By Sasha Johnson
The Baddest Bagger Bike show was greeted with a fair cloudless sky on a fine Saturday morning during Las Vegas BikeFest. Though the sun shines down from above, the temperature today will tap out at a cool 83 degrees. This overly-pleasing weather only graces the Vegas valley but once a year, so the locals will soak up it up while they can.
As an avid moto-traveler, I’ve definitely developed a soft spot for bikes of the “full dresser” variety. Which is why I was so excited to check out the bikes that were entered in this year’s Las Vegas BikeFest Baddest Bagger Bike Show. Although many may enjoy the slim-sleek lines of a bar hopper type ride, I’m just looking for a comfortable seat and a booming sound system.
This is the bike show where comfort and style collide. Early afternoon welcomes the steady stream of bagger bike entries. Custom bike shops from all around are represented today, as well as independent motorcycle owners. The paint jobs on some of these bikes are so intricate and refined, that to call them anything less than true works of art would be a colossal understatement.
As the day goes on and all the baggers entered in the bike show have been corralled into Rally Central, the comradery of the contestants is palpable. Each owner and company member wander the show floor testing out the resounding audio packages that thunder through the crowd and make every soul standing in the vicinity of the bikes rattle to the core.
There are several entries here today that have been receiving well-deserved recognition for their motorcycles’ uniqueness all week long. Xavier Fields is back to represent for Rundlett Performance & Machine with their Rolex inspired Road King. The bike does not disappoint. Today he will leave with 2nd place in the Pro category.
The Baddest Bagger bike show contest offers many categories to fall under; including Stock, Modified, Radical and Pro. Everyone who enters is, of course, vying for the chance to be crowned the editor’s choice. This year the American Bagger Editor’s Choice went to Tony Vinyard for his 2008 Road King. The Urban Bagger Editor’s Choice award went to Jeremy Yuh from 1 Stop Cycles for their 2014 Softail Slim and Best Paint was awarded to Lind Walter for his 2015 Street Glide.
I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to my time here at Las Vegas BikeFest. From the venue to the events, top to bottom I have to say, this has most definitely been a great BikeFest.