Canadian Biker Build-Off. Biggest And Baddest In Canada.

Due to geographical location, participants, type of scheduled activities, each bike show, rally or exhibition has its own flavor. It was my 1st time at the 3rd edition of the Canadian Biker Build-Off held in Ontario last weekend. Not only is the area beautiful (visit Niagara Falls and the wineries), the people extremely friendly, but the bikes produced in Canada are of extremely high level. It was quite surprising to see the best shops present custom bikes with a legally obtained license tag in a country where legislation is tougher than in the US (FYI the French & English sides have different regulations with the French side having the tougher laws). Concept & Design Cycle won the bragging rights of being the 2008 Canadian Biker Build-Off Champion and although I was not judging it was right away my favorite. It was a big family affair with visitors, builders & vendors all mixing together in after show parties improvised in local restaurants or private homes. I want to thank the Canadian Customs for letting me zoom several times through the border without even checking my US passport, the organizers Vern & Randy Savage from Savage Production for their hard work and dedication to the custom world, to Elizabeth Fritshaw for her

Swiss precision at timing all the events (and to her mother for cooking cookies for me), to Radical Randy for his talent at entertaining crowds, to Heather Ireland of Biker TV for asking me the right questions front of the camera, to Jeff Starke & crew of IMBBA  (International Master Bike Builders Association) for perfectly judging the bike show,  to all Canadian professional builders for being good friends and bringing me chocolate ice creams all day long (it was 85 F), to Lisa Tache from Clare’s Harley-Davidson of Niagara for being my improvised assistant, to Jodee Fine from The Tattoo Academy for telling me hours of very funny true stories and jokes, to all visitors who came to me to say hi and buy a tee. Canadian Biker Build-Off is really the biggest and baddest show in Canada. I recommend that you participate or visit next year during the last weekend of July. Only one thumb down to the US airport security guy who at 6.30 in the morning asked me if I would prefer to drink (fast) my bottle of Canadian wine front of him or have it confiscated. Of course I don’t drink red wine at breakfast..


10 Responses to “Canadian Biker Build-Off. Biggest And Baddest In Canada.”

  1. 1 Jodee Fine Jul 31st, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Thats a great reveiw of all the fun we had! Thanks for the mention and next time gimme a call a 6:30am I woulda knocked back that wine for ya! lol Cheers! Jodee Fine

  2. 2 phil and ivy Jul 31st, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    it was very pleasnet for you to attend the canadian biker build off,,,with you and the randy team it makes for a very pleasant show,,,we were the ones who put on the fashion show,,,its once again nice to have all the best players involved,,thanks and hope to see you again next yr

  3. 3 Phil Dunrie Jul 31st, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    Nice to see you in Ontario and thanks for giving me cool ideas to improve my ride.

  4. 4 Lisa Taché Aug 1st, 2007 at 7:49 am

    It was great to meet you and be your “Improvised Assistant”
    Hope you enjoyed your stay.
    Without You, Clare’s couldn’t of been the Celebrity Circle.
    I already gave everyone my autograph… ahahah…
    It was a BLAST!

  5. 5 Jim Aug 2nd, 2007 at 10:04 am

    Let’s see… The bike was painted by Fitto… No wonder it won best of show. That guy is one insane painter! Finest macabre style painter out there! I do not want to know what his nightmares are like.


  6. 6 mike dubois Aug 2nd, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    Did you see the Touchless Non Contact Retractable Bike Cover called RideInn?

    I don’t think you had the oppertunity to come ’round the corner to see my booth and unit displayed.
    I donated a unit for the winner and Radical Randy really loved the concept and hyped me up a few times which was appreciated.

    I’d like readers to check out to see for themselves what a great product it really is.

    Like i said at the show: these bikes should never be touched by a cover and i offer a real solution for protection, in or out doors.

    Mike DuBois

  7. 7 Georges Thomas Aug 2nd, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    Bonjour Cyril!

    Let me start by saying what an honour it was to meet you, only to be bested by the Best Paint trophy you awarded me. I have to extend my gratitude to Fitto, who painted the Alien for me, as without his talent, this would be just another cool bike.

    The event: what can I say….! Vern & company did a great job and we were treated like kings all weekend. Can’t say enough about them. We’ll be back next year for sure.

    As far as winning the event, I feel honoured to have won against the level of builders present at this event. These guys built nice rides and I’m proud to be a Canadian builder along side them.

    This is the Stanley Cup for Canadian builders!!!!

    We can’t wait to go to Daytona next year. We have something cookin’ that should do well, we hope anyways. We’ll give it our best shot and do the Canucks proud!!!

    Thanks to my Wife, Therese, for putting up with this nonsense as well as my 2 kids, Patrick & Rachel and the team at the shop: Michel, Alain & Patrick(#2) for their continued support.

    Georges Thomas
    CBBO 3 Winner

  8. 8 Eric Hannan Aug 6th, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    Bonjour Cyril.

    What an honor to have met you.
    I hope you enjoyed your chopper bicycle rides and thanks for the autographed pictures.
    It was very thoughtfull of you! I wasn’t expecting that!
    Too bad I don’t have any digital pics of that to post on my website.
    I believe that kustomizing bicycles is a way to grow our futur bike builders and help this industry.

    I hope to see you again next year.


  9. 9 Cyril Huze Aug 6th, 2007 at 9:35 pm

    You do great work. I had a great time in Ontario. I would love to come back.

  10. 10 Jeff Morabito May 11th, 2008 at 12:40 am

    I’d like to thank the Canadian Biker Build Off for a great and exciting day out.It was also a nice surprise to see a photo of my bike picked for the 2007 Canadian Build Off Video. I’d like to thank my good friend Tommy Isherwood for his support and dedicating his time and endless energy in helping me build this bike.Also thanks to the photographer.(My bike is the 2001 Dyna Wide Glide with the 250 tire,and the red wrapped exhaust with the gold tips).I personally had a awesome day and look forward to the next Canadian Build Off.

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