2013 Season Ending J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

Builders From Charlotte,  North Carolina
Builders From Charlotte, North Carolina

Ian Armstrong drove down from the Motor City to finish out the 2013 J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Charlotte, NC and came away the big winner of the show with a 1st place in FreeStyle and a 1st place in MOD Harley.

Since the last show of the series is in NASCAR country, it wasn’t a surprise to see Gary Nelson, former Crew Chief and NASCAR’s Car of Tomorrow project manager at the show. The surprise was the sano 1976 Honda CB750 that features a hidden oil tank under the gas tank, hidden battery under the seat, mono shock and custom built swing arm finished off with a Honda Elsinore-styled paint scheme.

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Marilyn Stemp of IronWorks Magazine provided the Editor’s Choice Award to Ian Armstrong with AR Baggers for his 2002 Harley-Davidson Road Glide.

J&P Ultimate Builder Class: FreeStyle

Ian Armstrong brought in Little Fella, an ’06 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic / Raod Glide conversion, which features Sik Pipes, Power Commander and Andrews Cams. Fitted with AR Baggers complete air ride, monster 26” front and 18” rear. Complete hand made body panels front to rear, custom front fairing, one piece bags with side panels. Electronics include a 7” LCD display with navigation with 1600 watt stereo.

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  1. Ian Armstrong, AR Baggers – Little Fella, ’06 H-D Ultra Classic
  2. Tim Dixon, Gas Axe Chop Shop – Suga Daddy, ’12 Custom Choppa
  3. Toby Peltier, Steve Carr – Oro Dundido, ’01 Buell Choppa

Ultimate Builder Class: MOD Harley

Modified Harley was won by AR Baggers with a 2002 Harley-Davidson Road Glide that features all the goodies including a Big Bore Kit, full air ride, pm wheels, 8 speaker system, touch screen and (2) 1200 watt amps.

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  1. Ian Armstrong, AR Baggers – 2002 H-D Road Glide
  2. Keith Ruegsegger – Eagle One, ’04 Harley-Davidson Trike

Ultimate Builder Class: Retro MOD

Jeremy Cupp of LC Fabrication won the Retro MOD class with the Birmingham Bee-Liner. It features a rebuilt 1967 BSA a65 Thunderbolt with a Hunt magneto, mikuni carb, with a custom girder frontend, dirtbike wheels, raked and stretched hardtailed 72 Triumph “wet” frame. Fuel is in the backbone and fed to the carb by a vacuum operated fuel pump.

The 2012 US Champion, Jeremy Cupp, made a return visit to the Ultimate Builder with the Birmingham Bee-Liner, a 1967 BSA a65 Thunderbolt. It stood out in a sea of outstanding Retro MOD motorcycles and took home the gold.

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  1. Jeremy Cupp, LC Fabrication – Birmingham Bee-Liner, ’67 BSA
  2. Eric Stein, Crafters Metal Fab – Sling Shot, ’74 H-D FX
  3. Chris Wade – Harley-Davidson Panhead

Ultimate Builder Class: Performance Custom

Garwood Customs built Alex Quinones’ Old Skool, a 2006 Suzuki GSX-R 1000, to the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Charlotte. It features Single Sided 300 Wide Tire Kit by C and S Custom, Performance machine wheels, Air FX Air Ride System and paint by Team Neyon. In addition, the bike runs CTS Race Front Rotor, Performance Machine Rear Braking System, Custom Spike Fork caps and yoke cap and a Custom Leather Seat.

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  1. Garwood Customs – Old Skool, ‘06 Suzuki GSX-R 1000
  2. Eric “EDUB” Winston – Samurai, ’95 Kantana
  3. Mike Davis, Speedworx – Red Pearl, 2009 Honda CBR

Ultimate Builder Class: MOD Street

Patrick McLafferty of Wide Open Motosports rolled Redemption into the buzz saw of Gary Nelson and the Brew Dude and came up aces with the win in MOD Street. The bike is a dialy rider and features internally lowered front forks, custom made suspension linkage in rear, single side swingarm with 0 strech.

