Bikes of Born Free 9

Time again for the world’s greatest chopper show.

Ryan Grossman's Blood Diamond

Warning: This will be a long post. The amount of incredible iron at the Born Free motorcycle show is completely out of control. Whether from the 30 invited builders, assembled around the acres of vendors or simply scattered among the thousands of bikes ridden into the show, there are really too many bikes to see in one day.

Martin Ringo Harley
One-off, hand built Husqvarna.

Maybe the best place to start is with the Builder’s Choice winner, Martin Carlgren’s 1930 Harley VL with a completely hand-built Husqvarna engine. With help from some friends he engineered, machined and assembled this motor based on drawings from the 1940’s that were never brought to production.
Insomnia by Ringo Chop Shop
Steve Caballero and Christian Newman photo bomb.

More than just an exercise in ingenuity, the bike is well-proportioned and graceful machine with a ton of other details and touches like the custom JD-style springer.

Another jaw-dropper was Christian Newman’s knucklehead. Not an invited-builder, Newman brought his bike to the party at Cook’s Corner before the show and was voted into Born Free as the People’s Champ.

Christian Newman and his Amazing Knucklehead
Christian Newman and his amazing knucklehead.

What looks at first like another skinny knuckle build quickly prompts the head-scratching. Wait, what is this frame? Is that stainless steel? Where have I seen that headlight before? What about the housing? What’s going on with the transmission and kicker? Wow!

Pangea Flathead
Andy Carter of Pangea Speed not only built his flathead chopper but raced it at the flat-track before the show!
Chopper Dave's Devil's Grin
Chopper Dave’s raked out panhead – the Devil’s Grin.
Dalton Walker's Panhead
Dalton Walker’s deepest blue panhead.
Mike Silvio's Twin Engine 45 Harley
Mike Silvio’s insane twin engine 45.
Jasin Phares PCP
Jasin Phares PCP 1948 Panhead.
Rich Hutchinson and Nick Toscano brought their hill-climber all the way from the East Coast.
Revell Model
Johnny Branch built this full-size krazy revell model.
JP Rodman Trike
JP Rodman from Raton, NM build this panhead trike. Don’t spill your green chile in there!
Denis Babin's Knucklehead
Denis Babin’s best paint knucklehead.
Ryan Grossman's Blood Diamond
Ryan Grossman’s Blood Diamond.
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