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Handbuilt Show 2017

Walking around the Fair Market in Austin, Texas—the location of the Handbuilt Show—it doesn’t take long to notice the eclectic composition of the exhibit. It’s a good thing this is an invitational event because there’d be no way to organize or codify the range of styles assembled here; each machine is in a class by itself.

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With no hooligan racing this year, the focus was truly on the motorcycles and in addition to the show inside the venue the street was packed with a secondary show of bikes, a second tier if you will, joined by the hundreds that rolled in simply to attend. It’s a cool scene with a humming vibe, with background noise compliments of regular shows by the American Motordrome Wall of Death.

Our favorite bike in the show rose to the top not based on critical judgment but due to sheer strength of historic presence. A Knucklehead dubbed “Tramp,” originally owned and raced by George Smith, the founder of S&S Cycle, was the showstopper. The Smith family had looked to acquire the motorcycle for decades and though they generally knew where it was, it had not been rolled out for public viewing. As it happened, Tramp’s new owner Gary Wattis took possession of the bike just a day before Handbuilt opened and he was pleased to have it seen and appreciated for the artifact of motorcycle history it is. If you missed it, you have another chance to see Tramp in Sturgis, at the entrance of the Motorcycle As Art Exhibition at the Buffalo Chip.

If you haven’t been to Handbuilt, we recommend you attend. It’s a clear case of creativity and craftsmanship on display—with the emphasis kept on machinery and an absence of hype. Kudos to the crew at Revival Cycles for keeping it that way.

Progressive Laconia Motorcycle Week®: A Long History

June 10th-18th, 2017 – New Hampshire – home to America’s Original Riding Rally®
www.LaconiaMCWeek.com
Jennifer Anderson – info@laconiaMCWeek.com

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May 2, 2017 – Laconia, NH –  This June, Laconia Motorcycle Week returns to New Hampshire for its 94th year, leaving some wondering how this popular, time-honored event first came to be.  Don’t try doing the math – because there’s a bit more to it than just counting back 94 years… The rally actually started in 1916, organized by local motorcycle dealers in central and southern New England, with a couple hundred motorcyclists traveling north for a get together (dubbed a “gypsy tour”) at Weirs Beach.  The tour was first sanctioned by the Federation of American Mo-torcyclists in 1917 and when the FAM disbanded in 1919, the Motorcycle and Allied Trades As-sociation (M&ATA) took over the sanction until 1924, when the American Motorcycle Associa-tion (AMA) was formed.  Back then, the weekend event centered around races and hill climbs.  The number of participants grew each year as did the event’s duration.  Over time, the rally blos-somed into a week-long event, eventually suffering in attendance and popularity after getting wrapped up in the upheavals of the 60’s.  The rally reverted to a 3-day weekend and would re-main so until 1991, when organizers revived the week-long event after seeing the success of Sturgis’ 50th Anniversary Rally in 1990.  Laconia Motorcycle Week reclaimed the support of local businesses and the AMA as a week-long rally and the oldest gypsy tour in the country.WelcomeBikers

Today, Laconia Motorcycle Week® is a much-expanded version of the early “gypsy tour” years offering attendees lots of fun, food, music and, of course, a forum to share in their passion (big or small) for riding.  Over 230,000 riders are expected to descend on the Lakes Region for the Ral-ly, holding the honor of the oldest of the three national rallies with Daytona and Sturgis being Laconia’s sister rallies.  Sure, the rev of motorcycles and sight of leather (lots of it) may be overwhelming, but don’t be fooled.  Behind those leather jackets are just regular people; a multi-generational group of enthusiasts, from all walks of life, who all just happen to share in the ex-hilaration and liberation that riding brings.slide01

“It’s a rite of passage,” says organizer Jennifer Anderson, “Many of us grew up hearing about “Laconia” and couldn’t wait to experience what all the buzz was about.  It’s easy to assume that the Rally is just a big party enjoyed by those on two-wheels, but it is so much more than that.  This is the one week of the year when riders get to hang out with thousands of other people, from all around the U.S. and world, who enjoy the very same thing they like – getting out and riding.  The Rally offers us all a chance of camaraderie while still having fun, packing on the miles, and even raising money for much deserved local charities”Laconia2

And its boundaries have expanded, too.  You’ll notice an uptick in motorcycle traffic throughout the state (not just limited to Laconia, Weirs Beach, or Loudon).  Motorcycle enthusiasts come to the state to enjoy the scenic riding as far east as the seacoast and as far north as the picturesque Kancamagus Highway, proving half the fun is getting here.
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So be a part of the continuing history.  Plan a ride to New Hampshire for this year’s Motorcycle Week (June 10 – June 18).  Whether it’s your first or 94th visit, you’ll find the passion for riding, around which this event was founded, has never changed.

