Les Paul 100th Anniversary custom chopper to appear in Chicago show

(February 10, 2016) CHICAGO — The Les Paul Foundation has announced an exhibition of the Les Paul 100th Anniversary Commemorative Custom Chopper built by Count’s Kustoms at this week’s Progressive International Motorcycle Shows (IMS) in Chicago. The show runs Friday through Sunday.

The commemorative motorcycle is a tribute to music legend Les Paul. It was built by Danny (The Count) Koker and his team and featured on the hit television series “Counting Cars” on The History Channel.

The one-of-a-kind motorcycle was created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Les Paul, the man who many call the “Father of Modern Music” and was unveiled in Times Square on June 9, 2015. The appearance in Chicago will mark only the second time the elaborate custom motorcycle will be publicly exhibited.

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.

The motorcycle was the subject of a recent “Counting Cars” episode on The History Channel.

In addition to the chance to see the Les Paul 100th Anniversary Commemorative Motorcycle, the IMS show will feature the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Competition, stunt shows featuring Team No Limit with legendary rider Jason Britton, The Progressive Welcome Center and the Progressive Parlor featuring live art by Makoto Endo and Race America Slot Track.