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Ultmate Builder Modified Street #1
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  1. Patrick McLafferty, Wide Open Motosports – Redemption, ’09 R6
  2. Gary Nelson – Nelsonore – ’76 Honda CB750
  3. Brewdude, Brew Bkes – 9605, ’73 Honda CB350

Additional Ultimate Builder Awards

Patrick McLafferty won the Show Dog Award sponsored by Rocking K Custom Leather for his promotion at the show. Mike Davis of Speedworx won the People’s Choice Award with Rings, a stretched 2009 Honda CBR named Red Pearl.

HelmetLok sponsors the top three bikes in each class and provides the HelmetLok and cable for each.

The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is produced by www.bikerpros.com. At each round of the competition Biker Pros photographs each bike and makes them available in their Flickr gallery at www.flickr.com/photos/bikerpros.

Ultimate Builder awarded over $100,000 in cash and prizes over the 13 event series. The big money winners during the season are:

  1. Kyle Shorey – $12,500
  2. GIO – $8,500
  3. Ian Armstrong – $6,000
  4. Bruce Bolden – $3,000

Biker Pros Signs HelmetLok™ for the J&P Utimate Builder 3 City Sweep

BikerPros Signs HelmetLok for the J&P Utimate Builder 3 City Sweep
HelmetLok

HelmetLok provides Chopper Jockeys & Custom Bike Builders with security & freedom

Biker Pros signs HelmetLok for the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show to provide product for the final three events for all builders that are award recipients.

The HelmetLok carabineer allows motorcyclists to secure a helmet to practically any spot on a motorcycle, as long as the diameter of the attachment point is less than 1-1/8″; e.g., handlebars, frame tubes, turn signals, mirrors, etc.

“Since custom bikes are usually devoid of any extras, the HelmetLok is an ideal product for custom builders,” said Jeff Najar, Biker Pros Partner.

Unlike a typical carabineer where the latch the opens inward, restricting the size of the opening and its usefulness, this latch opens outward. It fits around handlebars, frame tubes, or other parts of the motorcycle. Product features include:

  • Combination lock
  • Carabineer-style
  • Outward opening mechanism
  • Zinc alloy finish
  • Designed for all makes of bikes

HelmetLok’s Award Ceremony

HelmetLok provides Chopper Jockeys & Custom Bike Builders with security & freedom
Trophy Girls, Zach Parham, Bell Helmet & HelmetLok @ US Championship

ChopSmiths Cruiser from Jay Hart

From the home of Racing, Indianapolis
By Prince Najar with Photography by Jack McIntyre
Date: 2/20/2013

Jay Hart Bilds Race-Inspired Vintage Custom Sleds
Jay Hart Builds Race-Inspired Vintage Custom Motorcycles

Biker Pros rolled into Indy to produce the 2013 US Championship of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in a city known for the The Greatest Spectacle in Racing: the Indy 500. To say we were excited would have been an understatement. To a man, the Biker Pros team loves racing. We even race to see who gets the first cuppa Joe in the morning, it’s that ingrained.

We were excited about meeting guys, who built bikes around the local IndyCar and NHRA teams, which are scattered around Indy. We weren’t disappointed.

The Championship kicked off on February the 15th, and this guy, comes tripping through the loading dock with a custom sled that looks like it came out of the ’50s. It’s none other than Jay Hart, a custom bike builder, one of the original Biker Build-Off contestants, musician, skate boarder and an old race car restorer.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: As part of our promotional program, Biker Pros writes articles to assit our clients in meeting and exceeding their marketing and promotional objectives. To read the remainder of the article logon to Bikernet.com or click here for it.

The 2013 Ultimate Builder US Championship Big Winner is Kyle Shorey of Shadetree Fabrications

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2013 ULTIMATE BUILDER US CHAMPIONSHIP
The 2013 US Championship of the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show saw winning bikes from Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit and Atlanta compete with the local heroes from Indianapolis. The Championship presented 54 outstanding customs competing for $26,000 in cash and prizes. The local Southside Harley-Davidson provided a four-bike vintage showcase to celebrate the racing heritage of Indianapolis.

As imagined, with so many winners in attendance from previous events, each of the five classes were extremely tight with just a point or two deciding the first 3 places. Judging is based on the AMD Championship of Custom Bike Building with the builders judging each other’s bikes.

To celebrate the US Championship, Powersports firms jumped in to provide awards including Harley-Davidson with a Screamin Eagle 120R powerplant, Avon Tires with 2 sets of tires, Yoshimura with a slip-on and gift certificate as well as JDA providing gift certificates. HelmetLok and Wizard Products kicked down products for all the competitors too.

