Note: Bikernet.com asked for a piece on what I do during a typical custom bike show weekend. Here is an overview of the Long Beach. By Jeffrey Najar
My job is promoting companies in the Powersports Industry through promotions and publicity, as well as by producing custom bike shows.
In late 2014 I flew into LAX to produce the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, which was installed down the center isle and on the red carpet of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show. This was the 4th show in the 1tth show series.
I always look forward to coming out to the City of Angles because I stay at the Bikernet.com HQ in Wilmington, CA. I bring a bottle of single barrel Jack Daniels and sit down with Bandit and whoever-is-around at the end of the day to have a couple of shots, recap the day and fix the world’s problems.
The Smoke Out rally announced today that Hammer Performance, purveyor of performance headwork and go-fast parts for Harley-Davidson and Buell, is the newest Smoke Out sponsor. Hammer Performance joins Biker’s Choice and Spectro Oils in their support of the owner / builder culture.
Dan Norlin and Aaron Wilson are partners in the Hammer Performance endeavor. Norlin won the AHDRA National Championship in September, and Wilson’s prepped bikes currently hold a total of 16 records at the flats, at speeds up to 213 miles per hour. These guys know how to make bikes go fast, and they have transferred that knowledge to street bikes in a very usable way.
The parade of bikes that rolled into the kick off of the 2014 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show series included nationally known builders like SIK, AFT Customs, RKB Speed Kustoms and Binford Custom Motorcycles. And they brought their A-Game for th show.
The last man standing was none other than Rick Bray of RKB Speed Kustoms with his FreeStyle-class build known as the Solomon Special.
The J&P Cycles’ giveaway FXR with the X-Wedge mill and Ridewright WHeels is in the final assembly countdown. The schedule is to make the bike available for delivery by the 17th so it can be sent to J&P Cycles for a photography session and then buttoned up for delivery to the NY show.
This past Saturday on October 25th at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, CA Dumptruck co-hosted the Benefit for Chopper Dave of Chopper Daves Casting Co. He was joined with Jeff Holt of Hot Bike/Street Choppers Magazines.
“It was a great time where the term biker was defined by the support that the community so willingly offered in order to help relieve the pressure of medical bills and time off work for one of the custom motorcycle community’s brightest lights and talented fabricators,” said Dumptruck.
I flew into LAX late Thursday night and was picked up by my partner Bob Kay.
By Jeff Najar, Biker Pros Partner
I ducked my head to see who was in the car and found Bandit of Bikernet behind the wheel grinning ear to ear. Kay was riding shotgun and Ray Wheeler was taking up residence in the back. Once we all got loaded, we had 850+ lbs of beef and 300 lbs of luggage dragging the springs of the black Ford rental.
The boys waited on me for dinner so after I got in, Bandit slammed the accelerator and we shot off into the night looking for a late night dinner. We zipped down the mean streets of Los Angeles on the hunt… blasting down the streets, popping over curbs and blowing through lights.
Note: Bob Kay, Biker Pros Partner, is in Germany and will be filing a report next week.
The 11th annual AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building is now underway at this year’s INTERMOT expo at the Cologne exhibition center (Koelnmesse) in Germany.
Yesterday saw some 80 builders from 24 different countries, register 90 great custom bikes, for the five classes, with the World Champion scheduled to be announced at the award ceremony at the end of the show, 5pm on Sunday October 5th.
UBM Agrees to Buy Advanstar Communications (Owner of IMS Show and J&P Cycle’s Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show)
By ED BALLARD And RORY GALLIVAN
LONDON—U.K. media company UBM UBM.LN PLC said Wednesday it has agreed to buy Advanstar Communications for $972 million in cash, a major step in UBM’s transition from a diverse media group to an events-focused company.
The addition of Advanstar’s 54 trade shows, which include the Magic Marketplace fashion event, and roughly 100 conferences will make UBM the biggest events business in the U.S. by 2013 revenue, said UBM, which is buying Advanstar from hedge fund Anchorage Capital Group LLC and private equity companies Veronis Suhler Stevenson and Ares Management.
The winner of the People’s Choice Award at the OC Bikefest Custom Bike Show by CIA is awarded a 5 Ball Racing Leathers’ Special Ops Club Vest.
“We are excited to be a part of the OC Bikefest Custom Bike Show by CIA because it is one of the fastest growing bike shows on the East Coast,” said Keith “Bandit” Ball, Leather Evangelist and Boss at Bikernet.com.