DAYTONA BEACH — Jeffery William said he kept seeing Elvis painted on bikes at motorcycle shows.
So when it came time to paint his three-wheeled motorcycle, instead of the King, William chose the King of Pop. The back of William’s trike is emblazoned with a portrait of Michael Jackson.
“I needed someone famous to put on my paint job so that’s why I went with Michael,” said William, of Atlanta.
The bike was one of the approximately 150 machines on display Friday at the Boardwalk Classic Bike Show. Crowds walked among the motorcycles snapping pictures of the many unusual bikes.
Some of the bikes seemed to have rolled right off the factory floor, like a black and gold 105th anniversary Harley-Davidson VROD.
One appeared to have flown in from the future through some worm-hole on the boardwalk, like an electric motorcycle built by Parker Brothers Concepts from Port Canaveral.
Just about everything that runs the bike is beneath its smooth body. The wheels have no hubs. There’s a space for the rider to connect an Ipad mini to show the speed and navigation. It can go 100 miles before it needs to be recharged by plugging in to a standard 110-vote outlet, Marc and Shanon Parker said.
“We were just looking to do something very futuristic and this is what we came up with,” Shanon Parker said.
While the Parker brothers looked to the future, Todd “Gilby” Gilbertson of River Falls, Wisconsin, looked to the past for his inspiration. His low-slung, long yellow motorcycle sparking with chrome carburetors evokes a top fuel dragster ready to satisfy the most pressing need for speed. Gilbertson named the bike “Green Onion” after a popular 1960s song called “Green Onions” by Booker T. & the M.G.’s.
“We used to do a lot of street racing, so I always played that song before I’d go out in the country to race,” Gilbertson said.
Randy Berry, a farmer from Russellville, Kentucky, turned to his connection to the land for his inspiration. He was displaying a pair of motorcycles that evoked tractors, a red and white one for International Harvester and a green and yellow one for John Deere. The bikes, though, are probably a bit quicker than tractors.
“I’ve been on the farm all my life and I’ve had John Deere tractors, had International tractors,” said Berry who wore clothing featuring logos from both tractor companies. “And I wanted something to relate to my tractors on the farm.