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Day Trip to Cleveland IMS Show

Day Trip To Cleveland IMS Show

"The young lady has good taste"
“The young lady has good taste”

On Friday January 31st some friends and I made our yearly trek up to Cleveland, Ohio to checkout the annual Progressive International Motorcycle Show show at the I-X Center there. Compared to previous years and recent patterns here in the ’Rust Belt’, the weather was pretty decent for the trip. Meaning we had temperatures above freezing and it wasn’t snowing or sleeting. The only problem we encountered was staying to long inside Harley-Davidson Biketown in Austintown

"Old original Indians"
“Old original Indians”

before heading next door to the Quaker Steak and Lube for lunch. We arrived just after they finished up the Lunch Buffet which we had been looking forward to. Instead we had to settle (?) for a delicious burger. The Lubes may known for their wings but their burgers are awesome too.

We arrived at the I-X Center just after the doors opened at 4 PM. We like to get their early on the opening day so we can avoid the big crowds, but it looked like this year we weren’t the only ones thinking that way. After meeting up with my old friend Jeff Najar of Biker Pros, we went into the main show area and I headed straight to the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. There’s always some awesome machines entered into the UBCBS events and this was the case again this year.

After perusing the custom bikes I roamed around between the Indian, Harley and Victory displays. In each area I took the time to sit on and check out how the touring

"Was Rick Fairless in the house?"
“Was Rick Fairless in the house?”

models of each brand felt. Not that I’m in the market for a new bike, but the real reason was because I’m still recovering from a bout of pneumonia and needed to take a few rest breaks. What better place to take a break than on the seat of a brand new motorcycle, right? Especially after the weather we’ve had here in the Great Lakes region. A side bar to that is that I got to meet some really nice people that were manning the displays.

All too soon we were heading back towards our homes in Pennsylvania, after a brief stop at the King’s Restaurant in New Castle, PA for a slice of blackberry pie of course. Everyone had had a good time looking at all the new bikes and motorcycle products, I got to see my friend Jeff Najar again and my friend Roger finally broke down and bought a new helmet, a real helmet, not one of those plastic reproduction he had been wearing. It was a good day.

If you’d like to checkout a Progressive International Motorcycle Show you still have a couple chances left for this season. The next show is February 7 – 9th in Chicago, Illinois and then it’s on to Seattle, Washington on February 14 – 16th. BTW look for a future post coming soon from Jeff Najar with the results and lots of images from the Cleveland UBCBS show.

Post and images: Sam Kanish

"This bike got my vote"
“This bike got my vote”

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IMS Results from Phoenix

Information by Jeff Najar, Bikerpros.com

While the majority of the United States experienced extreme winter weather, the Phoenix edition of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show was treated to balmy mid-seventies temperatures.

The Ultimate Builder is known for the diversity of styles and Phoenix, AZ was a treat for enthusiasts checking out the show. It had everything including an Arlen Ness inspired 80’s era FXR, Radical Baggers and cool  bobbers and choppers.

At each J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder show over $8,000+ in cash and prizes is spread over 5 classes with a grand total of $100,000+ awarded in the series. Each show begins on Friday and runs through Sunday.

People’s Choice Award – Shannon Venturo won with her 2011 Softail Deluxe called Dazln. SHO DOG Awards – Caren Cooper won the Garage Leathers solo bag (http://garageleathers.com) and Shannon Venturo won the Rocking K Custom Leather chain wallet. (http://rockingkcustomleather.com).

Ultimate Builder FreeStyle Class

Sam Baldi took 1st place in the FreeStyle class with Lost Angel and won the $2,500 check. Lost Angel is a custom 2013 build with an EVO Patrick Racing 113 mil softail with trans brake, centrifugal clutch and Paul Cox seat. Paint is by One Xtreme.

