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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.


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.

Paul Yaffe Celebrates Through the Years Exhibition and Birthday Bash

25 Years of Custom Motorcycle Building at Morongo Casino Resort, December 16, 2016

baggerOne Lucky Attendee to Win The Morongo Casino Sailor Jerry Chopper

Phoenix, AZ, and Cabazon, CA (October 5, 2016) – Legendary custom motorcycle builder Paul Yaffe will celebrate his through the years exhibition and  birthday bash as well as over 25 years in the bike building and custom parts business on Friday, December 16, at the Morongo Casino Resort in Cabazon, CA.

“It all started with a love of motorcycles and a curiosity and desire to see what could be made of them,” says Paul. “I never would have guessed, when I first started experimenting in the mid eighties, that it would lead to where we are today.”

Fans and motorcycle enthusiasts are encouraged to join Paul for his Birthday Bash and Custom Bike Display at the Morongo Casino Resort on Friday Dec. 16th. Not only will attendees get to meet Paul and enjoy libations with him, but Paul will give away his newly created Sailor Jerry Chopper to one lucky partygoer. This is the perfect opportunity for fans to hang out with Paul and a bunch of his bikes, ask him questions, and see firsthand and up close the beauty and power of his metal masterpieces.

Paul has gathered an amazing collection of some of his most memorable custom creations for his Through The Years Exhibition. Fifteen motorcycles will be displayed, including both Discovery bikes (Phantom and Suzy-Q), the Copper Chopper, Prodigy, and, of course, the one slated for giveaway: the Sailor Jerry Chopper. All the bikes will be on display Friday and Saturday.

Paul Yaffe has enjoyed one of the most storied and influential careers in motorcycle designing and building. Paul opened his first custom shop, American Legend Motorcycle Co., in 1991. Today, 25 years later, Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation, together with Paul Yaffe Originals, is recognized as one of—if not the—preeminent custom bike building outfits.

Come join Paul for a great party and the chance to ride away on one of his amazing customs. Anyone can attend, but you have to be present to win the Sailor Jerry Chopper, so register at the casino and get ready to party.


 About Paul Yaffe

Paul Yaffe has been designing and building custom motorcycles and motorcycle parts and accessories for over 30 years. In that time, he has won many awards, contests and honors, including three “World’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle” awards at the famous Oakland Roadster Show and two “Builder of the Year” and three “Trendsetter of the Year” honors from Easyriders Magazine. Paul opened his custom shop Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation (together with Paul Yaffe Originals) twenty-five years ago, and today his designs are recognized as being among the best and most sought after in the world. For Paul’s latest news, designs and appearances, follow him on Facebook, Twitter (@BaggerNation) and Instagram (@pybaggernation).

TOP BUILDERS BARE ALL in 2015 Motorcycles as Art “Naked Truth” Exhibition


For Release March 5, 2015

Top Builders Bare All in 2015 Motorcycles as Art “Naked Truth” Exhibition

Sturgis, SD (March 5, 2015) – In the ultimate expression of human creative skill and imagination, custom motorcycle builders create incredible beauty, sweeping lines that beg for the wind paired perfectly with precise feats of mechanical engineering. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip®’s 2015 Motorcycles as ArtTM Exhibition presents famed photographer Michael Lichter’s “The Naked Truth – 35 Customs / 35 Years / Motorcycles Exposed.” This exhibition will lay bare the raw talent of 35 world-renowned bike builders, most of whom are building their creations specifically for this exhibition. Each of these rolling metal sculptures will be displayed exposed and naked, unencumbered by paint and graphics, atop elevated pedestals to better give guests an open view from every angle. “Naked Truth” is free to the public and will be open from Saturday, Aug. 1 through Saturday, Aug. 8 in the Buffalo Chip’s Russ Brown Events Center.120807-ERSD-180717

“Unlike any other exhibition before, nothing will come between the viewer and the bikes’ most basic elements of shape, form and design,” said Michael Lichter. “Each builder’s passion and talent will be revealed through the fine details of craftsmanship evident in every aspect of their work. The builders are exposing themselves, as well as their work, in this show. Without the cloak of paint or graphics, the bikes’ most basic form right down to it’s smallest details are naked and open to examination. There is no hiding behind a slick paint job, enhancing a line or curve with a brilliant graphic; the beauty comes strictly from the hand of the man who fashioned it.”

“Michael is the world’s premier motorcycle photographer,” said Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff. “He has been shooting bikes and the biker culture for more than 35 years, and his expertise and knowledge of motorcycle culture makes him the perfect person to curate the Motorcycles as Art exhibits at the Chip. We are honored to host his “Naked Truth” exhibition this year.”

Appropriately, hanging alongside these “naked” bikes, will be more than one-hundred photographic prints chosen from curator, Michael Lichter’s archives. Exposed as his subjects appeared, without retouching and enhancement, Lichter’s photographs have captured the changing face of the motorcycle world from the 1970s to today.

