Although the man behind The World's Most Hated Motorcycles™ is unable to bring a bike to Austin this year, the one and only David Borras has taken the plunge on some airfare to check out this year's Handbuilt Motorcycle Show. Seemingly never without a grin on his face, the man responsible for the insanity happening in Spain at El Solitario is a guest we're excited to welcome with open arms (and hopefully convince to bring something our way for next year's show).
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2015's Handbuilt Motorcycle Show proved to all in attendance that this newly formed tradition is one that will likely continue on for many many years to come. In only its second year, HBS "Numero Dos" propagated a vibe and feel of an event that has many, many years under its belt. The overwhelming response from all who braved the looming torrential spring rainfall was that this event has a peerless vibe of love that permeates everything and everyone who walk through the doors. Proudly billing itself as Inclusive vs. Exclusive, the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show stretched itself this year to be even more accepting and welcoming to a massive turnout of 20,000 folks and will not soon be forgotten by the curious and experienced alike that soaked it all up. The smiles, the hugs, and the astounded faces are missed already and April 2016 can't get here soon enough!
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An announcement that should come as no surprise to anyone who had a chance to get a good look at Jeremy's stunning machine this past weekend, Jeremy Cupp took home the grand prize as the people's choice of favorite motorcycle at the 2015 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show. An immaculately constructed Buell Blast motor, with a Ducati top-end, mated to a Triumph transmission, this LC Fabrications machine deserves every bit of praise thrown its way. Be sure to follow LC Fabrications on Instagram (@lcfabrications) and Facebook to catch photographs of Jeremy's bike if you didn't have a chance to see it in person.
Chosen randomly out of over 2000 entries, the Beginner's Bundle Lincoln Electric Package was won by Cory Chambers.
Our team would like to present a big thank you to everyone who came out this weekend to support The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show and make this year's show an event to remember for a lifetime. We had the pleasure of seeing old friends, making new ones, none of which would have been remotely possible without our builders, sponsors, and every single one of you motonerds that made it to downtown Austin this past weekend. We're already itching to get working on next year's show.
For those of you across the pond that can't make it to our show here in Austin, Texas, the awesome folks over at The Bike Shed have decided to expand from their tremendously successful show in London last year and set up in Paris, France. With over 120 motorcycles from the finest builders across Europe, both professional and amateur, this year's Bike Shed showcase in Paris is shaping up to be one of the premier bike shows around the world. Hosted at Le Carreau du Temple, the event will also feature art, photography, food, licensed bars, barrista coffee, and a variety of fashion and motorcycle apparel. On top of all of this, there will also be a barbershop and tattoo parlour on site.
Running from 10AM to 10PM on Saturday, April 11th and from 10AM to 6PM on Sunday, April 12th, tickets are available for purchase here for just €15 for the weekend with multiple entry. While we can't make this year's event in Paris, we certainly encourage you to go in our stead and enjoy yourselves.
Check out the video recap below from last year's event in London for an idea of what to expect in Paris this coming weekend.
A direct descendant of boardtrack motorcycle racing in the early 1900s, the motordrome (as boardtracks were then known) was compacted for carnival transportation and eventually converted to be equipped with vertical walls. This new structure became known as a silodrome and was shortly thereafter nicknamed The Wall of Death. As the height of its popularity, the Wall of Death was a tremendously popular carnival attraction, with over 100 silodromes in operation traveling the United States in the 1930s.
Hell-bent on replicating that very same experience that spectators got to have in the 30s, the American Motor Drome Company rides period appropriate 1920s Indians on the wall, in addition to go-karts, vintage 2-stroke machines, and as of very recently, one bicycle piloted by a very brave guy. The American Motor Drome Company team is the absolute real deal: no helmets, no jackets, and at times, no hands. Running once every hour through the entire duration of this year's show (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), you'll absolutely regret it if you don't make your way up the steps to the top of that silodrome at least once this weekend.
Since the very first land speed record was set on the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in the year 1914, motorsports enthusiasts have been making the pilgrimage to this hallowed ground to prove their might and merit to achieve the ultimate goal of going faster than anyone else on land. It takes a very special kind of moxie to do this out in the open on a machine with just two wheels. The slick surface of the flats, weather fluctuations, and traveling well into the triple digits are all contributing factors that can easily end in disaster. The corrosive nature of the minerals in the ground make these record-breaking attempts just as punishing on the machines that carry the riders.
For the past few years, this heavily-modified Confederate Hellcat has made the annual pilgrimage to the Bonneville Salt Flats to aim for records. In 2014, this very bike hit a top speed of 176.458 miles per hour with pilot James Hoegh astride. We at the Handbuilt Show are excited to announce that this bike will be on display at the 2015 show. The only bummer is that the salt will have likely been cleaned off of the Hellcat.
Displayed at this year's Handbuilt Motorcycle Show are a couple of machines conceived with the explicit purpose of raising funds for a cause very important to us. Two shops have built motorcycles with the goal of raising money for cancer awareness through a couple of different ways. The team at GT-Moto has partnered with Third Shift Motorcycles and Lux Machine Inc. to orchestrate a raffle of some awesome stuff, including a grand-prize 1969 Honda CB350 to be raffled off to raise funds for Bethany Hoey's breast cancer treatment. You can buy tickets to the raffle here. If you can't be around for the raffle party, you can make a donation here and read a bit about Bethany's journey. For updates and more infomation, you can visit the GT-Moto website, or Instagram (@gt_moto_misfit).
Wes Case (AKA Threepence) from Denver, CO is taking a slightly less-traditional approach for his project to raise cancer awareness. Wes is nearly finished with his Yamaha RD350 custom (to be officially unveiled at this year's Handbuilt Motorcycle Show), designed to handle the grueling 5000-mile dual-sport Trans-America Trail, running from Tennessee to the Pacific Coast of Oregon in just 30 days. Upon the completion of Wes' 5000-mile trip, the RD350 will be raffled off with all proceeds being donated to the Childhood Leukemia Foundation. For more information, raffle ticket purchase, and donations, please check out Wes' site. You can check out Threepence on Facebook, Instagram @threepence, and follow the ride on Instagram @thetrail2015.
We encourage you to check out both of these projects and donate!
Buried beneath a tremendous pile of exhaust parts at a muffler shop in Bakersfield, California, Rob Iannucci of Team Obsolete discovered this machine in pieces. Originally built and tuned by Dick Mann himself, the restoration of this machine was led by Dave Roper (the first American to ever win an Isle of Man TT!) and finally fired up again in September of 2014.
Taking over 10 years to complete, the restoration of this machine was painstakingly attentive to the small details, with a goal of keeping the bike as close to Mann's intentions and design. This Matchless G-50 is an outstanding example of the hard work done to preserve a unique piece of the motorcycling world's history and culture. We absolutely cannot wait to see the G-50 in person.