Paul Cox Wins Laconia Bike Build-Off










Organized by the Broken Spoke during the 86th Laconia Bike Week, East Coast (Paul Cox) prevailed on West Coast (Chica) during a Bike Build-Off. The winner was decided by people choice after 3 days of voting at the legendary saloon. The margin in favor of Paul Cox was slim, about 5% of the votes. Dave Perewitz announced the winner and awarded the trophies.

Both builders built their bikes in a 2 weeks time frame. In Laconia both Cox & Chica had to work on Cox’s bike on Friday to get it up and running in time for the Saturday’s Shakedown ride.  Both bikes ran flawlessly. .  “Look to see more unique competitions like this at the Spoke – from the best in the business,” says owner Jay Allen “The build-off is alive and well!” The Spoke was packed wall-to-wall for the announcement of the winner and the evening ended by an electrifying performance by Edgar Winter and band.

The Broken Spoke Saloon will stay open in Laconia till’ November 1st and will be serving full menus, display motorcycle memorabilia and continue to feature live entertainment. Broken Spoke Saloon.

19 Responses to “Paul Cox Wins Laconia Bike Build-Off”

  1. 1 John March Jun 24th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    The bike is ok, but it’s still the same bike over and over. When will we see a custom bike with something fresh never seen before. Getting bored…

  2. 2 Steve Carr Jun 24th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Paul and Chica are always on the cutting edge of what is going on.

    John, Its very difficult to build a bike with styling ques that have never been seen before. And when one does come along, it usually looks like shit.

    Maybe you John, can direct us to the bikes you build so we can have a good reference of what and how to build a bike.

    I think both bikes are awsome, and Im sure the pictures do not show the pure craftsmanship that goes into these guy’s builds.

    Congrats to both!

    Steve Carr

  3. 3 raycwheeler Jun 24th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    John ,

    The world is waiting for you to build something fresh thats never been seen before .

    Hurry up John were holding our breath .


  4. 4 ProMoto Jun 25th, 2009 at 10:18 am

    This is the wrong blog for negative comments on Bobbers or Old School bikes. They will run you down everytime.

  5. 5 Jeff Nicklus Jun 25th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Hey All,

    “Something new” ? Please explain that to me?

    First off let me say that I am proud to call both Paul Cox and Chica friends. Secondly both of these people are great guys. Third both of these guys’ styles are “ol School bobbers’. Fifth both of these people build a hell of a good looking bike …. if you like Ol’ School Bobbers. I personally don’t care for the look, but that is me.

    I would not expect anyone out there to build anything other than their “own style” …. could you imagine Chica or Paul building my style of bike or worse yet me building a Chica or Paul Cox style bike? That would be a complete cluster _uck!

    Let’s give credit where credit is due and hold off on the criticism of those who may not care for the “Bobber” look.

    Steve Carr, you know I have the utmost respect for you and your bikes, but come on, not everyone will take the same pleasure in that look as you and you tend to hammer those that do not share your joy of the Bobber look ….. just some constructive criticism my friend.

    Over & Out,


  6. 6 Foo-E Jun 25th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Wow… I just like motorcycles and think highly of both Paul and Chica.

  7. 7 Dave Thompson Jun 25th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I want to thank Jay Allen, Paul Cox, Chica and Dave Perewitz all for coming to NH to make this build off possible. It’s quite a few years since any of the top names in bike builders have come to Laconia for Motorcycle Week. I have met all of them at other rallies and shows and I am always impressed by the workmanship that is put into their bikes. Jay told them to build “Recession bikes” with things that they had around there shops. And after setting the ground rules, they both put together some cool bikes that have a lot of nostalgic parts on them that were given to Paul an Chica from other builders like Johnny Chop (R.I.P.) and Billy Lane.

    Thanks for coming to NH and sharing your talent, craftsmanship and time. Thanks Jay for hosting it. The Spoke never dissapoints.

  8. 8 madpuppy Jun 25th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Jun 25th, 2009 at 12:17 pm
    Wow… I just like motorcycles and think highly of both Paul and Chica.”

    I`m with you Foo-E.

  9. 9 James (Kiwi) Jun 25th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Well my personal preference is Ol School and that Bike looks cool to me.

    Friday today here comes the weekend and a ride on Saturday.

  10. 10 David Jun 25th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Just a couple of more two week wonders? To paint or Not to paint? that is the question. Gee do I have any pastels left in my paint locker?

    Just my opinion…………….David

  11. 11 RJ Jun 25th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    I’m a fat tire kinda guy myself but both these bikes look great.
    Jeff, Do you personally read e-mails sent to your “contact” page?

  12. 12 Steve Carr Jun 25th, 2009 at 6:29 pm


    Thanks for the constructive criticism, I respect your comment. That being said, I think that I am a very positive person when I post. I dont think I hammer anyone on here, reguardless of style. What I was trying to say was, If a person cant show what they can or have built, I dont feel they have any room to say anything about what professional builders do. Maybe they have been watching too much TV.

    “The bike is ok, but it’s still the same bike over and over. When will we see a custom bike with something fresh never seen before. Getting bored…”

    Simply a shit comment in my book. But Hey, we live in the good ole’ USA where free speach is alive and well………….right?

    Steve Carr

  13. 13 jatinder pal Jun 26th, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Every style of bikes is right if built right….bobbers,choppers,prostreets…..i had seen best and worst of them….so its the quality and design of the bike which matters the most…..

  14. 14 Frank Jun 26th, 2009 at 9:37 am


    Most of the time I do …. sometimes I just don’t have the time …… my direst email is: or: and I always read these.

    Over & Out,


  15. 15 Jeff Nicklus Jun 26th, 2009 at 9:43 am


    Obviously I answered on Frank’s computer not mine ….. duh!

    Over & Out,


  16. 16 RJ Jun 26th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you, I hope to contact you soon. Apparently I’m a little behind the times as I just discovered your website and who you are! Thanks again!

  17. 17 Carrie Jun 27th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    What is cool and possibly forgotten or overlooked is the genuine comraderie of promotions like this…the fact that Jay Allen is always trying to provide Spoke customers with cool stuff that features the builders and that the builders put in their own time and money to build a bike and that people who are there get a good time, meet some top-notch builders and see some cool bikes. Chica helping Paul and vice versa. Perewitz coming to support the whole deal. Jay pulling it all together. This is a brotherhood (with a few sisters here) that we all support each other…you don’t see level of support and comraderie other than the Military anymore. Its all good stuff! Enjoy.

  18. 18 FHP Scott Jun 28th, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Hat’s off to Jay Allen for promoting builders in the industry.

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