by Kyle Bak / December 19, 2013
Here at Whiskey Grade, American made products are our main focus, which makes sense, because, well, we’re American. But what about when this focus shifts to foreign countries? For example, it’s no secret Japan has one of the strongest motorcycle scenes in the world but their focus on American Made bikes and actually riding them to their full potential is truly astounding. The Yokahama Hot Rod Custom show is one of the premiere motorcycle events during America’s “off season” of riding. The event has spanned two decades, taking place every December in Japan, and the attendance numbers rise every year. American builders and their bikes are invited to attend via awards that Yokahama/Mooneyes distributes at other motorcycle conventions (Born Free, Brooklyn Invitational).
However the Japanese can definitely hold their own against the American invited builders, one of my favorite’s has to be Luck MC’s Generator Shovel. Such a mean and stripped down stance that’s true to Japan’s brat style bikes. Their 77‘ cone shovelhead was just featured in issue 11 of Lowside magazine, alongside this event.
Notable American Builders Include; Chopper Dave and his 2007 H-D Turbo Sportster “Steel Shoe,” Cro Customs’ Caleb Owen’s 1976-78 H-D Shovelhead CX “Yang Yang” (Builder’s Choice at Born Free 4), and Noise Cycles’ Scott “T-Bone” Jones 1952 H-D Panhead EL “Sneak Attack,” which won Best in Show at Born Free 5.