Biltwell People’s Champ 2020 / Final 6-Pack

Your job in this democratic process is to select the Final 6 builders who will compete at Cook’s for the title of 2020 Biltwell People’s Champ, the Friday night before Born Free. Every vote counts and you can ONLY vote in person, there is no online voting for the final round. The party at Cook’s Corner Bar starts about 3:00 and voting happens all day. Around 8:00PM we bag up the tickets and triple count ‘em. Around 8:30, Otto will announce the winner, we’ll all clap and hoot, the trophy and check will be handed over and we’ll call it a night. Once it starts going down, it happens fast, so make sure to be around the upper bar area by 8:00PM or so. It’s standing room only and the suspense is pretty intense.

Please scroll through each of the builder’s latest descriptions and photos below, and dive deep into their Instagram feeds to determine your favorites. You can also follow along on our social: @biltwell_peoples_champ and @biltwell

Biltwell People's Champ - Steven Bate

Steven Bate

Birmingham, AL
Instagram: @dixiana_co
1981 Yamaha virago 920r
Bike name : Rebel Yell

This bike is a compilation of ideas that have been floating around in my head for years now and I’m finally getting to see them come to reality. I’ve had my ups and downs through out the build process but I’ve stayed busy and determined to do my absolute best work possible. The entire bike is basically all hand made including the springer, frame, tanks, sissy bar, the head light and tail light etc. about the only thing I didn’t make from scratch or modify heavily is the front wheel and rear fender. When I set out to start this bike I knew I wanted to do as much if not all the work myself to really challenge my capabilities and I couldn’t be more happy with how things are coming along no matter the set backs I’ve faced. As far as what’s next I need to get the fabrication complete and make the seat pan so I can get the parts sent out to chrome and upholstery. Some details that are looked over will be the “oil tank” is actually the gas tank with an internal low pressure fuel pump that will feed the top tanks through the frame so that the top split tanks will not have Gas caps at all it will all be filled and fed from the lower tank. I also plan on modifying the cases to add a kick start and I am in the process of designing an ignition system that will use more common and serviceable points style ignition in place of the almost non existent and non tunable tci ignition.

Biltwell People's Champ - Luke Heafner

Luke Heafner

Monroe, North Carolina
1967 Harley Davidson Shovelhead

Here is some progress on my build. It’s a 1967 FLH Shovelhead engine with 84″ S&S stroker internals in a 1953 Panhead wishbone frame with a Panhead transmission with a polished case. Used a set of Paughco upswept head pipes and shortened them a little and cut up a few other exhaust to get the right bends to fit the mufflers where I wanted them. I spent 25+ hours recently polishing everything I could. The front end is a set of shaved and chromed Panhead adjustable rake side car trees that provide a few degrees of rake to help with the 10″ over forks. Loaded the bike with fins including the Imperial primary cover, kicker cover, AEE coffin air cleaner, Throwback rocker boxes, polished Cycle electric gen/reg combo etc. Running 18″/21″ Invader’s. Modified shovelhead forward controls to work with foot clutch and mechanical brake. Made new brake and clutch rods from hex steel. Viscous Cycles made me and shift knob with a Bats skull. The frame, rear fender and oil tank will be painted by Rusty Nash to match the tank. If you don’t know about the tank, it was the tank off Click Baldwins very first Harley(look him up if you don’t know), a 1969 Ironhead Chopper in the early 70’s. I am very honored to have gotten this from his wife Diane and I just hope I can do it justice. Also big thanks to all my friends and family that have pitched in and helped me get this far. The plan is to get a few hundred miles on it before the show and thousands after. I still have to make a seat, finish sissybar and make a few other things before tearing it down for paint but very happy with the recent progress and hope you like it enough to vote for it to go to California for the big show! Thanks again to Biltwell for all they’ve done and to all the sponsors for making this happen!

Biltwell People's Champ - Steve Glennon

Steve “Part Time” Glennon

Denver, CO, USA
Instagram: @parttimersteve
HD Panhead

Function over form, above all else. I set out to build a classic, rideable chopper. Reliable and tough, a rider. Nothing too crazy and no shortcuts. Clean lines, sturdy parts, an aggressive stance, and meticulously crafted every step of the way. Something that can withstand the punishment of cross country trips at 90mph.

