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Tuesday 19 September 2023

Rising Thunder Custom Bike Show

Rising Thunder Custom Bike Show

Taurage, Lithuania - June 10, 2023

First held in 2011, the one-day Rising Thunder Custom Bike Show (staged at Taurage, Lithuania, by Twins Forever MC) made a post-Covid pandemic comeback this year.

An 'AMD Approved' custom bike show, Rising Thunder is one of three motorcycle club-operated custom bike shows that plan to rotate through the three 'Baltic States' in Europe (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania). 

Renatas Zakarauskas scooped Best in Show, Best Bobber and Public’s Best with this 1977 H-D Shovelhead.

All three regularly attract custom bikes and visitors from right around the region - from Finland to the north, Poland, Czechia and Slovakia to the south, and Belarus and Ukraine to the east of the region. This year, kudos are especially due to the members of Twins Forever for persevering with their passion - for 'Keeping The Flame Alive' - despite the well-publicised regional difficulties.

Martynas Jurksaitis won Best Freestyle with his 2000 Ducati Super Sport 900ss. 

Last held in 2019, the show usually alternates with the MC XIII Custom Bike Show staged at Cesis in neighboring Latvia, and in 2022, Müristaja MC's 'Valge Daami' Bike Show in Estonia.

This year, the host city Taurage is the Lithuanian Capital of Culture, and in good weather the custom show was held in the castle of Taurage and was open to all, free of charge.

Girts Busnevics from Latvia won Best Modified Harley-Davidson with his H-D FXS 2000. All the body kit is made of raw metal.

Participants came from Lithuania and Latvia, with a jury of three non-competing Twins Forever MC club members. The winner will compete at the Custom Bike Show, Bad Salzuflen, Germany, (December 1-3, 2023) and receive € 2,000 as financial support for the transport and accommodation expenses to do so.