For the 3rd year in a row the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in the NORCAL town of San Mateo, CA met with overcast skies and blasts of rain coming off the San Francisco Bay. Even so, motorcycle enthusiasts headed toward the city’s convention center to see the latest and greatest from the manufacturers and the creative artists participating in the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show.
As they walked the red carpet in the expo halls they were treated to custom bike displays from internationally recognized builders like Kirk Taylor, Zach Ness, Jim Giuffra, Bryan Schinke and up and coming builders like Dalton Walker and Rick Bray.
Rick Bray’s Pala Duro won the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in San Mateo, CA and took the win with his Harley-Davidson 80 inch Shovelhead. The bike has a finned theme from the Kirk Taylor built engine and rocker boxes to the frenched in gas tank panels to the beehive oil tank.
Rick Bray brought his custom bike to the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in San Mateo, CA and took the win. The bike’s name is Pala Duro, which means Hard Shovel in Spanish and that’s good because the bike is running a Harley-Davidson 80 inch Shovelhead. It’s low and slender and has just the right stance. Rick is an off-road race car builder by trade and his fabrication work shines through. All of his brass components from the gas cap to the fasteners are from scrap metal that he turned on a lathe.
The bike has a finned theme from the Kirk Taylor built engine and rocker boxes to the frenched in gas tank panels to the beehive oil tank. After the bike was built in raw metal, it was torn down and sent out for paint. Rick has worked with his painter, Kool Hand Luke, for so long that he just drops off his parts for paint and it comes back right every time. Rick bought the roller from his brother to start the build and the rest, as they say, is history.
- Rick Bray – Pala Duro, 1981 Kustom Kustom
- Gino & Denise Ilacqua – Cadamia 300, 2009 Custom Pro Street
- Ron Ramos – Freak’n Pan-A-Rican, 2005 Panhead
Wicked Beauty, a 2003 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, took 1st place in the NORCAL edition of the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. Bruce Boldon went for the big bore kit, Scrhttps://bikerpros.com/wp-admin/theme-editor.phpeamin’ Eagle cams and diamond cut heads. If the bike isn’t chromed then its powder coated. Ridewright wheels are engraved and diamond cut. The frame is chromed and engraved. An outstanding build.
- Bruce Boldon – Wicked Beauty, 2003 Fat Boy
- Paul Binford – No Bullshit, 2004 Roadglide
- Jerome Robinson, Binford Custom Cycles – 2012 Road Glide
Performance Custom Class
Halia, hailing from the AFT Customs stables, is a testament to girl power as 60% of the bike was built by the AFT models. The bike was purpose built for custom bike shows and running on the salt in Bonneville. The little v-twin sports an AFT Power Package, which includes new pistons with ported and polished heads. Barnett clutch, K & N filters, Leo Vince muffler and Dynatek coils fill out the power upgrades.
- Jim Giuffra, AFT Customs – HALIA, 2012 Honda VT750BR
- Darrell Schneider – GP250R Café Racer, 2004 Honda CRF 250R
- Bryan Schinke, TPJ Customs – MINDY, 2012 Custom Superbuell
Joe Fratis of Motion Pro brought in Dirty Knuckle and won the Retro Mod Class at the NORCAL Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. It features a Duane Ballard leather seat, Baker tranny, 13” Braking Wave Rotor with Brembo caliper and master cylinders riding on Ridewright Wheels.
- Joe Fratis – Dirty Knuckle, Custom S&S Knuckle
- Zach Ness – 2008 Custom S&S Shovelhead
- Dalton Walker, Split Image Kustoms – 2012 Split Image Kustoms
Javon Samonte worked with Roie Pozas to assist him in completing his 2004 Yamaha YZF-R1 build. Results? 1st place in the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike show in San Mateo. Jovan upgraded suspension, drivetrain and brakes. The bike boasts an Akrapovic titanium exhaust system, 2006 R1 swingarm, OZ Racing magnesium wheels and Brembo brakes.
- Javon Samonte – 2004 Yamaha YZF-R1
- Russell Sotto – Kandee, 2008 Yamaha R6
- Toni Renzi – Fast & Furious, 2001 Roadstar
Show Dog Award
The Show Dog Winner is Ron Ramos The Ultimate Builder Show Dog award is given to the dealer or builder that has shown exemplary effort in engaging the audience and furthering their marketing goals and objectives. The award for the effort is a biker chain wallet from Rocking K Customs Leather, a $200 value.
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.