Thunder Beach Custom Bike Show and A Guide to Motorcycle Types

On October 1st, the Best of Thunder Beach Custom Bike Show will be held at Pier Park.  Registration will begin at 10:00am, judging is scheduled for 12:00pm, and the awards presentation will be at 5:00pm.  There is $15,000 in prize money and gift certificates available to winners.

Classes for judging are American Mild, American Wild, Metric Wild, Sportbike Mild, Sportbike Wild, Manufactured Custom, Radical, Bobber, Bagger Mild, Bagger Wild, Trike Mild, Trike Wild, Vintage Stock, Vintage Modified, and Rat.

Description of the different judging classes
  • American: a cruiser using imperial sizes for nuts and bolts
  • Metric: a cruiser using metric nuts and bolts rather than imperial sizes
  • Sportbike: a motorcycle designed for optimal speed and handling characteristics, often with expensive bodywork
  • Manufactured Custom: a motorcycle ordered straight from the manufacturer customized to wants and needs of the owners
  • Radical: a motorcycle typically classified as a chopper, with high handlebars
  • Bobber: a motorcycle with cut down fenders to appear shorter
  • Bagger: a motorcycle equipped with saddlebags and other touring amenities
  • Trike: a three-wheeled motorcycle that has not be dramatically customized
  • Vintage: a motorcycle at least 20 years old
  • Rat: a bike made from several machines and kept on the road using as cheap as possible and painted matt black

Motorcyclists and non-enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the bike show at Pier Park, looking at customization and fine engineering!  Drive safe!


7 thoughts on “Thunder Beach Custom Bike Show and A Guide to Motorcycle Types

  1. First time visiting this site, read 4 articles and saw at least a dozen spelling, grammatical and punctuation errors. Last time I will be here.


    1. I’m glad I’ve got more to do with my life than this Ann, I’m a long time visitor to this site and enjoy reading stuff about our 2nd home. Guess if/when your child did not make a 100 on every test they took in school, you put him/her up for adoption……….


  2. One of our employees just got back in town from attending “Bike Week” in PCB. He had nothing but wonderful things to say about this event and PCB.
    He not only enjoyed seeing all the bikes and attractions he and his family enjoyed the good eats, Pier Park, shopping and the wonderful condo they stayed at.
    Isn’t it great to receive such fantastic feed back from a visiting family that came to PCB on Bike Week.
    Have a great day!


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