December 16, 2018
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Eye Candy At Springfield Motorcycle Show

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA – Part of the fun of attending a motorcycle show is being on the lookout for interesting bikes that may bud-bylinebe parked in an out-of-the-way corner or tucked among other bikes in a display.

This weekend’s Springfield Motorcycle Show at the Eastern States Exposition had quite a few such gems, both new and old, but one bike stood out. It wasn’t hidden, but even if it had been shunted off to the side (and it wasn’t), how could you miss it?

Dayglo - cropped

The most eye-catching motorcycle at this year’s show was a 2012 Harley-Davidson Road Glide customized by LV’s House of Boost in Stafford Springs, CT, a company that specializes in motorcycle turbo chargers. The “LV” stands for owner Larry Vaughn, who explained the Road Glide has a turbo charged S&S motor that puts out 206 horsepower.

Dayglo - front

The fluorescent orange paint scheme was designed by Von Butch of Phoenix. Larry Pelletier of Spike’s Custom Paint of Southwick, MA did the work. Work on the motorcycle was barely completed in time for the show. Vaughn said it involved 200 hours of paint time and $25,000 worth of motor.

Eye-popping for another reason – its huge tires worthy of off-roading – was a sky blue Indian Scout in the Indian Motorcycle of Springfield booth.

Off-road Scout

With a bobbed rear fender and wrapped exhaust pipes, it had show attendees wondering what it would be like to ride – on dirt.

Over at the Antique Motorcycle Club of America – Yankee Chapter display, Chris Lenox of Chicopee, MA was showing off his two old Indians.

Chris Lenox and Indians

Chris Lenox and 1948 Indian Chief and 1943 Indian 741 Military

Lenox rode the Chief to the show for set-up on Friday. He acquired it a year ago. “It was actually on Ebay and didn’t sell,” he said, explaining that he located the owner in Florida. “I made a deal with the guy on the side.” The bike was originally black and has a Kiwi tank and fenders.

1948 Indian Chief

Lenox has owned the 741 Military for five years. “It’s a good rider,” he said.

1941 Indian 741 military

There was much to do at the Springfield Motorcycle Show, which concludes today. Shovelhead entertained.

Shovelhead

And Bike Build participants Freedom Cycles and Area 61 worked on their machines.

Freedom Cycle build

Area 61 build

Of course, there were vendors.

Bags

Bandanas

But it was the bikes that brought thousands to the show.

Barnstormer - wide

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3 comments

  1. I can understand that. I found out that day that also going on next to the motorcycle show was a poultry show with over 3,000 birds on sale/display. Not sure if you saw some people walking around the parking area with pet carriers. I talked with one woman in the parking lot. She said that by telling them she was with the poultry show, she didn’t have to pay to park and that the bird show was free for anyone. While I can’t confirm this, the fees were a turn off. But a great show, and I’d tell all to attend next year.

  2. The Springfield Motorcycle Show and the nearby swap meet at the Eastern States Exposition over the weekend were separate events staged by unrelated companies – that’s why the separate admissions. It wasn’t a case of one promoter trying to gouge.

  3. Great write up and a great show. This was my first year going. I’d go back next year, but was a little disappointed not to see a representation by Honda. All the other big names were there. Everyone was super friendly, and it really was a great way to spend a drizzly Saturday morning. I would have liked to go to the swap meet in the next building, but that was an extra $12 after already spending $15 and $5 to see the bikes. Too expensive for me, and that they wanted more money was a turn off.