Laconia Motorcycle Week® gives great appreciation to all of our sponsors, especially our Pre-senting Sponsors: Progressive, AMSOIL, and Hot Leathers as well as the State of New Hamp-shire for their large financial support of our rally each year.  For more information on visiting the State of NH, check out www.visitnh.gov.

Ride Safe and Keep Away from the Centerline!

 

2017 Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame Inductee Dave Nichols

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Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame announced Dave Nichols as inductee into the 2017 class.
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An avid motorcyclist since the age of 15, Dave is the editor-in-chief of Easyriders and V-Twin motorcycle magazines since 1998 currently overseeing ten automotive, motorcycle and tattoo-related magazine titles for Paisano Publications.
Nichols was the on-camera host of V-Twin TV, a 26 episode motorcycle-related television series seen on SPEED Channel. He is also the best-selling author of Top Chops; Indian Larry: Chopper Shaman; One Percenter; One Percenter Code; and One Percenter Revolution published by Motorbooks/Quarto Publishing.
Dave worked closely with TV producer Hugh King to create the content and direction of such motorcycle-related TV series as Motorcycle Mania with Jesse James, and The Great Biker Build-Off for The Discovery Channel. He was an on-camera expert on the biker culture for:

History of the Hells Angels – Two-hour documentary for History Channel
History of Choppers – Two-hour documentary for History Channel
The Wild Ride of Outlaw Bikers – Two hour documentary for History Channel

“I am thrilled to be an inductee into the Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame!  After all, bikers and Sin City go together like… like two things that really go together! Special thanks to Branscombe Richmond and everyone at Las Vegas BikeFest!” says Nichols.
Dave is a member of the Imagine Guild for the Seattle Children’s Ride and created the V-Twin Biker’s Ball for the Seattle Children’s Hospital. Since 1997 Dave has helped organize and promote the annual B.A.D. Ride, benefiting Juvenile Diabetes.
From 1996 – 2005 he helped create and promote the V-Twin Biker’s Ball and ViQe Awards that takes place during Daytona Bike Week benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County.  The ViQe Awards honored custom bike builders and was the Academy Awards of the two-wheeled world.
“Dave is not just an icon in motorcycle publications and television, but in the community as a whole.  His experience and involvement with this industry shows his love for the ride.  We are very excited to have him inducted into the 2017 class”, states Mindi Cherry, Vice President and Event Manager of Las Vegas BikeFest.
Las Vegas BikeFest, in partnership with Branscombe Richmond, launched the Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame at the 2016 rally.  “The Hall of Fame is designed to honor the iconic ambassadors, influential heroes and people who put their interests above and beyond for the motorcycle community.  This honor celebrates, illuminates and preserves the rich tradition of motorcycling in America”, says Cherry and Richmond, curators of the Hall of Fame.
A ceremony to honor the inductees will be held on Friday, October 6 at the 17th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest held in Downtown Las Vegas.  Additional inductees will be announced soon.
The 17th annual Las Vegas BikeFest will be held October 58, 2017 in the heart of downtown Las Vegas on Fremont East.

2017 Cycle Showcase Saint Louis

Cycle Showcase is a hometown show – but it isn’t. I mean, if you’re in the St. Louis two-wheeled scene, you’re there, but the reach is much bigger than that. Builders from all over Missouri were invited and nearby states such as Kansas, Illinois and Indiana were well represented, too. But once you add in Denver, Colorado and even Brooklyn, NY you have an event with a stronger vibe and a greater impact than the one-town label fits.

Randy Noldge started the show a few years ago, at another location in downtown St. Louis and at a different time of year. Yet despite those changes here, at the 4th show in five years, in the shadow of Busch Stadium just a day before Major League Baseball’s opening day, bikers took center stage without a hiccup.

