Experienced by Adrian McQueen
Photos by Adrenaline Lifestyles
The Timonium Motorcycle Show (TMS) is one of the largest motorcycle shows on the east coast. Enthusiasts, builders and patrons come to witness the wide array of custom sportbikes, baggers, choppers, drag bikes, vintage cycles and antiques of every make. The 3-day bike festival is seeing more and more attendees each year.
The level of custom bikes grew tremendously throughout the show. Upon entering the show, there was a complete section of customized drag bikes. This was a pleasant addition to the show as riders enjoy seeing all aspects of the motorcycle culture covered at the show. These are some of the fastest machines on two wheels that compete in Top Fuel, Pro Fuel and Pro Street with riders such as Rich Vreeland, James Herbert and Brad Mummert. Guests of the show also met with the Mid-Atlantic’s top Street ET, Pro ET, 560 and Crazy Eights Drag Racers and their insane fast bikes such as Shane Hull, Carrie Gearing, Antonio Solomon, Ronnie Settle, Mike Shulz, Jeremy Brown, Donald Butler, Derrick Milbourne, Mark Southard and David Poague.
Jerry Tully displayed his custom bikes at the show as well. Jerry’s bikes have been featured in magazines such as Motorcycle Times, Never Ending Roads, and Fast Lane Biker, as well as on the Discovery Channel. Eastern Performance Cycles, Rockford Fosgate, Harley Davdison, Pete’s Cycles, Garage Twenty-One, Design Worx and many others brought more than enough motorcycles for the all to see. The show stopper was the eight-motorcycle setup brought by Bagger Boyz out of Ft. Washington Maryland. These bikes had a stellar customized look as well as ground pounding sound. This was the party spot of the show and the crowd enjoyed it. Sample products from Meguiar’s were given out to patrons of the show as well as complete car care gift packs for the “Best of Show” motorcycles on site.
The highly acclaimed “Travel, Touring & Adventure” exhibit which showcases key essentials to the lifestyle of motorcyclists was back and well attended. It is a rite of passage that bikers go on long road trips across the nation, along the open road to absorb the beautiful sights the region has to offer. Gracing the show’s presence were Simon and Lisa Thomas, Sam Manicom, Alisa Clickenger, Ayres Adventures, Edelweiss Bike Travel and more. Guests were able to hear stories, discuss routes and tips with some of the most noted, interesting and passionate motorcycle adventurists there are.
Bob Henig, owner of Bob’s BMW Motorcycles and the Vintage BMW Motorcycle Museum displayed a dozen ultra-rare machines from his museum collection at the 2018 Timonium Motorcycle Show. A BMW from every decade from the 1920’s, when BMW produced its very first motorcycle, thru the 2000’s were on display at the show.
BMW also had the Eye Ride Virtual Reality on display. Aspiring riders experienced the thrill of two wheels without even leaving the show. Guests were sitting on a motorcycle with a virtual reality headset that provided a massive field of view with your choice of an exciting on-road, off-road, or track experience. These free Virtual Reality Test Rides were a hit and enjoyed by all that tried.
Master Tintype photographer Rob Gibson’s had his 1938 Harley-Davidson sidecar aka “The World’s Fastest Darkroom” on display. The studio is attached to a 1950 Harley Davidson FL “Panhead.” The 1938 Package Truck Rebuild is custom fabricated into a fully functional Traveling Sidecar Darkroom.
Throughout the show prizes were given away by Thunder Roads Mid Atlantic, live radio broadcasts from 98 Rock and plenty of games such as the Bikes and Babes Newlywed Game and a Strong Man Competition to keep the crowd entertained. The show wouldn’t be complete without the contests from the lovely ladies of Girls of ThunderRoads. This year guests were treated to a Leather & Lace Valentine Show, Line Dance Lessons, Daisy Dukes and Cowboy Boots Fashion Show and the Bikini Contest.
The show was a success and a great kickoff to the 2018 riding season. The Swap Meet and live bands are still missed from the adjoining building but hopefully this will return next year. Stay safe riders and enjoy the photo gallery.