Born Free

The Born-Free Show is about the love of old motorcycles and like minded individuals having a good time together and enjoying these bikes of the past.It is also a family event,young and old a-like are welcome to come out and enjoy the show.This show is meant to unite people from all walks of life by bringing the passion that we all have of these old machines together for one special day.If you come out to the event please be prepared to have a great time,see some vintage bikes..lots of vintage bikes in a peaceful friendly family environment.The event site and local law enforcement have a (( no Patch or Colors )) policy that we must abide by.We respect everyone's right live & do as they choose so we must respect the event site's policy as well.We thank you in advance for your cooperation and look forward to seeing everyone June 28-29 @Born Free 6.

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BF 7 Invited Builder : Oliver Jones

Baltimore's favorite son Oliver Jones is returning for his 2nd year as a BF builder. He shook up the group with his blacked-out Kim-Tabbed , Dual Karata Magged Shovelhead at BF6 and promises the same for this year. Oliver checked in last night and here is what he had to say...  Hello booster!
Here are the images as promised.
the design has changed slightly since I made this sketch last July.

The bike, in a nut Shell Is going to be an ULTRA HIGH PERFORMANCE build in a chopper silhouette.

The 4spd frame will be modified to fit the Billet 107 C.I. 12/1 generator shovel motor. with about 2" up in the front and -2" in the back to shorten it.
Im using Sorensen Performance billet cylinders and heads on NOS STD 3 13/16 bore cases, Custom making, my own version of  Kennedy rocker boxes. Velva touch lifters, and all EVO style internal oiling, Zippers cam, ignition and Strociek roller rockers.
PURE POWER oilfilter filter, pingle shifted, clear primary BDL lock up clutch, Sputh cam cover, some hidden carbon fiber parts, and a very special starter setup!,
The front end is a +8" over 33.4mm.  I am Builing something really special for the wheels, but cant  give that up just yet though...

Things are moving forward and i should have a roller soon!

BF7 Invited Builder : Kyle Edgar

Kyle was part of the Show Class Peoples Champ Promo for BF6 although he was not crowned the Peoples Champ winner, his killer VL framed Shovelhead took home top honors in it's class at the show. Kyle's bike was a crowd favorite and really blew us away. We knew right then we wanted him to build a bike for BF7...and few months later he said yes. This platform works and will continue to work. We don't know everyone and can't possibly know what everyone is building so getting involved in a promo like the Show Class Peoples Champ really helps us and brings out talented builders that may get overlooked. Here are a few words from Kyle....
At first I was undecided as to what motor I was going to build this bike around. I always wanted to build a Flatty, but wasn't sure I could come up with one. I had a lead on a '38 ULH motor, but it was outta my range. With some patience and good friends on the lookout, I was able to ultimately lock down a '46 Flathead UL. I plan on keeping the motor traditional... a stock 74" with upgraded cams. The frame I'm using is '49 Pan wishbone that had been through the wringer, and I wanted to give it a new life. I shortened the tail 2" and dropped the backbone and down-tubes just enough to hug the motor. I narrowed an RL springer..... and that's about where I'm at. This motor has been inspiring me to go in the direction of a track bike/'60's style show bike... it will have the stance and grit of a performance machine integrated with the nuances of a custom build. I tend to let my bikes take shape on their own, and I'm looking forward to where this one takes me!
I am truely honored to have been picked as an invited builder and to be among such an amazingly talented group of guys. Looking forward to June!

BF7 Invited Builder : Arie VanSchyndel

Arie V of  was part of the dynamic duo building team ( Big Nick Zazzi ) that brought the killer Street/ Strip Shovel to BF6 and opened many eyes & doors. Arie has a strong background in fabrication that stems from designing & fabricating roll cages and building suspension systems for racing world. He has become a go to guy in North San Diego for frame building ,customizing, bending handlebars, fab work and makes a nice line of chopper parts. His shop is Vee Manufacturing so if you need some work or parts look him up. Arie and his brother also produced the Hot Rod Havoc & Two Wheel Terrors videos. Arie has checked in with his first build update and writes:
 The motor is a built 80" 1950 Harley-Davidson EL Panhead.
  The frame will be hand built in house and It should have a real radical look with the front cylinder standing straight up. I also will be making a springer front end using some parts from a factory inline unit and old ford radius rods....and few hand crafted touches too. The bike won't be super long or totally raked out but it will definitely have that chopper look. Stay tuned for more build updates and our builder video series.

