On Saturday, June 28, 2013 Born Free 5 kicked off with over 200 sponsors and vendors from Japan, Europe, and all over the USA.
There was an ATM on site for guys to buy must needed parts but no cell service to keep in touch with their pals. The Born-Free Show is about the love of old motorcycles and like minded individuals having a good time together and enjoying these bikes of the past. The show is mainly about old motorcycles of all kind, but everything on 2 wheels are welcome.
We had one chopper jockey get on his cell and comment that it was just like the Smoke Out Rally only without camping, drag racing, dancing (professional and otherwise). It has the same old-sled vide. Continue reading “Born Free 5 Update by Bob Kay”
Biker Pros, a public relations, events and marketing agency, is named the agency of record for Torian Chopper Leathers. The leather appareal is ideal for bobber, chopper and cruiser riders.
Within 120 days Torian Chopper Leathers will reboot their Biker-Riding-Leathers line of apparel. Expectations is that the firm will come out with a line of shirts, vests and jackets. The cheif designer for the firm is Bob Kay.
“We are excited about the product and are working hard to develop a campaign for the innovative apparel line and look forward to the release of the line in the fall,” expalined Jeff Najar, Biker Pros Partner.
The target audience are riders that utilize leather for their riding protection. Torian Leather has innovative features that assist the rider in carrying gear and protection from the elements.
Biker Pros has completed the Custom Bike Shows’ website located at www.custombikeshows.com. It is a multi-site that allows up to five sites to nest under the primary custombikeshows url.
Create one location that allows enthusiasts to signup for multiple custom bike shows from across the country with any devise.
The information design provides access to key data with just a few keystrokes. The site itself will collapse or expand based on the type of equipment that is used; smaller for smartphones and larger for computers. The design criteria includes:
 Easily connect to social media
 Accessible by smart phones and tablets
 An ability to update the sites using word processing-style tools
The url, custombikeshows.com, was selected because it is descriptive and allows multiple show promoters to promote the site without showing bias to other events.
Bob Kay’s 1981 Shovel received a feature story in the July edition of the IronWorks Magazine. We worked with editor Marilyn Stemp on the article and George Emmons Najar shot the layout.
In the website promotional piece, Sam Kanish had this to say:
If you like the classic look of the older Harleys then you’ll love checking out Bob Kay’s sweet ’81 Shovelhead. Anyone who ever through a leg over the saddle, and they were saddles, of those old baggers to tour the country can reminisce by reading about the bike in the July 2013 issue of IronWorks.
Biker Pros joins the MRF (Motorcycle Riders Foundation) as a Sustaining Member
The MRF, incorporated in 1987, is a membership-based national motorcyclists’ rights organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The MRF monitors and when necessary, sways federal legislation and regulatory action that pertains to street riders. The MRF concerns itself with what is going on in the arena of motorcycling safety education, training, licensing, and public awareness.
The MRF provides members and state motorcyclists’ rights organizations with direction and information to protect motorcyclists’ rights and motorcycling. The MRF sponsors annual regional and national educational seminars for motorcyclists’ rights activists and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, The MRF Reports.
“It’s important for the community to join together and build a coalition to keep motorcycling free in America,” explained Jeff Najar, Biker Pros Partner. “We feel that the MRF provides us with an opportunity to make a difference locally and nationally.”
For over three years, the MRF has worked in concert with State Motorcyclists’ Rights Organizations (SMROs) and individual motorcyclists throughout the country to engage regulators, recruit the support of the U.S. Congress and take this struggle to the White House.
The MRF is fighting to safeguard rider options and needs key members of the motorcycle small business community to join us in this critical fight to save motorcycling in America. That’s why the MRF is working hard to develop its small business supporters into a network of motorcycle small business advocates. We are striving to inform, train and organize this network into a strong, flexible grassroots fighting force to tackle new legislation and regulation, and to build alliances with key friends in Congress. We are already making a difference. With the EPA scheme on the streets, we are already holding talks with the first small business members of our team and getting them in touch with high-level Washington officials and Members of Congress.
