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

The 2013 Ultimate Builder US Championship Big Winner is Kyle Shorey of Shadetree Fabrications

The 2013 US Championship of the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show saw winning bikes from Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit and Atlanta compete with the local heroes from Indianapolis. The Championship presented 54 outstanding customs competing for $26,000 in cash and prizes. The local Southside Harley-Davidson provided a four-bike vintage showcase to celebrate the racing heritage of Indianapolis.

As imagined, with so many winners in attendance from previous events, each of the five classes were extremely tight with just a point or two deciding the first 3 places. Judging is based on the AMD Championship of Custom Bike Building with the builders judging each other’s bikes.

To celebrate the US Championship, Powersports firms jumped in to provide awards including Harley-Davidson with a Screamin Eagle 120R powerplant, Avon Tires with 2 sets of tires, Yoshimura with a slip-on and gift certificate as well as JDA providing gift certificates. HelmetLok and Wizard Products kicked down products for all the competitors too.

The  2013 Ultimate Builder US Championship Big Winner is Kyle Shorey of Shadetree Fabrications
The 2013 Ultimate Builder US Championship Big Winner is Kyle Shorey of Shadetree Fabrications

On hand for the Championship and to show some love to the competitors were Cyclesource Magazine and IronWorks Magazine. They awarded feature articles to Paul Anderson with his 1946 WLA and Jay Hart with his 2012 / 1977 Harley-Davidson FL, respectively.

J&P Ultimate Builder Class: FREESTYLE

Kyle Shorey of Shadetree Fabrications took Indy by storm. His FreeStyle class win at the US Championship of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Indianapolis with Speedmetal has brought in $12,500 in total winnings to date. T

Kyle has won each show he has entered and has taken the top prize in Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and now Indianapolis. Speedmetal 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 has gone through extensive on-road testing and will be available to the public later this year. With his win in Indy, Kyle is now the leading money winner in the series with $12,500.




  1. Kyle Shorey, Shadetree Fabrications – Speedmetal
  2. Don Weimer – Bastard Deluxe, 2012 Softail Pro Street
  3. Bobby Grias Break Lites Motorsports – Wite Out, 2008 Hayabusa

J&P Ultimate Builder Class: MOD Harley

Adams Karns turned his shop-worn ’01 Sportster into a primo new school board tracker that rocks the 2013 US Championship of the J&P Ultimate Builder. The sled features a Twisted Choppers Rear, Custom Gas Tank, highly modified DNA springer, powder coated engine and Karns Kustoms exhaust.


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  1. Adam Karns, Karns Kustoms – 21, 2001 Harley-Davidson Sportster
  2. Jon Shipley, Hoosier Daddy Choppers – Fire House Racer, 2013 Custom Board Tracker
  3. Bob McAreavey – 2009 Roadking

J&P Ultimate Builder Class: Performance Custom

Break Lite Motorsports brought out Boosted Ego, there 2009 Hayabusa and took the win in the Performance Custom class. It boasts a 360mm rear wheel and C and S Customs extended 360 single sided swingarm, tricy air ride suspension with a modified front suspension to give the bike a correct ride height.

To get the performance just right, the bike features twin-bottle nitrous, Velocity stage 2.5 turbo kit, GTX Turbo, undercut transmission and lock up clutch.


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  1. Break Lite Motorsports – Boosted Ego, ’09 Hayabusa
  2. Tony Odom, Fancy Cycle – Greatful Dead Bike, ’07 ZX14
  3. Mike Stout, DNOC – Down-n-out Busa, ’08 Hayabusa

J&P Ultimate Builder Class: Retro MOD

Will Ramsey of Faith Forgotten Choppers brought Dead at 19, a highly 1981 Harley-Davidson FXW. It features an 80” shovelhead cradled into a custom Chopper frame. Paint was shot by Brian and Emeric Howell of RGW with striping by Danny Taylor.

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  1. Will Ramsey, Faith Forgotten Choppers – Dead at 19, 1981 HD FXW
  2. Don Weimer – Revelation, Weimer Triump Bonneville
  3. Mike McFadden – El Dora, ’74 Honda CB550

J&P Ultimate Builder Class: MOD Street

Nicole Kelleher’s custom bike was built by Break Lite Motorsports and took first place in MOD Street.


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  1. Nicole Kelleher, Break Lite Motorsports – Street Angel, ’10 YZF-R6
  2. Brewdude, Brew Bkes – 9605, ’73 Honda CB350
  3. GIO, Blacksmith Motoring – El Vendetta, 2008 Yamaha Roadliner

Additional Awards

Mike McFadden won the Show Dogg Award sponsored by Rocking K Custom Leather for his promotion at the show. Tom Hedrick won the People’s Choice Award with Rings, a 1987 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail.

People’s Choice Award

The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is produced by At each round of the competition Biker Pros photographs each bike and makes them available in their Flickr gallery at

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

  • Kyle Shorey – $12,500
  • GIO – $8,500
  • Bruce Bolden – $3,000

The Super Bowl of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Heading to INDY

Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

2013 Ultimate Builder Championship

The Ultimate Builder Super Bowl – Feb 15-17, 2013

The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is a show within the the Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows®. And in February, The International Motorcycle Show will be running next door to Dealer Expo combining to create the largest motorcycle extravaganza in the Untied States.

The US Championship will see the award money doubling from $7,000 to $14,000 in prize money. Total prize money and awards eclipse $100,000 for the 13 event series.

Each Class Winner Recives a Big Check
Each Class Winner Recives a Big Check

The Super Bowl’s Custom Bike Classes

The US Championship will include the following 5 bike categories. The custom bike show is designed to celebrate all makes, models and drivetrain. The US Championship of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is known to showcase the most diverse group of custom sleds under 1 roof.

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The FreeStyle Class Winner in Atlanta & Dallas & Heading to INDY

Ultimate Builder Class: Freestyle

One-off, ground-up built custom bikes, on all or any chassis platforms or drivetrains. Must run and stop.

Ultimate Builder Class: Modified Harley-Davidson

Stock Evo or later frame and stock Evo or later (1984) (including Screamin’ Eagle / JIMS) engine cases. The stock frame/Harley platform geometry must be main and arising smoothings/moldings (such as exhaust bracket relocation for example). Swingarm/rear-end changes, of any kind, including replacement swingarms, are permitted; fat or skinny rear end conversions are permitted; as is frame or rear-end lowering or raising – provided the basic stock frame geometry is unchanged. Case internals can be replaced, along with cylinders, heads and internals. Turbo chargers, super chargers, NOS kits etc are permitted. Frames and cases can be from two different Harley-Davidsons.

Ultimate Builder Class: 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.

Ultimate Builder Class: Modified Street

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.

Ultimate Builder Class: Retro Modified

Any modified bike, with any drive train on any chassis configuration manufactured prior to 1984. Must be based on a pre-1984 engine, and styled to have the appearance of a motorcycle manufactured prior to 1984. Use of some contemporary parts/design elements is permitted.

Promotional Photography for the Ultimate Builder
Builders enjoying the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

Rocking K Custom Leather is providing a custom leather chain wallet for the hardest working builder at the show. The award is called the Show DOG. Bell Helmet is awarding a custom lid for the recipient of the People’s Choice Aard.

Show Dog & People’s Choice Awards
Show DOG & People’s Choice Award Prizes

The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is produced by At each round of the competition Biker Pros photographs each bike and makes them available in their Flickr gallery at