The  2013 Ultimate Builder US Championship Big Winner is Kyle Shorey of Shadetree Fabrications
The 2013 Ultimate Builder US Championship Big Winner is Kyle Shorey of Shadetree Fabrications

On hand for the Championship and to show some love to the competitors were Cyclesource Magazine and IronWorks Magazine. They awarded feature articles to Paul Anderson with his 1946 WLA and Jay Hart with his 2012 / 1977 Harley-Davidson FL, respectively.

J&P Ultimate Builder Class: FREESTYLE

Kyle Shorey of Shadetree Fabrications took Indy by storm. His FreeStyle class win at the US Championship of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Indianapolis with Speedmetal has brought in $12,500 in total winnings to date. T

Kyle has won each show he has entered and has taken the top prize in Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and now Indianapolis. Speedmetal began life as a customer’s Saxon Crown chopper. The wheels, engine, brakes and tranny were salvaged from the donor bike. A key feature of the bike is the prototype springer, which has gone through extensive on-road testing and will be available to the public later this year. With his win in Indy, Kyle is now the leading money winner in the series with $12,500.

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  1. Kyle Shorey, Shadetree Fabrications – Speedmetal
  2. Don Weimer – Bastard Deluxe, 2012 Softail Pro Street
  3. Bobby Grias Break Lites Motorsports – Wite Out, 2008 Hayabusa

J&P Ultimate Builder Class: MOD Harley

Adams Karns turned his shop-worn ’01 Sportster into a primo new school board tracker that rocks the 2013 US Championship of the J&P Ultimate Builder. The sled features a Twisted Choppers Rear, Custom Gas Tank, highly modified DNA springer, powder coated engine and Karns Kustoms exhaust.

 
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  1. Adam Karns, Karns Kustoms – 21, 2001 Harley-Davidson Sportster
  2. Jon Shipley, Hoosier Daddy Choppers – Fire House Racer, 2013 Custom Board Tracker
  3. Bob McAreavey – 2009 Roadking

J&P Ultimate Builder Class: Performance Custom

Break Lite Motorsports brought out Boosted Ego, there 2009 Hayabusa and took the win in the Performance Custom class. It boasts a 360mm rear wheel and C and S Customs extended 360 single sided swingarm, tricy air ride suspension with a modified front suspension to give the bike a correct ride height.

To get the performance just right, the bike features twin-bottle nitrous, Velocity stage 2.5 turbo kit, GTX Turbo, undercut transmission and lock up clutch.

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  1. Break Lite Motorsports – Boosted Ego, ’09 Hayabusa
  2. Tony Odom, Fancy Cycle – Greatful Dead Bike, ’07 ZX14
  3. Mike Stout, DNOC – Down-n-out Busa, ’08 Hayabusa

J&P Ultimate Builder Class: Retro MOD

Will Ramsey of Faith Forgotten Choppers brought Dead at 19, a highly 1981 Harley-Davidson FXW. It features an 80” shovelhead cradled into a custom Chopper frame. Paint was shot by Brian and Emeric Howell of RGW with striping by Danny Taylor.

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  1. Will Ramsey, Faith Forgotten Choppers – Dead at 19, 1981 HD FXW
  2. Don Weimer – Revelation, Weimer Triump Bonneville
  3. Mike McFadden – El Dora, ’74 Honda CB550

J&P Ultimate Builder Class: MOD Street

Nicole Kelleher’s custom bike was built by Break Lite Motorsports and took first place in MOD Street.

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  1. Nicole Kelleher, Break Lite Motorsports – Street Angel, ’10 YZF-R6
  2. Brewdude, Brew Bkes – 9605, ’73 Honda CB350
  3. GIO, Blacksmith Motoring – El Vendetta, 2008 Yamaha Roadliner

Additional Awards

Mike McFadden won the Show Dogg Award sponsored by Rocking K Custom Leather for his promotion at the show. Tom Hedrick won the People’s Choice Award with Rings, a 1987 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail.

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People’s Choice Award

The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is produced by www.bikerpros.com. At each round of the competition Biker Pros photographs each bike and makes them available in their Flickr gallery at www.flickr.com/photos/bikerpros.

