On thursday August 9th, about 50 extreme custom baggers participated to the 1st Annual Big Bagger Show organized by Eddie Trotta from Thunder Cycle Designs and by John Shope from Sinister Industries. Taking advantage of a prime location on Lazelle Street & 4th street the show attracted a big crowd of admirers, amazed by the level of customization that can be brought to these machines.
Crazy tall front wheels up to 30″ in all types of treatment and finition, fancy body modifications on saddlebags, fairings, side covers & gas tanks, custom fitted top of the line sound systems/GPS/Gizmos of all types, one-off custom parts all over, crazy very high end paint jobs by the best in the business, etc.
I would define the show as “Baby-boomer builders offering baby-boomer riders dream 2-wheel luxury liners” and judging by the public comments I heard around these extreme touring machines (Wow, being the most often used word!), no doubt that this show is going to get very big and one of the main attractions of the Sturgis Rally. Eddie & John, what about doing a Daytona edition?
Like in all outdoor shows, bikes were displayed too close to each other and the crowd too big to be able to give you good pictures without feet/arms belonging to the frames. So, for now, just a series of close-ups until all these baggers go in studio for professional photography. Then, I will feature the ones I consider the best or the craziest. Be patient…