In its most basic state, a motorcycle is two wheels and an engine. It is a vehicle, rebellious, the
original “cool”. But the bike itself, beyond just being a mode of transportation, is something of
culturally symbolic. Beyond the bike is the rider, the enthusiast and of course, the motorcycle club.
And for those motorcycle fanatics, the ‘bike show’ is the place to be. This upcoming Saturday,
June 30th 2012, thousands of motorcycle connoisseurs will gather in Silverado, California at the Oak
Canyon Ranch for the Born-Free, and cost free, vintage motorcycle show.
Born-Free, as told by its founders, is “about the love of old motorcycles and like minded
individuals”. In the true spirit of freedom, thousands of participants will ride to event to show off
what they love to do. This event is sponsored by footware heavyweights Vans as well as Southern
California’s Us Versus Them, Loser Machine Company, Altamont Apparel and of course, the
godfather of motorcycle companies, Harley Davidson. So first timers can expect to see beautiful
vintage motorcycles fabricated by some of the top builders in not only the United States, but from
around the world. Everything from restored Harleys to vintage Honda to Triumph’s and everything
existing in between will be on display. Born-Free will bring out the best.
While the prospect of a motorcycle show might be intimidating to the general public, the
founders of the show welcome all. As the name might suggest, this event is open to everyone. So if
you and your family have been engrossed in the latest season of Sons of Anarchy, feel free to go
see actual motorcycles in all their vintage and customized glory. There are, however, some general
rules. These include no pets and no cuts, colors or patches (as per the local authorities request).
The actual bike show, as judged by professional builders, is free to enter as well. One can
simply ride to the event and use the Show Bikes gate. If you might have a bike and want to take a
ride down there, you are encouraged to do so. These riders will be using the Spectator Bikes Gate.
For everyone else, there will be a general entrance. The event will run from 10 am to 5 pm with
prizes and awards being announced at four.
Stay for the bikes, bring your family, get into motorcycles. Born-Free is a truly inspired
Southern California original.