Ultimate Builder is awarding over $100,000 in cash and prizes over our 13 event series. The big money winners to date are:

  • Kyle Shorey – $12,500
  • GIO – $8,500
  • Bruce Bolden – $3,000

Product Updates from 2013 Dealer Expo

Biker Pros attended the 2013 Dealer Expo while working the 2013 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. The Advanstar extravaganza included combining Dealer Expo and the International Motorcycle Show, creating America’s largest bike show, ever.

Listed below are a few products that new, innovative and interesting.

Voztec debuts top-hinged helmet, enhances rider safety

Featured Products from Dealer Expo in Indianapolis
Featured Products from Dealer Expo in Indianapolis

Unlike conventional helmets, the Voztec Snakehead helmet has no retaining strap; instead the helmet is hinged at the top and swings open like a clam shell. You open the hinge, lift the rear section of the helmet, and insert your face into the front part of the helmet, then close and lock the rear portion. This can be done without having to take your glasses off.

According to Mark Bryant, president, the innovative design affords several advantages over the conventional helmet, including head retention, comfort, vision, turbulence, wind pressure and, most importantly, safety.

In the event of an accident, the front portion of the helmet can be removed, leaving the rear portion in place without disturbing the head — unlike conventional helmets where the strap needs to be cut or released and the helmet removed from the top of the head. This feature alone may reduce the number of injuries encountered when the conventional helmet is removed, according to the company.

Alpina spoked wheels are strong, light and gorgeous

Featured Products from Dealer Expo in Indianapolis
Featured Products from Dealer Expo in Indianapolis

It doesn’t matter that Alpina wheels are used by supermoto and rally champions to win races, what matters is how cool they look in the two tone layout: half carbon fiber and half fluorescent orange (or green).

Countless additional custom combinations are easy to create thanks to various paint and alloy finishing options on hubs, rims and spokes and nipples.

Each rim uses a composite of alloy and carbon fiber to create a wheel that is claimed to be significantly lighter than competing spoked wheels without sacrificing strength or durability. Each wheel is airtight and ready for tubeless tires thanks to Alpina’s proprietary spoke and nipple design. According to Alpina, since the nipples are adjusted from the outside of the rim, the spokes hold tension much longer than traditional wheels, again improving durability and reducing maintenance.

Pulstar Pulse Plugs

Featured Products from Dealer Expo in Indianapolis
Featured Products from Dealer Expo in Indianapolis

The two new Iridium Pulstar Pulse Plugs, be1it and he1it, are designed to provide quicker throttle response with the V-Twin cruiser owner in mind. They increase efficieny to help boost power while cutting fuel usage.The be1it size (shown) fits a number of applications including the Honda Gold Wing and VTX 1800s, BMW 800CC / 1200CC, 1200CC and 1340CC ’75 – ’00 Harley-Davidson, Yamaha V-Star and many more touring and cruising bikes.

The he1it size is ideal for American Iron Horse, BMW, Honda, Harley-Davidson (twin cam) and more than 640 motorcycle applications. These plugs are part of Enerpulse’s Powersport line of Pulstar Pulse Plugs and work well with many powersport applications including ATVs and snowmobiles.

Paughco Sprocket Shaft Bearing Tool

Featured Products from Dealer Expo in Indianapolis
Featured Products from Dealer Expo in Indianapolis

This tool, designed for 1955 and later Big Twins, allows you to pull the crankshaft through the Timkin bearing with precise accuracy. Manufactured from heat-treated tempered steel, the Sprocket Shaft Bearing Tool retails at $127.95.

All merchandise is fully guaranteed against defects in material or workmanship for 90 days.

Website:
www.paughco.com

Email:
jasonr@paughco.com

SuperTrapp JayBrake Radial Slotted Forward Controls

Featured Products from Dealer Expo in Indianapolis
Featured Products from Dealer Expo in Indianapolis

The JayBrake Radial Slotted Forward Controls are geared toward the American V-Twin market and are styled with a modern look incorporating smooth lines, a curved brake and a shift arm. The slotted levers in the mechanism are compatible with JayBrake’s slotted lever hand controls. Due to the adjustable brake and shift levers, the controls provide a comfortable riding position to your riders. When compared to stock, the 2000 and up controls extend foot reach 2 3/8 inches more forward and a half inch lower.

The pre-2000 controls also extend foot reach an inch forward and an inch higher when compared to stock. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $630.

