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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cold Steel Knives giveaway

Cold Steel, Incorporated was founded in 1980, a company dedicated to making the strongest, sharpest knives in the world.
Over the last three decades, Cold Steel has been at the forefront of the many innovations that have helped to define the knife industry as a whole. Progressive accomplishment, including the introduction of the checked Kraton® handles, and the tanto point blade styles have gone from curiously interesting features to industry-wide hallmarks of quality and sophistication.
New ground was also broken with the introduction of unique new blade steels like San Mai III® and Tri-Ad™ Lock& locking mechanism for folding knives. Tri-Ad™ Lock for example, has never been equaled by any of Cold Steel's competitors and nothing they have produced yet has been proven to outperform it.
Of course Cold Steel will always look to the future, constantly striving to make the world's strongest, sharpest knives. That goal as elusive and difficult to achieve as it is, has been the same for the past thirty years.


Cold Steel fans - take a picture of yourself at our booth rocking your Cold Steel knife and you may get the opportunity to win a Cold Steel Recon Scout!*

*Entrants must be 18 or over.
Post a picture of yourself wearing or carrying your Cold Steel Knife while at our booth at Chopper Fest and share it on one of our Social Media Pages with the hashtag #ColdSteelChopperFest for a chance to win
One winner will be picked at random

Twitter: @ColdSteelKnives

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sponsor Highlight:Indian Larry Motorcycles

We are proud to welcome Indian Larry Motorcycles to the Chopper Fest Family!

"Indian Larry was born in New York and was interested in mechanics from a very early age. Indian Larry’s inspiration was 50’s – 60’s motorcycle clubs, Ed “Big Daddy Roth” and the legendary Von Dutch. The skilled machinist, metal-sculptor and master motorcycle mechanic has won countless custom shows, was featured in Motorcycle Mania with Jesse James, participated in motorcycle racing, and originated the hard-core motorcycle style – a blend between classic choppers and hotrod race bikes.

Indian Larry’s resume includes movie, video, television, and magazine spreads. His eccentric nature combined with a unique and colorful appeal has gathered great interest from media, producing a fanatic fan base. Indian Larry starred in four episodes of the Biker Build-Off series which aired on the Discovery Channel. His personality and uniqueness has translated to people across the world. Indian Larry’s passing in August, 2004 was a tremendous loss for the motorcycle industry and all whom he touched. His vision and craftsmanship lives on in his incredible motorcycles, such as Wild Child and Daddy O. He has been added to the list of American icons, whose clarity on life and the dedication to knowledge affected countless people. There are currently two books written on Indian Larry, one which “Chopper Shaman” compares him to a mythical creature not of this world and another “Indian Larry” which is a photo history of some of his work and character.

After Larry’s untimely passing in August 2004 his friends and partners Bobby and Elisa Seeger continued Indian Larry’s dream of a custom motorcycle shop creating ride able works of art along with a parts and clothing line. Bobby, close friends with Larry for many years and his wife Elisa started working with Indian Larry in 2002. Bobby was responsible for marketing and public relations and Elisa his business manager. Along with Bobby and Elisa, there is a dedicated team to ensure quality in every bike, part and clothing item, Honoring Indian Larry’s spirit."


I.L. Forever!

 (Photo by Debbie Fitch)
Kindly give Indian Larry motorcycles a follow on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to visit their booth during the day!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sponsor Highlight: JIMS USA

Established in 1967 by Jim Thiessen, JIMS® Machining (JIMS®) has been manufacturing precision performance products for use on Harley-Davidson® motorcycles for over 45 years now! From humble beginnings in 1967, JIMS® has grown into one of the industry leaders producing performance parts, accessories, tools, transmissions, and high-performance engines all aimed at enhancing the Harley rider’s experience. Originally, Jim Thiessen worked as a machinist with the aerospace industry. As bikes were brought to the shop in the early days for repairs and mechanical problems, customers would come to Jim looking for hard to find parts, or higher quality American made parts. In the mid to late 70’s Jim committed 100% to V-Twin Motorcycles. Developing parts & processes is his expertise, so naturally he developed a reputation for precision machining in the motorcycle industry. Starting with just a few manual mills & lathes, JIMS now occupies several buildings totaling 50,000 square feet filled with CNC machines.

