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99 www.thunderpress.net THUNDER PRESS April 2018 by JP Brady ATLANTA, GA., JAN. 27–28—If you're a biker, I know you were at the Great American Motorcycle Show held in the Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, Georgia, during the last weekend in January. Although it was a little rainy outside, this was a show not to be missed. Put on by Rhonda Sodel of the NATC Shows in Atlanta, this marked the 26th year for the "biggest indoor bike show in Georgia." And wow, it was big. As I walked into the auditorium, Hellbender Harley-Davidson wooed me with all the latest Harley models, and a very nice-looking female model, too! Hellbender Harley-Davidson, along with their family of stores, Southern Devil Harley-Davidson and Tomahawk Harley-Davidson, had the lifestyle on display from the Street 500 and 750 and the Street Rod all the way through the Harley line-up of Sportsters, Softails and Tourers, including the CVOs and Trikes. Everywhere I looked, everywhere I walked, I was breathing Harleys, Indians, one-of-a-kind custom chop- pers, trikes, touring bikes, bobbers, parts and accessories, all while inhal- ing the sweet smell of chrome. Need new leathers? Got 'em! How about insurance? Gotcha covered! There were helmets, seats, seat covers, tires, custom wheels, motorcycle covers, biker boots, and biker jewelry. Would you like to rent a motorcycle before you buy it? How about renting a cruiser for your special weekend trip up to the North Georgia mountains? EagleRider rentals was on hand to take care of all your motorcycle touring needs and wants. GREAT AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE SHOW Hotlanta happening If you haven't seen the Diamond Gusset American Made Defender Motorcycle Jeans in person, they were set up at the show with a huge display of their wares (or should I say wears?) that would cover your ass in case of emergency. It's nice to purchase a pair knowing you've got the perfect fi t. Have you been looking for the world's smallest DOT helmet? Horizons Motorsports had their tiny motorcycle helmets on display, so of course I had to try one on for size. I've gotta say, nice helmet. Who's tingling my ears with that southern rock music? How about JB Walker's Duo-Ride, along with Rob Gator performing biker classic tunes and original road songs on stage all after- noon. While I was taking a break from all there was to see and do, groovin' to the tunes, there was plenty of food and refreshments on hand. Adult in nature, of course. Time to fi ll up. If used motorcycles have your interest, local dealers like WOW Motorcycles had an awesome display of used Harley, Indian and Buell street bikes and cruisers on hand. I found out this represented only a small sampling from their huge local showroom, just down the street, that boasts of keeping over 600 clean, used bikes in stock. I talked with one of WOW's top- notch salesman/rider/enthusiasts Mike Putney, who told me that the folks he had spoken with during the show really enjoyed viewing all of the dif- ferent style bikes that were available to see and to touch and to sit on, all in the same room. And riding the bike of your dreams right out of the show was made easy because WOW had their fi nance team, Shannon and Shehan, on hand to make it happen. For customizing that newly- purchased machine, dealers like M3 Creations had a full line-up of accesso- ries available to turn your scooter into a rolling piece of art. Also, one of the newest custom motorcycle paint shops in the area was on hand, showing off their custom motorcycle painting. The Paint Shop says they do it all—frames, tanks, wheels and everything else you may need to make your ride stand out from the crowd on Main Street USA. One of the hottest displays in the whole show was set up at the Southern Cycle booth. Big wheel baggers rule, with blow-you-away sound systems. I found out that at Southern Cycle they do it all when it comes to cus- tom builds. And from what I saw and heard, it shows! Everything at this show was for sale. So, when you couldn't decide which bike you wanted to ride out with, and just how many accessories your saddlebags would hold, before you left the show you could have stopped at Outback Trailers and they would have literally hooked you up with trailer-carrying capacity for all of your bikes and accessories. They made sure that nobody left the show without all of their toys. By the end of the day, I was exhausted. This show was over the top, and I'm coming back next year. Hope I'll see you then. 4

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