Post by Jeff Najar, BIKER PROS MEDIA
The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show rolled into Phoenix, AZ to blue skies and 80 degree weather. The Ultimate Builder is a feature of the International Motorcycle Show and positioned between the motorcycle manufacturers displays at the Westworld of Scottsdale facilities.
Each bike is positioned on a 12 foot oval carpet with a steel ring that encloses the bike. This allows enthusiasts to walk around the bike and get close to it without touching it.
Out in the parking lot enthusiasts were out taking test rides and catching the Jason Britton stunt show.
Custom bike fanatics were treated to an outstanding selection of bikes from established builders as well as up and comers. Big wheel baggers were the trend of the show with 7 builders showcasing their latest stuff.
A treat for many in attendance were the 2 Showcase Vincent motorcycles provided by Bob of Bob’s Cycle Supply. Great looking bikes that were admired throughout the event.
J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Winner: FreeStyle Class
I spoke with Scott Moore about his Jim Nasi built bike and he was on the fence about entering the show. He was sure that his pro-street bike that features 60 degree rake, negative 3” in the backbone and 3-D wheels would not be enough to get him a “W” in the competition. Scott was wrong. The photo-realistic paint and round-cylinder mil really made the bike standout. He took home a $1,000 check.
1. #675 Scott Moore, Jim Nasi Build – Yes It’s Paint, 2013 Custom
2. #475 Lupe Aguavo, Panel King, ’08 Road King
J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Winner: RETRO MOD Winner
The competition was close in all classes. A vote one way or another would have changed up the results in all classes. In Retro MOD we had to assemble a VIP judging panel as the top three bikes were all tied. After deliberations, Rick Nolan was selected for the win and he took home the $500 check for his Nickel Pan.
1. #625 – Rick Nolan, Torch Industries – Nickel Pan, Custom Build
2. #375 – Shanks Garage – Kretzy, 1976 Shovelhead
J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Winner: MOD CUSTOM Winner
Scott Owens of Insane Asylum is a guy that custom guys and manufacturers go to for builds. He is equally adept at building SEMA cars as he is in building two wheel customs. With his winning 2011Honda Stateline build, you can see his auto pedigree from the way you can get to all the moving parts. With less than eight bolts and a few minutes, you can remove the gas tank and the entire rear section. sweet! It features paint by Gooby and custom bags and fairings.
1. #250 – Scott Owens, Insane Asylum – 2011Honda Stateline
2. # 450 – Jason Neppl & Zac Viahos – ’08 Triumph Bonneville
The Show Dog award recipient from Phoenix was Tako. This award is presented to the individual that consistently works the crowd during the weekend to increase his or her business opportunities. The People’s Choice Award winner was Dave Del Maestro from Sideshow. His bike featured a Kraft Tech frame, Kiwi Indian leaf spring front end, S&S Knucklehead and port hole gas and oil tanks.
The J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is installed in the International Motorcycle Show and is produced by Biker Pros. Each show utilizes peer to peer judging were the builders judge each other. If required, a VIP judging panel is assembled to address any voting issues. Go to www.motorcycle.com shows to enter your bike.