Les Paul 100th Anniversary Commemorative Custom Chopper – Next Stop ChicagoFebruary 2, 2016 by Les Paul Foundation
The Les Paul 100th Anniversary Commemorative Custom Chopper built by Count’s Kustoms was one of the many stars at this week’s Progressive International Motorcycle Shows (IMS) at Cleveland’s I-X Center beginning Friday, January 29th – Sunday, January 31st attended by record crowds. Thousands of young and old motorcycle and riding enthusiasts viewed the one-of-a-kind motorcycle built in honor of Les Paul’s 100th Anniversary as it appeared on the red carpet and took center stage at the International Exposition Center in Cleveland.
The commemorative motorcycle that honors the music legend Les Paul was built by Danny (The Count) Koker and his team and featured on the hit television series “Counting Cars” on The History Channel.
Les Paul invented the solid-body electric guitar, multi-track recording and numerous other recording techniques. As an inventor Les was always creating from ordinary things he had in his studio or home. The motorcycle was created and designed in the way one would expect Les Paul to create it. Using vintage and unusual parts that were already available in the garage and studio, Count’s Kustoms team produced a bike with elaborate detail and homage to Paul. Highlights of the chopper include a hand-tooled leather seat engraved with Les Paul’s signature, Les Paul mother-of-pearl inlay on the fender, an oxygen tank used as an extra gas tank, 100th Anniversary engravings, a hand-painted gas tank featuring Les Paul’s portrait, a chain guard designed as a guitar pickguard, gold leaf hand turned headlights, custom Les Paul risers, volume knobs on the engine head and much more. (photo left: Cleveland Firemen and Veterans enjoyed the Les Paul 100th Anniversary Commemorative Motorcycle this weekend)
The motorcycle was the subject of a recent “Counting Cars” episode on The History Channel:
The Les Paul 100th Anniversary Commemorative Motorcycle will also exhibit at the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows in Chicago to be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center February 12-14, 2016 before it heads down to Daytona Beach for the 75th Anniversary of BikeWeek.
The 2015-2016 IMS Tour features the world’s leading manufacturers and attracts tens of thousands of motorcycle and riding enthusiasts across the U.S. The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows are the ultimate destination to experience the powersports culture, talk to brand and industry experts and shop the marketplace.