January 16, 2015

BF7 Invited Builder : Shawn Long

Shawn Long is very talented artist, painter and bike builder. Shawn has a long history with Born-Free....He painted an amazing tank for the Vans giveaway at BF4, did some killer artwork for a promo at BF3 and is now an invited builder. Shawn was also a part of the Show Class Peoples Champ promo and the bike he built grabbed the attention everyone watching and ourselves. Shawn is a super classy guy and has a real cool style that will add some diversity to our builder group. He just checked in and writes:

For my efforts, I am just shootin for a classic bike that I am digging.  It may touch on many different styles, but to quote a buddy of mine, let's call the vibe "choppermint".  This bike has been dancing on my brain for some time now, so it feels good to finally let it out. Starting with a 1947 Knucklehead engine sitting comfortably in an early OEM frame, with a VL springer out front. A few "ideas" still to iron out; a custom dual Linkert setup, narrowed hubs, narrowed oil tank, built gas tank, sissy stick, and Hellings bars and risers. Undecided on wheel and tire setup so I'm keepin my options open - dual 19's, 18 rear and 19 front, or 18 rear and 21 front.  Of course to wrap things up, the bike will be adorned with all the frills that deems the name show bike, but it isn't being built with sitting idle in mind. As you can see from the pics, most of the parts collection has taken place, so now its time to really get at it. See you in the sunshine. Be great!



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