January 30, 2015

BF7 Invited Builder Jordan Dickinson of Union Speed and Style

Jordan returns to Born-Free 7 as an Invited Builder which started for him two years ago as a Show Class Magazine People's Champ contestant. Jordan is known for his intense metal fabrication skills, but does it in a way that is so subtle most of it blends seamlessly in the finished build and seems natural.
He's been heavy on it building his frame for his BF7 build and it's gonna be one for the books! The frame is inspired by the early Harley race frames like Petralli's streamliner/late DAH and is completely scratch built. The frame will house a knucklehead motor and the whole bike will be geared toward the 1930's race style.

Go follow him on Instagram HERE

Check out the process Jordan goes through just making the neck on his BF7 frame!

January 29, 2015

BF 7 Invited Builder : Oliver Jones

Baltimore's favorite son Oliver Jones is returning for his 2nd year as a BF builder. He shook up the group with his blacked-out Kim-Tabbed , Dual Karata Magged Shovelhead at BF6 and promises the same for this year. Oliver checked in last night and here is what he had to say...  Hello booster!
Here are the images as promised.
the design has changed slightly since I made this sketch last July.

The bike, in a nut Shell Is going to be an ULTRA HIGH PERFORMANCE build in a chopper silhouette.

The 4spd frame will be modified to fit the Billet 107 C.I. 12/1 generator shovel motor. with about 2" up in the front and -2" in the back to shorten it.
Im using Sorensen Performance billet cylinders and heads on NOS STD 3 13/16 bore cases, Custom making, my own version of  Kennedy rocker boxes. Velva touch lifters, and all EVO style internal oiling, Zippers cam, ignition and Strociek roller rockers.
PURE POWER oilfilter filter, pingle shifted, clear primary BDL lock up clutch, Sputh cam cover, some hidden carbon fiber parts, and a very special starter setup!,
The front end is a +8" over 33.4mm.  I am Builing something really special for the wheels, but cant  give that up just yet though...

Things are moving forward and i should have a roller soon!

January 28, 2015

BF7 Invited Builder : Kyle Edgar

Kyle was part of the Show Class Peoples Champ Promo for BF6 although he was not crowned the Peoples Champ winner, his killer VL framed Shovelhead took home top honors in it's class at the show. Kyle's bike was a crowd favorite and really blew us away. We knew right then we wanted him to build a bike for BF7...and few months later he said yes. This platform works and will continue to work. We don't know everyone and can't possibly know what everyone is building so getting involved in a promo like the Show Class Peoples Champ really helps us and brings out talented builders that may get overlooked. Here are a few words from Kyle....
At first I was undecided as to what motor I was going to build this bike around. I always wanted to build a Flatty, but wasn't sure I could come up with one. I had a lead on a '38 ULH motor, but it was outta my range. With some patience and good friends on the lookout, I was able to ultimately lock down a '46 Flathead UL. I plan on keeping the motor traditional... a stock 74" with upgraded cams. The frame I'm using is '49 Pan wishbone that had been through the wringer, and I wanted to give it a new life. I shortened the tail 2" and dropped the backbone and down-tubes just enough to hug the motor. I narrowed an RL springer..... and that's about where I'm at. This motor has been inspiring me to go in the direction of a track bike/'60's style show bike... it will have the stance and grit of a performance machine integrated with the nuances of a custom build. I tend to let my bikes take shape on their own, and I'm looking forward to where this one takes me!
I am truely honored to have been picked as an invited builder and to be among such an amazingly talented group of guys. Looking forward to June!


Atten Vendors ( Please Read )

If you were a vendor at Born-Free 6 and you want to vend at BF7 you have only 2 more days to send in your VAF & Payment. On Feb 1st we are opening it up to new vendors and when the spots are filled that's it.. This year the vendor map will be done and sent out to everyone no later than May 1st. All vendors will be listed on our website so your friends and customers can find you. Don't delay!  Please email Chris Huber for any questions. chris@bornfreeshow.com

January 27, 2015

BF7 Invited Builder : Dalton Walker

 Dalton Walker of Split Image Kustoms has been tearing up the bike show circut for the past few years and now is a builder in our invited group. Dalton's shop is based in the small farm town of Hanford California but his style & ability are big time. His full show, wild 70's influenced choppers are a great addition to our diverse group and brings a new element that we have not had before. I got him to send me a few pics of what he is building and some of what he has built.  Follow Dalton's build here and check out his site to learn more about what he does. http://splitimagekustoms.blogspot.com/  

January 23, 2015

GNRS Starts Today

We will be out at the Grand National Roadster Show all weekend selling Born-Free Posters/Tickets. We also have a limited number of BF6 Tees & a few BF7 Tees featuring the Adam Nickel poster art. There are some great bikes in the show this year from past builders , the best in show winner and special guests.

January 19, 2015

BF7 Invited Builder : Arie VanSchyndel

Arie V of  was part of the dynamic duo building team ( Big Nick Zazzi ) that brought the killer Street/ Strip Shovel to BF6 and opened many eyes & doors. Arie has a strong background in fabrication that stems from designing & fabricating roll cages and building suspension systems for racing world. He has become a go to guy in North San Diego for frame building ,customizing, bending handlebars, fab work and makes a nice line of chopper parts. His shop is Vee Manufacturing so if you need some work or parts look him up. Arie and his brother also produced the Hot Rod Havoc & Two Wheel Terrors videos. Arie has checked in with his first build update and writes:
 The motor is a built 80" 1950 Harley-Davidson EL Panhead.
  The frame will be hand built in house and It should have a real radical look with the front cylinder standing straight up. I also will be making a springer front end using some parts from a factory inline unit and old ford radius rods....and few hand crafted touches too. The bike won't be super long or totally raked out but it will definitely have that chopper look. Stay tuned for more build updates and our builder video series.

January 16, 2015

BF7 Invited Builder : Shawn Long

Shawn Long is very talented artist, painter and bike builder. Shawn has a long history with Born-Free....He painted an amazing tank for the Vans giveaway at BF4, did some killer artwork for a promo at BF3 and is now an invited builder. Shawn was also a part of the Show Class Peoples Champ promo and the bike he built grabbed the attention everyone watching and ourselves. Shawn is a super classy guy and has a real cool style that will add some diversity to our builder group. He just checked in and writes:

For my efforts, I am just shootin for a classic bike that I am digging.  It may touch on many different styles, but to quote a buddy of mine, let's call the vibe "choppermint".  This bike has been dancing on my brain for some time now, so it feels good to finally let it out. Starting with a 1947 Knucklehead engine sitting comfortably in an early OEM frame, with a VL springer out front. A few "ideas" still to iron out; a custom dual Linkert setup, narrowed hubs, narrowed oil tank, built gas tank, sissy stick, and Hellings bars and risers. Undecided on wheel and tire setup so I'm keepin my options open - dual 19's, 18 rear and 19 front, or 18 rear and 21 front.  Of course to wrap things up, the bike will be adorned with all the frills that deems the name show bike, but it isn't being built with sitting idle in mind. As you can see from the pics, most of the parts collection has taken place, so now its time to really get at it. See you in the sunshine. Be great!