Just to keep all the bikes semi-organized, I'll be posting by motor with flatheads and knuckleheads first. There was only one of each but it was quality over quantity. The upsweeps on this flathead were very cool.
I didn't get the whole story on the knuckle but it was apparently a recent barn find.
I'm pretty sure barn finds are most valuable when they are truly "barn fresh" and not cleaned up. If that's true, I think the rain washed a couple grand worth of decades-old dirt onto the parking lot. Oh well.
By far, the most amazing bike there was Tom Fugle's panhead he called Double Diamond. He built it for Born Free 6. When posting lots of photos from shows, I often save my favorite bike for last but this one is too good not to share first.
In case you're not familiar with Tom, watch his Born Free 6 profile for a little about him and the bike he built:
The more you stare at the bike, the more detail you will see including things like the oil tank built into in the rear fender. The frame looks like it's made from melted wax, not steel. Tom seemed to squeeze parts into impossibly tight spaces like the way he routed the pipes. He also makes the paint himself and photos simply don't do it justice. It really has to be seen in person in sunlight to be fully appreciated.
Not surprisingly, Tom's bike won the "Watermelon Pete Best In Show Award".
Now that Tom's bike is out of the way, the rest of my Full Tilt posts will cover motorcycles built and modified by mere mortals.
There was a small but diverse mix of bikes out front including this old shovelhead.
Inside the prints were framed and lined two of the walls (about 20 prints in total). Music was playing and beer & wine were available. Each print was available for sale for $100 each (unframed). There were some that I really liked, but not enough to impulsively shell out $100 with no practical means of carrying it home. I don't have a lot of suitable wall space anyway.
I didn't notice these two guys when taking the photo above, but their reflection in this print makes me smile.
The one I really liked was a Vincent that appeared to have been done in watercolor. Out of respect to the artists, I didn't take any direct photos of the artwork (trust me that I really wanted to). After a little research at home, I learned the original painting of the Vincent was done by Makoto Endo, who paints in ink with chopsticks. His website has lots of motorcycle paintings done in the same style. They are really cool - check it out.