Nearly every part on this chopper was handmade or modified, with no over the top b.s. to take away from it’s true purpose.

This chop will be done, broken in a few thousand miles before June, and ridden to Cook’s Corner from Denver. Thanks to everyone who votes for me.

Biltwell People's Champ - James Alcorn

James Alcorn (Fish)

Jacksonville, FL
Instagram: @alleywaykustoms
51 HD Panhead

So, here’s a little update on the progress of the bike:
Since the last round of voting my plan moving forward was to get as much of the fab work done as possible and get ready for teardown and I’m about 90% complete.

My idea to tuck the exhaust into the frame took a little longer than expected but I’m super happy with the way it turned out.Foot controls are just about complete, and I’m Really digging the function of the clutch pedal.

I also switched out the stock pan rockers to some original cycle engineering ones to beef up the motor and start changing up the overall finish
Right now I’m working on finishing up some of the headlight and taillight designs, and trying to get some ideas together for Whatever Paint I’m going to do!!

Overall though, I just want to say how much I really appreciate the opportunity to do this competition and thank you to all of the people involved!!! I never thought I was going to make it this far!!

Good luck to all of the other builders out there, everyone really stepped it up, I’m sure this cut is going to be a tough one!!
Anyway, appreciate everyone checking out the bike, and if you like what you’re seeing please give me a vote!!


Biltwell People's Champ - Landon Bateman

Landon Bateman

Salt lake city Utah
Instagram: @batescycles
51 HD Pan Shovel

UPDATE! Alright folks here is my final update for my peoples champ build rightfully named the Hard Way! I have got a ton of stuff done since the last vote. Full exhaust build, hid the ignition coil in the oil bag and ran the wires through the backbone,made foot peg mounts, headlight mount, figured out my taillight  swapped the front star hub for a killer spool hub and added a 1/8th in lip on all the sheet metal and down the center of the chopped down sporty tank to match the ripped rear fender. I am so close to being done I can taste it! Last things to do before tear down are making a seat, building new bars (ones shown are for mock) build my shifter then run all my oil lines and brake lines and completely wire the bike and a ton of finish work. I really want to sand cast a carb bird deflector but I have not done casting before so we will see how it goes! Plans for paint is black with thin traditional flames on tank, fender, oil bag and frame, everything else on the bike will be show polished or chromed. Motor and transmission will be built by myself. She is going to be bad to the bone and ready to ride! Being that this is my first full build I have really tried to push myself on this bike and try to do as many things as possible by myself and try to put my mark on everything I can, keep in mind when I started this project I had never picked up a tig torch! I am extremely proud of were this bike sits now I truly put all that I have into this bike. I want to thank @biltwell and all the other sponsors that make peoples champ happen it means a ton to us little guys. This competition has really forced me to complete my bike at a higher level then I had even initially wanted or thought I could accomplish. Thanks to everyone that has supported me along the way I could not of finished this bike without the help and support of family and friends!

If you dig my build and what I’ve been up to give me a vote and help me get to the final 6 and get a chance at being in the legendary born free show!

Biltwell People's Champ - Ryan Burdick

Ryan Burdick (Burd)

Lancaster, CA
Instagram: @carnivalburd
74 Shovelhead

Hello everyone, here we are at the final stages of voting. This has been a amazing experience for me and I couldn’t be more stoked on how my bike Desert Sunset is shaping up. Currently it’s all ripped apart and getting welds smoothed out. I still have some sheet metal molding to do on the oil tank and seat area. Then it’s all off to paint and chrome. The bike colors will represent the beautiful desert sunsets we get to see every night. I hope the voting in this round is based off of the efforts, skills and style of the bikes and not the popularity of the individual due to social media world. Ether way the outcome, I will have a amazing bike that represents my town and it’s chopper legends that have inspired me since the beginning. Thank you all for the amazing support and I hope to see you all at cooks corner. Special thanks to my wife for being my biggest supporter, I love you so much.