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Support Your Favorite Builders along with Hot Leathers, 35 years strong

1Hot Leathers is a staple at motorcycle events. 35 years strong this year, what a terrific accomplishment. Help support them & your favorite builders as Hot Leathers has a huge assortment of shirts dedicated to many great builders. Continue reading Support Your Favorite Builders along with Hot Leathers, 35 years strong

We Are Giving Away $5,000 in Shopping Sprees – Don’t Miss Out!


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Register for any of our Rally Packages and you are entered to win (1) of (10) $500 BikeFest Bucks Shopping Sprees we are giving away.*
Shop your favorite vendors at Rally Central on us.
*Valid packages are Party, Ultimate and VIP.  Single Day and Weekend Tickets purchased are not eligible for the shopping sprees.
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You wanted more, so we are bringing you more!  We’ve teamed up with Tuff-N-Uff and the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center to bring you live Amateur MMA Fighting.  Doors open at 9:30pm.
All Las Vegas BikeFest Attendees with a wristband receive FREE Admission for the fight.  At 10:30pm we will be giving away our Friday Giveaway Motorcycle* and other prizes.
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for the motorcycle and prize giveaways.
Single Day and Weekend Tickets purchased are not eligible for the giveaways.
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Long Live the King, Nick Beaulieu Named King of Custom Motorcycle Builders

Chicago — February 13, 2017 — J&P Cycles, the world’s largest aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories retailer, celebrates the naming of a new King of Custom Motorcycle Builders, Nick Beaulieu of Windham, Maine. Beaulieu earned the title during the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, which announced the winners at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Chicago on Sunday.


“Winning such a prestigious competition is something I’ve dreamed about since I was a teenager,” said 30-year-old Beaulieu. “Thanks to J&P Cycles for making this a reality. I’m bringing this cup back to Maine!”

Beaulieu’s masterpiece earned him the title King of Custom Motorcycle Builders through its originality and unique styling. In Beaulieu’s words, “custom girder front end, S&S Motor, pentagram wheels and some bad ass aluminum work by my buddy, Ray” made the bike a winner. To those uninitiated to custom motorcycles, the bike is a sleek, monochromatic, beauty that looks like it is barely more than two wheels, a motor and a fuel tank.


The judges, noted editors of Hot Bike and Cycle Source magazines, applauded Beaulieu’s  “less is more” approach, the clean, smooth lines of the bike, and how his  hard work brought it together in 60 days.

The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is the largest motorcycle show in the country, with a seven-city showcase for custom motorcycles that featured over 350 entries.


“Since J&P Cycles’ founding, we’ve supported people who love motorcycles. Whether they enjoy building custom bikes, traveling cross country, or carving through twisties, we deliver what makes their rides special,” said Zach Parham, vice president and general manager of J&P Cycles. “It’s clear that Nick has a passion for cool motorcycles. We’re proud to name him King.”

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Along with thousands of other people who love to ride, the King shops at JPCycles.com.

About J&P Cycles: Founded by John and Jill Parham in 1979, J&P Cycles is the world’s largest online aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories retailer. J&P Cycles operates retail locations in Anamosa, Iowa, Daytona Beach, Florida, and Sturgis, South Dakota. Known for their legendary customer service and technical support, the company’s Rider Service Center is located in Daytona Beach, Florida. J&P Cycles supports motorcyclists with pop-up retail locations at over 20 motorcycle rallies, races and events throughout the U.S. each year.

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Caption: King of Custom Motorcycle Builders, Nick Beaulieu of Windham, Maine, sits on his award winning motorcycle. Beaulieu earned the title on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, during the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, which announced the winners at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Chicago. (Photo/ Tank Bilt, Las Vegas)

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2016 AIMExpo Championship of the Americas Crowns Four Class Winners and People’s Choice Recipient


Minnesota’s Jordan Dickinson Punches Ticket to AMD World Championship in 2018
IRVINE, Calif. (November 21, 2016) – Amidst all the buzz and excitement surrounding the wide array of new products and introductions at the Fourth Annual American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) was North America’s finest collection of custom bikes from the continent’s most talented builders. A total of 40 entries from 32 builders were spread across four classes of competition at the annual Championship of the Americas, with Jordan Dickinson, Bryan Fuller, Adam Karns, and Jesse Spade each earning first-place honors for their respective builds.

(Freestyle First Place)
Dickinson’s trip to Orlando ended up being highly successful, as the Minnesota native not only grabbed a pair of wins, but also earned the coveted automatic qualifier for the 2018 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building in Germany. Dickinson’s Harley-Davidson inspired “Knucklehead” build out of his Union Speed & Style shop in Minneapolis took home top honors in the Freestyle Class, for which the World Championship qualifier is awarded. Additionally, Dickinson took first place in the Retro Mod class with his 1951 Harley-Davidson Panhead known as “Frost Buzzard.”

