By: Alan Dockery
The third Saturday in January a whole lot of y’all “Got your motor running and headed on down the highway” to the Easyriders Bike Show in Charlotte, NC. The weather was great this year so I saw many of our advertisers and friends at the show. That’s part of what this dead-of-winter show is about. It’s good to see old riding buddies.
As soon as I walked in, the vibe was that we were fixing to enjoy a great show. There were lots of cool motorcycles and vendors across the Convention Center floor. Folks commented on how much they liked the layout this year with the mix of bikes and vendors.
Custom motorcycles of all kinds were everywhere. The wildest baggers you could imagine with tall front tires were next to traditional skinny choppers. There were antique and stock machines, too, so there was something for just about everyone who likes motorcycles. Plus, there were some old hot rod cars and trucks scattered around, too.
The vendors were busy all day selling those biker needs that ain’t always in stores. I should have made another pass through the vendors to see what I missed the first two times. I got my copy of Bean’re’s new book “Rambles The Orient” and the latest Rebel Son CD.
Most of the show is made up of bikes and vendors from this area, but Easyriders brings a big show that wrapped around the outside of the floor. All day there was entertainment on the stage. Between bands, the Purrfect Angelz put on a show and did meet and greets. Lots of celebrities were there, either officially or just digging the show. Michael Ballard from Full Throttle Saloon, was working hard for his fans. Jason Wilson of Discovery Channel’s Sacred Steel Bikes was there with some of the coolest rides in the place. NTC Drift Trikes put on demos several times throughout the day.
Overall, I think Easyriders brought a great show to Charlotte this year. It’s really all about the bikes. There were some awesome machines there. Great seeing y’all who stopped by The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine booth. We gave away all the 1,300+ magazines and goodies we brought. Congratulations to all the bike show winners.
Charlotte 2017 Easyriders Bike Show Winner's List
Antique: 1st Place - Nelson Graves, Charlotte, NC, 1946 HD Big Twin, 2nd Place - Ronnie Quinn, Charlotte, NC, 1947 HD, 3rd Place - Randall Shaffer, Kannapolis, NC, 1979 HD FXS. Old School Chopper: 1st Place - Butcherchop, Wilmington, NC, 1975 HD Shovelhead, 2nd Place - John Hyatt, Blanch, NC, 1984 HD FLHS, 3rd Place - All American Company- BK Keenan, New Ellenton, SC, 1947 HD Knuckle Head FL. Old School Bobber: 1st Place - Randall Shaffer, Kannapolis, NC, 1941 HD FL, 2nd Place - Eric Stein, Indian Trail, NC, 1964 HD FL, 3rd Place - Bryan Lane, Waxhaw, NC, 1947 HD Knucklehead. Modified Stock Street: 1st Place - Ray Price Harley-Davidson, Raleigh, NC, 1990 HD FXR, 2nd Place - Richard Jarrett, Greensboro, NC, 2016 HD Sportster, 3rd Place - Andy Andrews, Goldsboro, NC, 2006 HD V- Rod. Modified Stock Bagger: 1st Place - Donnie Goodman, Huntersville, NC, 2003 HD Ultra Classic, 2nd Place - Absolute Custom Cycles- Jason, Denver, NC, 2016 HD Street Glide, 3rd Place - Lakeview Speed Shop – Jamie Boone, Burlington, NC, 2000 HD Ultra. Specialty Class: 1st Place - Jay Marshall, Monroe, NC, 1969 Triumph Bobber, 2nd Place - Ray Spillman, Lexington, SC, 1998 Honda ACE, 3rd Place - Vintage Throttle- Corey Reed, Roanoke, VA, 1920 HD Board Track Tribute. Street Custom: 1st Place - Lee Myers, Stuarts Draft, VA, 2006 HD Deluxe, 2nd Place - Nicholas Jordan, Aynar, SC, 1973 HD FLH, 3rd Place - Larry Curik, Waterloo, IL, 2015 LSC Ruby. Modern Chopper: 1st Place - Dana Fulmer, Gilbert, SC, 2001 Big Bear Chopper Reaper, 2nd Place - Prism Supply, Stanley, NC, 1998 HD Chopper, 3rd Place - Ray Price Harley-Davidson, Raleigh, NC, 2006 Custom Bobber. Radical Custom: 1st Place - Harley Hedrick, Easley, SC, 1970 HD Chopper, 2nd Place - William Lucas, Martinsville, VA, 2005 Big Dog Pitbull Custom, 3rd Place - Shawn Adelsberger, Salisbury, NC, 2013 Pro Street Chopper. Radical Bagger: 1st Place - Kurt Butcher, Denver, NC, 2016 HD Road King, 2nd Place - Shannon Davidson – The Chop Shop, Andrews, SC 2009 HD Road Glide, 3rd Place - Rankin Creek Custom Cycles – Lee Myers, Stuarts Draft, VA, 2013 HD Road Glide. Custom Sportster: 17 Customs Little River, SC, 2007 HD XL1200. Best Display: Ken Brown, Gallatin, TN, 1946 Indian Chief. Best Paint: Sinworx, Taylors, SC, 2013 HD Road Glide. Sacred Steel "Douche" Award: Dean Rappe- AMCA, Charlotte, NC, 1953 HD Panhead. Paul Yaffe "Bagger Nation": Woodland Baggers, Greenwood, SC, 2016 HD Roadking. Editor's Choice: Christopher Wade, Ft. Mill, SC, 1953 HD FL. People's Choice: 1st Place - Richard Wright, Lexington, SC, 2017 RW Chop Shop Custom Road Glide, 2nd Place - Bad&G Customs, Williamsburg, VA, 1973 HD Ironhead, 3rd Place - BX Custom Designs, Gastonia, NC, 2017 HD Street Glide. John Green Award: Prism Supply, Stanley, NC, 1941 HD FL. Best of Show: Larry Curik, Waterloo, IL, 2016 HSC El Rey. Congratulations to all of the 2017 winners.