Brooklyn Invitational 2017

Brooklyn Invitational 2017

Brooklyn Invitational 2017


PHOTOS Gregory George Moore and Indian Motorcycle  
WORDS Iron & Air Staff


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 event quickly became a roiling stew of curious locals, industry insiders, and custom motorcycle die-hards..."

The show took place at ROOT, a gallery in the heart of Williamsburg’s industrial district - a stone's throw from the shore of the East River and Manhattan’s East Village skyline. With attractions like The Brooklyn Bowl, The William Vale Hotel, Brooklyn Brewery, and the Kinfolk Café nearby, the event quickly became a roiling stew of curious locals, industry insiders, and custom motorcycle die-hards all gleefully packed into the intimate white-walled exhibition.

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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.

 

 

As the event’s headline sponsor, Indian Motorcycle used the opportunity to debut three commissioned builds, each one a unique interpretation of the new Scout Bobber:


KRAUS MOTORS

Inspiration:
A new generation of riders looking for quality and performance.

Builder Statement:
“When we build on the foundations laid by tradition we are reminded to learn from the past and push the limits beyond what has been done. Indian Motorcycle has opened the opportunity to recreate American made quality standards and performance. Each Indian model platform has unique qualities that offer the aftermarket and consumer opportunities for customizations to easily reflect individual styles and designs. It has been a complete pleasure to customize and build upon the foundation laid by Indian engineers.” – Satya Kraus


KEINO CYCLES

Inspiration:
Streamliner trains, airplanes, and automobiles.

Builder Statement:
“It was a great opportunity for me to work with the new Indian Scout Bobber with freedom of creativity and ideas. When I stripped the bike down to its main chassis, I knew it could go beyond its styling originally intended. I hope this bike showcases the possibilities of the Scout Bobber with little imagination and creativity.” – Keino


STEVE CABALLERO / ROLAND SANDS

Inspiration:
The style of a street tracker, finished with the skateboarder’s favorite number: 360.

Builder Statement:
“The Indian Scout is a fantastic platform for customization, and when we decided to customize a Scout Bobber for the Brooklyn Invitational I knew I wanted to work alongside Roland and his team at RSD. As a renowned bike builder, Roland has extended the experience with the Scout platform and has a suite of offerings for the street flat tracker look we wanted to achieve.” – Steve Caballero

 

Invited Builders: Andrew Fairbank, Christian Sosa, CT Newman, Dave Freston, Dick Miles Collection, Jake & Zack Hindes, Jamie Waters Collection, Jim Garrison, J Shia, Keino Sasaki, Martin Carlgren, Matt Davis, Nicke Svensson, Paul Cox, Rich Phillips, Roland Sands, Satya Kraus, Stuart Parr Collection, Toshiyuki “Cheetah” Osawa

Disclosure: Indian Motorcycle paid for our travel and accommodations to cover this event.


Thanks to our friends at Indian Motorcycle for sponsoring this coverage.


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