Kick off of the 2014 – 2015 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Season
Photography Credit – Vanessa 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.
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.
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.
Kyle Shorey, Shadetree Fabrications – Speedmetal
Tony Starita, Big Tony’s Chopp Shop – Peacemaker, ’12 BTCS Pro-Street
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.
Don Robb, AR Baggers – 2002 H-D Road Glide
Dell Battle – One Off, Inc. ’03 Fatboy
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.
JDA Customs – 2007 Suzuki GSXR 1000
Q Ortiz, Fusion Custom Cycles – The Beast, ’07 Hayabusa
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.
Tony Prust, Analog Motorcycles – El Matador, ‘72 Bonneville
Shawn Little, Shadetree Fabrications – Bar Hopper, ’84 Shovelhead
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.
Kamil Podziomski – 2005 Buell XB12R
GIO, Blacksmith Motoring – El Vendetta, 2008 Yamaha Roadliner
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
1. Chris Carr, Kenny Tolbert – Beaulah, ’08 XR750
2. Perry Paugh, Dougherty MC – S/C & Pro ET Race Bike, ’95 ZX11 Ninja
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.
1. GIO, Blacksmith Motoring – El Vendetta, 2008 Yamaha Roadliner
2. Andrew Ella – First Attempt, ’77 XS650
The following are the class definitions for the 5 classes that we are hosting at our 13 round series.
Free Style – Any motorcycle frame configuration or drivetrain combination. Your imagination is the only restriction. Must run and stop.
Modified Harley – Must have Harley manufactured frame and engine cases. Frame must maintain stock configuration so modifications are limited to smoothing ie; molding welds and joints, welding in filler panels or cutting excess tabs. Swingarm kits and fat tire conversions are acceptable.
Performance Custom – Race inspired styling with performance enhancing engine modifications. Any motorcycle frame configuration and drivetrain combination. Judging will be focused around drag racing ie; strtched out ‘Busa, Bonneville racers and highly modified sportbikes.
Retro Mod – Any modified bike, with any drive train on any chassis configuration that is 25 years or older. Great class for older Harley’s where the frame was cut to rake or stretch as well as a class for Café Racers from the Ton-Up era.
Modified Street Class – Must have Major OEM ie; Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Polaris, Triumph etc manufactured frame and engine cases. Harley is not allowed in this class. Frame must maintain stock configuration so neck may not be cut to rake or stretch. Designed for mild customs without frame configuration modifications and stretched swing arms. Cruisers are allowed to use hardtail sections.
Awards and Prizes
Freestyle Class – 1st Place Cash Prize: $2,500 per UBCBS
Modified Harley Class – 1st Place Cash Prize: $1,500 per UBCBS
Performance Custom Class – 1st Place Cash Prize: $1,000 per UBCBS
Retro Mod Class – 1st Place Cash Prize: $1,000 per UBCBS
Modified Street Class – 1st Place Cash Prize: $1,000 per UBCBS
Award plaques will be given out to motorcycles finishing in second and third place in the three judged categories at each UBCBS.
All UBCBS class trophies will be awarded during the awards ceremony held Sundays beginning at 3:00pm local time. All cash prizes will be paid by Advanstar Communications via check 30 days after Advanstar’s receipt of winner affidavit forms (forms will be supplied by Advanstar to class winners at each UBCSB).
The New York round of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is like none other. From the starting gun on Friday at noon till closing at 5PM on Sunday, it was packed ankle to armpit with enthusiasts giving their appreciation to the 50 custom sleds on display.
In year’s past FreeStyle and Performance Custom class machines dominated the show. This year Retro MOD had the largest participation with guys and gals building to this specification: “Any modified bike, with any drive train on any chassis configuration that is 25 years or older. Great class for older Harley’s where the frame was cut to rake or stretch as well as a class for Café Racers from the Ton-Up era.” Continue reading “2013 NY Ultimate Builder Results”
The New York round of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is shaping up to be the largest show in the 13 event series. The pre-event entries are ahead of last year and the bikes look outstanding. Don’t miss it. Listed below are a few of the builders that will be attending.
As the saying goes, if the weather is bad outside then the inside will be packed… and that was certainly the case as Saturday saw record attendance. GIO brought his iron and took wins in MOD Street and MOD Harley and is now the leading money winner in the series at $6,500.00.
Ultimate Builder FreeStyle
Deadline Customs rolled in two customer bikes and his Gotta Love Orange rolled out with a win for Dan Coates. The 2011 Harley-Davidson Road Glide features a cut neck to accommodate the huge Rampage 26” tire and wheel combo up front . The engine rocks it with a 103inch set up with free flowing exhaust and tuner. The paint and skull graphics really set the bike off. Continue reading “Ultimate Builder: Minneapolis, MN Recap”
C&C Cycle rolled 3 bikes into the DC edition of the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show and came out big with a FreeStyle win with Drug of Choice. Owned by Conrad Filbert, the 1996 Harley Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy features a raked neck, custom made fenders, stretched gas tank, Custom made spotlight bracket, Ness massive front fork assembly, Wide tire kit and frenched in LED tailight. Continue reading “2013 Washington DC Winners @ Ultimate Builder”