2013 Ultimate Builder: NORCAL Edition

Kick off of the 2013 season
Kick off of the 2013 season

The 2013-14 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show series kicked off at the San Mateo County EventCenter with an eclectic and diverse group of custom sleds. Choppers, bobbers, sport bikes, pro street and restorations were all shined and polished for the tens of thousands of enthusiasts that streamed into the show.

At each show you never know who will show up. Denis Manning, Hall of Famer and owner of BUB Enterprises, was in-the-house checking out the latest products from the OEMS and the custom builders. Denis also has owned the world’s fastest motorcycle multiple times. He is shooting for the stratosphere of 400mph and looking to take the record back in 2015.

Ultimate FreeStyle Class

Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show
FreeStyle Winner

Dalton Walker of Split Image Kustoms finished his build at 1AM the day of the show and then rode hell for leather to San Mateo to enter into the Ultimate Builder.

The bike was built for his painter, Kal Koncepts, and features a custom springer and tank built into the frame. The engine is a 1984 Harley-Davidson, 84ci EVO polished with a SIK Mag. The bike is so new that it has not yet been named.

  1. Dalton Walker, Split Image Kustoms – 1984 Harley-Davidson
  2. Kirk Taylor, Custom Design Studios – Widowmaker, 2007 Custom
  3. Jose Contreras – 2013 Chopper Pro Street

MOD Harley Class


Jim Carducci Is a Harley guy and a dual sport guy… the results is a dual sport 2003 Harley Sportster. It features a NRHS 1250 Kit, Andrews and N4 Cams. It includes a hand-formed Aluminum gas tank, Ohlins suspension, custom triple clamps and custom swingarm.

  1. Jim Carducci – SC3 Adventure, 2003 Sportster
  2. Casey Johnson, Headcase Kustom Art – US versus THEM, 1995 Sportster
  3. Roger Vaughn – King of Kings, 2001 Road King

Ultimate Builder Retro MOD Class


Bones Legacy is the result of the meeting of two “old school” choppers lovers. But not just any choppers, the “period correct ones”, the ones from the past or the ones built as they would have been built at that time.

Paul Ponkov revealed his latest NORCAL Digger called Black Rainbow and he took the win. It features paint by Sonny Boy and engine mods include MAP Belt Drive, Kibbelwhite valves, Morris Mageto and SRM oil system. The frame is a stretched hand-made gooseneck which has been molded and smoothed throughout. Handmade tail light, pipes, oil tank, bars and pegs.

  1. Paul Ponkow, Bones Legacy – Black Rainbow, 1973 Triumph Bonneville
  2. Chris Carter – Falcone, 1951 Moto Guzzi
  3. Dana Miccer, Mutt Hallam – Hummer, 1960 H-D Super Ten

Performance Custom Class

Performance Custom Winner
Performance Custom Winner

TPJ Customs is a complete fabrication shop located in Northern California. They build show bikes that are tough enough to stand up to everyday abuse but are unique and custom so they also look great on show bikes.

Bryan Schmike rolled his TPJ Mabel onto show floor and the first thing you notice is the minimal nature of the bike. Just about every piece of the big twin is hand made by the shop.

  1. Bryan Schmike, TPJ Customs – 2013 TPJ Mabel
  2. Shelby Thompson, AFT Customs – Sentoh, 2011 Honda CB 836CR

Ultimate Builder MOD Street

Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show
MOD Street Winner

Ric Escobedo rolled his 2007 Honda Repsol CBR 1000RR into the convention center and it made an immediate impact.

It features a custom subframe, custom rear tail and the engine has had a EDR Super Sport Build up.

  1. Ric Escobedo – 2007 Respsol CBR 1000RR
  2. West Coast Hydrographix – Kandee, 2006 Yamaha R6
  3. Superbike Coach – MotoGP Project Bike, 2006 Yamaha YZFR1

The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is located on the silver carpet inside the International Motorcycle Show In NORCAL. 28 bikes entered the show and split $7,000 in cash awards and $500 in leather from Rocking K Customs and Garage Leathers. Get your bike into the game at www.custombikeshows.com.


  • Gino & Denise Ilacqua – CADAMIA 300

People’s Choice Award

  • Casey Johnson, Headcase Kustom Art – US versus THEM, 1995 Sportster

Metzeler ME 880 Donut Article

Metzeler Donut Update
Metzeler Donut Update
Mariyln Stemp, Editor of IronWorks Magazine, contacted Biker Pros to write a review on the Metzeler ME 880 motorcycle tires. Listed below is the published article.

Metzeler ME 880 Donuts & the Case of the Head Shaking Nightster

Daytona Biketoberfest Report Card for 2013


Daytona Biketoberfest – Sunshine and Blue Skies

Reports are coming in from Daytona Biketoberfest that the attendance numbers from the event are still depressed. Traffic has been down since 2004.

The Daytona area that is receiving the majority of the rolling traffic are the traditional biker areas on Main Street, Beach Street, Daytona 500 racetrack, Mid-Town in Daytona Beach and Bruce Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona in Ormond Beach.

Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Ole’ School Chopper Show Kickoffs Biketoberfest in Daytona

Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Ole’ School Chopper Show kicks off the week of custom bike shows and serves as a showcase for good ol’ American ingenuity. Continue reading “Daytona Biketoberfest Report Card for 2013”

Instagram 101 – Why you need it for your business

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Instagram is about Communication

It’s a Powersports Tool

Instagram is an online photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, apply digital filters to them, and share them on a variety of social networking services, such as:

At Biker Pros we use Instagram to promote the Ultimate Busiler Custom Bike Show as well as our customer accounts.

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Garage Leathers relocates to Nashville, TN

Garage Leathers engages Biker Pros for publicity
Garage Leathers engages Biker Pros for publicity
Garage Leathers moves to Nashville

More Sunshine, More Riding

Garage Leathers On the Move – The solo bag manufacturer for Harley-Davidson Softails, Dynas, Sportsters, custom motorcycles and choppers, reports today that they have relocated to the Historic Marathon Village area of Nashville, Tennessee, from Midland Park, New Jersey.

The firm’s strategic plan is to consolidate the operations of Garage Leathers with their sister company Garage Coffee to enhance sales and improve operational efficiencies. Garage Coffee, a wholesale and retail firm, plans to entrench itself in Nashville and roll out moto-centric coffee shops that serve as showcases of the Garage Leathers’ product line. Continue reading “Garage Leathers relocates to Nashville, TN”

Dealer Expo moves to Chicago’s McCormick Place

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Publish Date: Sep 20, 2013
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The Advanstar Powersports Group announces the Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo will be held Dec. 5-7, 2014, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.

The annual Dealer Expo, founded by Dealernews in 1966, is North America’s largest powersports business-to-business event. Dealer Expo expands from its longtime home in Indianapolis to the larger McCormick Place venue in downtown Chicago to deliver more products, more training, more networking and more excitement to the powersports industry’s annual gathering, show management stated.

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