The 2019 Strider Custom Builder Class
The builders for the 2019 class includes Todd “Gilby” Gilbertson, Jessi Combs, Xavier Muriel, Brian Klock, Steve Reed, Roy & Nikki Martin, James Washnok, Devin Henriques, Eric Hermann, Alumni of Motorcycle Missions and Count’s Kustoms’ Horny Mike, Shannon Aikau and Ryan Evans.
Listed below is a write up of each of the builders:
- Flying Piston Benefit: Jessi Combs’ Custom Strider
- Flying Piston Benefit: Brian Klock’s Custom Strider
- Flying Piston Benefit Builder: Todd “Gilby” Gilbertson
- Flying Piston Benefit Builder: Xavier Muriel
- Flying Piston Benefit Builders: Roy + Nikki Martin
- Flying Piston Benefit Builder: Horny Mike
- Flying Piston Benefit Builder: Motorcycle Missions
- Flying Piston Benefit Builder: Steve Reed
- Flying Piston Benefit Builder: James Washnok + Baggster
- Flying Piston Benefit Builder: Eric Herman
The program drew stellar attention both in and out of the motorcycle industry and custom builders lined up to participate. Of the builds, 3 custom Striders from the Flying Piston Benefit were selected to participate in the Mecum Auctions.
2019 Strider Custom Builder Class – Mecum Auctions:
- Flying Piston Benefit: Jessi Combs Strider
- Flying Piston Benefit: Brian Klock Custom Strider
- Flying Piston Benefit: Builder: Todd “Gilby” Gilbertson
Jessi Combs build garners $11,000 in donations – Pat and Cris Simmons were the happy winners of the Jessi bike and that’s appropriate: Cris and Jessi had been close friends for years, sharing the stage most recently at the Buffalo Chip’s Biker Belles signature ride August 2019, just days after the bike was unveiled. Cris also owned a custom Harley Softail that Jessi had built for Biker Belles in 2013.
It’s All About The Auction – Click here for details about the auction.
About Strider: Strider designs lightweight bikes that build two-wheeled balance, coordination, and confidence in children. Strider is helping kids learn to ride and developing new motorcycle riders through the AllKidsBike movement which makes bike-riding a part of kindergarten curriculum. www.allkidsbike.org, www.striderbikes.com
About Flying Piston Benefit:
The Flying Piston Charity Breakfast, presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, is a celebrity-strewn meet & greet held at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip by the Flying Piston Benefit. The Annual Breakfast brings together cutting-edge custom builders and motorcycle industry influencers to meet the public. Proceeds from the event have supported veterans suffering from PTSD and All Kids Bike, a program of the Strider Education Foundation whose goal is to teach all children to ride a bike as part of kindergarten P.E. class.
In 2018, an initiative with Strider Sports International sent stock, 12” Strider bikes to top name builders for customization. The Strider Customs were unveiled at that year’s Breakfast during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. It was the first stop on their year-long tour that culminated at the prestigious Mecum Motorcycle Auction in Las Vegas where the tiny customs were auctioned to much acclaim. The program drew stellar attention both in and out of the motorcycle industry and custom builders lined up to participate.
A new class of Flying Piston Strider Customs is revealed each year at the Builder breakfast
The Flying Piston Benefit is produced by Marilyn Stemp of Iron Trader News and Jeff Najar from Horsepower Marketing, a marketing and promotions company to raise awareness and funds for non-profits and individuals in the biker community. Each year the Flying Piston Benefit hosts a builders breakfast at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip the first Sunday of Sturgis Rally. Contact: the team or Marilyn Stemp, 828-205-8482, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.flyingpistonbenefit.com for details.