MRF National Recognition:
National Transportation Safety Board Drops Motorcyclists From “Top Ten” List
Established the MRF Motorcycle Club Committee to formally recognize the support of Motorcycle Clubs and Confederations
Established the MRF Industry Council giving aftermarket manufacturers the opportunity to be more involved with the bikers’ rights movement
MRF met with US DOT Secretary LaHood to discuss backing off of the NHTSA funded motorcycle-only checkpoints and encouraged LaHood to reinstate the Motorcycle Advisory Council
Former State Senator and MRF Assistant to Motorcycle Safety, Bob Letourneau testifies before the Highways and Transit Subcommittee lauding the importance of motorcycle safety programs
Conceived and implemented the MRF Awareness and Education organization
Participated in the D.C. Motorcycle Caucus2009 – Met with the RNC for the first time in MRF history
Held the first national motorcycle lobby day event
Actively engaged in debate with the CPSC on the youth bike ban, which was eventually overturned
MRF works with Congress against the NTSB push for national helmet laws.
MRF was a key player in creating the National Motorcycle Advisory Council.
MRF ushered 44 states into the Federal Motorcycle Safety Program, obtaining grants totaling $6 million per year for State motorcycle safety programs.
MRF was instrumental in defeat of Senator Lautenburg’s national helmet law amendment
MRF releases “EPA for the Layman” for highway motorcycles
Health Insurance Discrimination rules challenged
MRF and New England motorcyclists came together to stop Helmet Law
MRF and SMROs persuade Congress to include NHTSA Lobby Ban and prohibition of motorcycle bans on federally funded roads in Transportation Funding bill.
MRF and our SMRO Partners succeed in repealing the federal helmet law blackmail against the states.
MRF was instrumental in removing all references to “Motorcycle” from the DeDoncini Outlaw Gang Bill
The MRF, working with grass-roots activists, stopped legislation that would ban the sale of “superbikes”
2013 AMD World Championship FreeStyle winner is RONDINE by Don Cronin and Michael O’Shea of Medaza Cycles.
Of the 66 bikes competing in the Freestyle class, the 2013 World Championship title was taken by Medaza Cycles’ Rondine. Don Cronin and Michael O’Shea, the two Irish men responsible for the build created a one-off frame to carry the single-cylinder, 1971 Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone 500 engine. They were also responsible for hand-forming the aluminium bodywork and the heavily modified V-Rod swingarm, which is used as a girder style front fork, on the bike which previously took top honours at the 2013 Irish Motorcycle and Scooter show in Dublin. Continue reading “2013 AMD World Championship FreeStyle Winner Update”
We met Tony Prust in Chicago at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in the winter of 2013 and were blown away by the iron he rolled into the show. The level of craftsmanship really stood out with the finish in clear-coated raw metal with brass highlights, which delivered a satisfying texture that you don’t see in painted bike. The following is an article from Bike EXIF. -Jeff
This Triumph T120 Bonneville is the personal ride of Tony Prust; it’s a more ‘traditional’ look than many Analog motorcycles, with a side order of steampunk too.
Dateline Germany, May 11, 2013 Bob Kay, North American Bureau Representative and Biker Pros Partner, sent this update…
Big Bike Europe is a first ever show that is designed to give Europe high mileage and large displacement motorcycle. It offers the visitors a unique number of privileges and information about the field. It focuses on the different business opportunities for its exhibitors and assists them to expand their market and establish themselves in the field.
Big Bike Europe is a three day event that is taking place in Essen in Germany. The expo is a platform for the international vendors and suppliers to directly access the market. It showcases the performance, custom, tuning parts and accessories designed by various vendors for this event. It is a large displacement motorcycle market of Europe.
– Bob Kay
Bob Kay sent the photograph of the kick off at the World Championship. Communication is slow so check back for more details.
About the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building
The Official World Championship of Custom Bike Building® program encompasses some 32 events in total, in 20 different countries: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the Russian Federation, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.