Because of opening day at Cardinal Stadium, Cycle Showcase STL happened Friday night, 5 to 10, and Saturday from 10 to 5 – instead of Saturday night and Sunday as in the past. But that didn’t matter. This year’s new venue had ample space for the invited show bikes plus room for select, eclectic vendors along with the American Motordrome Wall of Death, a bar serving Schlafly brews, plus food trucks and bike parking.

Randy related his last-minute scramble to get the venue ready – there was nothing easy about it. Still, it felt right and worked well. Credit goes to Randy’s vision, hard work and a host of stalwart friends who pitched in. The set-up was perfectly rustic with a touch of class. Just right.

Along with the bikes, there were invited artists lending their talents and, once again, presentation was right on. Chain link with black backdrops provided a framework for artists’ work. We found several new talents and delighted in meeting up with those we already knew, such as Darren McKeag who came in from Iowa..

If we didn’t get a shot of every invited builder’s bike, well shame on us. We tried, though, so enjoy the gallery here. Better yet, get Cycle Showcase STL on your calendar for next year.

Kelly Lee did the amazing calligraphy on each bike's platform paper. She works at an area tattoo shop and does graphic design work. What a talent and a sweet person!
Kelly Lee did the amazing calligraphy on each bike’s platform paper. She works at an area tattoo shop and does graphic design work. What a talent and a sweet person!

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Cycle Showcase STL founder Randy Noldge arrives at the show after the Aidan's Ride benefit Saturday Morning.
Cycle Showcase STL founder Randy Noldge arrives at the show after the Aidan’s Ride benefit Saturday Morning.
Analog Motorcycle's performance custom.
Analog Motorcycle’s performance custom.
XLCH jewelry by Anchor Moto of Kansas City
XLCH jewelry by Anchor Moto of Kansas City
Badass 1997 Prostreet Sportster-powered by S&S
Badass 1997 Prostreet Sportster-powered by S&S

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El Rey from Larry Curik's Lone Star Choppers
El Rey from Larry Curik’s Lone Star Choppers

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A Confederate Salt Flats racer. Yes, really!
A Confederate Salt Flats racer. Yes, really!
Kenny Slaughter's authentic chopper.
Kenny Slaughter’s authentic chopper.
Pure power from Bare Knuckle Choppers.
Pure power from Bare Knuckle Choppers.
Mike McFadden's H-D 750 Street in stealth mode.
Mike McFadden’s H-D 750 Street in stealth mode.
Brad Gregory's Death Machine Buell.
Brad Gregory’s Death Machine Buell.

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Debii Holmes's chopper built by Irish Rich Ryan, and she helped!
Debii Holmes’s chopper built by Irish Rich Ryan, and she helped!

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Classy BMW by Rich Phillips.
Classy BMW by Rich Phillips.
Irish Rich also brought The Chrome Nun.
Irish Rich also brought The Chrome Nun.
Majik Mike brought this Shovelhead custom with paint by Liquid Illusions - and a trike too.
Majik Mike brought this Shovelhead custom with paint by Liquid Illusions – and a trike too.
Sweet Shovel from Jesse Srpan of Raw Iron Choppers.
Sweet Shovel from Jesse Srpan of Raw Iron Choppers.

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A straight-up performance custom from Pyro Tech.
A straight-up performance custom from Pyro Tech.
Flying Tiger in nearby Maplewood built a Rebel Yell Bourbon bike for 2017. Look for it and enter to win it before it rolls onto the Buffalo Chip's main stage during the 2017 Sturgis Rally.
Flying Tiger in nearby Maplewood built a Rebel Yell Bourbon bike for 2017. Look for it and enter to win it before it rolls onto the Buffalo Chip’s main stage during the 2017 Sturgis Rally.
Augie Karnes, only 16-years oldm showed his very own 1960 Harley-Davidson WL. THAT'S what kids today are doing and it's awesome.
Augie Karnes, only 16-years old showed his very own 1960 Harley-Davidson WL. THAT’S what kids today are doing and it’s awesome.

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Yep, that's a mini Wall of Death diorama sitting in front of the real one! A fan from Chicago, Chuck Weber, made it and brought it to St. Louis for its debut.
Yep, that’s a mini Wall of Death diorama sitting in front of the real one! A fan from Chicago, Chuck Weber, made it and brought it to St. Louis for its debut.

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