American V-Twin Dealer Show launches dealer-only custom bike competition

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Dealers with custom motorcycles to show off will get a chance to do just that at the new Ultimate Dealer Bike Show, a dealer-only competition that will take place at the 2012 American V-Twin Dealer Show, Feb. 17-19 in Indianapolis.

The American V-Twin Dealer Show will be co-located with the 2012 Dealer Expo at the Indiana Convention Center. The Ultimate Dealer Bike Show will give V-Twin dealers and independent shop owners the chance to have their creations judged by leading builders and seen by 20,000 of their peers during the big Indy show weekend.

The Ultimate Dealer Bike Show is being coordinated and run by Bob Kay and Jeff Najar of Biker Pros., the organization that runs the nationwide Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show competition for the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows.

Eligible bikes for the Ultimate Dealer Bike Show will include custom motorcycles built by dealers and/or their employees, custom motorcycles built for store marketing purposes, and custom bikes which dealers build for customers.

There will be three classes of competition:

  • FREESTYLE: one-off, ground-up built custom bike on any chassis or drivetrain configuration. All style bikes (i.e. baggers, choppers, bobbers, etc.) compete against each other in this unlimited, anything-goes class.
  •  MODIFIED BAGGER: stock OEM frame from a motorcycle manufacturer. Stock frame geometry must be maintained; cutting the frame at the neck for purposes of stretching or raking is not allowed. Use of raked trees allowed. Allowed frame modifications include molding, sheet metal attachments, tab/bracket removal and relocation to create a smoother appearance. Modifications allowed to the rear of the frame (generally past the transmission) include swingarm changes, rigid tail sections, fat or skinny tire conversions, lowering kits and sheet metal as long as basic stock configuration is unchanged. Turbos, super chargers, NOS kits, etc. are acceptable. Entries in the Modified Bagger class must include fairing and saddlebags; tour trunks are optional.
  • MODIFIED BOBBER: stock OEM frame from a motorcycle manufacturer. Stock frame geometry must be maintained; cutting the frame at the neck for purposes of stretching or raking is not allowed. Use of raked trees allowed. Allowed frame modifications include molding, sheet metal attachments, tab/bracket removal and relocation to create a smoother appearance. Modifications allowed to the rear of the frame (generally past the transmission) include swingarm changes, rigid tail sections, fat or skinny tire conversions, lowering kits and sheet metal as long as basic stock configuration is unchanged. Turbos, super chargers, NOS kits, etc. are acceptable. Special instructions for the Modified Bobber: No front fender and solo seats preferred; front ends should not exceed four inches over stock.

A separate Showcase-only, non-competitive class will feature custom bikes built by exhibitors.

All competitors are allowed to stand by their custom creation, promote the attributes of their bike along with any services or products they may offer, and pass out business cards, according to Bob Kay. Literature is not allowed in the bike display (the displays will be provided by the American V-Twin Dealer Show).

"The vtwinshow.com website [launching in late October] will be updated with details on the competition this fall," said Kay. "In the meantime, anyone interested in entering the Ultimate Dealer Bike Show can contact me directly at bkay@abikersgarage.com or at 817-312-0380."