Harley’s “The No Show” Bike Show & a Bike With a Really Tiny Gas Tank

The global health crisis has pretty much put an end to all auto and motorcycle shows this year, and we are already getting word of some other events scheduled for 2021, like the Oscars, being pushed to a later date than originally planned. But if you’re missing your favorite motorcycle show this season because of COVID-19, Harley-Davidson’s got your back. They are hosting the “The No Show” bike show, which started on Tuesday 16th of June and ends on Sunday the 21st. The online bike show is on Harley’s Instagram account. One such bike show was a bike with a tiny gas tank. AMERiders has the stories.

Harley’s “The No Show” Bike Show helps many bike builders
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For custom motorcycle shops hoping to show their creations in public for the first time this year, that’s nothing short of a tragedy. But if there’s something we learned during our time locked up in our homes is that the Internet can provide at times a solid way out.

In an attempt to let all those who have worked possibly for months on their builds get the exposure they need, Harley-Davidson announced on Monday (June 15) it is holding a special event on Instagram. Aptly called The No Show, it will be the place where 60 builders from 10 countries would be showing their machines.

The show lasts for one week, being scheduled to end on June 21, but already there are a number of bikes featured there. Most of what you are about to see over the coming days should have been presented at postponed events like Mama Tried, Congregation Vintage Bike & Car, and Born-Free.

Each of the Instagram posts will be accompanied by a video describing each build, so that everyone watching could get as close to seeing the bikes in the flesh as possible.

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H-D Bark at the Moon by Rob Hultz

“The No Show is a platform that provides everyone from enthusiasts to new riders a place to converge and celebrate the diverse artistry that comes with custom builds,” said in a statement Patrick Holly, brand director at Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

“As a way to show our gratitude to the builders that helped make The No Show possible, 100 percent of show t-shirt sales will go directly to each invited builder.”

The Milwaukee company announced at the beginning of the week the launch of “The No Show”, is dedicated to 60 builders that haven’t gotten a chance to show their builds in the flesh. The event runs for a week, so prepare for some busy times ahead for custom Harley lovers.

On June 21, three builders will be awarded for their efforts. I’ll try to put something up about those next week.

How far would this tank take you?

One of the bikes shown by Harley on Day 2 of the event is this 1963 Panhead, customized by a guy named Ben Zales. The build has been completed last year and was supposed to show at one of the many canceled shows in 2020.

Now we get to experience it online through the video attached below, narrated by the builder himself. And what we learn is that this is mostly a show bike, because the tiny little fuel tank – created by Zales – is so small it could “probably get you to the gas station, and that’s about it.”

Aside from the tank, the builder also designed the pipes, seat, controls, and the new front end, making the Panhead look not extreme, but extremely well proportioned and balanced. It is a nice piece of metal to look at from a chromatic perspective, as the blue on the frame and tank perfectly matches the chrome on the engine, fork, and wheel rims.

Next week, when “The No Show” will be over, and Harley will select three of the best designs for official recognition. Make sure to tune in to find out which 3 get the recognition they deserve.


“The No Show” closes on Sunday, June 21, with an awards presentation. The MoCo announced three awards, starting with a Media Choice Award, chosen and presented by moto-journalists. There’s also an H-D Styling & Design Award, presented and chosen by Harley’s VP of Styling and Design Brad Richards. The Harley-Davidson Museum staff is getting involved too, choosing the aptly-named Harley-Davidson Museum Award. Museum VP Bill Davidson, who happens to be the great-grandson of Harley’s co-founder William A. Davidson, is presenting this one. Stay tuned we will give you the updates on who won what.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~




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