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2019 Handbuilt Show... with a side of #KurySauce

Apr 26 2019

For one extended weekend in April, Austin, Texas, becomes the center of the moto universe. This year we were among the tens of thousands who set sights on the Lone Star State where the Handbuilt Show, Super Hooligans and MotoGP took over Austin’s city limits.

Austin might be best known for its bats, barbecue, SXSW or ACL, and a long list of local music royalty. It’s also home to a thriving motorcycle scene situated adjacent to the beautiful Texas Hill Country, which many consider one of the top riding areas in the U.S. And now the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, hosted by Austin’s own Revival Cycles, has helped cement Bat City’s place among the can’t-miss custom moto show destinations.

The amazing Revival Cycles "Birdcage BMW." Built around BMW's massive and soon-to-be-released powerplant, features include 138 carefully cut and welded-in titanium frame members. plus a slew of CNC-cut billet aluminum and carbon fiber. The amount subtle details combined with overall flow in the design is truly remarkable.

In just its sixth year, the Handbuilt Show has quickly earned a reputation as one of the premiere stages for custom builders. A quick scan during show setup proved this year’s crop was no different. The Revival crew annually curates a collision of styles and designs that amaze, inspire and prove that imagination is mankind’s only limitation. The quality and sheer variety of builds on display at the Austin American Statesman was astounding. When the gates opened on Friday night to let the masses in, the party got started.

Photos courtesy of Speedy Donahue

As a first-time sponsor of Handbuilt, we wanted to go big. So we spiced up the party by unveiling Phase 1 of “#KurySauce,” the wild, bosozoku-inspired byproduct of the CROIG x Kuryakyn build collaboration.

We teamed up with Minneapolis-based CROIG to design a bike built around our new Dillinger collection. The only input we provided in the design was that it had to be something memorable that’d really get people talking. David and Andrew from CROIG, alongside SoCal-based metal fabricator Jake Krotje, worked around the clock and completed Phase 1 of the project a little less than a month later, rolling into Austin on no sleep just a few hours before the show.

The wizards behind #KurySauce: Andrew Blaschko (left) and David Chang (right) from CROIG, with the "Flying Dutchman" Jake Krotje.

Fielding color and design idea submissions for Phase 2 of #KurySauce.

#KurySauce, a.k.a. #CROIG004, started as a used 2009 Harley-Davidson XR1200-turned tracker before becoming a collision of styles all its own. (Think Japanese bosozoku meets chopper meets café racer meets flat tracker.) It’s essentially a celebration of the cultural and stylistic diversity found within the world of custom motorcycles. And we were absolutely blown away at the amount of attention and overall response it received in Austin.
(Full blog feature coming soon, plus keep an eye out for the unveiling of Phase 2 at the 11th annual Born Free Show in June!)

Kuryakyn Industrial Design Manager Michael Bates and his custom Sportster scrambler/tracker "OVRLANDR" followed up a One Moto Show appearance with a spot in this year's Handbuilt Show.

An amazing Zero Motorcycles-powered custom from Bryan Fuller built for the Haas Moto Museum.

"The Killer" — front wheel drive motorcycle with engine housed entirely in the front wheel. An absolutely insane work of mechanical art from the one and only Craig Rodsmith, built for the Haas Moto Museum.

On Saturday the Austin American Statesman’s parking lot was transformed into a TT track courtesy of the Roland Sands Super Hooligan National Championship crew. Top hooligan pros and amateurs faced high winds and a gnarly track with two sketchy curb jumps for an afternoon of controlled chaos in the shadows of downtown Austin. Classes included Super Hooligans, J&P Cycles Hooligan Amateur, the Kuryakyn-sponsored “Run What Ya Brung,” Super-Moto and Pit Bike/Mad Dog. For a full rundown of results and pictures, head over to the Roland Sands Blog.

#KurySauce and Hooligan racing aside, meeting fellow riders from all over the world was perhaps the best thing we experienced in Austin. While Handbuilt certainly has the ability to draw a massive crowd on its own, MotoGP-ers who came from every corner of the globe were also eager to get their eyes on these amazing machines. The Handbuilt Show, running in conjunction with MotoGP, brings together an eclectic mix of enthusiasts who all share a common love for two wheels. That's exactly what this industry needs more of.

There’s definitely something special about Austin, Texas. If you ever get the chance to visit, particularly for MotoGP or Handbuilt (or the South Congress bridge bats, don’t pass it up. Until then, we'll leave you with a few dozen images showcasing the stars of the show.

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