Triumph wins at Harley-Davidson

Carl Pusser wins Freestyle

Over 5,000 gearheads and fans converged on the Harley-Davidson Museum® Custom Bike Pro-Show on Thursday evening for Bike Night and to kick off a weekend full of custom culture. Thousands of bikes line up in long rows of choppers, trikes and cruisers. Bike enthusiasts come from all over the country to see world-class designs and celebrate Harley culture.

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Tony Prust takes 2nd in FreeStyle at Harley’s 111th

Prust rolls his Indian into Harley-Davidson’s 111th Anniversary Bike Show and rolls out in 2nd place

2nd in FreeStyle
2nd in FreeStyle

Up against a cool 2Mil in custom bikes sitting on the floor, Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles took second with a screamin’ red 1949 Indian Scout accented in gold leaf. Talk about old school!

That Scout named “THE CONTINENTAL SCOUT” got my fingers itchin’ to crack the throttle and enjoy an ultra-cool, nimble experience like my grandpappy had – only with amped power in a customized ride, like he never got to enjoy.

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Results from J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show: 2014 Sturgis Edition

2014 Sturgis Rally
2014 Sturgis Rally
Kick off of the 2014 – 2015 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Season

Photography CreditVanessa A. Schaeffer

At Biker Pros we put on custom bike shows across the country with the objective to support the industry and keep customizing alive and well in the USof A. Our 2015 series kicked off in Sturgis and will visit 13 cities and award over $90,000 in cash and prizes.

On Tuesday, August 5, 2014,  I was up early and in Downtown Sturgis prepping for the Ultimate Builder show on Wednesday. As I walked down Main Street I noticed a guy snoring as loud as a chain saw on a booth table. Continue reading “Results from J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show: 2014 Sturgis Edition”

Ultimate Builder Results: 2013 Long Beach

The SOCAL edition of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show featured a distinct Hollywood theme with Batman and Cat Woman-styled vehicles delighting the crowd. Forty custom sleds and over $1,000,000+ were on display. Enthusiasts were treated with some of the most outstanding designs and creativity seen on the circuit to date.

Cat Woman on a Tumber-styled trike
Cat Woman on a Tumber-styled trike

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2013-14 Ultimate Builder Dates

Biker Pros produces the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Series
Biker Pros produces the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Series

The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show presented by J&P Cycles is represented inside each Progressive International Motorcycle Show. The Ultimate Builder matches the best custom bike builders in the country against one another as it tours the U.S. and features hundreds of the hottest custom motorcycles dripping in eye-popping chrome, wild paint jobs and dazzling rims. Register your bike here.

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Rafik Kaissi’s Steampunk Custom Scooter

The Steampunk-inspired scooter
The Steampunk-inspired scooter
The Steampunk-inspired scooter uses an industrial chain for the backbone

Events: Shown at AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building
Company:  RK Concepts
Photos: AMD World Championship
More Steampunk bikes: Click here

Rafik Kaissi, of www.rkconcepts.com, creates custom motorcycles in his shop in Austin, Texas from scratch by using materials he finds in area junkyards.

The Steampunk Custom Scooter called RK Chain

Rafik uses piston rods as connecting rods and chains as a frame for the custom RK Chain bike he has created. One of the unique Steampunk-inspired aspect of the bike is that the rider actually wears the gas tank. This is because the chain would have hidden the actual tank if he had created one for it.

The resulting look of his bikes is a conflation of futurist cyber punk and post-modern steampunk industrial art, reflecting radical changes in social order as seen by a marginalized loner in a dystopian future. Imagine Star Wars shot as film noir, or if Jules Verne had written the screenplay for Blade Runner. A Kaissi bike could be a prop in such a movie. They are imaginative anachronisms created by feigning a transposition of bygone technology into the future.

futurist cyber punk and post-modern steampunk motorcycle
A conflation of futurist cyber punk and post-modern steampunk industrial art

The front suspension is a half leaf spring, and it is clamped with 3 U bolts, and this allows for longer front forks by sliding the leaf spring out equally on both sides of the front fork. Rafik built, designed and fabricated the pipes, front end, headlight and leaf spring seat.
Mikuni carburator with custom intake. Vintage fire extinguisher fabricated into a back pack handles fueling duties, ISR hand controls with custom hand grips and hand grenade front end brake fluid reservoir.

Steampunk Custom Scooter from Rafik Kaissi
Steampunk Custom Scooter from Rafik Kaissi

Rafik Kaissi, who immigrated to the United States from civil-war-torn Lebanon, now creates working motorcycles from junked bikes, as works of art. Kaissi began building bikes in the garage of his one-bedroom apartment in Austin in 2007.

Steampunk Custom Motorcycles

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A Steampunk inspired motorcycle is an exciting artistic endeavor. They are a combination of vintage, retro and rolling art.

Copper Mike’s Steampunk

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Very few custom motorcycles have had a lasting impression like the custom Steampunk motorcycle from Copper Mike. His Steampunk features many antique copper industrial gauges, hand-built brass fittings and an old fire extinguisher. The metal has been hand-hammered and a delight to see.

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Tony Prust’s El Matador

Steampunk Triumph Custom Motorcycle

This Triumph T120 Bonneville is the personal ride of Tony Prust; it’s a more ‘traditional’ look than many of his sleds coming from Analog motorcycles. “El Matador” was a two year labor of love for Prust and is built with Steampunk influences.

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Rafik Kaissi’s Steampunk Custom Scooter

Rafik Kaissi Steampunk

Rafik Kaissi, of www.rkconcepts.com  built this Steampunk-inspired motorcycle. The resulting look of  this is bike is a conflation of futurist cyber punk and post-modern steampunk industrial art.

Click here for the article about the Steampunk motorcycle.

