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August 7th - Sportster Showdown & The Motorcycles As Art Show


The Sportster Showdown Bike Show & Party is held Tuesday, Aug. 7 at The Gardens at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip's east gate. It's free to enter and attend and features a mind-blowing collection of customized Sportster models and a hefty dose of memorable mayhem. Big thanks to Pat, Jen and the crew at Led Sled Customs for spearheading this event.

What kinds of custom motorcycles and art can be created from pure passion and love of the machine? You'll find out when you experience the stunning collection of masterpieces curated by Michael Lichter for the Sturgis Buffalo Chip's 2018 Motorcycles As Art Exhibition, "Passion Built“ Garage to Gallery. During the exhibit's historic 10th year at the Buffalo Chip, you'll get to know the works of a diverse group of over 40 custom builders and artists hand selected by exhibit curator Michael Lichter. This one-time collection will assemble a remarkable group of professional-quality custom motorcycles all built outside of a professional workplace during the builder's free time. This groundbreaking exhibit proves non-pros have a more powerful voice than ever before, and confirms that it won't ever be just a small handful of professionals who get to decide where the industry is headed. The exhibition is free to the public, and it's open in the Buffalo Chip's Event Center 2 -10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4 through Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. Be sure to check out the photographs captured by ChopCult contributor Daniel Venditto and the custom Biltwell Gringo helmet painted by Christopher Galley along with the jaw-dropping machinery on display.

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