Triumph wins at Harley-Davidson

Over 5,000 gearheads and fans converged on the Harley-Davidson Museum® Custom Bike Pro-Show on Thursday evening for Bike Night and to kick off a weekend full of custom culture. Thousands of bikes line up in long rows of choppers, trikes and cruisers. Bike enthusiasts come from all over the country to see world-class designs and celebrate Harley culture.

Carl Pusser wins Freestyle

Carl Pusser wins Freestyle

There are two custom shows, the Harley-Davidison Museum Custom Bike Pro-Show, for those who customize motorcycles for a living, and the Ride-In-Show, featuring the most serious garage tinkerers who roll into town.

“Our annual Custom Bike Show Weekend puts customization at center stage,” said Bill Davidson, Vice President of the Harley-Davidson Museum. “Visitors will see motorcycles that can only be described as rolling sculptures, and they will also enjoy the amazing work of the custom culture artisans who will be here. We look forward to hosting this event every Labor Day weekend.”

FreeStyle Class

Carl Pusser takes the win

Carl Pusser takes the win

  1. Carl Pusser – ’71 Triumph custom
  2. Todd “Gilby” Gilberston – ‘89 EVO Chopper

Rules – Anything goes, 2 or 3 wheel drivetrain / chassis motorcycle configurations as defined by the DMV. The only limitation is the builder’s imagination and resources.

Retro Custom Class

Zinger takes Retro

Zinger takes Retro

  1. Zinger – ’83 Rigid shovel
  2. Peter Mathis – ’53 Pan bobber

Rules – Must have a Pre – 84 any brand OEM engine, replica engines are not allowed. Custom or stock modified frames are acceptable. Must be a 2 or 3 wheel motorcycle configuration as defined by the DMV.

Street Custom Class

Dell Battle tolls in with a winner

Dell Battle rolls in with a winner

  1. Dell Battle – ’01 Sportster tracker
  2. Bryant Schoeder – V-ROD custom cruiser

Rules – Must have a Harley-Davidson engine and frame. Neck may be cut to rake or stretch frame. Hard tail sections and wide tire kits are acceptable. Softails, Dynas, FXRs, Sportsters and V-Rods qualify for this class. Must be a 2 or 3 wheel motorcycle configuration as defined by DMV.

Custom Bagger Class

Dustin Hanson's Winning Bagger

Dustin Hanson’s Winning Bagger

  1. Dustin Hanson – ’11 30” Big wheel bagger
  2. Ryan Kovarik – ’08 Mean green bagger

Rules – Must have a Harley-Davidson rubber mount touring engine and frame. Neck may be cut to rake or stretch frame. Drop seat tail sections and wide tire kits are acceptable. Must have saddlebags, windshield or fairing preferred. Must be a 2 or 3 wheel motorcycle configuration as defined by DMV.

Judging – Judging is conducted by ‘peer review,’ topped up by a VIP panel. One voting form will be issued per builder on registration regardless of the number of bikes entered.

Larry Moore  and WIllie G talk shop

Larry Moore and WIllie G talk shop

In addition to hosting two custom bike shows, the Museum’s special summer exhibit for 2015, honors motorcycling’s legend behind the legends – Willie G. Davidson. The exhibit, titled Willie G. Davidson: Artist, Designer, Leader, finished up at the conclusion of the rally. It is an amazing walk through the life of Willie G. Just seeing his one-of-a-kind vehicles, original designs, art and artifacts was an inspiration.

More Photographs –  Custom culture lives at the Harley-Davidson Museum

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Fireball from Roy's Toys Customs

Fireball from Roy’s Toys Customs

Buell Blast Chopper

Buell Blast Chopper

FreeStyle Bikew

FreeStyle Bikew

SS Trike at the Harley-Davidison Museum Custom Bike Pro-Show

SS Trike at the Harley-Davidison Museum Custom Bike Pro-Show

FreeStyle Class at the Harley-Davidison Museum Custom Bike Pro-Show

FreeStyle Class at the Harley-Davidison Museum Custom Bike Pro-Show

uilders working the crowd at Harley-Davidison Museum Custom Bike Pro-Show

uilders working the crowd at Harley-Davidison Museum Custom Bike Pro-Show

Fat 50sw popular at the Harley-Davidison Museum Custom Bike Pro-Show

Fat 50sw popular at the Harley-Davidison Museum Custom Bike Pro-Show

Ridewright Wheels at the Harley-Davidison Museum Custom Bike Pro-Show

Ridewright Wheels at the Harley-Davidison Museum Custom Bike Pro-Show

Aiden stating young

Aiden stating young

The Martin Clan

The Martin Clan

Harley-Davidison Museum Custom Bike Pro-Show Reception

Harley-Davidison Museum Custom Bike Pro-Show Reception