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22 April 2018 THUNDER PRESS by The Breeze Photos by Christie Furiato ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., FEB. 3— It was a typical New Jersey winter— snow, ice, rain, warm, cold, repeat. When we arrived at the Atlantic City Convention Center, the "motorcycle only" parking area was empty, but it was no refl ection on the lines at the ticket windows. We checked our coats, made our way in and saw the festivities were already in high gear. The tour, which began in Sacramento, California, and ended in Columbus, Ohio, with the Invitational Bike Show on February 10–11, came to entice and enter- tain. I was immediately drawn to the vendors as I was looking for some upgrades for "Night Moves," my 2017 FLHXS. Cory and Zach Ness, son and grandson of Arlen, from Arlen Ness Enterprises, had a great booth with a new take on some cool accessory collections. Yaffe's Bagger Nation, celebrating 25 years in business, had some cool new mon- key bars and exhaust systems that seemed to be catching everyone's attention. Custom builders Back Yard Baggers, Sick Sledz and Creative Performance all brought an interest- ing collection of their best work. My head was swimming with ideas so we decided to take a break and head over to the main stage. On the way we visited with Jacky Bam Bam and the MM-aRmy from radio station 93.3 WMMR, who were providing music and laughs for the crowd in between sets on the stage. Next to their setup was the 2018 EASYRIDERS BIKE SHOW ATLANTIC CITY All that glitters is gold Easyriders awards and sign-in booth. Each paid admission got to vote on their fi ve favorite bikes in the show for the People's Choice award. As a bonus, Hannah Hughes, the March Fox Hunt winner and model for the magazine feature story, was posing for pictures and signing autographs. When we reached the stage, Lisa Ligon, longtime master of ceremonies for the tour, was just fi nishing the fi rst of three door prize giveaways. The prizes, again given to registered attendees, are a mix of swag provided by the vendors. Lisa mixed in some fun interacting and bringing folks on stage for contests such as the smooth- est bald head. Immediately after- wards, she introduced show favorites Purrfect Angelz, who travel yearlong providing high-energy entertainment around the country. This year's group, consisting of Amy, Kelsey, Lisa and Haley, wowed the crowd with their dance steps and fashion show. Afterwards, the band Stolen Rhodes took the stage, and kept the energy going by rocking the crowd with their smokin' brand of blues/rock/country originals and covers. All this excite- ment made us hungry, so it was time for some grub. There were many food choices throughout the show, but because we were connected to the hotel, we decided to take the indoor walkway to the Tun Tavern, a brew pub with handcrafted beers and a fantastic menu. The restaurant was packed with motorcycle enthusiasts, but we found a seat at the bar and were quickly served. The Inferno Wings and Pub Burger, washed down with a couple Dry Hopped Blondes, was the perfect break. With a quick walk back we were right into the action again. Back to the vendors with my wife Christie in the lead, it was time to peruse the clothing and jewelry. Highway Leather, Pull No Punches Apparel and A.C. Harley-Davidson all had large selections, while Unleashed Jewelry and Surgical Steel provided some cool biker designs. At the Full Throttle trailer, Michael Ballard and Jesse James Dupree signed autographs and posed for pictures with the crowd while hawking a new line of clothing as well as promoting Full Throttle S'loonshine, Ballard's latest venture. We snatched up some giveaways from the Lucas Oil booth, and stopped and visited with Mikey Bones from the Freehold Elks, who were raffl ing off a 2017 Fat Boy with all the proceeds benefi ting various charities they sup- port throughout the year. By now it was getting late and it would be our last chance to see the stunt show. We got there just in time to catch the NTC Drift Trike Demo consisting of cool little three-wheelers sliding around the arena. Afterwards, Deadbeat Customs had their Stunt Division put on a show ripping it up with speed and wheelies, delight- ing everyone watching. We took a last look at the bikes entered in the competition and grabbed a seat at the main stage for the awards. This year's show awarded bikes in 18 different categories. Easyriders Editor-in-Chief Dave Nichols, assist- ed by Hannah Hughes, bestowed tro- phies to the winners for some of the coolest entries I've seen in a while. Nick's Cycles from Williamstown, New Jersey, took fi rst in Antique Class for the second year in a row with their 1940 Harley-Davidson UH. Jim Fowler from Sick Sledz took the Bagger Nation trophy for his 2012 Road Glide while Paul Shadley from Whitman, Massachusetts, took home Best in Show for his 1972 custom, my personal favorite. It was great seeing Easyriders back for a second year in Atlantic City. It defi nitely helps pass the win- ter months, and this show brings in a little bit of everything, and is sure to keep you busy for the day. Other than sitting in the garage daydream- ing about that fi rst warm, sunny, salt-free ride, what else would you be doing? 4 Winners gathered at the end of the awards presentation Best in Show 1972 H-D custom

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