Rockerbox was this weekend and Chuck convinced me to head there with him. I was a little hesitant, having just a simple 2001 GS500, which is about as pedestrian as bikes get. Okay, the carbs are jetted, it has a Vance & Hines exhaust, Buell turn signals, etc., but I wouldn’t say it has the ‘street cred’ of Chuck’s XJ550, which he equipped with white racing stripes for the event (looks really nice). Still, the event is essentially “if it’s 2 wheels, it’s cool”, so all was well.
We were hoping to meet up with Frankie and see the bike that he was working on for the event, but he emailed Chuck to say that he wasn’t going to complete it in time and would just be there with his Moto Guzzi (which I wanted to see just as badly). Apparently he made it, but we never collided with him. Still, we did find Steve, who we had met at the welding workshop, and he showed us the taillight unit that he had been working on in class for his BMW. Looked great on the bike, though it was mostly obscured by the tail fairing, so he also added LED flashers up top.
Walking around the contest area (where bikes are entered to win in categories from “Best European Modified” to “Worst Piece of Crap Award” is an amazing experience. Sure, I’ve seen episodes of American Chopper and the like where a custom bike is created, but the ones on display here were far more visceral and much more interesting. You really have to walk around a bike a few times to take in all the details of its execution.
Flickr photoset is here.