V-Twin Expo Atmosphere

The 11th edition of the V-Twin Expo opened its doors at 10 am this morning. A couple of flash news and a few atmosphere pictures. 1- Surprise. Randy Simpson got a booth because – yes – he is back in business. Why? Because he got bored doing (almost) nothing and he loves doing what he does. 2- Paul Teutul Jr. is present at the Renegade Wheels booth signing autographs and answering questions. The reason? Renegade, as most already know, has provided Paul with custom designed wheels for many of his customs. 3- Custom builder Ron Finch is euphoric and showing his new fabrication tricks. An old friend, builder Nicky Bootz (ex right hand of Billy Lane) jumped into the picture and told me that his new shop is in Miami.  4- A perimeter disc doesn’t have to be the full perimeter of a wheel. 5- Dan Fitzmaurice and Jerry Korrect told me that all their EFI modules have never been so popular with Harley-Davidson riders. 6- I think for the 1st time, the National Museum of Anamoza is displaying some of its antique bikes. 7- Rollin Karoll enjoyed telling me that a majority of custom builders, V-Twin engine manufacturers and a large percentage of dealers now use Spectro oils and was already planning the next Sturgis brand participation with Lon Norbye from the Buffalo Chip. 8- A few other shots to make you be patient until the next news…

16 Responses to “V-Twin Expo Atmosphere”

  1. 1 fuji Feb 5th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Heart warming to see Randy Simpson back at it. Never met the man but the guy always struck me as a good ole boy, Good luck Randy.

    I have had the pleasure of running into Ron Finch several times over the years [ I wont say how many years back but both of us are older than dirt. LOL } at custom auto shows and to say the least no one matches his style. One cannot, but stop and look at his creations / art. You the man Ron !

  2. 2 Iron Horse Feb 5th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I really dig Ron Finch’s sidecar rig. Very ecclectic and very, very cool. It’s also good to see Randy Simpson back in business. I wish him the best.

  3. 3 burnout Feb 5th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    That sidecar is FREAKIN COOL! Ron Finch is a mad man and I mean that in a good way! peace

  4. 4 Wiz Feb 6th, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Hey Randy, Good to see ya back! You still partin’ your ass off like you did with Charlie out at Sturgis a coupla years ago? I believe you were doin’ things that some would consider inappropriate, but to me it’s just part of a good time! Hope to see ya out there again. Take Care, Wiz

  5. 5 Bourassa Designs Feb 6th, 2011 at 7:49 am

    This is my first V-Twin Expo and the vibe seams good to me. I am here as an exhibitor and it was packed yesterday. We had great response to our new saddlebags we are making, “The Roundhouse” bags and “The Heavyweights”. Style from one and volume from the other. Doesn’t seam to be anything here like our roundhouse bags at all.
    And suprising to me, no other custom paint shops here, we are the only one. My design and airbrush work is knocking em dead, ideally we will gain some national market share after this event. Today maybe a live demo, always fun to do at shows, a portrait of Finch or maybe even Cyril.
    Josh Bourassa

  6. 6 ROGUE Feb 6th, 2011 at 8:19 am

    As always the V-Twin Expo is one of the events that I look forward to every year. There are some new products I will be getting and doing technical articles on in the near future.
    Attendance is good especially considering the weather in some parts of the country.
    The parties and meeting with people after the expo closes for the day is a added benefit.
    I am also talking to many of the companies about supplying parts for a motorcycle that is being built
    and will be raffled off with the money going to the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall Of Fame.
    More on this soon

  7. 7 Cochise Feb 6th, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Good for Randy, a great guy!!!

    Finch is the (mad) man!!!

    Nick, right on!!!

  8. 8 Mike Infanzon Feb 6th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Having fun I see as usual Cyril. Nicky’s got some pics of his current stuff up on his facebook. Still talented as ever. He’s always been a wildman, even back in high school. He’s got a bike night going at Keg South in Kendall.

    Wonder how many in the industry come out of the old 305 area code?

  9. 9 Manhattan Choppers Feb 6th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Nick, right on!!!

    I’ll stick with mobil one oil. biased journalism at it’s best lol.

  10. 10 gina woods Feb 6th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Congrats Randy was great seeing you…I hope it was okay I told that lil Buffalo Chip tale..wink
    Ron was a pleausre having dinner and catching up…can’t wait to see the BONGOS!!
    Nicky- what can I say? Mmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmm!
    Rollin- sorry I missed you stopped by but you were not in-will try to catch you this week:)

    Was great seeing everybody! Great seminar Chris!

  11. 11 CHOPMONSTER66 Feb 7th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Finch does it again , nice bike .you can see the love in it !! good to see Randy back in the game, dame nice parts and well built.

  12. 12 JSDiamond Feb 7th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Nice seeing Randy. Finch is a mad genius.

  13. 13 Rick Feb 7th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Very glad to see Randy back in the saddle. One of the nicest guys I ever met in this business. Wish him nothing but the bast. I almost forgot about Nicky Bootz. He is a wild man. I hope he is doing good too.

  14. 14 Jerry Feb 7th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Watch out Cyril. Wild men on your right & left!

  15. 15 Dave C. Copperhead Customs Inc. Feb 8th, 2011 at 10:38 am

    What a guy, good luck Randy, glad to see you back, had a few smokes with him at an Easyriders show a few years back in Louisville KY, funny guy, had me laughing the whole time we were out on the loading dock. Dave

  16. 16 Biker Feb 10th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Great to see Randy back in the mix!

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