Handbuilt Motorcycle Show To Showcase Two Celebrity Custom Bikes

The Austin leg of the 2015 MotoGP season is shaping up to be a huge event this weekend. We already know that the race will be held at the Circuit of the Americas. We also know that some of the world’s best motorcycle riders will be competing in the race. Now comes word that the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, also scheduled this weekend as part of the off track festivities surrounding the race, will host the unveiling of two custom Triumph motorcycles built specifically for Hollywood A-lister Ryan Reynolds and TV personality Jessi Combs.

California-based Kott Motorcycles will be responsible for showcasing the custom Triumph Thruxton it built for Reynolds, who actually had a hand in designing the bike. According to Kott Motorcycles’ owner Dustin Kott, the man who will be playing Deadpool in the Marvel movie of the same name was largely responsible for infusing a “mid-1960s” look on the Thruxton, complete with a cinnamon red paint finish with a matching pewter striping on the cafe racer.

Meanwhile, Triumph of Westchester in New York will also showcase a custom Bonneville at the show. Instead of actually using a brand new Bonneville, the shop decided to use Combs’ very own 2012 Bonneville for the build. It’s the same bike that Combs was riding when she figured into an accident last October 2014. Instead of having insurance repair the machine, Combs decided to just donate the claim reimbursement to South Dakota-based non-profit organization Helping with Horsepower. Turns out, Triumph and Castrol caught wind of this and reached out to Combs to help fix up her tattered Bonneville. It took a few months to get the work done, but with the help of Carpenter Racing and a few other aftermarket shops, Triumph is now ready to showcase Combs’ 2012 Bonneville at the show this weekend.

Continue reading to read more about the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show.

Why it matters

The world of motorcycle racing will descend upon Austin, Texas this weekend so you can imagine how busy everybody’s going to from April 10 to 12, 2015. The three-day festival will not only host the debut round of MotoAmerica and the second round of the 2015 MotoGP season, but it will also have plenty of off-track entertainment, exhibits, parties, concerts, and even silent auctions.

Having said all of that, the 2015 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show has the potential to become one of the highlight events of the weekend. If you’re a fan of custom motorcycles, this is a show you have to go to. No ifs and buts about it, either; this year’s show, in particular, will be a doozy. Over 100 hand-built motorcycles of all types will be displayed at the show. In addition, attendees will also see “The Wall of Death” and artworks coming from artists Paul d’Orleans, Jeremy Lacy, Nicholas Coleman, Christopher Myott, Chris Bilheimer, and Oil & Ink Motorbike Print Expo.

Attendees will not only get a chance to check out some of the best handbuilt motorcycles at the show, but they’ll also see two specific custom-build Triumph motorcycles designed specifically for celebrities Ryan Reynolds and Jessi Combs. That’s some added glitz and glamour to an event that’s already brimmed to the top with it.

It’s the most inclusive motorcycle show you’ll get a chance to attend this year. Don’t miss out on it if you have the chance to be there.

Press Release

The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show this weekend in Austin, Texas, will be the site for unveiling two celebrities’ custom Triumph motorcycles.

California-based Kott Motorcycles created a unique Triumph Thruxton for Ryan Reynolds, and Triumph of Westchester, N.Y. completed the rebuild of Jessi Combs’ Triumph Bonneville. The annual Handbuilt Show features motorcycles on display by invitation only.

This is the first-ever Triumph build for Kott Motorcycles’ owner Dustin Kott who is known for his work on other brands. Taking design cues from Ryan, Dustin finished the 2014 Thruxton with a mid-1960’s look featuring a timeless, cinnamon red paint job and pewter striping.

“Triumph has always been a manufacturer that I’ve looked up to, and I was excited when the opportunity came around to work with them,” said Dustin Kott. “Ryan and I were able to reimagine the Thruxton with this project while still sticking to the bike’s roots.”

On the other side of the country, Triumph of Westchester rebuilt Jessi Combs’ 2012 Bonneville after her unfortunate accident with the bike last fall. Jessi donated her insurance claim reimbursement to the nonprofit Helping With Horsepower, based in Mitchell, S.D., when Castrol and Triumph offered to assist her with her Bonneville. With an engine kit from Carpenter Racing, a Power Commander and a British Customs Shorty Exhaust fitted on it, the Bonneville now has an output of 90 horsepower.

The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show is part of the off track festivities surrounding the Moto GP race at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend. The show is located at 1100 East 5th Street, Austin, TX 78702. Entrance to the show is free of charge to the public. To get more information, visit www.HandbuiltMotorcycleShow.com

About Triumph
Triumph Motorcycles is the British motorcycle marque that produces a wide range of sport, cruiser, adventure and touring motorcycles. From the storied Bonneville to the class-leading Speed Triple and Daytona 675R, Triumph offers a blend of design, character and performance that result in truly distinctive motorcycles. First established in 1902 and now located in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England, Triumph has always set the pace for category-winning machines. The company is solely owned by Bloor Holdings Ltd., and Triumph Motorcycles America, its North American operations, are based in Atlanta. To see the full range of Triumph motorcycles, visit www.TriumphMotorcycles.com.

About Castrol
Castrol, one of the world’s leading lubricant brands, has a proud heritage of innovation and fuelling the dreams of pioneers. Their passion for performance, combined with a philosophy of working in partnership with manufacturers, has enabled Castrol to develop oils that have been at the heart of numerous technological feats on land, air, sea and space for over 100 years. Today, the company’s vast portfolio of high performance lubricants, including Castrol EDGE, Castrol GTX MAGNATEC, Castrol GTX and Castrol Power RS, are available in almost 140 countries worldwide. For more information on Castrol’s premium lubricants, please visit www.Castrol.com.

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