Harley-Davidson Editor’s Choice Bike Show Sturgis 2016

Willie G and Bill Davidson Sturgis 2016

Willie G and Bill Davidson helped host the Harley-Davidson Editor’s Choice Custom Bike Show in Sturgis.

The biggest, most diverse collection of custom motorcycles seen so far at this year’s Sturgis Rally turned out for the Editor’s Choice Bike Show held for the first time at the Harley-Davidson Rally Point.

Nearly 100 stunning customs turned out for the event with hopes of not only scoring a trophy, but a magazine feature story as well. In addition to the hot new location on Main St. in downtown Sturgis, several of the industry’s biggest names were on hand to look at bikes and give out their own awards for which one they’d most like to ride home. Taber Nash, Dave Perewitz, Bobby Seeger, John Shope, and Eddie Trotta added serious celebrity power to the event, surely helping to coax even more bikes to the show. Willie G. and Bill Davidson also attended the event to talk to rally goers and hand out several awards.

One of the most talked-about bikes at the show was a full-blown XG750 custom built by Custom Works Zon, a Japanese builder. Big-wheel baggers, hardtail Ironheads, FXRs, choppers, and just about every imaginable style of custom showed up, including a couple Volkswagen-powered trikes.

Custom Works Zon Harley Street 750 Sturgis 2016

We love this take on a Street 750 by the crew from Custom Works Zon out of Japan.

One motorcycle stood out to me, however, as one of the most original takes on the FXR platform I’ve ever seen. It’s a 1982 FXR built by Matt Anderson, manager of Gilby’s Street Dept. based out of River Falls, Wisconsin. It rocks a raked and extended front end, gorgeous paint, and a two-rear-cylinder Shovelhead engine where the exhaust pipes both go straight back like an XR-750. Stay tuned for a full feature in an upcoming issue of American Iron Magazine.