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Easyriders V-Twin Bike Show 2005 - Kansas City

Written by  April 30, 2005

Well, we asked for it and we got it. Any writer would love to cover the Easyriders V-Twin Bike Show. This year’s show was scheduled for Saturday, April 9, so Stephanie and I decided if we were going to do it, we were going all out. We started back in January by getting contact info for the master builders. I had a master plan to schedule interviews as part of our event coverage. With the gracious help of Ivy and Sandy at Easyriders Events, as well as each of the master builders’ staff, we pulled it off and were able to interview every builder at the show. Our interviews with Billy Lane of Choppers Inc. and Aaron Greene of Paramount Custom Cycles are featured in this month’s issue. Since we have several more interviews to share with you, we decided to spread them out over the next few issues.

Our coverage of the show actually started on the Friday preceding the show. We made our way to Bartle Hall to get our media passes and to get some unobstructed shots of the bikes before the crowds hit on Saturday. After getting some good shots, we headed home to get ready for the KC Creations “Thank You” Party that evening at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

We found ourselves back at Bartle Hall early the next morning to get to work. You know you are in for something special when the Indian Larry tribute bike meets you at the top of the escalator when you first enter the show. Trying to cover an event this size in one day is truly and undertaking. Knowing that the master builders were going to be swamped by fans soon, we decided to get the interviews taken care of first. This year’s group of builders was the best yet, in my opinion. Fans had a chance to meet Billy Lane of Choppers Inc., Aaron Greene of Paramount Custom Cycles, David Perewitz of Perewitz Cycle Fabrications, Kendall Johnson of Kendall Johnson Customs, Rick Fairless of Strokers Dallas, and last but not least, hometown favorite and local boy-done-good, Kim Suter of KC Creations. All of the builders had bikes on display, along with creations by Chica, Eddie Trotta, Paul Yaffe, Ron Finch, and of course, the late Indian Larry.

After finishing the interviews, we headed over to the Cycle Connections booth. Editor-in-chief, and all around good guy, Mike Schweder, with the help of his staff and the lovely Cycle Connections girls, were meeting readers and displaying our latest issue on a large computer monitor. After a cold drink and a change of camera batteries, we were back on the move.

There seemed to be fewer vendors this year, but the still provided anything and everything you might hope to find at an event of this size. Stephanie seemed to spend much of her spare time at the Hawg Hugger Leather booth, but self-control won out and the orange and black leathers will have to wait. We stopped at the Add-A-Tude Custom Painting booth and chatted with my little brother Jim and my hometown friend Tim, and then it was back to work.

The stage, of course, was nonstop activity. Whether it was the Purrfect Angelz, the Easyriders Roadware Fashion Show, door prize awards or musical entertainment, something was always happening. A special Dave Mann salute was scheduled for 4:15 p.m.—a touch I thought to be in excellent taste. Easyriders dedicated the show to Dave and also presented his wife Jacquie with a special gift. The gift from Joe Teresi, publisher of the Paisano Publications family of magazines, was one of her husband’s original paintings.

While catching some fresh air on the loading dock, I had a chance to talk to the producer of the band Blackberry Smoke, who was to take the stage at 2:45 p.m. The band’s producer is none other than Jesse James Dupree, front man of the band Jackyl. He highly recommended the day’s music, and he was right on the money. These guys kicked ass!

After a few more pictures and a little more checking out the vendors, we took time for a few cold ones and a chance to relax. The bikes this year were better than ever, and I see a trend that I like a lot. Diversity seems to be on the rise, with fresh ideas and more of the old school/bobber look that seems to be coming back with a vengeance.

This year’s show had a reported attendance increase of 15 percent over last year, and I believe it! Lots of folks, lots of bikes, and one hell of a good time. Also, make sure to check out all the award winners from this year’s show!

Story by Loney and
Stephanie Wilcoxson

Photos by Loney & Stephanie Wilcoxson, Dave Miller, Stripe, Mike Schweder, & Gary Zimmerman