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Born - Free Five Bike Update

Here's the latest on the BF 5 Giveaway Bike & if you don't already know Born-Free has a blog full of updates ,show info,photos and videos.  www.bornfreeshow.com Doing these giveaway bike has been a lot of fun and very exciting...but always a tough decision on what to do each year and how to make it better and keep you all interested.What trumps the 50 Panhead of BF2? a 46 Knuckle for BF3.. kinda hard to beat a Knuckle but 2 69 Shovel's at BF4 did the trick...It's BF 5 and now what do we do? Here is the plan.... We have gotten together with some of our builders (14 as of today) more to be announced soon. These guys will build their totally new show bikes for the BF5 builder invite..They will build some of the best Knuckles,Pans,Shovels,Flatheads,Triumphs, ect on the planet .We will sell our original artwork posters w/free tickets that will enter you in the promo just like previous years but instead of us pre-determining the bike we give away...the winner does. Yes you!! You buy a poster w/ free ticket and if your number is pulled at the show you will be able to pick ( one ) bike from the builders that are participating in the promo... You pick your favorite bike from your favorite builder! The decision is yours. We will have much more info and details soon... This year you must be present to win! Again you must be present to win! So make your plans now. Here are just some of the builders who have committed :: Andy Carter (Pangea Speed),Big Scott(Cycle Zombies), Josh Conely,Bill Mize,Caleb Owens,Chopper Dave,Dave Barker,Dave Polgreen,Joey( The Fish) Cano,Kiyo,Larry( Garage Company Customs) Todd Asin,Kouske( SunRise Cycles)and Max Schaaf. One lucky soul will win the bike of their dreams on June 29 Th. 2013....Born-Free 5 

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