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.
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.”
- Carl Pusser – ’71 Triumph custom
- 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 – ’83 Rigid shovel
- 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 – ’01 Sportster tracker
- 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 – ’11 30” Big wheel bagger
- 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.
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