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Motor Bike Expo: Biking Italian Style

Story by Marilyn Stemp
Photos compliments of Motographer Horst Rösler, Madness Photography/Onno Wieringa and by M. Stemp

It was five years ago that I first went to Motor Bike Expo (MBE) in Verona, Italy. I recall being astounded at the remarkable attendance, the enormous spectacle and the exuberant ambiance. Then, riders gushed with gusto into the venue, driven to learn what was new, anxious to see stunning custom bikes, and eager to share the time with other riders.

This time, in 2018, all of that remained, exploded times two! You can discuss all you like the reasons that European shows like MBE hold such massive interest: motorcycling as transportation, a broader POV, a more accepting culture for various brands. Whatever it is, the rest of the world needs to pay attention because they sure know how to make the most of motorcycling!

This year marked the 10th year of MBE in Verona, resulting in a fourth day added to the show and instigating several new features: a helmet painting contest, the Indoor Trial Italian Championships, and the King of Verona crowning – won by a custom called MAG 1919 from Abnormal Cycles in Milan. Custom Chrome Europe named Italian champs in their International Show Series – Rocket Bob’s Pete Pearson from the U.K. took top honors with a bike called Swamp Water. And top Euro magazine editors named winners in the Magazine Awards. With over 500 custom bikes on hand, it was a challenge for judges to narrow the field.

Speaking of customs, bobbers, choppers, old school builds, café racers and scramblers ruled the scene. Baggers? Not so much. Handcrafting was widely evident and imaginative details ran the gamut from engineering genius to frankly functional. American, United Kingdom and European builders were joined by those from as far as Asia and Africa.

The Veronafiere venue had eight packed halls and five outdoor pavilions, 700 exhibitors, swap meet, used bike sales, food and drink, stunt shows, a dozen OEMs, demo rides, hot rods, racing… all presented with fierce excitement and unchecked delight. Attendance was recorded at 167,000! Bald heads were airbrushed, pretty girls showed off bikes, and wine flowed.

First, look at the pictures we’ve collected for you here. Then make plans to be at Motor Bike Expo next January to experience a biking event unlike any you’ll find stateside.

BIG NEWS – Las Vegas BikeFest is moving to the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

Las Vegas BikeFest is moving to the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center located next to the Fremont Street Experience at 3rd and Carson. This will allow everyone now to be within walking distance to 10,000 hotel rooms in Downtown Las Vegas. Rally Central will be inside the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center and surrounding streets, and Rally West will continue to be on the 3rd Street Promenade at Fremont Street and Ogden. One main stage in the events center will be the focus of entertainment, Custom Bike Shows, activities, contests and more, making it easier for attendees to not miss out on any of the action.vegas

Along with the location move, Las Vegas BikeFest has changed its dates to one week later, October 11-14, to be a part of Powersports Industry Week in Las Vegas with AIMExpo at Mandalay Bay and the Monster Energy Cup at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Sturgis Buffalo Chip®’s 2018 Motorcycles as Art® Exhibit Michael Lichter Curates “Passion Built – Garage to Gallery”


For the 10th year, Custom bikes built from the pure passion and love of the machine will be exhibited at the Buffalo Chip free to the public this August. Continue reading Sturgis Buffalo Chip®’s 2018 Motorcycles as Art® Exhibit Michael Lichter Curates “Passion Built – Garage to Gallery”

Dirty Bird Concepts introduces The Jagged Pop On Side Filler Panels

image001Phoenix, A.Z. –Dirty Bird Concepts introduces The Jagged Pop On Side Filler Panels (DBC-248). These pop on side covers plug right in to your factory frame eliminating bonding over your stock factory OEM Harley covers. Made from our famous NYB polymer blends for superior fitment and strength. This new design takes up less space giving you more leg room for comfort. These side fillers work with all of our bags 4.5″ PPO/PA, Apex No Drag Ass End, Street Sweeper Ass End, Top Shelf Ass End and Tail Dragger Ass End. These will also fit anybody’s 4.5″, 5″, 6″, 8″ and 10″ extended saddlebags like a glove. With stock or stretched bags trimming may be required; therefore, we recommend installation by a professional. Proudly made in the USA. 248-1

Another part recently added to the touring series is the Long Short Tank Kit (DBC-238) to coincide with the Jagged Pop On Side Filler Panels, they complement each other for a nice flow look.

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 Brooke Hirschfeld,
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