while everybody gets rest, ive been working on my paint skills. no matter how easy the pro's make it look, this shit is hard, takes alot of time and cost some green backs.. so next time you see your local paint star, tell them its ok to look gay, just keep up the good work.. and for yall punks that think you got it going on......never drop a fucking tank that has been done up like a pair of sexy draws..what kind of shit is that...
We extended an invite out to Frank Bowman hailing all the way from St. Petersburg, Florida where he will be bringing his one of a kind Ironhead called "The Iron Panther" to showcase on May 9th for Fuel Cleveland. It was recently featured in The One Show and the Handbuilt Show. We asked ourselves, "Why not have Frank come to Cleveland and have him showoff this crazy machine to the Midwest?" His talents of building bikes is out of this world and he has a fresh take on how a bike should look. We couldn't be more honored to have him and his awesome Ironhead be a part of this show. Personally, I cannot wait to see this thing in person fly down Lakeside Ave., it just looks super fun. I asked Frank to write a little about himself and about the bike/build, here is what came of it.
My name is Frank Bowman, I own and operate Bowman Motorcycles out of St. Petersburg, Florida. The bike I will be bringing took the better part of a year and a half to build. The frame started life as a 1952 K model that I soon cut into pieces leaving only the lower engine cradle, goosnecked and sitting only 3 1/2 inches off the ground the bike stands at a total height of 27 1/2 inches to the tallest part of the motorcycle and rolls on a set of vintage 500.16 Firestone tires. The mill is a magneto powered Ironhead built from a combination of years for the most aesthetic and reliable components with hand made tins, bars and brass components. The fairing is an alloy hand shaped fairing dressing and a 1949 h-1 spotlight. The springer has been narrowed and chopped a significant amount to accommodate the low stance of the bike. I recently participated at The One Show in Portland, Oregon this year and just returned from Austin, Texas where I was an invited builder for the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show. I'm very excited to be given the opportunity to participate in this year's Fuel Cleveland!!! I have a lot of family strung about through Cleveland, Cincinnati and Kentucky so your show location has a lot of importance to me! Thank you again so much for having me! - Sincerely Frank Bowman, Bowman Motorcycles :)
I haven't posted on here in a minute. Seems like Instagram took the fire out of the blogosphere. Im gonna get back to posting on here more often. I feel like it's a better way to connect and not just fish for compliments or whatever. The last year has been insane. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's had a crazy year, it actually seems like I'm in pretty good company. During my divorce which was finalized in October, something I didn't talk about much, I decided to make some changes... I bought some land out of the city and I'll be building my own shop and spending more time building bikes and cars for myself. Stuff I hope you guys will be stoked about, but at the same time I'm not trying to win a popularity contest and at the end of the day all that matters is that I dig what I'm building. The seats are still my main bread and butter and I'll be coming out with new designs in the near future as well as offering custom seats to builders. Thanks to everyone who has supported my little company since day one. Instead of turning my company into a massive brand that sponsors every bike show and making crappy TV shows that kill your brain cells I've decided to make a quality product on a small scale and try to have a life that I can feel like I didn't compromise. I plan on traveling more this year, spending more time with my family and friends and hopefully getting to finish some of the projects I started, some of them years ago. Xoxo
There are 8 categories for the Bike Show at the Midwest Moto Swap. We have something for everyone, including: Best In Show American Modern American Vintage ('84 & earlier) British Cafe Racer Competition European Japanese
Each category encapsulates everything from a bone stock bike to a full custom. Competition class is for full race bikes (drag, flat track, GP, you get the idea), and the rest are pretty self explanatory. Each category is judged, and we have some awesome trophies for the winners. The Best in Show is chosen from the entire pool of bikes by the judges as a whole. It is FREE to enter your bike in the show with your paid $5 admission! There will be a bike show registration table from 8 a.m. - Noon, and awards will be announced by 2 p.m. Now get that bike spit-shined and ready to ride!
ATTENTION VENDORS, everything is set up for the Spring Midwest Moto Swap on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 at the Lowbrow Customs at 800 S. Progress Dr., Medina, Ohio 44256. You can download and print out a PDF Vendor Application hereor you can take care of online registration and payment here. Be sure to send in your application soon to make sure you get your spot, $30 for the first 10'x10' vendor spot, with each additional 10'x10' being $20. Each purchased vendor spot includes 2 admissions. If you would like to print out and complete an application, they can be faxed toll free to 1-866-378-2871 OR mailed in to Lowbrow Customs, ATT: Midwest Moto Swap, 800 S. Progress Dr, Medina, OH 44256. Vendor setup is the day of show 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Show starts at 8 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. For more info or if you have questions please contact Jessica at 330-850-7040 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.