgis Black Hills Motorcycle Rally. Sturgis, SD, USA. August 2, 2009. Photo ©2009 Michael Lichter.
Sugar Bear, the legend who has said, "If it ain’t long, it’s wrong" has a very fitting logo of a big red heart with wings.
Harass the Police
Jul 6, 2020
Harass the Police, Sturgis, SD 1980. Photo ©1980 Michael Lichter
Happy 4th of July 2020
Jul 4, 2020
Flag Bike. Milwaukee, WI. 2008. Photo ©2008 Michael Lichter
Cracked Cases. Shinya on the Road. Lawton, OK. 2010
Jul 2, 2020
Cracked Cases. Shinya on the Road. Lawton, OK. 2010
Cracked Cases. Shinya on the Road. Lawton, OK. 2010
Shoptalk multi-cast with a Picture's Worth a Thousand Words and MAA Exhibition Update
Jun 29, 2020
Choppers at Junction and Main, Sturgis, SD, 1979. Photo ©1979 Michael Lichter. Where is everybody? The busiest corner in Sturgis on the busiest day of the rally. Rossini went on to create his famous tattoo parlor in the barber shop. While Rossini died in 2003 and the building was eventually scraped, but it’s still the best corner to watch the scene. Enough time has passed that the look has come back - the long front ends, metal flake, pull back bars, maybe just not the Honda chopper.
I've made some positive changes to the upcoming Sturgis Motorcycles as Art Exhibition! We had a great Cycle Source Shoptalk podcast last night with 4 of the 38 builders in this year's Sturgis “Heavy Mettle - Motorcycles and Art with Moxie” exhibition at the Buffalo Chip. It now has the qualifier "UNLOCKED EDITION"
Like a Rolling Stone
Jun 27, 2020
Like a Rolling Stone. Lusk, WY. 1982. Photo ©1982 Michael Lichter. "How does it feel, To be on your own, With no direction home, Like a complete unknown, Like a rolling stone?"
Like a Rolling Stone. Lusk, WY. 1982. Anyone know the story behind this bike?