Michael's Blog


The Morning After
Jun 25, 2020
Labor Day Run. Lake Perry, KS. September, 1984. Photo ©1984 Michael Lichter.
They conquered, then they fell. Typical morning scene after a big party night at Lake Perry, KS 1984
Summers Here - Time to Cool Down
Jun 24, 2020
Sebastien Lorentz of Lucky Cats Garage in Chartres, France piloting Belgian custom bike builder Brice Hennebert’s 2018 Indian Scout Bobber LSR racer repurposed for ice racing at the Baikal Mile Ice Speed Festival. Maksimiha, Siberia, Russia. Friday, February 28, 2020. Photography ©2020 Michael Lichter.
With summer in full swing, let’s cool down a bit. I hope this image makes you feel like you’re standing in front of an air conditioner on full blast. That’s what it was like in Siberia at the Baikal Mile
Bean’re is on his way home
Jun 23, 2020
Bean’re pushes Timo Richard for miles back to base at the Wharf Rat Rally. Digby, Nova Scotia. Canada. August 30, 2012. Photography ©2012 Michael Lichter.
This is how you do it when you breakdown. WOW - is Beanre' really still in Vietnam? After 8-months riding all over the country (and missing our COVID lock-down), is he really coming home as he says he is?
Summer Fun
Jun 22, 2020
Labor Day Run. Lake Perry, KS. September, 1984. Photo ©1984 Michael Lichter.
I have to do some digging, but I believe this was shot at Lake Perry in 1985. Maybe you recognize the scene and can confirm, but in the meantime, it makes me think of summer, and then my mind wanders to music like “Summertime, and the livin' is easy, Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high” by George Gershwin/DuBose Heyward (covered by Janis Joplin with Big Brother, Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald and basically everybody.) 
Father’s Day in Laconia
Jun 21, 2020
Riding Into the Weir's, Laconia, NH, 1999. Photo ©1999 Michael Lichter. It builds all week. By late afternoon Thursday, bikes are overheating and backed up over a mile waiting to get into the Weir’s. They turn their engines off and coast down the long hill beside the Lobster Pound. They tell stories and jokes. Visitors and locals line the gauntlet as they cheer, heckle and taunt. Occasionally their cries are answered with a burnout or dropped top. It's all part of the week and part of the fun.
Riding Into the Weir's, Laconia, NH, 1999. And a Happy Father's Day to all you fathers out there. In an unusual twist, with more than 30 years of Father’s Days in Laconia for Motorcycle Week, not today. Instead, I’m looking forward to dinner in the yard with my kids this year. Looking back, this image was made during the peak years. 
Sturgis is On
Jun 18, 2020
Late Night at Rudy's. Sturgis. SD. 1981. Photo ©1981 Michael Lichter.
Sturgis is on, even if it's not what it was 40 years ago (or even 2-years ago!) Who knows, maybe it will be more like 40-years ago than 2-years ago! Anyone out there remember "Chef Rudy’s,” the truck stop at exit 30 we used to eat at? I titled this one "Late Night at Rudy's. Sturgis. SD. 1981". #sturgis, @sturgisrally, #sturgisrally, @sturgisrallysd, @harleydavidson, #harleydavidson #harleydavidsonmotorcycles, #nikonlove, #nikonlife, #nikonnofilter, @nikonusA
Cannonball Chronicles podcast on tonight 9pm EST!
Jun 17, 2020
Ryan Allen of NM takes a break from riding his 1916 Indian at the Mesa Trading Post in Arizona during the Motorcycle Cannonball Race of the Century. Stage-11 ride from Durango, CO to Page, AZ. USA. Wednesday September 21, 2016. Photo ©2016 Michael Lichter.
This photo of Cannonballer Ryan Allen of NM with his 1916 Indian Powerplus keeps growing on me. It was taken on a break from the 2016 Cannonball Centennial Run (all 100-year-old bikes) at the Mesa Trading Post in Earp, AZ (I got the town name from one listener, and then Ryan posted that it has since been demolished and replaced by a modern gas station). We were riding from Durango, CO to Page, AZ and it was plenty hot. This was the photo I talked about last week with Jason Sims, Ron Nussbaum, and Chris Callen during my “Thousand Words” segment of the Wednesday night weekly Cannonball Chronicles podcast.