Website:
www.supertrapp.com

Email:
sales@supertrapp.com

S&S Cycle continues to drive profitability with new initiatives

S&S Cycle is selling a new line of high-performance lubricants produced by Spectro Oils.
S&S Cycle is selling a new line of high-performance lubricants produced by Spectro Oils.
When thinking of the V-twin market, it’s not a far stretch to get S&S Cycle in the picture. For 55 years, the company has manufactured high performance engine parts, but S&S isn’t staying complacent. In fact, at the V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati, the company showcased three new initiatives aimed at growing its business and helping its dealers.

S&S is expanding with a new line of lubricants, a selection of new service parts and custom engine manufacturing.
Lubricant partnership

Showcased at the V-Twin Expo was S&S Cycle’s new line of lubricants, produced by Spectro Oils. For seven or eight years, S&S worked with Mobil 1 on a line of S&S oils, but the company recently decided to switch manufacturers. The reason for the change was twofold: as a smaller company, Spectro has been easier to work with, and Spectro was willing to produce petroleum oils for S&S.

“Petroleum oil, Mobil 1 didn’t really want to go there. That was their thing, but we wanted to offer a wide variety of products to people to meet their needs,” said Bruce Tessmer, marketing projects coordinator for S&S Cycle.

S&S’s Lubricant line offers both petroleum and synthetic engine oil and transmission oil, along with a primary oil. S&S believed that offering both petroleum and synthetic was important for its customers.
“People ask us, ‘Well, isn’t synthetic better? Why do you have a petroleum oil?’ The fact is we believe synthetic is the way to go. We believe that’s the finest thing you can put in your engine, but a lot of people don’t,” Tessmer explained. “We know there are people that aren’t going to use it for some reason or another; either they don’t believe in synthetic, or they don’t want to spend the money.”
Another benefit to working with Spectro is the company’s batch blend system, which combines all the components evenly, rather than in-line blending, which can lead to inconsistency.

“Spectro, they batch blend their stuff, so they can tweak it until it’s perfect, and they always make things on the high end of the spec, so every time you buy a bottle of S&S oil, it’s going to be the same,” Tessmer said.

Awards for J&P Ultimate Builder US Championship

Export Wizard-1testThe awards for the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show US Championship has grown to $26,000 in cash and prizes. Participating firms include:

  • IMS
  • Harley-Davidson
  • Avon Tyres
  • JDA Customs
  • HelmetLok
  • Rocking K Leathers
  • Bell Helmets
  • Wizard Products
  • Yoshimura
  • Who is the Ultimate Builder Big Dog in Chicago? Hint, He’s Not from Chicago

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    The 2013 J&P Chicago Ultimate Builder Kicked Bagger A$$phalt

    The 2013 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show kicked off in Chicago, IL on February 8, 2013 with builders coming in from as far as Dallas to compete for over $7,750 in cash and prizes. A new sponsor was added to the mix, HelmetLok provides all placing entries with a way to secure their helmets.

    Chicago has always given love to Baggers and this edition was no exception with 7 big-tire Baggers competing in FreeStyle. These bikes were big and brash and had the “look” that you come to expect in these machines.

    Enthusiasts were able to get their quota of eye candy as Chicago delivered the most diverse selection of sleds with Baggers, trikes, sidecars, café racers, customs, pro street bikes and restored vintage iron all gracing the red carpet.

    J&P Ultimate Builder Class: Freestyle

    Kyle Shorey of Shadetree Fabrications took the win in the FreeStyle class at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Chicago with Speedmetal. The bike began life as a customer’s Saxon Crown chopper. The wheels, engine, brakes and tranny were salvaged from the donor bike. A key feature of the bike is the prototype springer, which will be available to the public shortly. This is the 3rd appearance and 3rd win with a total of $7,500 in award money going to Kyle. His bike was consistently mobbed throught the show.

    J&P Ultimate Builder Class Winner:
    J&P Ultimate Builder Class Winner: FreeStyle
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    1. Kyle Shorey, Shadetree Fabrications – Speedmetal
    2. Tony Starita, Big Tony’s Chopp Shop – Peacemaker, ’12 BTCS Pro-Street
    3. Dave Dupor, DD Customs – Aventador, 2012 HD FLTR

    J&P Ultimate Builder Class: MOD Harley

    Modified Harley was won by Don Robb of AR Baggers with his 2002 Harley-Davidson Road Glide that features all the goodies including a Big Bore Kit, full air ride, pm wheels, 8 speaker system, touch screen and (2) 1200 watt amps.