  1. Sam Baldi – Lost Angel, 2013 Custom
  2. Caren Cooper, Big Sky Motorcycle –Fire & Ice, 2012 Big Sky Bobber
  3. Bill Nethercutt, Hatred Customs – Confused, 2008 HD Streetglide

Ultimate Builder MOD Harley Class

Joe Watts of Knucklehead Cycles finished is MOD Harley custom build just hours before the kick off of the Phoenix inaugural of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. Was that effort rewarded? Oh Yeah, he took the point in the class and came home with the $1,500 check for his efforts.

  1. Joe Watts, Knucklehead Cycles – Negra, 1986 Harley Softail
  2. Shannon Venturo – Fatty Girl, 2014 HD Break Out
  3. Jeff Five, Bob’s Cycle Supply – Apple Crate, 1988 FXR

Ultimate Builder Retro MOD Class

From show to show you never know how your custom bike will perform in the competition. Cherry Blossom from Hudson Motorycles took 2nd in Long Beach, CA earlier in the season but took the gold in Phoenix, AZ. It features a multi-cylinder Honda with ATP Turbo, S&S carb, ARD Magneto, RC Engineering exhaust and oil in the frame. Paint was applied by Love Ear Art.

  1. Hudson Motorycles, Kios Garage – Cherry Blossom, 1970 Kios Garage
  2. Eric Danuser – Twisted, 1988 EVO
  3. Terradon Choppers – Sexy Beast, 1979 HD FXEF

Ultimate Builder Performance Custom Class

Caren Cooper of Big Sky Motorcycle rolled in her 1997 Buell Mutant and you could tell by the looks of this blacked-out fireball that it was made for speed. It turns out that Miss Caren is a racer at hart and she drag raced this custom sled for many seasons. The bike features a pumped-up Buell mill in a rigid pro-street chassis from Redneck Eng.

  1. Caren Cooper, Big Sky Motorcycle – Mutant Buell, 1997 Buell

Ultimate Builder MOD Street Class

Talking to Tom Garber you get the sense that he spent a considerable amount of time considering the platform for his custom build. His platform of choice? A 1999 Yamaha Road Star, which are plentiful and relatively inexpensive. He transformed the cruiser into a slick little bobber. Perfect!

  1. Tom Garber – 1999 Yamaha Road Star
  2. Hudson Motorcycles – BMW M Series Tribute, 2012 S1000RR

 

Events & Rallies

Events & Rallies

    • Events
      • AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building The Official World Championship of Custom Bike Building
      • Americade The World’s Largest Touring Rally
      • Arizona Bike Week Annual Rally In The Desert
      • Big Mountain Run Annual Rally In Tennessee
      • Biketoberfest An International Award-Winning Motorcycle Festival
      • Corbin’s Annual Rider Appreciation Day Celebrate The 4th Of July With Us
      • David Mann’s Chopper Fest ChopperFest Is A Tribute and Celebration To The Artist David Mann.
      • Daytona Beach Bike Week Official Bikeweek Headquarters
      • Donnie Smith Bike Show Donnie Smith Bike Show & Parts Extravaganza
      • Laconia Motorcycle Week The Original Riding Rally
      • Las Vegas Bikefest Ride, Rock and Roll In Las Vegas
      • Laughlin River Run The Largest Motorcycle Event On The West Coast
      • Leesburg Bikefest Three Day Motorcycle Rally and Music Event
      • Lone Star Rally Held Annually In Galveston, TX
      • Milwaukee Motor Classic Rally The Midwest’s Largest Free Motorcycle Rally
      • Mountainfest Motorcycle Rally Sharing The Magic Of West Virginia With Bikers Everywhere
      • Myrtle Beach Bike Week The Carolina’s Largest Fall Motorcycle Event
      • North American International Supershow Motorcycle Supershow
      • Outer Banks Bike Week Nine Days Of Non-Stop Entertainment & Riding
      • Panama City Beach Motorcycle Rally Ride The “Legendary” Emerald Coast
      • Progressive International Motorcycle Shows We’re on Our Way! Got Your Tickets Yet?
      • Ride To Work Day Annual Ride To Work Day
      • Sturgis Motorcycle Rally The Annual Legendary Motorcycle Rally
      • Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally The Most Biker Friendly Free Motorcycle Rally In The U.S.A.

