Now in its 12th year, Born-Free continues to be one of the greatest custom motorcycle shows in America. Focusing primarily on V-twins and choppers, the level of artistry seen from the builders here is unparalleled. Like always, the event took place in Silverado, California, with live music, tons of vendors, and big prizes for the top builders.
Harley-Davidson is back as the event’s premier sponsor, which makes sense as the vast majority of the bikes here came from its factory at one point, even if they’ve gone through some tremendous transformations since. Loud music, louder bikes, cold beer, and warm people—the event and the bikes that fill it just seem to get better every year.
Coming into the show, many were predicting that Best in Show would go to either Christian Newman’s eight-valve ULH or Hawke Lawshe’s centrifugally supercharged 96-inch Shovelhead build. Little did we know, it would be a dead-even tie between the two and both bikes will now be going to the 2021 Mooneyes Hot Rod Custom Show in Yokohama.
After multiple delays, it was great to get back on the lawn at Silverado and see so many old friends and familiar bikes. Check out bornfreeshow.com for more information on next year’s show. We heard a rumor that something’s happening in Texas…