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Paul Widman Takes 2014 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder US Championship

The Chicago edition of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show hosted the 2014 US Championship of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show with killer custom bikes in all classes. Paul Widman of Bare Knuckle Choppers took the FreeStyle win, a check for $5,000 and is our Grand National Champion.

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For the championship, cash prizes were doubled to $14,000 and prizes to $7,000. Jon Shipley won the MOD Harley class and took home a check for $3,000 and a Harley-Davidson 120R motor.

FreeStyle

Paul Widman’s Championship winning ride is a 1940 EL Knucklehead named Jane Doe. The jewel-like bike features HD 74” mil with shaved and resized flywheels, large port heads and Kibblewhite valves. The chopper sports a handmade frame and front end. The handmade tank sports 1 ¾” coco bolo wood inserts.

1.       Paul Widman, Bare Knuckle Choppers – Jane Doe, 2014 Custom Knuckleheadub-free-il-1-PW-1

2.       Ron Harris, Chop Doc Choppers – ‘Ol 48, 2013 Board Tracker

3.       Rich Worley, American Biker – Steampunk Shovel, 2012 Custom

MOD Harley

Jon Shipley of The Hoosier Daddy Choppers was all smiles as his Firehouse Racer took the win at the Championship. He received a check for $3,000 and a Harley-Davidson 120R motor for his efforts.His custom sled features a Harley-Davidson 96 CI Twincam engine with hand-fabricated exhaust tipped with 1920′s fire hose brass nozzles, S&S Carb and Ultima 2in belt drive. Illumination comes from a 1910 Jose Lucas Carbide headlight and an After Hours Choppers tail light. The leather seat is from Anvil Customs.

1.       Jon Shipley, Hoosier Daddy Chopper – Firehouse Racer, ’13 Boardtracker

2.       Joel Gurath, Backbone Built Bikes – Retro Sexy, 2005 HD FXST

3.    Dell Battle – 2009 Racer, 200 HD Roadglide

Retro Mod

Mark Webster of MW Performance won Retro MOD with Stack of Dimes. It is a 1977 XS650 that features extensive engine work lightened chassis, a GSXR 750 front end and hand fabricated and formed tank and rear section.

1.       Mark Webster, MW Performance  – 1977 Yamaha XS650

2.       Kyle Shorey, Shade Tree Fabrications – Priceless, 2013 Shadetree Customs

3.       Dennis Crabtree – Baby Stroker, 1941 HD WL

Performance Custom

The Beast was built by Fusion Custom Cycles on a 2007 Suzuki Hayabusa platform. It’s a custom sled with 1397cc mil with ported heads, 360 swing arm, air ride and front and rear swing arm, LED lighting and chrome throughout.

1.     Ortiz, Fusion Custom Cycles – The Beast, 2007 Suzuki Hayabusa

2.     Biggums – Bigboy, 2008 Hayabusa

3.     Matt Jung, Fornallis – Rump Shaker, 2008 Hayabusa

MOD Street

Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles found one ulgly motorcycle, a Bimota DB3 Mantra, and then found a Bimota enthusiast that wanted a custom bike. Analog transformed the bike into a thing of beauty. It features a custom subframe, 1 off tank and seat, custom fork brace, Alpina tubeless spoke wheels and a $6,000 ISR brake system. Engine updates include FCR carbs with velocity stacks, EVR slipper clutch, custom exhaust and belt covers.

1.       Analog Motorcycles – DB3.5, 96 Bimota DB3 Mantra

2.    Team Triumph – Green Manalishi, 2014 Thruston

3.       Thomas Foulds, Working Class Choppers – Jizzeppi, ’82  Suzuki  GS450

Additional Awards

People’s Choice was won by Josh Weinmann. He received a Bell Custom 500 helmet that was pinstriped from Skratch.  Working Class Choppers took the Hashtag Hustler award and received a J&P Cycles $150 gift certificate. SHO DOG Awards: Mark Gates takes the Rocking K Custom Leather’s chain wallet and Backbone Built Bikes takes the Garage Leathers’ Solo Bag. All award winners received a swag bag of Metal Rescue and a premium cleaning kit from Wizards.

Program sponsors include Progressive Insurance and Harley-Davidson. Contributing Sponsors include Wizards, Bell Helmets, Metal Rescue, Rocking K Custom Leathers and Garage Leathers Solo Bags.

Post by Jack McIntyre, Info & images by Jeffrey Najar, Partner BIKERPROS.COM

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Motorcycle Swap Meet At Motorcyclepedia

newburghLooking for a hard-to-find part? You might be able to find it at the Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh, New York on Sunday, April 6, 2014. The museum will be hosting an indoor motorcycle, parts, and accessories swap meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine.

