“Passion Built” Custom Motorcycles At 2018 Sturgis Buffalo Chip®’ Exhibit

For the 10th year, Custom bikes built from the pure passion and love of the machine will be exhibited at the Buffalo Chip free to the public this August. Curated by Michael Lichter “Passion Built – Garage to Gallery” will bring together a collection of stunning motorcycles “Passion Built” for this exhibition by 40 builders and artists. This one-time exhibition will assemble a remarkable group of professional-quality custom motorcycles all built outside of a professional workplace during the builders’ free time. “The fact that these people are creating these bikes, mostly in the evenings or weekends, after a full work-week, is amazing. We will clearly see their love for the work on display this year. Everyone attending the 2018 Rally really should see this free exhibit” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President.

Most of those chosen for the 2018 exhibit must find the energy and passion to work on their projects after returning home from a full-time day job. Some, such as Harley-Davidson Motor Company Vice President of Styling & Design Brad Richards, work in the industry but must still find personal time to fuel their passion for building. Musicians Xavier Muriel of Buckcherry and Gilby Clarke formerly of Guns and Roses will both be displaying their new creations. From attorney Dave Polgreen to lighting expert Randy Noldge, the list of exhibitors for the 2018 Motorcycles As Art show brings together a varied group of motorcycle builders with a deep-seated desire to create.

“The diverse list of builders and two-dimensional artists coming together to display this year are all doing this for the sheer joy of building a custom bike from scratch,” said Lichter. “It may not be about anything more than bragging rights. These people are really creating a type of folk art without thought of reward. The enormous amount of time and energy results in custom bikes on par with any made by professional builders. And, the display of energy and enthusiasm demonstrated make this show a great follow-up to last year’s exhibit by millennials.” The Sturgis Buffalo Chip will host the exhibit in a 7,000 sq. ft. dedicated gallery in its Event Center. The exhibit is free to the public 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4 through Friday, Aug. 10.

Ben Jordan – Waxhaw, NC
Brad Gregory – Glenwood, IA
Brad Richards & Ry Seidler – Milwaukee, WI
Chris Callen – Tarentum, PA
Chris Graves – Milwaukee, WI
Clinton Wallace – Cleveland, TX
Dan Rogensvoog – Franksville, WI
Dave Polgreen – Santa Ana, CA
Eric Stein – Monroe, NC
Gilby Clarke – CA
Jack Deagazio – NY
Jeff Holt – CA
Johnny Humphrey – Terre Hill, PA
John Barwood – Payson, AZ
Justin McNeely – Jackson, MO
Mark Shell – Idaho Falls, ID
Nick Pensabene – Edgewater, FL
Randy Noldge – Saint Louis, MO
Rick Pew – Fort Lupton, CO
Skeeter Todd – Maryland, NY
Stacy McCleary – Manteca, CA
Steven Bates – Saginaw, TX
Tim Dixon – Ten Mile, TN
Wayne Burgess – Fenwick, Ontario, Canada
Will Thomas – Los Feliz, CA
Xavier Muriel – TX

3 Responses to ““Passion Built” Custom Motorcycles At 2018 Sturgis Buffalo Chip®’ Exhibit”


  1. 1 Doc Robinson Feb 14th, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Awesome lineup, I look forward to it. Michael always puts on a top shelf show.

  2. 2 DudeBroManGuy Feb 15th, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Super cool. Can’t wait to see it.

  3. 3 René Jul 26th, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Respect for all of the builders and thumbs up for the motorcycle cowboy Gilby Clarke and his Purple Pan! Cheerz from Germany!

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