Just before 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, a tornado struck and destroyed homes and businesses in Hawk Point, Mo., including Bare Knuckle Choppers motorcycle shop, owned by Paul Wideman, the winner of the 2014 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show and the builder of J&P Cycles’ 2015 Heartland Hustle Custom FXR giveaway bike.
This news came as a shock and hit far too close to home as we approach the one-year anniversary of the tornado that hit J&P Cycles one day after our 35th annual Open House Rally. While the majority of our building stayed intact, damage throughout the building and leaks in the roof temporarily halted operations and took nearly a year to repair.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to the team at Bare Knuckle Choppers as they go through the rebuilding process.
According to their website, Paul has been a leader in the chopper industry for more than 10 years, and it stated that the building contained a lifetime of bikes, parts and tooling and was completely destroyed.
If you’d like to join J&P Cycles and contribute to the recovery and rebuilding process for Bare Knuckle Choppers, visit http://www.gofundme.com/8c7d3c to donate.
The National Weather Service estimated the tornado was a strong EF1 with 110 mph winds. The tornado’s path was determined to be two miles long though the city of Hawk Point and approximately 50 yards wide.