Entry to the swap meet is included in the cost of admission to the Museum, which is $11 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12, tax included. Children under 3 are admitted free of charge. Food and beverages will be available. Vendor spaces (1 6-foot long table and 2 chairs, will be assigned on a first come first served basis) are available. To reserve vendor space, please call 845-569-9065.

Motorcyclepedia features 2 floors of antique, collectible, and custom motorcycles, the world’s single largest Indian collection, and “The Winners Circle” containing examples of the best antique motorcycles in the nation as judged by the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. The Winners Circle is sponsored by the Antique Motorcycle Foundation in cooperation with the Motorcyclepedia Museum.

Motorcyclepedia is located at 250 Lake Street, Newburgh, New York. For more info go to http://www.motorcyclepediamuseum.org/.

Source and image: Motorcyclepedia
Posted by Sam Kanish

Wolfgang Publications: Machining Basics – Part of Custom Motorcycle Fabrication

Machining Basics is an excerpt from a new book from Timothy Remus/Wolfgang Publications: Custom Motorcycle Fabrication. In addition to Machining Basics, Tim’s new book includes a chapter on TIG welding, a series of custom bike assembly sequences; and five fabrication chapters that include handlebars, oil tanks, a frame jig, working with tubing and the best steel and aluminum stock to use in a small fabrication shop.

Timothy says he likes the idea of guest authors. For this book he’s enlisted the help of two well-known how-to authors, Steve ‘Brewdude’ Garn and Paul Wideman. A number of shops helped as well, including Donnie Smith Custom Cycles and The Shadley Brothers.

 Look for this new Custom Motorcycle Fabrication book to be available in early April. For updates check the Wolfgang website: www.wolfpub.com.

Check out this sample chapter curtsey of Wolfgang Publications:   CustMCFab sample chapter

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Victory Motorcycles To Reveal New Model At Chicago IMS Show

Victory Motorcycles To Reveal New Model At Chicago IMS Show 
Victory Motorcycles is going to reveal its newest model, the Victory Gunner, at high noon this Saturday, February 8th, at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Chicago. The Gunner is said to have the best features of a heavyweight motorcycle combined with the edgy style of a bobber. The Gunner will have a powerful victory106ci V-twin in a full-size chassis with lowered seat height, and a lean-angle that will give it a ride that no other bobber currently on the market has.

“Bikers have been asking us to give them a bobber with some real power – and that’s exactly what we’re giving them with this bad boy,” says Steve Menneto, Vice President, Polaris Motorcycles. “The Gunner’s got the muscle of a heavyweight, the handling of a Victory, and it’s an awesome-looking bobber. There’s no other bike like it on the market, and we can’t wait to lift the cover and reveal it this weekend.  The Gunner offers a much-needed option for serious riders in the market for a bobber.”

The public will be able to get its first look of the bike in Chicago and demo rides on the Gunner will be available at Bike Week in Daytona in March. For more info about Victory motorcycles go to www.victorymotorcycles.com

Source: Victory Motorcycles
Posted by Sam Kanish

Popecycle Sells For Big Bucks

Popecycle Sells For Big Bucks
The Harley Dyna Super Glide presented to Pope Francis last June as part of H-D’s 110th celebration sold for €241,500 (approx. $328,495 US) at Bonhams’ Les Grandes Marques du Monde sale at the Grand Palais in Paris today. Also up for bid was a Harley-Davidson motorcycle jacket which fetched €57,500 (approx. $78,213 US) at the sale. The items elicited 6 minutes of spirited popebidding with the winning bid for the motorcycle coming from a telephone bidder. Proceeds from the sale of the Pope’s motorcycle items, which he signed, will go towards renovating the Caritas Roma’s Don Luigi di Liegro hostel and soup kitchen which is based at Rome’s Termini railway station.

Ben Walker, head of motorcycle auctions at Bonhams, stated: “I am thrilled with the result achieved and am very pleased for the charity. It has to be a world record for a twenty-first century Harley-Davidson and certainly for a Harley-Davidson leather jacket.” Caritas Roma’s director Enrico Feroci said “We are delighted with the results of the sale, which far exceeded any of our expectations. “We would like to thank Bonhams for their professionalism with handling the motorcycle and for all their efforts in helping us to achieve such an amazing result.”

Source: Bonham’s
Photo: L’Osservatore Romano
Posted by Sam Kanish