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    J&P Ultimate Builder Class Winner:
    J&P Ultimate Builder Class Winner: MOD Harley
    1. Don Robb, AR Baggers – 2002 H-D Road Glide
    2. Dell Battle – One Off, Inc. ’03 Fatboy
    3. Leon Thill, DFT Trikes – Softail Trike

    J&P Ultimate Builder Class: Performance Custom

    Josh from JDA Customs brought out his 2007 Suzuki GSXR 1000 and took the win in the Performance Custom class. It boasts a 330 10” over extended swing arm, molded tank with all custom parts built in-house by JDA Customs.

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    J&P Ultimate Builder Class Winner: Performance Custom
    J&P Ultimate Builder Class Winner:
    J&P Ultimate Builder Class Winner: Performance Custom
    1. JDA Customs – 2007 Suzuki GSXR 1000
    2. Q Ortiz, Fusion Custom Cycles – The Beast, ’07 Hayabusa
    3. Mike Fabrizi, Fornarelli Motorsports – Gorilla, ’08 GSXR 1000

    J&P Ultimate Builder Class: Retro MOD

    Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles won the Retro MOD with his ’72 Bonneville called El Matador. The ’68 frame has been modified with a bolt-on hardtail with the front forks lowered 2”. The brass headlight was fabricated out of a vintage cigar tin and the taillight from a vintage brass bowl. Engine was rebuilt and sports an open primary, BNR Belt Drive and Joe Hunt Magneto.

    J&P Ultimate Builder Class Winner:
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    J&P Ultimate Builder Class Winner:
    J&P Ultimate Builder Class Winner: Retro MOD
    1. Tony Prust, Analog Motorcycles – El Matador, ‘72 Bonneville
    2. Shawn Little, Shadetree Fabrications – Bar Hopper, ’84 Shovelhead
    3. Lucas Szwalec – Scorpion, ’78 GL1000

    J&P Ultimate Builder Class: MOD Street

    Kamil Podziomski stopped GIO from Blacksmith Motoring from his unblemished record of winning every event attended with his 2005 Buell XB12R custom bike. The Buell features a custom fairing, carbon fiber exhaust, EBR race ECU, custom taillight, carbon fiber rear hugger fender, heat wrapped headers and a custom rear fender.

    J&P Ultimate Builder Class Winner:
    J&P Ultimate Builder Class Winner: MOD Street
    J&P Ultimate Builder Class Winner:
    J&P Ultimate Builder Class Winner: MOD Street
    1. Kamil Podziomski – 2005 Buell XB12R
    2. GIO, Blacksmith Motoring – El Vendetta, 2008 Yamaha Roadliner

    Additional Awards

    Dave Dupor of DD Customs won the Show Dog Award sponsored by Rocking K Custom Leather for his promotion at the show. Fusion Custom Cycles won the People’s Choice Award with “The Beast” a 2007 Hayabusa.

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    Show Dogg Award
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    People’s Choice Award

    The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is produced by www.bikerpros.com. At each round of the competition Biker Pros photographs each bike and makes them available in their Flickr gallery at www.flickr.com/photos/bikerpros.

    Ultimate Builder is awarding over $100,000 in cash and prizes over our 13 event series. The big money winners to date are:

    • GIO – $8,500
    • Kyle Shorey – $7,500
    • Bruce Bolden – $3,000

    Chicago: The King of Baggers

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    Twitter’s 6-Second Videos Could Be Huge – The Vine Phenomena

    Vine: a mobile service from Twitter that lets you capture and share short looping videos. Like Tweets, the brevity of videos on Vine (6 seconds or less) inspires creativity. Now that you can easily capture motion and sound. Biker Pros Commentary: We are using vine to showcase custom bikes at the Ultimate Builder.

    WIRED MAGAZINE – BY RYAN TATE – January 2013

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    From Twitter: Vine Video Service

    Journalists spent Thursday playing with, writing about, and reviewing Twitter’s clever and simple new system for video posts, Vine. But academics are keenly interested in Vine too, saying the extreme constraints it imposes on video could produce an explosion in video sharing.

    There’s big potential in Vine, say the two experts in online socialization we spoke to, but it’s unclear how, and how often, people will use the six-second video service.

