When you hear a chopper rolling by, what do you envision? Most people would say an intimidating bearded dude covered in tattoos at the helm of the handlebars with a half naked beautiful bombshell on the back, both without a care in the world; truly free and living their lives to the fullest. The reason a lot of these thoughts and images resinate in your brain is because you have seen them before. Dictated by a legendary artist known as David Mann, he captured the true essence of what the chopper life style is all about through his paintings. His artwork grabs your attention and wisps you away into the scene, never letting go and keeping you lost in the images for hours. David's work just has that effect on most people and I really believe that's one of the many reasons he is and forever will be an inspirational legend in the eyes of motorcycle community.
Chopper Fest initially started 12 years ago by David "Huggie" Hansen to showcase futuristic designs and show the artistic side of choppers. In 2004 just three months before Chopper Fest the legend David Mann had passed. The entire two wheeled world came from all over the nation to Chopper Fest to pay their respects and honor the legend. From that day forward, Chopper Fest has been dedicated to David Mann, and the lifestyle he loved so much to portray in his beautiful artwork.
We were fortunate enough to attend this year's 12th annual Chopper Fest and I couldn't have be more happy to be in sunny California surrounded by beautiful choppers and wonderful people. The midwest is always so doom and gloom this time of year and it made for a great little escape for the weekend. Here are a handful of photos from the show, enjoy!
The "story" I heard behind this 1958 BSA found by Joey Yeaman is just that, he found it at an old lady's house covered in tons of dust. He did an impeccable detailing and this is what came of it. She said it was never fired and he still hasn't fired it yet either. This bike's history is just too rad if the story is true.
Dalton Walker's "Well Hung Harley" Hybrid of a '64 Right case, Bonneville Left Case, Dual Plug, Dual Carb outside oiler 96" Panhead". Thanks to Dalton for running our Fish Scale Grips.
2015 S&S Knucklehead by Andrew Ursich. This bike won 5 awards at the show and rightfully so. I remember seeing this bike at last years Born Free with the general crowd. The details of everything on this bike are unreal and has style for days!
If you have never been to Chopper Fest before, I strongly encourage you to go. Where else in December are you going to go and be surrounded by amazing choppers, artwork, good food and be outside without a jacket on? It's in California, need I say more! Till next year Chopper Fest, see you there!
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