Comment by AMD Editor-in-Chief, Robin Bradley

Editor-in-Chief, Robin Bradley
Editor-in-Chief, Robin Bradley

“Black” may be the new “Chrome”, but it still don’t get you home

Oh dear! Where to begin? If Harley-Davidson seriously think that the continuing direction signalled by their MY2016 offer is going to keep their dealers, employees and investors happy in the long-term, then they are seriously deluded.
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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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Latest AMD/Baird dealer survey: US sales decline 


AMD/Baird dealer survey…

The results of the latest AMD/Baird quarterly Harley-Davidson authorized dealer survey shows a continuing issue for Harley in terms of domestic sales.

Their 2014 annual results released in January showed that by the final quarter of the year their domestic US sales of new models had gone into reverse, and that trend is showing up in the responses to the February AMD/Baird survey. Continue reading “Latest AMD/Baird dealer survey: US sales decline “

Biker Pros creates a communication plan for American Metric Motorcycle Co.

Biker Pros helps American Metric Motorcycle Co.
Biker Pros Produces a MARCOM Plan for AMMC

Biker Pros produced an integrated communication plan for American Metric Motorcycle Co. The strategic program includes tactical elements of social media, publicity, email marketing. event management and promotions. The following is a press release that DealerNews picked up. – Jeff Najar, Biker Pros Partner

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Partners Cole Keesling and Jason McCrocklin have launched American Metric Motorcycle Company (AMMC), a metric-focused apparel company with a variety of t-shirts, beanies, work shirts and hoodies.

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Where do Bikers Carry their Valuables? Special Ops Jacket from 5-Ball Racing Leathers

Special Ops Jacket
Special Ops Jacket

Special Ops Club Jacket

5-Ball Racing Leathers’ (12 Pocket) Special Ops Club Jacket is designed for the biker on the go, with room for wallet, keys, smart phone, garage door opener and everything else a busy, modern American biker carries nowadays.

This makes the Special Ops a perfect jacket for carrying gear of all kinds: gear including the two gun pockets that are stitched in such a way to as be wider and deeper than the typical pocket. Continue reading “Where do Bikers Carry their Valuables? Special Ops Jacket from 5-Ball Racing Leathers”

Carl Pusser Wins the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder National Championship

Photography by Many Pandya

Sunday completed an 11 city tour across the United States where each major metropolitan area

Our 2015 US National Champion
Our 2015 US National Champion

drew local and regional custom bike builders. After four months the motorcycle circus finally came to an end with Carl Pusser of Walkin Tall Cycles taking the National Championship crown.

Over the 3-day show, Pusser kept jonesing for the Speakeasy Original ring with the words “Made in America” that covers three fingers. At 4:20 on Sunday he was up on stage with a new Danny Gray seat, ring and a big check for $2,000.

Winter Storm Neptune brought a swath of snow, high winds and dangerously cold temperatures from the Midwest to the Northeast on Valentine’s weekend. Along with the snow, 60 sizzling hot motorcycles lined up at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show and competed at the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show.

Record crowds braved the cold and icy conditions and descended on the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center outside of Chicago O’Hare International Airport to view the custom bikes and the latest motorcycle releases from the major motorcycle manufacturers.

The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is known for diversity. And this season-ending National Championship delivered big-wheel baggers, custom Triumphs, old school choppers, techno scramblers and a custom vintage scout. Enthusiasts were treated to a cornucopia of sights and sounds.

On Sunday at 4PM the builders congregated at the Progressive School of Rock stage for the Custom Bike Show Awards hosted by Pat Jansen and Jeff Najar. The first award handed out was the Show Dog Award. It’s provided to the builder that engages with enthusiasts and works the hardest to further their custom bike business. There were many contenders but Dave Dupor of DD Customs won the award for his efforts and he took home The Leatherworks Inc. solo bag.

The People’s Choice award went to Bryant Levant for his vintage 1971 Volkswagen trike. It’s reminiscent of a cross between Herbie and an Ed “Big Daddy” Roth build. Levant left the Chicago competition with a Special Ops vest from 5 Ball Racing Leathers and a Custom 500 lid from Bell Helmets.

Speakeasy Original awards the Anvil ring to the FreeStyle winner. Speakeasy specializes in custom handcrafted jewelry made right here in the good ‘ol USA.

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Winner: FreeStyle Class – Carl Pusser is our 2015 US National Champion!

FreeStyle Winner
FreeStyle Winner

Carl Pusser owner, fabricator, designer and engine builder of Walkin Tall Cycles took home a check for $2,000, a Speakeasy Original’s Anvil Ring and a Danny Gray seat for his green and silver 1971 Triumph. The Speedway-styled motorcycle features two-tone green and silver paint by Derrek Johnson, polished 650cc Triumph mil, hand fabricated frame, split tanks, pipes and handlebars. The bike looks like a rocket ready to blast down the highway. In addition, the 300 series rear tire adds a visual appeal.