It is no secret to us at JIMS® (and to top engine builders) that performance V-Twin engines require more valve lift than stock designs. This increases the load on the tappet roller, which can lead to failure. Tappet roller failure is a catastrophic and expensive failure. Broken needle rollers allow the tappet roller to deform, causing cam lobe damage. Pieces of the hard rollers, as well as debris from the cam can easily contaminate other parts, such as cam plates, bearings, oil pumps, and other tappets ultimately resulting in a complete rebuild. To remedy this, we have replaced the needle rollers with a special bronze alloy bushing, resulting in increased reliability and longevity.
No longer do you need to worry about needle rollers and debris damaging the engine in the event of a failure. In addition to this, JIMS has invested in new machinery that controls the hydraulic unit fitment tolerance within .00015”. This new failsafe design means that, even if the bushing wears out, it will be retained in the tappet assembly. The new Powerglide Steady Roll Tappets are available for use on all Twin Cams, Sportster 2000-present,
and Buell 2000-present (except 1125R.) For more details see No. 1827-IS instructions.

Twin Cam - Use on 1999-present Twin Cam, 2000-present Sportster & Buell.
No.1827 (.8420 O.D.)
No.1828 (+.002)
No.1829 (+.010)

JIMS® Forceflow Cylinder Head Cooler

Introducing the new patent pending JIMS ForceFlow Cylinder Head Cooler. Whether you are running a big inch performance engine or rolling stock in traffic on a hot summer day, your air cooled engine will heat up. Excessive heat and operating temperature can be an engines worst enemy. The patent pending JIMS ForceFlow literally forces the heat away from your engine by pushing high velocity air through the cylinder fin pack in a wide flow pattern, directed at the head gasket surface. Powered by a cooling fan that was designed to cool brakes in NASCAR, the JIMS ForceFlow can lower head temperatures up to 100 degrees! The ForceFlow can either be activated by a thermostat (included), or wired for a manual off switch. This unique design also relocates the horn inside the ForceFlow’s streamlined housing, and gives the horn mount or “left side” of the bike a much needed new look. The ForceFlow comes with all necessary hardware and wiring, and is available in Black or Silver for $420.00 MSRP, or Polished for $450.00 MSRP and coming soon in Chrome. 
For more information look us up at, connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or call 805-482-6913.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sponsor Highlight : Exile Cycles

We are honored to have Russell sponsoring the show, as he has done for many years now.Russell Mitchell is the president of Exile Cycles, now in its tenth year of doing business. The company has grown from its modest beginnings into a multi-million dollar corporation. In the beginning Exile Cycles consisted of Russell whittling one-off motorcycles in his own garage. Today they have purchased a new facility of almost 20,000 square feet. Exile Cycles manufactures nearly every conceivable part of a motorcycle, and sells these parts both direct to the public and through its network of over 1,000 dealers. Exile produces around twenty complete custom bikes each year, and these machines have garnered hundreds of magazine features around the globe. Exile Cycles are instantly recognizable for their clean, tough, industrial styling. They are like a breath of fresh air amidst the mass of over-painted, over-chromed customs that have so long been the standard in the US. The good news is that the minimalist styling that has always been popular in Europe is now catching on fast in the US, and Exile Cycles is leading the charge. In fact, Russell has been preaching this styling ethic from his soapbox for so long he virtually has a monopoly on it

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sponsor Highlight: Cro Customs

We appreciate Caleb Owens sponsoring this year's event.
Caleb is a man of many talents! He creates award winning custom motorcycles, offer fab and motor service, custom parts and apparel. The best thing about Caleb is everything he accomplishes is for his wife and daughter. Be sure to visit his booth during the day!

Image of Cro Customs X Ink Fx Shop Apron

All photos use here were borrowed from his Blog

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Street Chopper / Chopper Fest Kick-Off Party!

We are proud to be working with Street Chopper this year! Join us at The Tavern on Dec 13, 2014 from 7 pm to close. Music, food and drink specials, plus so much more!