The Shovelheads of Born Free 3


One word kept popping up after this year's Born Free event in Orange County: overwhelming. The show has grown every year, and BF3 was massive. The bike show area was a huge lawn on which several hundred custom motorcycles lined up to shine in the sun… or not.

To digest so many high-caliber bikes in one day, we focused on little missions: shoot Japanese bikes, shoot Sporties, shoot sissy bars, that sort of thing. Here's a fine collection of shovelheads, arguably the most popular platform at America's premier custom motorcycle show.


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Commented on 8-29-2011 At 12:09 pm

great post...

Commented on 8-29-2011 At 12:38 pm

the shrimp boat capt. makes me warm and fuzzy everytime i see it- awesome collection you guys gathered here- im surprised no ones re-made those narrowglide nacelles yet

Commented on 8-29-2011 At 01:00 pm

Ooo ooo, there's a Sportster in the woodpile!
Interesting array of Shovels.

Commented on 8-29-2011 At 02:23 pm

The bike in the header pic belongs to Shannon Aikau.
"SUPERSTITIOUS" coming out in Jan 2012 Easyrider

Commented on 8-29-2011 At 04:17 pm

+1 on the Shrimp Boat Cap.. nice bikes

Commented on 8-29-2011 At 05:52 pm

never really been a big fan of long bikes..... but DAAAMMMN!!!! How can anyone not like a Sugar Bear front end? That thing is amazizing.

Commented on 8-29-2011 At 06:07 pm

my bike made the bars post and now the shovel post. come on sissy bar! fuckin sweet!

Commented on 8-29-2011 At 06:21 pm

Diggin it, especially the first pic.

Commented on 8-29-2011 At 08:19 pm


Commented on 8-29-2011 At 09:35 pm

That whole show was eye candy overload man. Great bikes everywhere you looked.

Commented on 8-29-2011 At 09:46 pm

At least I know that my short, wideglide frontend won't be what I see on every other bike.....I love the ratrod shovel with the VL springer and wishbone frame, any more pics of that one?? Your fav was pretty obvious.....if you've ever ridden a bike with the pipes dumping right under your ass.........what did you say??......what??? I can't HEAR YOU!!!!!!! FTW, Shooter

Commented on 8-29-2011 At 10:48 pm

Nice selection

Commented on 8-30-2011 At 12:17 am

Unreal. cant miss the next show

Commented on 8-30-2011 At 01:31 am

Wow...Shovel Mania. I missed about 94% of everything so thanks for making the post.

Commented on 8-30-2011 At 02:22 am

Yes, maybe next year.

Commented on 8-30-2011 At 03:04 am

what a great set of pictures! Shovels are slowly becoming one of my favorite motors. Thanks guys!

Commented on 8-30-2011 At 04:53 am

Thanks for the post.
Great pics from a great show.

Commented on 8-30-2011 At 02:45 pm

damn was those moped snowflake wheels on that first bike?

Commented on 8-30-2011 At 08:23 pm

REV - I think they are Suzuki wheels?

Commented on 8-30-2011 At 09:03 pm

it was all such a blur i can't remember if my shovelhead was there or not!

Commented on 8-31-2011 At 05:37 am

AAAHHh yeah. feeling the love!

Commented on 8-31-2011 At 05:38 am

Would like to have this one in print!

Commented on 9-1-2011 At 03:47 am

I cannot wait to make to a Born Free show.

Commented on 9-29-2011 At 02:30 am

Full blown Shovelhead heaven!

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