“I’m pretty ecstatic right now. I’m just trying to let it all set in,” exclaimed Dickinson upon earning his pair of first-place trophies. “[The Knucklehead] took between nine months to a year to complete and is full of hand-made parts. The only part of the bike that is genuine Harley-Davidson is the front end. We wanted to build a concept from the 30’s and 40’s as if Harley was making a race bike back in the day.

“I’m very excited about [the opportunity to compete at the AMD World Championship]. I’ve been following that show for quite a few years and the bikes that come out of there are at such an incredible level, craftsmanship wise,” added Dickinson, who made the 26-hour drive from Minneapolis to Orlando with his brother Josh. “All these bikes [at AIMExpo] are from all over the country and the builders’ heart and soul has been put into them, so it’s pretty mind blowing to win amongst this group. It’s exciting to be here and means a lot to earn the chance to compete [overseas].”

In the Street Custom class Brian Karns, of Delmar, Maryland’s Karns Kustoms, took the win with his 1974 Harley-Davidson XLCH known as “Slickster,” while first place in the Performance Custom class went to Atlanta native Jesse Spade, of Jesse Spade Designs, and his 1971 Triumph Tiger known as “Once Free.” Earning arguably the most distinguished People’s Choice award was Bryan Fuller of Atlanta’s Fuller Moto, whose 1977 Honda CB 550 with samurai-inspired engraving that gave it the name “Shogun” was the most popular build amongst AIMExpo attendees.


(First Place – Street Custom)

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(First Place – Performance Custom)
With a best-of-the-best showcase of North America’s most exceptional craftsmanship from the continent’s most talented builders, Championship of the Americas has become the preeminent custom bike show in the western hemisphere. It’s distinction as an automatic qualifier for the AMD World Championship is an indicator of the event’s prestige, and the exceptional level of competition from its entries.

“This is the custom bike show in North America and its home is right here at AIMExpo, North America’s premier powersports trade show. This year we welcomed our most exceptional group of entries yet, which is an indicator of how the event’s presence continues to grow. If you’re a builder, this is the stage for you and your build to receive its highest praise,” said Bob Kay, AIMExpo Custom Culture Director. “As the Freestyle Class winner for 2016, Jordan Dickinson will receive direct, expense-paid access to the AMD World Championship at Intermot 2018 from Cologne, Germany. Jordan represents the passion, desire, and creativity in today’s custom builder, and will surely make North America proud on the global stage.”

(First Place – People’s Choice)
AIMExpo 2017 will signify the highly anticipated move to Columbus, Ohio, next September. With its close proximity to the densest population of dealerships in the country, a state-of-the-art host facility at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and a city center that will be entirely consumed by all things motorcycles, the new host city will begin an exciting new chapter for AIMExpo. With an average early fall temperature of 65 degrees in the month of September, Columbus will be abuzz with powersports throughout the four-day celebration, scheduled for September 21-24.

Be sure to stay tuned to the AIMExpoUSA.com website and keep up to date on exciting news as it happens by visiting AIMExpo’s social media pages. “Like” the American International Motorcycle Expo on Facebook, and “Follow” on Twitter or Instagram: @AIMExpo.

About American International Motorcycle Expo       
The American International Motorcycle Expo’s (www.aimexpousa.com) purpose is to serve as the catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling and powersports in the U.S. and North America, and delivers an efficient and energetic market-timed expo platform for B2B and B2C in the greater powersports industry. AIMExpo is the single most important event of its type in the North American market and has international impact within the motorcycling and powersports community. AIMExpo was recently honored in Trade Show Executive Magazine’s Fastest 50, recognizing the fastest growing trade shows in the U.S. AIMExpo is produced by the Motorcycle Industry Council (www.mic.org).
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About the Motorcycle Industry Council
The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect and promote motorcycling through government relations, communications and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, development of data communications standards, activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues, and the American International Motorcycle Expo. As a not-for-profit, national industry association, the MIC seeks to support motorcyclists by representing manufacturers, distributors, dealers and retailers of motorcycles, scooters, ATVs, ROVs, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts, accessories and related goods and services, and members of allied trades such as insurance, finance and investment companies, media companies and consultants.

The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with a government relations office in metropolitan Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organization has been in operation since 1914. Visit the MIC at www.mic.org.


Custom Motorcycle Builders and Artists Prove Beauty Isn’t Just Skin Deep in Skin & Bones Exhibition Curated by Michael Lichter.


