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The Brooklyn Invitational 2017

Not much has changed since the inaugural Brooklyn Invitational nearly a decade ago and that’s a very good thing. The cheap beer flowed, the selvedge denim remained unwashed, and the bikes ranged from rat-bike choppers to auction-ready classics. This September marked year number nine for Keino Sasaki and crew and the show has become one of the world’s premier custom motorcycle events.
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The small handful of motorcycles showcased at the event was a mouthwatering cross section of renowned shops and lesser-known craftspeople, all sharing the same stage and all worthy of enthusiastic ogling. Walt Siegl’s full-chrome-jacket Leggero was a stunner, Prism’s pure Americana Knucklehead (featured in Issue 028, SUBSCRIBE and never miss an issue!) was even sexier in person, Madhouse Motor’s Rat Fink meets Junkyard Wars BSA had inspired style, and Christian Newman’s stainless Knucklehead had the precision of a medical device sporting Gene Simmon’s attitude. And that was just a few of the many beautiful custom bikes on display.








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I just don't get some of these Ebay sellers.  They'll have a shrink wrapped part from the 1980s from Drag Specialties or Gary Bang or CCI or Midwest or Dixie.  They have the part listed as a BEST OFFER Listing.  The Price is $22.50 or BEST OFFER.  Shipping is $7.75.  I'll Offer $18.00 or maybe even $15.00 - trying to keep it around $20 bucks for the whole business.  The seller will deny my offer . . . and offer $21.50 or 21.00????  They came down a $1.50 ???

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