    “My guess, given the enthusiasm for Twitter so far, is that people are going to do really cool things,” says Scott Klemmer, who co-directs the Human-Computer Interaction Group at Stanford University. “One of the things we know about creativity is that constraints are essential for getting people to do creative stuff. If you come up with the right constraints, that’s a benefit, not a drawback. And nobody knows that better than Twitter, where their 140-character constraint really created a whole new medium in a lot of ways.”

    “Will six-second videos be that? Who knows? But I think it’s a pretty darn interesting constraint.”

    Twitter didn’t explain the reasoning behind its six-second video limit in an official announcement of Vine on Wednesday, but it’s easy to see what Twitter is trying to do if you consider the context in which Twitter itself launched seven years ago. Back then, many people wrote on the web via blogs, where posts could be of any length. But they seemed to post more frequently and freely when confined to small bursts, for example in the short status updates that caught fire on social networks like Facebook and MySpace. When Twitter launched in 2006, its strict insistence on short posts unleashed a torrent of fresh writing.

    There was a practical reason for Twitter’s limit; the messaging network, particularly in its earliest incarnations, leaned heavily on cell-phone texting, which imposes hard limits on message length. But Twitter’s creators kept the limit in place long after most of its users had migrated to using the service via the web. “We’re fond of constraints that inspire creativity,” co-creator Jack Dorsey told PBS.org in 2007.

    The subsequent success of Twitter’s microcontent model – attracting hundreds of millions of users, including an enviable collection of well known names across many creative fields — would seem to bode well for Vine. But it’s hard to predict what form its success might take. When Twitter launched, conventions for replies, retweets and hashtags had not been created, to say nothing of the more obscure subcultures and conventions that have emerged along the way. The medium emerged organically, and it would seem Twitter is trying to allow the same thing to happen with Vine.

    “Twitter was built on the premise that constraints produce unexpected outcomes as people get creative,” says Danah Boyd, a senior researcher at Microsoft Research and longtime academic studying social media. “Part of what makes [Vine] interesting is who knows what will come out of it ?”

    One thing, at least, is clear: People will not communicate in video on Twitter the same way they communicate in text.

    “Video lets you show things,” says Klemmer. “For me at least, it would be much more pointing a camera out at the world than reading a monologue… It would be here’s the sunset tonight, or check out this crazy thing that I saw.”

    Thus far, people seem to be using Vine mainly to show off their desks and offices. But then again, people initially used Twitter to report their every mundane move throughout the day: Eating lunch, going to the park, catching a movie. It was hard at the time to imagine what more could be done with 140 characters. It turned out, there was quite a lot more to say, and it will be interesting to see what more there is for people to shoot.

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  • Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson Provides Showcase Vintage Bikes for the Indy Round of the J&P Ultimate Builder

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    Durham, NC – February 5, 2013 – Biker Pros, the producer of the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, announced today that Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson is participating in the Indy round of the series and will be providing four vintage race bikes for the showcase on February 15-17.  The showcase is a non-competitive class, which highlights dealers, manufacturers or builders that have unique or historic motorcycles.

    “Biker Pros is pleased to partner with Bob Schulteti, Owner of Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson, and we are looking as we have been looking to expand the appeal of our showcase motorcycle for the Ultimate Builder series,” said Bob Kay, Biker Pros’ Partner. “Since this family dealership started in 1947 we are looking forward to seeing some outstanding and noteworthy bikes such as his own vintage race bikes.”

    The J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show series pulls world class builders from across the United States and Biker Pros has designed a business-building program to promote the participation of the builders. This includes bike features from our media partners, social media participation, $91,000 of total prize money and a full professional photography shoot. Builders can get into the show by making the jump to https://www.bikerpros.com.

    The 2012-2013 tour cities represent the most motorcycle-dense populations in the United States, reaching 75% of the nation’s motorcycle enthusiasts. Attendees will see the latest trends in custom motorcycles and meet their local two-wheeled heroes at the show.

     “We have a long and storied career in racing from flat track to roadracing and we are honored to showcase our vintage race bikes at the 2013 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Indy,” said Bob Schulteti, Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson Owner.

    Professional and amateur custom builders of choppers, cruisers, bobbers, baggers, race bikes and sport bikes are invited to enter their bikes into the competition and judge each other’s work. There are 13 individual rounds of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show nationwide with the Indy round coming February 15-17.