The custom motorcycle artists scheduled to present their stunningly naked creations at the Buffalo Chip’s 2015 Motorcycles as Art exhibit are:

Aki Sakamoto – Hog Killers, Hawaiian Gardens, CA

Alan Stulberg – Revival Cycles, Austin, TX

Ben Jordan – Jordan Designs, Waxhaw, NC

Bill Dodge – Bling’s Cycles, Daytona Beach, FL

Bill Rodencal – Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Billy Lane – Choppers Inc., Daytona Beach, FL

Brandon Holstein, Brawny Built, Signal Hill, CA

Brian Klock – Klockwerks, Mitchell, SD

Bryan Fuller – Fuller Hotrods, Atlanta, GA

Cristian Sosa – Sosa Metalworks, Las Vegas, NV

Dale Yamada – Mad Jap Kustoms, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Dalton Walker – Split Image Kustoms, Hanford, CA

Dan “Bacon” Carr – DC Chopper, Austin, TX

Dave Perewitz – Perewitz Cycle Fabrication, Bridgewater, MA

Jeff Cochran – Speedking Racing, West Harrison, IN

Jeff Wright – Church Of Choppers, Des Moines, IA

Jim Nasi – Jim Nasi Customs, Phoenix, AZ

John Stein – Stage Fright Drag Racer, Pacific Palisades, CA

Jordan Dickinson – Union Speed and Style, Monticello, MN

Kaichiroh Kurosu – Cherry’s Company, Tokyo, Japan

Ken “Kenji” Nagai – Ken’s Factory, Nagoya, Japan

Lock Baker – Eastern Fabrications, Los Angeles, CA

Matt Olsen – Carl’s Cycle, Aberdeen, SD

Nate Jacobs – Harlot Cycles, Murfreesboro, TN

Ola Stenegard – Gotland, Sweden

Pat Patterson – Led Sled Customs, Dayton, OH

Paul Cox – Paul Cox Industries, Brooklyn, NY

Paul Wideman – Bare Knuckle Choppers, Wright City, MO

Paul Yaffe – Paul Yaffe Originals, Phoenix, AZ

Rick Bray – RKB Kustom Speed, Fresno, CA

Roland Sands – RSD Design

Shinya Kimura – Chabott Engineering, Azusa, CA

Warren Lane – Atomic; Miami Beach, FL

Yaniv “Neevo” Evan – Powerplant Choppers’; Los Angeles, CA



The exhibit, displayed in the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Russ Brown Events Center, will be open and free to the public Saturday, Aug. 1 through Saturday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is well known for outstanding bike shows, concerts and for being the original By Bikers, For BikersTM campground. Buffalo Chip concerts are free with camping. Passes for the momentous 75th Anniversary Celebration in 2015 may be purchased by calling 605-347-9000 or visiting www.buffalochip.com.

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip®

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast. Established in 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere™, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Buffalo Chip guests experience world-class concerts, cutting-edge motorcycle events, moving freedom celebrations, outrageous daredevil stunts, unforgivably hot bikini contests and more. The Chip’s® PowerSports Complex is home to many national circuits including TORC: The Off-Road Championship races. The Buffalo Chip has been featured on networks including Discovery, Travel, HISTORY, Fox, VH1, CMT, AXS, National Geographic, FX, Velocity and TLC. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers cabins, RVs, camping, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, paved roads, and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.


About Michael Lichter

Michael Lichter began photographing custom bikes and the biker-lifestyle in the 1970s. Working with Easyriders Magazine since 1979, he has produced over 1,400 stories for them. Michael is also a regular contributor to more than 25 publications around the world, has 11 coffee table books to his credit, clients and exhibits his photographic art in galleries and museums in the USA and abroad. As a curator, Michael first started creating themed exhibitions with custom motorcycles and art in 2001 at the Journey Museum in Rapid City. In 2009, the annual exhibition was moved to the purpose-built 7,000 square foot gallery at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip where it was given the name “Motorcycles as Art” and continues to this day. Michael has operated out of the same commercial photography studio in beautiful Boulder, Colorado for more than 30-years. Visit www.facebook.com/lichterphoto and www.lichterphoto.com to see his images. Contact Michael at mike@lichterphoto.com.

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About Motorcycles as Art

Every year the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s indoor Motorcycles as Art exhibition presents a changing conceptual theme that brings together the most innovative collection of groundbreaking custom bikes from today’s premier builders with artwork from the most famed moto-artists. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip and curator, famed photographer Michael Lichter, present an environment that must be seen to appreciate. Free to the public and open for just 9 days during the Sturgis Rally, take your time and walk through history in the making that is the Motorcycles as Art exhibit.

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