born free motorcycle show – ridin’ dirty in so-cal, fuel curve

Born Free Motorcycle Show – Ridin’ Dirty in So-Cal

The Born Free Motorcycle Show has come a long way from its humble beginnings. At the first event, 200 motorcycles gathered in a warehouse parking lot in Orange County, CA. Over the last eight years, Born Free has transformed itself into one of the premiere motorcycle events in the U.S., drawing upwards of 20,000 motorheads and thousands of motorcycles from all over the world. As in Europe, Japan and other far off lands.

born free motorcycle show – ridin’ dirty in so-cal, fuel curve

So what’s the secret? Born Free founders Mike Davis and Grant Peterson say it’s all about the love of old motorcycles and like-minded individuals having a good time together enjoying the bikes of the past and the culture that surrounds them.

born free motorcycle show – ridin’ dirty in so-cal, fuel curve

born free motorcycle show – ridin’ dirty in so-cal, fuel curve

Motorcycles, choppers and trikes from virtually every decade invaded Oak Canyon Ranch in Irvine, CA., June 24-25 for the 9th annual Born Free Motorcycle Show for a weekend of motorcycle mayhem. Harleys, Indians, Triumphs, Nortons, Bultacos, Husqvarnas, Hondas, Kawasakis, you name it. New or old, it doesn’t matter: anything with two wheels (or even three) is welcome and adds flavor to the show.

born free motorcycle show – ridin’ dirty in so-cal, fuel curve

born free motorcycle show – ridin’ dirty in so-cal, fuel curve

Bikes, beer, babes and, well, plenty of badassery covered every square foot of the scenic 17-acre Oak Canyon Ranch, where there was no shortage of chrome, candy paint, sissy bars, leather, flames, tattoos and halter tops. Why did halter tops ever fall out of favor? We swear we heard Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild” playing in the wind.

born free motorcycle show – ridin’ dirty in so-cal, fuel curve

born free motorcycle show – ridin’ dirty in so-cal, fuel curve

Every year Born Free has a special display for the Invited Builders where you can get an up-close look at what some of the best custom motorcycle builders on the planet are creating. This year 24 builders were invited, and their creations will blow your socks off. You can check out all of their builds here.

born free motorcycle show – ridin’ dirty in so-cal, fuel curve

The guys at Born Free try to incorporate something new into each show, and this year was no exception. On Thursday night they hosted The Stampede, which featured dirt-track racing at nearby Costa Mesa Speedway. Another new addition was The Get Down at the Ranch, a half-pipe sponsored by VANS which had more than 20 skaters flying high all weekend. Skating royalty Steve Caballero, Christian Hosoi and Bucky Lasek were even spotted dropping in on the ramp, which was a crowd favorite for every soul in the joint.

born free motorcycle show – ridin’ dirty in so-cal, fuel curve

If that’s not enough bang for your buck, there were kick-ass bands rocking two stages all weekend, great food and hundreds of vendors hawking everything from T-shirts to custom parts for your motorcycle. And if you still had money burning a hole in your pocket, you could always buy a raffle ticket for The Give Away – a Born Free tradition.

born free motorcycle show – ridin’ dirty in so-cal, fuel curve

born free motorcycle show – ridin’ dirty in so-cal, fuel curve

The Give Away isn’t just any raffle. For just $25, you get a poster and a raffle ticket. If it’s your lucky day, you’ll get to ride home on a 1951 Harley-Davidson Panhead, a 1942 H-D Knucklehead or a brand-new 2017 H-D Lowrider S. Now that’s a raffle worth entering!

born free motorcycle show – ridin’ dirty in so-cal, fuel curve

Whether you’re into custom bikes or stock rides, a garage builder or weekend warrior, a gearhead or a speed junkie, like patina or metal-flake or just want to check out the motorcycle scene, then Born Free motorcycle show is for you. The people watching isn’t bad either!

born free motorcycle show – ridin’ dirty in so-cal, fuel curve

Growing up just miles from Fremont Drag Strip where his father both worked and raced throughout the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, Marc Gewertz was exposed to the excitement, color, and pageantry of hot rodding at an early age. During junior high, he began taking his Nikon camera to the dragstrip to capture the action and the people behind all those fast cars. With a penchant for being in the right place at the right time, he quickly developed a reputation as being one of rac­ing’s rising young photographic talents.

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