  1. Carl Pusser, Walkin Tall Cycles – 1971 Custom Triumph
  2. Dave Dupor, DD Customs – ZR-1, 2013 H-D Road Glide

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Winner: MOD Custom Class

MOD Custom Winner
MOD Custom Winner

Tony Odom, owner of Fancy Cycle, has been customizing sport bikes since 1993. He rolled in his big 2003 Suzuki Hayabusa with his little friends, two predatory arthropods. The Scorpion Bike houses two scorpions in a plexiglass case above the swing arm. The bike features an extended swing arm, 360 rear tire, custom paint, custom wheels and custom controls. The bike is big and bad but his little friends stole the show.

  1. Tony Odom, Fancy Cycles – Scorpion Bike, 20013 Hayabusa
  2. Wilfredo Garcia – Guess Who, 2016 H-D Street Glide

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder: Retro MOD Winner

Retro MOD Winner Ultimate Builder
Retro MOD Winner

Bobby Middleton won the big $1,000 check for his 1954 Harley-Davidson Panhead chopper. The mil was mated to a modified 1934 H-D VL frame. The bike features narrowed springer, one-off controls, exhaust, handlebars and sissy bar. The midnight black paint almost looks wet and was applied by Max Schaaf/Kendall.

  1. Bobby Middleton – 1954 Harley-Davidson Panhead
  2. Allan Knapp – Lucky, 1972 Yamaha XS 650

Throughout the weekend builders were interviewed on the Progressive stage and on the red carpet next to their custom sleds. Interviews are located at and on the Ultimate Builder Facebook page.

1 Minute @ J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show
Three classes, FreeStyle, Retro MOD and MOD Custom, are presented at each of the J&P Cycle’s Ultimate Builder competition. The bikes are sourced from the local builder community and each show has a unique selection of custom bikes. Retro MOD bikes are motorcycles older than 1984. You are only limited by your imagination with FreeStyle bikes. And bikes retaining the frame cradle and OEM engine cases are slotted into the MOD Custom class.

The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows rolls into 11 cities across the nation. The nationwide motorcycle extravaganza has something for every Powersports lifestyle and fan. Besides the nation’s largest custom bike show series, it’s the best place to experience the latest in gear, aftermarket parts and accessories. You can see the all-new models from major manufacturers and enjoy rider seminars at the main stage and much, much more. The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is produced by

Gallery of Images

Fans of CUstom Bikes
Fans of CUstom Bikes
Pat Jansen and the Pat-Ettes
Pat Jansen and the Pat-Ettes
Show Dog Winner - Dave Dupor
Show Dog Winner – Dave Dupor
Custom Shovelhead with Single-sided Swingarm
Custom Shovelhead with Single-sided Swingarm
People's Choice Winner
People’s Choice Winner
2nd - Retro MOD
2nd – Retro MOD
2nd Place FreeStyle
2nd Place FreeStyle
2nd Place MOD Custom
2nd Place MOD Custom

5 Ball Racing Leathers’ Video

Biker Pros assists 5 Ball Racing Leathers in promoting their products, increasing their sales and improving their lead flow. This is the latest video that highlights their pockets including their gun pockets.

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Biker Pros’ Client Articles

The story on our story

Biker Pros works with our clients to create engaging stories. These stories are shared with our media partners and other interested parties.

Our content is utilized as is or broken down and used for online updates, print articles as well as social media updates.

Listed below are the articles posted from the results of the 2015 Washington, DC Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. Once we aggregate all the permutations of our article we consistently see over 1 million touches. Listed below our a few of the online updates:


Video of Custom Bike Show

2015 Ultimate Builder: DC Results

2015 Washington DC J&P Cycles' Ultimate Builder
2015 DC Ultimate Builders

Washington DC in January is cold, blustery and icy. And the weather is bad too.

But inside the facilities of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center it was hot with ground-up custom Choppers to monster wheel CanAm Spyder trikes. The DC Show had a little bit of everyting. Extended wheel ‘busas, choppers, bobbers, Cafe’ racers, Baggers, Groms and even charity bkes.

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5-Ball Racing Special Ops Black Leather Vest

And the Story behind the Brand
By Bandit with photos by Jeffrey Najar & Markus Cuff

Dumptruck Works the Vest
Dumptruck Works the Vest

The 5-Ball Racing team has always been a team effort. We set a few World Land Speed Records, and we’re going after more. The team portion of the equation remains intact with the apparel line. Teams are tough. Humans have a tough time dealing with egos, success, money, you name it. In many respects the Dharma rule of any team is to avoid all those issues at all costs. I’ll attempt to explain.

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