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2005 L.A. Calender Show Photo Gallery
2005 Los Angeles Calendar Bike Show
Our new cruiser correspondent takes us on a walk through the West Coast's biggest bike show. Check out the full report in
Flash for Cash LA Calendar Bike Show
Russell Mitchell and Jesse Rooke attacked by FastDates.com Calendar Angels
Iron & Lace Calendar Builders Seminar with Performance Machine's Roland Sands
Feature band: Unauthorized Rolling Stones
Jesse Rooke's newest Custom the Dunlop '05 with FastDates.com Angelz
Purrfect Angelz - Could have made Madonna blush during their version of Like a Virgin at the 2005 Los Angeles Calendar Bike Show.
Purrfect Angelz - Perform to Madonna's Like a Virgin during the Los Angeles Calendar Bike Show.
The Los Angeles Calendar Bike Show Jardine Dyno gets some love from Kerry Bryant.
Los Angeles Calendar Bike Show Pro Builder Contest Area would have been more packed if not for them confounded Angelz.
Los Angeles Calendar Bike Show Midway was jam packed and jelly tight. Whatever that means.
Custom bike builder Jesse Rooke and the FastDates.com Calendar Angels share some personal space at the 2005 Los Angeles Calendar Bike Show.
Los Angeles Calendar Bike Show Stage and Pro Builder Bikes are really what this event are all about.
The Purrfect Angelz have become an institution at the Los Angeles Calendar Bike Show.
John Franco of Wicked Brothers took home the first place award for Pro Builder at the 2005 Los Angeles Calendar Bike Show.
Best Performance Machine Equipped Bike $5,000. Mark Daley is a custom builder out of Medford, Oregon. His bad-ass bikes are starting to attract nationwide attention so don't be surprised when he gets a build-off invite sometime soon.
'Hey, is this supposed to be like this?'
I went to a French bike rally once that featured a full-on stripper competition. This is the watered-down American version.
The deep-offset 18-inch rim on this Jesse Rooke custom is enough to put any Chicago pizzamaker to shame.
Many famed custom builders came to the Long Beach event, but this was not one of them. However, Hooters was raffling off an Orange County Choppers Hooters Chopper.
How well do you think this R1 turns with this monstrous Metzeler on the rear?
The builder of this bike couldn't understand my English and I couldn't understand his Japanese.
The Bobber Shop's booth encouraged visitors to their booth to feel right at home. You do have a leopard skin rug in your house, don't you?
Exile Cycles understated brand of custom was a big hit at the show.
A rare, near-stock Harley-Davidson sits by the calm waters of Long Beach Harbor.
This trio of traditional bobbers from Zero Engineering of Tokyo could just as easily been photographed half a century ago.
Sometimes it's a full-time job keeping these things clean. A Gooseneck chopper by Chica.
This lightly-customized Indian was a breath of fresh air in Chopperland.
Loco Choppers had a number of classic East LA-style choppers on display.
You may have heard of Billy Lane of Choppers Inc. His brother Warren, who gets Mexicans and Moroccans confused at times, built this bike.
The regal Queen Mary looks on as Garage Company's Panhead bobber basks in the limelight.
This very clean flamed chopper won a special 'most obnoxious straight pipes' competition, judged by me. And I like loud pipes.
The lovely and talented Jesse Payo rocks out with her band.
This rigid gooseneck Moto Guzzi done by Wizard Creations was one of the more interesting customs on display. The complete lack of suspension in the rear is complimented by an Ohlins superbike fork up front. I love twisted bikes. Also, check out how many pieces on this bike are painted/powder-coated.
Limited edition Ducatis don't seem nearly so limited when they're parked right next to each other.
If I watched cable TV I'd probably know that this rigid-framed bike, with its hammered copper exterior was rushed together in a just a few days to make some build-off competition. I had to ask.
A Buell makes its way up to a shot at dyno stardom in the Jardine Horsepower Shootout.
Dreamcraft Studios' 'Rapture' won a $5000 Best in Show prize to help pay its reported $250,000 price tag. The unique bike features a machined aluminum frame, exhaust through the swingarm, and quad fork tubes.
The promoter reported a 20% increase in attendance for the popular show.
Check out the hard-to-find Italian styling of Benelli's TNT 1130 (left) and Mondial's Piega.
So California... God I love this country.
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