Paul Teutul Jr. at Springfield Motorcycle Show

Paul Teutul Jr. Pulls Crowd To Springfield Show

Paul Teutel Jr. with fans copy

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA – Pleasant weather, a broad selection of exhibits and vendors, and the presence of celebrity bike builder Paul Teutul Jr. (pictured above with fans) of Paul Jr. Designs drew a large crowd to opening day of the 12th annual Springfield Motorcycle Show today at the Eastern States Exposition.

The line to meet Paul Teutel Jr.
The line to meet Paul Teutul Jr.

Throughout the day there was a long line of fans waiting to get Teutul’s autograph, and he patiently and graciously greeted each one.

Paul Teutel Jr. signs an autograph
Paul Teutul Jr. signs an autograph

Doug Sousa, who stages the show, offered several reasons for the elbow-to-elbow crowd. “We’re the first big show of the year,” he said, noting that Teutul’s presence certainly boosted traffic. Also helping was the aforementioned diversity of the exhibitors.

Doug Sousa
Doug Sousa

Among the custom shops on hand were American Muscle Cycle Works from Granby, CT and Barnstorm Cycles from Spencer, MA.

American Muscle copy

Barnstorm Cycles showed off a 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King that had just been “extensively” customized. Sean Briggs reported that it received a 30-inch front wheel and an upgraded Turbo 120 R engine.

“We just finished it,” he said, adding that it’s now for sale for $50,000. “The rideability is going to be pretty close to a stock (model). You just have a heavier, larger from wheel.”

Barnstorm Cycles customized 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King
Barnstorm Cycles customized 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King

Participating in a bike build-off during the show are Area 61 Cycles in East Brookfield, MA, C.S. Custom’s and Fat City Customs from Middletown, CT.

Area 61 team
Area 61 team

Providing the music and getting a lot of attention was the band Shovelhead.

Shovelhead peforms
Shovelhead performs

The show continues Sunday. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, and $5 for kids 6-12. Teutel will be signing autographs from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Patriots bike copy

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