Born Free Motorcycle Show 9 Photos
Skateboarders just wanna go fast. Bombing a hill, catching air on the vert ramp, over the hip at the skatepark or grinding down a steep handrail; it’s all a rush. So what do you do when you gotta get somewhere that’s too far to skate? Get something with a motor! It must be the thrill of the wind in your face and the rumble of your wheels on the pavement that has so many skaters picking up motorcycles. Jason Jessee and Steve Caballero have been heavy into bikes since the ‘80s, so this is nothing new. It should be of no surprise the Born Free Motorcycle Show asked Jeff Grosso and Vans to round up a vert ramp and a crew of rippers to session throughout the weekend. —Joe Hammeke
This is what the parking lot looked like
Loser Machine had one of the first booths towards the entrance
Adrian Lopez was holding it down all weekend
Jake Reuter with Joker's skateshop was just down the row. Jake rode in on his bike which he bought as is and said the only thing he’s changed so far is the oil
The vert ramp was found a little deeper in, shipped from Virginia
“Pssst... Grosso’s in there.” –Eric Dressen
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Don’t be fooled by the look on his face, DJ Don Cesar is one of the happiest dudes I know. This is the look you get if you approach with a request. Good DJs don’t take requests!
Complete in any good DJ’s possessions is the box of 7”s
Packy Fancher floats an egg to kick off the demo
Bennett Harada coming in hot with that Venice style
Ffej drove all the way from the Bay, Smith vert
Auby Taylor is always at the vert sessions and has a list of tricks he wants to shoot. Huge fastplant, inspired by Chris Miller
Steve Caballero has one of the best frontside inverts
Besides having a damn good frontside invert, Cab also races motorcycles
Can you guess which one is his?
Gotta be that 45 flathead number 360
More wandering around and stumbled upon a Petyr show
Riley Hawk sings...
...and shreds the guitar
Back to the bikes. Here’s a double engine 1945 Harley Davidson
A 1955 Triumph built with a Vans theme
Waffle grip, literally
Looks real clean
Chris Mumma, brother of Black Label pro Tyler Mumma, built this ‘64 Panhead for a friend
Double barrel shotgun shift lever
Loud pipes save lives
Back on the vert ramp, Lizzie climbs the ladder
Nicole Hause sends a frontside air
Oscar Navarro lien to tail on a borrowed board. Oscar rode his motorcycle from San Pedro so his board was still en route
Then back to the bikes and while checking out this '48 Panhead
A couple familiar faces come walking up, Jason Jessee and Jasin Phares. For those who don’t know, Phares was the Spitfire team manager a while back and was just recently featured in the June ’17 issue of Thrasher, 20 years of Burnout
He also does custom motorcycle part fabrication and is one of the 30 invited builders for Born Free 9
Jasin and Jason admiring the bike Jasin built for the show
Jasin’s bikes are typically chopped down to the bare minimum
No hand brakes or hand clutch so that means in a panic you can’t put your feet down, gotta keep one on the brake and one on the clutch. To quote Jasin, “If you think you’re gonna wreck, you might as well just twist the throttle and get it over with.”
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With the legendary Corey Parks on bass
Back on the vert ramp Al Partanen reels in a stalefish
Lester Kasai, fastplant for the masses
Jimmy Wilkins was using the entire ramp, backside air close to the edge
Auby Taylor popped one of the biggest fakie ollies I’ve ever seen
Bucky Lasek arrived with only an hour left and this lien air came as the announcement to “Start heading to your bikes. It’s time to go,” was coming through the loudspeaker
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