Please visit http://www.buffalochip.com/EVENTS/Motorcycles-As-Art/Skin-Bones for so much more information. Article from the Buffalo Chip website. Images by Jack McIntyre of Iron Trader News.

Observe a harmonious marriage of inner power and outer beauty during the 2016 Motorcycles As Art Exhibition: Skin & Bones, curated by renowned motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter. Take a walk through this one-time collection of tattoo-inspired motorcycles and art on display at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Russ Brown Events Center, and the experience is sure to leave a permanent mark on your soul.

About the Exhibit

Exhibit Curator Michael Lichter

Creating a custom motorcycle masterpiece worthy of being chosen for this exhibit requires a deep understanding of mechanical engineering and aerodynamics, as well as an innate appreciation for style and design. The “skin” of each bike in this exhibit must work flawlessly with its inner “bones.” To that end, builders will expose their personalities to you by lending an added layer of tattoo design to the outside of what already were remarkable machines.


Over 30 masters of the trade earned the invitation to display one of their custom motorcycles in the 2016 Skin and Bones exhibit. You’ll be able to closely examine each of their works as they sit atop elevated pedestals that offer an unencumbered view from every angle.


Meet the Builders

Motorcycles As Art curator Michael Lichter strives to include new talent and builders in the exhibition each year in order to keep the show relevant. In 2016 more than half of the builders exhibiting their work will be doing so for the first time.

Aki Sakamoto, Hog Killers, Hawaiian Gardens, CA
Andrea Radaelli*, Radikal Chopper, Milano, Italy
Bill Dodge, Blings Cycles, Daytona Beach, FL
Bobby Seeger*, Indian Larry Motorcycles, Brooklyn, NY
Bryan Fuller, Fuller Moto, Atlanta, GA
Chris Callen*, Cycle Source Magazine, Pittsburgh, PA
Chris Eder*, Misfit Industries, Addison, TX
Dalton Walker, Split Image Kustoms, Hanford, CA
Dan “Bacon” Carr, DC Choppers, Spicewood, TX
Eddie Trotta – Thunder Cycle, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Eric Allard*, FNA Custom Cycles, Lakeland, FL
George Stinsman*, Chaos Cycle, Mastic, NY
Jeff Cochran, Speedking Racing, West Harrison, IN
Jeff Holt*, Hot Bike Magazine, Orange County, CA
Kevin Dunworth, Loaded Gun Customs, Selbyville, DE
Nick Beaulieu*, Forever Two Wheels, Windham, ME
Ola Stenegard, Ronny and Benny Norén, Sebastian Gutsch, BMW Motorrad, Munich, Germany
Pat Patterson, Led Sled, Daytona, OH
Paul Yaffe, Paul Yaffe Originals, Phoenix, AZ
Richie Pan*, DST, Jackson, NJ
Rick Fairless, Strokers, Dallas, TX
Roadside Marty Davis,  Flat Broke Chops and Rods, FL
Roland Sands, RSD, Los Alamitos, CA
Shaun and Aaron Gaurdado*, Suicide Machine Company, Long Beach, CA
Steve Peffer*, Steel City Choppers, Butler, PA
Taber Nash*, Nash Motorcycle Company, Long Beach, CA
Teach Kevin Baas, Baas Metal Craft, Lakeville, MN
Trent Schara*, Atomic Forge, WY
Trevelen Rabaual*, Superco, Los Angeles, CA
Uwe Ehinger*, Hamburg, GERMANY
Will Ramsay, Faith Forgotten, New Albany, IN
Yuichi Yoshizawa*, Custom Works Zon, Shiga Prefecture, Japan

* First time in the exhibition

The Artists Scheduled To Present
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Richie Pan – More than 50 pieces of art by Richie Pan will be displayed in his memory.

Other Artists Include:

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Darren McKeag

George the Painter

Latricia “Trish” Horstman

Mario Burkhardt

Michael Lichter

Nik Pew

Tay Herrera

Timothy White

Biltwell helmets – There will also be a display of Biltwell “Gringo” helmets painted by tattoo artists from around the country.

In addition to the custom motorcycles on display, you’ll have the rare opportunity to lose yourself in the deep colors and richly symbolic art of celebrated tattoo artist Richie Pan. The late owner of Dark Star Tattoo in New Jersey will have paintings hanging throughout the hall alongside each motorcycle.

When he wasn’t creating distinctive tattoo designs, Pan painted and brought his oils to rest in depictions of machines and people that make you feel like what you’re seeing is ink embedded in flesh. While his use of intense color and curious design is deeply rooted in the world of tattooing, you’ll also observe his love of everything motorcycle in both the subject matter and characteristic symbolism displayed in his pieces. Pan was killed in an accident in 2015, but you can see his spirit live on in this amazing group of paintings.

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