The Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show 2016

Before I get to the Brooklyn Invitational, may I say how pleased I am to be able to see this beautiful helmet every day! I bought this helmet as described in my last post. Live Fast, Take Chances. I love it! Thanks to the folks at Indian Larry! And a big thanks to Darren McKeag for creating this work of art. And once again congratulations to Darren and Missy who were married this past weekend.

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All of these events, from the Motorcycle Film Festival, to the Indian Larry Block Party, to the Brooklyn Invitational have been great! If you haven’t been to Sturgis, then you don’t know about the illness that comes with it. Post Sturgis Depression can hit hard. These events here in NYC are good medicine to heal the summertime blues and ease you into the seasonal change.

Now off to the Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show at Root Studios.

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What the heck! We took the ferry again! Hopefully Bonnie will understand.

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Besides…Bloody Mary’s and riding don’t mix.

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There’s this new thing taking place on the walls of buildings all over Williamsburg. The walls of the neighborhood buildings are quickly being covered with hand painted advertisements. They are everywhere. I love the art of the streets and these do fill the hood with color, but I am not sure I like corporate america taking the canvas of the streets as their own.

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When we turned onto 14th street, bikes were lined up for blocks.

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This old pick up was parked outside the Gutter.

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The bike below raised an eyebrow! It is made to look like a rough and rugged, road trippin bike. It has the blanket over the seat, the rolled up duffel with an extra blanket and a fire extinguisher. But upon closer inspection, this bike looks like it was just backed out of a van and placed here. Those tires have never hit the road and that chain was pristine like the pipes. WTF!

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Where there are cool old bikes, there are cool old cars. Although I am sure that guy behind the wheel would correct me and say, “It’s a truck!”

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Well this is not a truck.

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Over at Works Engineering they were hauling their bikes back into the garage.

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Below is another example of the hand painted ads I spoke of earlier. Like I said, they are everywhere!

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I had a great shot of the Eat Shit chopper pulling up last year.

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There were bad ass bikes everywhere! All kinds!

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Flatheads!

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Knuckleheads!

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Panheads!

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And Shovelheads!

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Both sides of the street were lined with bikes.

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Although the bikes outside were numerous and impressive, it was inside that the actual show took place.

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The studio was filled with many well crafted machines for the 8th Annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show.

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In the center studio there were bands. And in the far studio there were vendors and tattoo artists applying their trade.

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By the time we got back outside, it was getting dark.

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It’s fun to watch the procession of bikes as they roar by.

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Some hopped on and turned their engines over with the click of a starter.

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Others pushed downhill for kick start.

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The results were the same, bikes were thinning out as the sounds from twisting throttles echoed in the distant streets.

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It was another fun day in Brooklyn!

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It was time to catch the last forking ferry and go home.

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