November 20, 2010, 01:15 AM By Brian Grabianowski Daily Journal Staff Correspondent
Photo courtesy of Shelbi Okumura
The International Motorcycle Show will be held Saturday and Sunday at the San Mateo County Events Center.
Kicking off the tour-wide Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Competition, motorcycles were filling the San Mateo County Events Center for the International Motorcycle Show.
Additionally, there will be Supermoto Racing, licensed motorcyclists who have their own equipment can test-drive many different bikes and giveaways. Consisting of 500 custom-built bikes, this show goes cross-country with three cash prize winners admitted to the finale at the Daytona Progressive International Motorcycle Show. The custom bikes range from all walks of motorcycle hot rod ingenuity,from front-wheel drive bikes to sport bikes that transform into cruisers. Each competitor has logged over 1,000 hours in customizing their bikes.
According to Jeff Najar of Biker Pros, it’s completely freestyle and:
“Anything you can imagine that you can build. It means much more to win this competition. This in and of itself showcases the local talent. It shows commitment to the builders.”
It’s seemingly hot rodding for motorcycles. When building a vehicle, it’s often considered an art; but the point of hot rodding is ingenuity and innovation: how to get the most out of what you have. Clearly, hot rodding doesn’t work within the boundaries of having four wheels and a few thousand pounds of steel.
According to Jeff Najar not owning a motorcycle is just “two wheels away from nirvana.”
Another thing to see at this two-wheeled extravaganza is the stunt show. Stuntmen Jason Britton and Eric Hoenshell will be performing all kinds of tricks ranging from stoppies to wheelies, and will even include some head stands and burnouts.
“This will be like nothing you see every day,” Britton said.
In what some people can only describe as a magic show, Hoenshell and Britton will be using the 2010 ZX6R by Kawasaki, a sport bike that uses a 599CC Inline 4 motor with 132 horsepower that does 0-60 in about 3.5 seconds. That kind of power in a motorcycle will send you driving faster than the speed of sound.
After 15 years of doing this and several serious surgeries due to injuries, Britton is quite possibly one of the bravest men on the planet. To get right back on the motorcycle just three weeks after back and neck surgery however, he could easily be diagnosed with insanity.
The International Motorcycle Show goes from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the San Mateo County Events Center, 2495 S. Delaware St. in San Mateo. Tickets range from $15 to $30 for a three-day pass. Parking is $10 a day for cars but free for motorcycles.