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2014 Colorado Motorcycle Expo

The 2014 Colorado Motorcycle Expo was a big success, no thanks to old man winter.

Story and Photos by David Cambell
2/15/2014


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Courtesy of CME
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Motorcycles sat at home, sad and waiting for warmer weather, but the riders were out in full force. The 2014 Colorado Motorcycle Expo was a big success, no thanks to old man winter. Even with highways closed all around Colorado about 20,000 bikers and motorcycle enthusiast came out to the National Western Complex in Denver for the biggest motorcycle event in the Rocky Mountain region. It wasn't just locals that came to dream about riding weather, there were club members from all around the United States. 
 
 
This is the first year for the new promoters Jeff Brown and Ron Douglas and they did a good job at keeping things moving. After 35 years of running the show Jack Portice and Jim Arnett decided it was time to retire and hand the reigns over to a new team. Jeff and Ron stepped up and took on the challenge. With activities all day long there was something for everyone. The bike show brought in some excellent custom rides and sweet classics. Pinstripers demonstrated their skills and later auctioned off some artwork for charity. The bikini contest had the crowd roaring and the bands rocked on. The globe of death riders had the crowd in suspense as the riders came within inches of each other and their lovely assistant.
 
 
The biker community is known for their big hearts and willingness to support good causes. This year the show raised about $10,000 for the “I Love You Guys” Foundation and “Biker Down”. The funds were raised with a raffle for a trip to Las Vegas and time with Danny “The Count” Koker and auctions of the pinstripe art and other donated items. 
 
 
The crowd was amazing and the over 800 vendors were enjoying the day. Johnnie from our friends over at J10 Customs was concerned that he had not brought enough product. At the end of the day he couldn't even talk, it had been such a long and successful day. Talking to all those folks will wear a man out. The weather helped sales, you can carry so much more home in a car than on the back of a bike.
 
 
Danny “The Count” Koker  and his band The Counts 77 rocked the house. They played old skool rock and some of their own stuff. With their debut record release on the horizon it was good to hear some originals. The band has a solid rock-n-roll style and their original music delivers on the style. Look for their self titled record release April 29th. Not only did The Count come to rock Colorado, he also helped support Biker Down with a raffle. It was nice to see a down to earth celebrity, someone who truly cares and wants to give back to the community that helped make him successful. Promoter Jeff Douglas said “It was pleasure to see Danny interact with the fans,he truly cares”.
 
 
A new addition to the show this year was a motorcycle museum display with bikes from several organizations. Both Colorado and Wyoming chapters of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, the British Motorcycle Club, the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club of America and the National Motorcycle Museum from Iowa all had bikes on display. I had a great time taking photos of some fine and rare machines. Seeing these bikes really makes you appreciate how far the industry has come and the dependable bikes we get to ride now. Being nostalgic we think how nice it is to tinker with your ride and know it inside and out, but we forget about the frustration of being left stranded when something went wrong. I love my old ironhead but when it comes to dependability I'll take my Road King everyday.
 
 
This show was a great break from PMS (parked motorcycle syndrome) and the winter chill but we won't have to wait a year for it to come back. The next Colorado Motorcycle Expo will be held September 19-21. So plan on visiting Colorado this year and see for yourself how Colorado does motorcycles.
 
 
125 bikes competed to be best in their class. Innovative designs and craftsmanship was the theme and the judges had a difficult job. Here are the winners of each class competition. 
 
 SPECIAL INTEREST  
 3 DAVE BATTON  1969 HONDA
 2 BARRY SCHROGER  1967 HONDA
 1 RAINE CRAMER  1972 INDIAN
 
 TRIKE CLASS  
 3 BOB STREETER  2012 HD TRIGLIDE
 2 FRED YOUNGER  2001 H-D CUSTOMER
 1 SCOTTER RINN  2005 CUSTOM TRIKE
 WHEELER MOTORCYCLE  
 2 RICK INGRAM                  BUEL BLAST
 1 GEORGE NATCHSTSHEIM
 1959 BONNEVILLE SALTS 
            FLAT RACER
 ANTIQUE UNRESTORED 
 3 ROCKY MTN M/C MUSEUM 1924 HENDERSON                      
 2 ROCKY MTN M/C MUSEUM 1955 PANHEAD
 1 MIKE CRAMER 1951 INDIAN CHIEF 
 ASIAN AND EUROPEAN CLASSIC
 3 MIKE HULETT    
 1973 YAMAHA       
 2 PETE HOMAN 1975 BMW
 1 DOUG PFEIFER 1980 KAWASAKI
 ASIAN AND EUROPEAN RADICAL CUSTOM
 3 TOM HAWN    
 1951 TRIUMPH T-BIRD
 2 GANNON DVORAK     
 1955 TRIUMPH TROPHY
 1 BRYAN HAGER 969 BSA
 
 ASIAN AND EUROPEAN SPORT BIKE
 1 CARRIE FOUCHE           
 2013 HYABUSA SUZUKI
 AMERICAN SPORTSTER CUSTOM
 3 LEE GALLEGOS
 1996 XL 1200            
 2 BRYSON COLLINS 1982 XL 1200
 1 KICKER CUSTOMS 1968 XL CH
 AMERICAN SPORTSTER RADICAL/CUSTOM
 3 AXE 1994 XL 1200               
 2 JIMMY D 1976 SPORTSTER
 1 CHUCK GRENINGER
 1974 IRONHEAD
    SPORTSTER
 TOURING CLASS 
 3 ROCKY MTN CUSTOM BIKES 2006 H-D FLH
 2 SICKER IMAGE CUSTOMS 2013 H-D ROAD GLIDE
 1 BILL FISHER 2005 H-D FLH
 AMERICAN MILD 
 3 TED LAWSON 2008 VICTORY
 2 JIMMY LEMMING 2009 FAT BOY
 1 POPPA NICK
 1997 SPRINGER
SOFTAIL
 AMERICAN SEMI 
 3 AXEL 1985 H-D LOW RIDER
 2 TONY BARTON 2000 H-D FLSTF
 1 STEVE WELLS
 1998 H-D CUSTOM
         SOFTAIL
 AMERICAN RADICAL 
 3 DANIEL BIERS 1973 SHOVELHEAD
 2 ANDREW JARAMILLO 1965 PANHEAD
1 CHRIS FLOREZ  1975 SHOVEL
 
 AMERICAN RADICAL FAT TIRE
 3 BRETT BARRA    2006 BIG BEAR SLED     
 2 PAIN KILLER CUSTOMS
 2007 PRO STREET
        SOFTAIL
 1 BJORN GUDMESTAD CUSTOM
 DIVISION WINNERS 
 BEST ENGINEERED
 GEORGE NATCHSTSHEIM-
BONNEVILLE SALTS FLAT
RACER
 BEST PAINT BILL FISHER- MUSICAL FLH
 BEST USE OF COLOR
 BJORN GUDMESTAD-
CUSTOMER
 BEST IN SHOW
 RYAN STEWART- 1983 XR
1000
 
Until next time,
David Campbell
 
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I searched all over for the bike show results. Happy to finally find them here. Still searching for pictures of the trophy presentation.

Thanks,


mike hulett
Thornton, CO
Sunday, February 16, 2014

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