2016 Long Beach
International Bike Expo
Story and Photos by Paul Garson and Chris Lukather
The Long Beach International Bike Expo rolls around every year in November and spotlights the latest and greatest new machines from both large manufacturers and “boutique” home grown builders, the coolest parts and accessories, stunt riding action, free test rides, vintage and classics, live music, a custom bike competition and even a few bikes you can win. A rainy last day of the 3-day event didn’t dampen the attendance, the parking lot, a sea of bikes of all flavors, while inside the Long Beach convention center it was standing room only. Without further ado, here’s the annual Pix and Picks.
Best Bite for Your Buck Bike
Troy Kyne brought his 2010 Red Neck Curve/Kyne Kustom named Predassaurus with paint by Josh Bourassa/True Kustoms. Motor is 124-inch S&S. Bike does not currently have dental plan.
Best Self-Captioned by Signage in the Background
Best Wheelie Bar Treatment
Talk about vintage historically awesome…the Garrett turbo charged, Hilborn fuel–injected 120-inch John Harmon powered Shovel Drag Bike was brought by owner Johnny Branch. A closer look follows…
Best Plumbing Nightmare Job
The Harmon Dragster gets the nod again.
Best Zen and the Art of Maintenance Statement BMW
Best Rolling Entertainment Unit Bagger
Michael Uriarte’s Dirtbag Bagger’s 2003 Road King sports Aggressive Design paint job, built 11- inch motor and 30” front wheel not to forget the heads-up digital display.
Prettiest in Pink Cam-Am Spyder Rep – Elizabeth
Neven and his Dad who has a BMW at home try out the newest model.
Best Retro Café Racer You Can Actually Buy- 2017 BMW R Nine T Racer
Best Free Temporary Tattoo Station and Inked Out Customer
Best Bargain Priced 3-Wheeled SUV
Ural display featured several “theme” models including this sandy “Sahara” version. Kids were additional accessory.
Best Mix and Mis-Matched Paint Themes
Bike was part of Progressive Insurance display…they sponsored the Expo so they can display whatever they feel like, right?
Best Midas Touch Trike from Milwaukee
Best July 4th Paint Job
Slingshot 3-wheeler was offered as a giveaway promoting All State Insurance.
Best Looking New Indian Model (and the Scout is pretty cool also)
Best Super Swoopy Indian
Indian had commissioned a series of concept bikes and a stellar example appearing at the event was a Scout re-imagined as a Bonneville racer by Jeb Scolman….a bike called “Black Bullet”…something Batman would ride.
Best Mega-Monster Motor
“Klassy 9” 2012 H-D Softail built by Ken’s Factory wears paint by Center Roots….described as “throwback styling, warm metals and intricate details.” Ken happens to be Kenji Nagai, his shops located in Nagoya, Japan and Long Beach, CA. Based around 2012 Softail, it’s powered by 96-inch motor fed by Thomson supercharger.
Best Jewel-like Knucklehead Motor
Look a bit familiar style-wise? It’s another Andrew Ursich phenom with jaw-dropping chrome and gold artwork by Engrave It Inc. Bike is called “Stardust” and took First Place in Radical Custom Class at Easyriders Sacramento show along with a slew of other awards.
Best Red Italian Bike I Can’t Afford
1958 Ducati 125cc bevel-drive DOHC single “Bialbero GP” produced 16 HP at 11,500 rpm. Engine was last of Taglioni’s pre-desmo designs. Bike was on display from MotoDoffo Vintage Collection.
Best Asleep at the Wheel Riders
Best Gravity Defying Rider
Best One-off Replication of a Near Mythical Bike – Kawasaki W1R
Michael Lafountain of Racciamotocycles became fascinated with the story of the 1960s Kawasaki 650cc works race bike, only one or two known to have existed and lost somewhere in time, so he spent seven years and parts from 25 different Kawi’s to replicate it
Best Beloved FXR Gone Way Radical
First appearing as 1982 models, H-D’s venerable FXR still has a staunch following, Richard Jones one of its fans, He upped the ante a few notches with a bike he calls NO Fe (No Iron) featuring all-aluminum frame and radical modified carburetion. He also brought his son’s Triumph chopper since previously.
For next year’s event, we plan on arriving extra early, and staying extra late. Sometimes, hanging out in the parking lot is just as fun as going inside. But you don’t want to miss any of the great NEW bikes coming out next year. See you then…