A Selection of Steampunk Custom Motorcycles

Custom Steampunk motorcycle goes mainsteam. The custom Steampunk sleds always draw a crowd at our Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Shows. They often incorporate a significant amount of brass, copper and the use of gears and cogs and has a high-tech, yet vintage look. Some of these custom Steampunk bikes have gained prominent followings in and out of the Steampunk movement.

More Steampunk Explaination

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Therefore, steampunk works are often set in an alternate history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.

Steampunk also refers to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures, that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, and films from the mid-20th century.[2] Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical “steampunk” style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.

In general, the category includes any recent science fiction that takes place in a recognizable historical period (sometimes an alternate history version of an actual historical period) in which the Industrial Revolution has already begun, but electricity is not yet widespread.[citation needed] It places an emphasis on steam- or spring-propelled gadgets. The most common historical steampunk settings are the Victorian and Edwardian eras, though some in this “Victorian steampunk” category can go as early as the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

Steampunk Gains Momentum

In 2013, IBM predicted, based on an analysis of more than a half million public posts on message boards, blogs, social media sites and news sources, “that ‘steampunk,’ a sub-genre inspired by the clothing, technology and social mores of Victorian society, will be a major trend to bubble up and take hold of the retail industry.

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

    J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show
    J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show
    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
    J&P Ultimate Builder Class Winner:
    J&P Ultimate Builder Class Winner: FreeStyle
    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.

    J&P Ultimate Builder Class Winner:
    J&P Ultimate Builder Class Winner: MOD Harley
    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.

    J&P Ultimate Builder Class Winner:
    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:
    J&P Ultimate Builder Class Winner: Retro MOD
    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.

    Show Dogg Award
    Show Dogg Award
    People's Choice Award
    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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    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

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    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

     

    Great diversity of Motorcycles at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

    Cleveland Results: 2013 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

    Ultimate Builder: Clevleand
    Ultimate Builder: Clevleand

    The Ultimate Builder rolled into Cleveland, OH and for the 3rd year in a row, snow greeted the custom bike builders as they unloaded their sled into the show.

    Cleveland, founded in 1796, is located in northeastern Ohio on the shore of Lake Erie and just 60 miles West of the Pennsylvania border. It’s home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    Ultimate Builder FreeStyle Class

    Jesse Bassett at The Gasbox began the custom Indian sled build with an eBay-found 1940 741 Indian frame. A Norton Commando 4-speed transmission was chosen to replace the OEM Indian 3-speed. New engine plates were made and the scout primary was cut in half, offset and mated with a 1920’s Indian outer primary. All aluminum was polished, all steel was nickel plated, and all cast iron was electroless plated. The entire frame and fork were nickel plated then painted Indian red.

    FreeStyle Winner
    FreeStyle Winner

    1. Jesse Bassett, The GasBox – 741 Indian, 1940 Military Scout
    2. Jesse Bassett, The GasBox – The Grape Escape, ’75 Shovelead
    3. Justin Kenley – 2012 Softail

    Ultimate Builder MOD Harley Class

    Three years ago Bob McAreavey rolled his orange and black Softail into Cleveland’s IX Center and took the MOD Harley win. In 2013 he came back with a Roadking and took the win again. 2 shows and 2 wins.

    MOD Harley Winner
    MOD Harley Winner

    1. Bob McAreavey – 2009 Roadking
    2. Little John Kuklisin, Klock Werks – Softglide, 2010 Roadglide
    3. David Cook, Sledgehammer Bobbers – Sledge, ’11 Dyna

    Ultimate Builder Performance Custom Class

    Chris Carr won the 1992, 1999, and 2001-2005 AMA Grand National Dirt Track (Flat Track) championships, the 2000 Formula USA Dirt Track Championship and the AMA 600cc Dirt Track championship seven times (1988–1993, and 1995). And now he is a 2013 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show winner of Cleveland in the Performance Custom class.

    Performance Custom Winner
    Performance Custom Winner

    1. Chris Carr, Kenny Tolbert – Beaulah, ’08 XR750
    2. Perry Paugh, Dougherty MC – S/C & Pro ET Race Bike, ’95 ZX11 Ninja

    Ultimate Builder RETRO MOD Class

    Jesse Srpan of Raw Iron Choppers built this ’50 Panhead with a wishbone frame, 61ci mill and blue metal flake paint. The frame was raked to 44 degrees.

    Retro MOD Winner
    Retro MOD Winner

    1. Rick Srpan, Raw Iron Choppers – 1950 Panhead EL
    2. Jerry Horvath – 1976 Kawasaki KZ400
    3. T. McEnally, Ace Classic Cycles – ’74 Triumph Trackmaster

    Ultimate Builder MOD Street Class

    GIO from Blacksmith Motoring drove in from Chicago with his latest turbo build, El Vendetta, and took the win in MOD Street at Ultimate Builder in the Great white North. The 2008 Yamaha Retroliner features a Blacksmith 120ci stroker with forged pistons, lighten crank with HIPO heads & intake. The bike rolls with a 26” front wheel, air ride and 6 piston Hawg Halters brakes.

    MOD Street Winner
    MOD Street Winner

    1. GIO, Blacksmith Motoring – El Vendetta, 2008 Yamaha Roadliner
    2. Andrew Ella – First Attempt, ’77 XS650

    Additional Awards

    Show DOG Winner
    Show DOG Winner

    Jerry from JHL Choppers won the Show Dog Award sponsored by Rocking K Custom Leather for his promotion at the show.

    Jesse Bassett of The GasBox won the People’s Choice Award with his 1940 Military Scout.

    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.

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

    • GIO – $7,500
    • Kyle Shorey – $5,000
    • Bruce Bolden – $3,000