Les Paul 100th Anniversary Custom Chopper to Debut at Cleveland IMS

January 27, 2016
Courtesy of Caroline Galloway

L to R, Michael Braunstein and Danny Koker, star of “Counting Cars” unveiled in New York.

The Les Paul Foundation has announced an exhibition of the Les Paul 100th Anniversary Commemorative Custom Chopper built by Count’s Kustoms at this week’s Progressive International Motorcycle Shows (IMS) at Cleveland’s I-X Center beginning Friday, January 29th – Sunday, January 31st.

The commemorative motorcycle that honors the music legend Les Paul was built by Danny (The Count) Koker and his team and featured on the hit television series “Counting Cars” on The History Channel. The one-of-a-kind motorcycle was created to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Les Paul, the man who many call the “Father of Modern Music” and was unveiled in Times Square on June 9, 2015. The appearance in Cleveland will mark the first time the elaborate custom motorcycle will be publicly exhibited.

Les Paul invented the solid-body electric guitar, multi-track recording and numerous other recording techniques. As an inventor Les was always creating from ordinary things he had in his studio or home.

The motorcycle was created and designed in the way one would expect Les Paul to create it. Using vintage and unusual parts that were already available in the garage and studio, Count’s Kustoms team produced a bike with elaborate detail and homage to Paul. Highlights of the chopper include a hand- tooled leather seat engraved with Les Paul’s signature, Les Paul mother-of-pearl inlay on the fender, an oxygen tank used as an extra gas tank, 100th Anniversary engravings, a hand-painted gas tank featuring Les Paul’s portrait, a chain guard designed as a guitar pickguard, gold leaf hand turned headlights, custom Les Paul risers, volume knobs on the engine head and much more. The motorcycle was the subject of a recent “Counting Cars” episode on The History Channel. To view go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5XMKUOm0pk

The Les Paul 100th Anniversary Commemorative Motorcycle will exhibit at the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows on the red carpet in the East &West High Bay. The public is welcome to view the bike before it leaves Cleveland for the Chicago IMS show. Cleveland played a big role in Les Paul’s career. As an inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Paul is the subject of a permanent exhibit. The Rock Hall also produced the last tribute concert honoring Paul before his death.

Les Paul 100th Anniversary Commemorative Custom Chopper The 2015-2016 IMS Tour feature the world’s leading manufacturers and attract thousands of motorcycle and riding enthusiasts across the U.S. The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows are the ultimate destination to experience the powersports culture, talk to brand and industry experts and shop the marketplace.

In addition to the chance to see the first public exhibition of the Les Paul 100th Anniversary Commemorative Motorcycle, the IMS show will feature the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Competition, stunt shows featuring Team No Limit with legendary rider Jason Britton, The Progressive Welcome Center and the Progressive Parlor featuring live art by Makoto Endo and Race America Slot Track.

Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows®, Ohio
Dates: Friday, January 29 – Sunday, January 31, 2016
Location: I-X Center, One I-X Center Drive, West & East High Bay, Cleveland, Ohio 44135

Show Hours: Friday, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $15 adults. All children 11 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult.
General Information/Tickets: www.motorcycleshows.com

About the Les Paul 100th Anniversary
Les Paul was an innovator who inspired creativity throughout his life. As the inventor of the solid body electric guitar, multi-track recording, over-dubbing (sound on sound) and numerous other recording techniques, he left an unmistakable mark on the music industry for future generations. The year-long Les Paul 100th Anniversary celebrates Les Paul’s life and includes major events and programs, tours, promotional campaigns, education grants and marketing initiatives that will secure his legacy for generations. The re-launched Les Paul Foundation website includes interactive opportunities with the late, great Les Paul as well as new merchandise. For more information and up-to- date schedules of the official Les Paul 100th Anniversary activities go to www.les-paul.com or www.lespaulfoundation.org