BF7 Invited Builder : Shawn Long

Shawn Long is very talented artist, painter and bike builder. Shawn has a long history with Born-Free....He painted an amazing tank for the Vans giveaway at BF4, did some killer artwork for a promo at BF3 and is now an invited builder. Shawn was also a part of the Show Class Peoples Champ promo and the bike he built grabbed the attention everyone watching and ourselves. Shawn is a super classy guy and has a real cool style that will add some diversity to our builder group. He just checked in and writes:

For my efforts, I am just shootin for a classic bike that I am digging.  It may touch on many different styles, but to quote a buddy of mine, let's call the vibe "choppermint".  This bike has been dancing on my brain for some time now, so it feels good to finally let it out. Starting with a 1947 Knucklehead engine sitting comfortably in an early OEM frame, with a VL springer out front. A few "ideas" still to iron out; a custom dual Linkert setup, narrowed hubs, narrowed oil tank, built gas tank, sissy stick, and Hellings bars and risers. Undecided on wheel and tire setup so I'm keepin my options open - dual 19's, 18 rear and 19 front, or 18 rear and 21 front.  Of course to wrap things up, the bike will be adorned with all the frills that deems the name show bike, but it isn't being built with sitting idle in mind. As you can see from the pics, most of the parts collection has taken place, so now its time to really get at it. See you in the sunshine. Be great!


BF7 Invited Builder: Shawn Donahue

Party? Shawn is know worldwide for his ability to party but he his also building a reputation has a top notch bike builder, fabricator and
 frame restoring guru. Shawn's ability to learn and create is something I have never seen before...there is really nothing he can't do if his mind is set on it. He opened his shop up a few years back (Bronsonville) with partner Pablo in Pomona CA and has been turning out high quality work ever since. This year he is back as a builder and here's the story...For Born-Free this year I'm building an 86" stroker Knucklehead chopper. This build is inspired by an older Swedish bike that unfortunately doesn't exist anymore. I've always loved Joakim Frantz's knucklehead "Satan's Dream" and have wanted to build my take on that bike for years. I'm excited to get the chance to finally do that this year! I will be building the frame, gas tank, oil tank, and springer front end from scratch, as well as controls, handle bars, sissy pole etc. This bike will be long and thin with tons of fabrication and full show chrome & paint. Party.

The Giveaway Knucklehead Post 1

This is the first of many updates to come on the 1946 Harley Davidson Knucklehead we are giving away at BF7. Max Schaaf of 4Q Condition in Oakland CA will be building & riding the bike to the show. Max has built some of the coolest bikes for BF & himself over the years and we are very happy he accepted our proposal to build one of the giveaway bikes. Here are some words from Max... This is my first post about the Knucklehead I am building and Born-Free is giving away at BF7. I've started to collect some parts for it. One being a beautiful 1946 Knucklehead motor, I really dig Knuckles in straight leg Panhead frames so I've acquired one of those as well. The rest is just gobbley guck for the photo, but you get the idea. I'm very excited about this endeavor and am actually a little anxious as I type this. My vision is to build a chopper, that when finished i'll ride to the show. It will not be a show bike that has immaculate paint and chrome with no farts on the seat, though I will be doing lots of fabrication and paint on the bike. I just think those style bikes are fun to build and ride and that way whoever wins it can enjoy themselves and not feel like they can't breathe on it. Feels corny to over explain  so i'll stop, and just say...... the winner wins a Knucklehead and I hope he/she can ride it out of there or at least enjoy riding it wherever it ends up. Stoked to do this. Mike & Grant  thanks for giving me this opportunity. If the bike runs well maybe i'll just ride past the show and head for Mexico. In the Wind... or On the Win. $25 chopper. Crazy.
P.S. Need kickstand.

I had no idea, digging up the burried treasures, while brushing off the cobwebs



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