Lee and Jayme fly through the Tail of the Dragon
Jun 15, 2020
Lee Donham rides the Tail of the Dragon with Jayme Gunderson on back on day two of the Big Mountain Run - ride from Maggie Valley, NC to Relience, TN. USA. May 20, 2010. Photography ©2010 Michael Lichter.
Wall of Death rider Lee Donham riding the 318 curves on the Tail of the Dragon at speed with Jayme Gunderson on back. He kept pushing closer and closer, rubbing his front tire on the toe of my left boot (as I'm hanging off the back of a bike backwards) and so we kept going faster as well. What a rider, and what fun we had! 11-miles of fun to be exact!
Redwood Run
Jun 14, 2020
Aaron Greene of Paramount Customs wheelies his big twin through the Avenue of Giants beside his good friend Ray-Ray during the Kiwanis Original Redwood Run. Humboldt County, CA, USA. June 11, 2011. Photography ©2011 Michael Lichter.
The 43rd Annual Redwood Run would be happening today if we weren't dealing with COVID, so I thought a few photos from this great event would be appropriate. The big standout is that it is located in one of the most beautiful places anywhere! Everyone goes off riding all day, and then there's the party. With the exception of Harry Fryed (of the Fryed Brothers Band) doing what he loves to do (in addition to playing his fiddle), I focused on being out and about. And how cool is it that I ran into Ray-Ray and Aaron Greene wheelying
Young Couple Sturgis 1980
Jun 13, 2020
Young Couple on Dresser, City Park, Sturgis, South Dakota, 1980. Photo ©1980 Michael Lichter.
“Young Couple, Sturgis. 1980” was taken in City Park. It’s a simple title, and that’s all I know about them. Maybe you can fill me in on the details like who they actually are and where they come from. In 1980, most came from surrounding states, and usually just for a couple of nights (just like me!) I like the image for a number of reasons, not least of which is I like the couple (or at least what they represent), the soft light and great tonalities of the black and white, and of course, the setting with all those pup tents in the background as well as the cool bikes scattered about City Park.
Bill Dodge What the Hey Burnouts
Jun 12, 2020
“What the Hey?” Bill Dodge after a pass at the Baker Burnouts at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip in 2009. Photo ©2009 Michael Lichter
Bill Dodge after a pass at the Baker Burnouts at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip in 2009. He sure doesn’t look happy as he says (or I imagine him to be saying), “What the Hey?” I’m guessing there was a rematch in this 1st to 5th gear competition from Baker Drivetrain, but regardless, Bill is always a gentleman and the best of sports, so I’m sure it was solved amicably with no blows dealt.
City Streets, New York City, 1981
Jun 11, 2020
City Streets, New York City, 1981. Photo ©1981 Michael Lichter
City Streets, New York City, 1981 and a terrible omission on my part today - I can’t find the negative of this image! I have a small file big enough to post today, but for all my organizational efforts and skills, the negative for this particular shot and one other (Wall of Death, Egypt 1978) that I would really like to find and make prints from are eluding me! What stands out for me is both the sense of “Time” and “Place”. It is so “New York City” and so “1970s”.
Bikers and Racism 4ever2wheels Podcast
Jun 9, 2020
Michael Lichter in the studio photographing the What's The Skinny" Exhibition bikes. Sturgis, SD. 2018. Photo ©2018 Missi Shoemaker for Michael Lichter
Live show on 4ever2wheels Facebook page. Bikers and Racism: "The Difficult Conversations" with Gevin Fax, Michael Lichter and Ken Conte. A topical discussion.
Panhead in the Plaza Mayor in old Trinidad, Cuba
Jun 8, 2020
Harley Panhead at the Church of the Holy Trinity (Iglesia Parroquial de la Santísima) in the Plaza Mayor in old Trinidad on the southern coast of Cuba. LAMA road trip around Cuba 2/18/11. Photo ©2011 Michael Lichter
I'm back today with another image from Cuba, but this time with a motorcycle - a beautiful Harley-Davidson Panhead parked in front of the Church of the Holy Trinity (Iglesia Parroquial de la Santísima) in the Plaza Mayor in old Trinidad on the southern coast of Cuba.
Havana Rickshaw
Jun 7, 2020
Rickshaw driver on break on Obispo Street in downtown Havana, Cuba. May 28, 2009. Photography ©2009 Michael Lichter.
2009 - Havana, Cuba. Just to keep things fresh, I'm swapping the motorcycle you have come to expect from me for a rickshaw!