Dave Freston, AKA Chopper Dave of Chopper Dave's Casting Company has been around motorcycles for years and years now. He was one of the original guys over at West Coast CHoppers back in the day, etc, etc. Well, Dave is pulling out all the stops this year to build one hell of a turbo-charged, Evo Harley Sportster that looks insanely fast sitting still! The bulk of the bike is all hand made with lots of one off cast parts, one to look for at Born-Free 5 for sure! In fact, you could win this bike the day of the show June 29, 2013!!! you have your choice of this or 17 other bikes if your lucky ticket is pulled. Not bad for $25!
For more info on the Born-Free Vintage Chopper and Classic Cycle Show, please visit www.bornfreeshow.com Must be present to win!
Joey Cano of San Antonio, Texas is a new invited builder for Born-Free in 2013. JOey's DIY, garage-built ethos is a big part of what the Born-Free Vintage Chopper and Classic Cycle show is all about. You don't have to have a big fancy shop in LA, a cable TV show, or your own line of clothes to be a passionate motorcycle builder! Joey's 1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead EL chopper is heavily influenced from the late 1960's show bikes and will be one to look for at Born-Free 5. You also have the chance to win Joey's motorcycle June 29, 2013 at the show! For more details on the giveaway and the Born-Free Vintage Chopper and Classic Cycle Show, please visit www.bornfreeshow.com
Born-Free 5 Invited Builder Kiyo of Gardena, California is one of those rare people that can make metal and machine do exactly as he wants. He can make anything run and create just about anything from scratch as well as be there to win on race day. His rigid Japanese background is no surprise when you learn his work ethic and creativity. For Born-Free 5 he is building from nothing a turbo charged 1974 Honda CB750 that is heavily inspired by drag and land speed racing. You could take his bike or your choice of 17 others home if you win June 29, 2013 at Born-Free 5! For more info on Kiyo, the bike giveaway, and the Born-Free Vintage Chopper and Classic Cycle show, please visit www.bornfreeshow.com
Video shot by Michael Schmidt, sound and editing by Homer Gaijin
Trent Shara of Atomic Customs is a first time invited builder to Born-Free after showing up at Born-Free 4 with a crazy cool Harley Knucklehead chopper that was different from the rest. It is also far from Trent's first rodeo as he has been building custom motorcycles for many years at his place in a remote area of New Mexico. Trent is building an early generator Shovelhead motor in a rigid wishbone frame chopper that is sure to be clean and a hard runner. You could win Trent' bike or your choice of 17 other bikes on June 29, 2013 at Born-Free 5!
When it comes to art exhibitions, it simply doesn't get much cooler than Chops 'N' Bobbers. Kustom Lane Gallery are gearing for the fourth annual instalment of the incredibly popular display of all that is vintage motorcycles, with an extensive range of simply beautiful two-wheeled machines complemented by artworks inspired by the theme.
"Chops 'N' Bobbers is pretty much based around all pre-1975 bikes. So Triumphs, Harleys - that sort of style of bike in that they can either be restored, or generally most of them tend to be modified," explains curator Tony Peake. "But they're modified in the traditional way, they're not modified like a modern day chopper with all these bolt-on bits and pieces, but basically all of the bikes have to be built by the person who owns them. So like they're all done in the traditional way, so you scrounge and you find bits and pieces and you add stuff onto it, you just don't ring up a catalogue mob and just bolt a bit on, if you know what I mean." He explains further. "So we're reasonably strict on what sort of bikes we put in. We tend to get around about 16-18 bikes in the gallery, and then they are displayed along with complementary artwork, it's the motorcycle and the art together. The Chops 'N' Bobbers means the choppers [modified bikes that have been chopped up], it's whether they're a Cafe Racer style thing. Or just a typical street bike that has been restored or whatever it might be. And then we generally get a couple of other guys that have got a, I guess you would call it a 'barn find' type bike, which is a bike that has been sitting in someone's backyard for years and years and years that they have just dragged out and bring it along, and that's how they found it, if you know what I mean."
Len Higa is a new invited builder at Born-Free, but he has won more awards than anyone since Born-Free started. Len doesn't build choppers or bobbers, he builds café racers (for lack of a better term). Len is a talented fabricator and hand crafts much of the bikes he builds which are mostly vintage Honda based. This year he is building a rare 1969 Honda CB750 with a highly sought after "sandcast" engine. Its the farthest thing from a Craigslist "café racer" with clubman bars and a flat seat on a junky old XS650.
To find out more about Len and his build and the Born-Free Vintage Chopper and Classic Cycle Show, please log onto www.bornfreeshow.com
Matt Olsen returns to the Born-Free Vintage Chopper and Classic Cycle show to defend his Best in Show award from 2012's Born-Free 4. This year he is building the earliest bike of all 32 invited builders, a 1923 Harley JD boardtrack racer for his wife to actually race! This motorcycle just shows the diversity and knowledge of early bikes that come out of his dad's well established shop in Aberdeen, South Dakota Carl's Cycle Supply.
For more info on this and the Born-Free show, please visit www.bornfreeshow.com and please plan to attend June 29, 2013 in Southern California at Oak Canyon Ranch.
One of 32 Invited Builders for the Born-Free 5 Vintage Chopper and Classic Cycle Show is Japanese born Kouske of Sunrise Cycles in Los Angeles, California. Kouske came to the USA to chase his dream of building custom motorcycles in the heart of America. This year he is building a 1949 Harley Panhead chopper that will be made specifically for riding long distances. He'll build it mostly from scratch and even paint it himself!
You can win this bike or your choice of 17 others the day of the show June 29, 2013 in Southern California. For more info, please visit bornfreeshow.com
Josh "Bobber God" Conley of Chino, California is one of the invited motorcycle builders to the 2013 Born-Free 5 Vintage Chopper and Classic Cycle Show. Josh is building a 1946 Harley Knucklehead chopper for the show and prides himself on trick controls and says this bike will be a fast runner! You could win this bike or your choice of 17 others June 29, 2013 at Born-Free 5!