A fresh crop of custom builds will be revealed at the AIMExpo powersports tradeshow in Las Vegas this February. The 2 Wheel Custom Showcase returns after a five-year hiatus, curated by notable customizer Kevin Dunworth. Five builders have already been chosen, and five more will be selected before the end of the year.
Read the press release below for more information.
IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 8, 2023 — Returning for the first time in five years, AIMExpo is bringing back a Custom Bike Showcase to the 2024 show in Las Vegas. Curated by bike builder Kevin Dunworth, AIMExpo’s 2 Wheel Custom Showcase will feature 10 iconic builds from some of the top builders in the country. Dunworth is personally selecting the builders, and the first to be announced are: David Chang, Larry Curik, Kacey Elkins, Roy Martin, and Mark Rabideau. Additional builders will be considered and announced before the end of the year.
“Motorcycles are canvases,” Dunworth said. “Many riders immediately start personalizing their bikes right after purchasing through handlebars, grips, pegs, and paint, and some of the best raise personalization to an artform. Custom motorcycles exemplify the freedom and individuality of motorcycle riders and to have these diverse artistic pieces at our industry’s tradeshow allows dealers and manufacturers to experience the street-level culture firsthand. This showcase will show how custom parts and accessories and this lifestyle can be incorporated into their marketing and sales programs.”
“Aftermarket parts and customizing of motorcycles is a significant part of the motorcycle culture and industry,” said Andre Albert, director of marketing and events, Motorcycle Industry Council. “Integrating the 2 Wheel Custom Showcase into AIMExpo brings everything full circle for the industry — from manufacturer to aftermarket, to dealers, to the end user (builder), and back to the manufacturers. This connection will allow dealers to see firsthand how the stock motorcycles they sell can be transformed and can help inspire them when choosing aftermarket parts to stock. This in turn will help develop relationships with customers wanting to add some personal flair to their ride. And by supporting this key segment, manufacturers can see what’s trending which may potentially influence the future design of motorcycles, parts, and accessories.
Learn more at the AIMExpo website.
About the Builders
David Chang is the founder of CROIG, also known as @caferacersofinstagram, a page with over 1 million followers that features custom motorcycle builds and events within the motorcycle community. When he’s not traveling around the world on two wheels, David can be found at the Moto Collective in Northeast Minneapolis, where he is always working on projects with his team of friends.
His latest projects include Build for Good, a campaign that invites builders from the community to create a one-of-a-kind motorcycle that is raffled away with proceeds to go directly to provide clean water for those in need, and the Wango Tango Show, a custom Honda Gold Wing show that will be taking place in Sturgis during The Rally.
Larry Curik has been involved with motorcycles for a very long time. At an early age, he was fascinated with all things mechanical and how they function. His grandfather was a blacksmith, and as a child Curik was able to spend countless hours in the shop with him. Larry sought out the best in every field: engine builders, TIG welders, coaches for building and painting experts, and manual machine-shop craftsmen. Due to his inquisitive nature, he was able to apprentice with the best and was involved with several restorations for museums.
Larry has built motorcycles of all types: café racers, drag bikes, motocross bikes, choppers and bobbers, and a Baja 1000 bike. He pulls knowledge from all kinds of projects and incorporates them in the design and execution of his builds.
Kacey Elkins is the owner of Krossover Customs, a paint and fabrication shop in Lancaster, Kentucky. Kacey grew up with one hand gripping a paint gun and the other gripping a motorcycle throttle. If he wasn’t riding his dirt bike, he was in his family’s body shop helping all he could. Growing up this way fueled his love of all things two- and four-wheeled. “I started painting as soon as I could hold up a paint gun and haven’t stopped,” Kacey said. With an eye for detail and a style of his own, Kacey has built a name in the automotive and motorcycle industry synonymous with high quality and clean designs that show in his beautiful paint work and custom motorcycle builds.
Roy Martin was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He is a self-taught welder and fabricator with over 35 years in the custom car scene, and 20 years building custom motorcycles. In 1994, Roys Toys Customs was opened as a family-run business.
Roy builds motorcycles, his daughter Nikki is the COO of the company and a custom builder, and his son Anthony is an apprentice builder. Their builds have been part of the Harley-Davidson Museum Pro Invitational, AIMExpo, and the Progressive IMS show circuit. They were invited to participate in the ROT Rally’s Father/Daughter Build-Off and veteran build show. Roy and Nikki were mentors for Motorcycle Missions’ Build 13, the State Farm 100th anniversary bike.
Right out of high school, Roy started working at a local machine shop. After 21 years at the machine shop, Roy decided to follow his childhood dream of becoming a police officer. He put himself through night college, working at the machine shop during the day, and working on his passion of cars and motorcycles during any free time. At the age of 40, Roy was hired by a local law enforcement agency and is currently a lieutenant. Roy enjoys maintaining the same routine – police work during the day and Roys Toys Customs at night.
Mike Rabideau, owner of Majik Mike’s Designs, started building bikes over 20 years ago. Originally from Racine, Wisconsin, Rabideau now resides in Las Vegas. Rabideau is a veteran of several build-offs in the U.S., including Born Free, Cyclesource In Motion Show, and several Hot Bike Tours.