THE ULTIMATE BUILDER, D.C. IMS SHOW

Post & Images by Jeff Najar / Bikerpros.com
Washington, DC was an exceptional show with no less than 7 new custom bikes that made their debut at the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. John Dodson of Gangster Choppers, Devon Eckert of Whiskey Tango Choppers,  Karn of Karns Kustoms and Steve Garwood of Garwood Custom Cycles brought their latest creations. Enthusiasts attending the show were treated to some of the most outstanding sleds in Ultimate Builder series.

SHO DOG winners include Roy Chamberlin of C&C Cycle and Mike Davis of Speed Worx. Roy won a Garage Leathers solo bag and Mike won a Rocking K Leathers chain wallet. Two Wheel Mafia Custom Cycles took home the People’s Choice Award and received a custom Bell Helmet pinstriped by Skratch.

FreeStyle Class

John Dodson of Gangster Choppers rolled four choppers into the Washington Convention Center with three of them going to the front of the hall and placed into the showcase area of the show. His fourth chopper, Low Down, entered into the competition. It’s his personal chopper that was completed at 2AM the morning of the show. It’s a stock 1981 Lowrider and features a 93ci Shovel, 10:1 compression, EVO oiling and .600” lift cam. The oil bag, fuel filter and pegs are all hand fabricated.

1.       John Dodson, Gangsta Choppers – Low Down, 1981 Lowrider.

2.       Joey Chanel, Race Response – Blood, Sweat and Gears, ’79 CM400T

3.       Ross Latimer, Rats Customs – Maverick, ’01 Sportster

MOD Harley Class

Adam Karns is our 2013 Ultimate Builder MOD Harley National Champion. Adam starts off 2014 with a win in DC with his Hooligan bobber. It is a custom 1974 HOG  that features a 1000cc Sportster mil, mobile video and nav, split rocker boxes, molded chassis, hard tail, hydraulic clutch and hidden wires.

1.       Adam Karns, Karns Kustoms – Hooligan, ’74 Sportster

2.       Robert  Kelley   – Black Betty , ’90 Sportster

3.       Daniel   Rodriguez, KarTunes Inc – ’09 Roadglide

Retro MOD Class

What can you say about the young gun Devon Eckert of Whiskey Tango Choppers? He came on the scene last year and won the DC Ultimate Builder and then got a feature in The Horse Backstreet Chopper Magazine. This year he rolled into DC with Bad Reputation, a 1981 Yamaha XS650, and came away with the same results, another 1st place finish.  The Yamaha features air ride, custom seat, Pamco ignition, goose neck frame and hard tail.

1.       Devon Eckert, Whiskey Tango Choppers – Bad Reptation, ’81 XS650

2.       Two Wheel Mafia Custom Cycles – Hott Chocolate, ’80 XS650

3.       Bill Abraovich – Sukstein, ’79 Suzuki GS750

MOD Street Class

Steve Campbell of Street Working Class Choppers rolled in Tamaqua and rolled out the winner of the MOD Street class. The bike Jizzeppi started out life as a Suzuki GS450 and was converted into a Café Racer with hammered copper.

1.       Steve Campbell, Working Class Choppers – Jizzeppi, Suzuki GS450

2.       Rick Pazmino, Honda of Grofton – ’10 Honda Fury

3.       Bernie Torreyson – Cool Bu, ’11 Victory Cross Country

Performance Custom Class

Joe Brinkley of Precision Motorcycle brought in a low 2008 Kawasaki  ZX14 that features front and back air ride  from air fx, molded in iPod with speakers, cut front fender and a  custom white alligator seat. The bike’s stance is enhanced with a chrome 16 over stretched c and s swing arm.

1.       Joe Brinkley, Precision Motorcycle – ’08 ZX14

2.       Garwood Custom Cycles – Apocalypse, 2000 Suzuki Hayabusa

3.       Shane Hull, Custom Rocketz – Vintage, ’94 Suzuki 1100