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.


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.


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

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Heel Shift Shuffle

Having a heel shifter may be something Harley-Davidson riders take for granted, but some bikes, like the new Indian models, don’t have them. While Indian says they have a kit on the way, the folks at Aeromach USA have jumped the gun and brought out this handsome billet heel shift lever for 2014 Indian models. Machined from a single billet, the shift levers are proudly made in the USA and include stainless steel hardware. Order yours HERE!


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:

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

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Roadway Jacket by Harley-Davdison Motorclothes


Story by Jeremy Bryan
Photos by Vincent Stemp

When looking for a riding jacket, you’re not just looking for a jacket. You’re looking for something functional and safe, but also something stylish that really embodies the spirit of the road. Harley-Davidson’s Roadway jacket offers both useable protection for today’s hectic streets and an unmistakably cool look. At first glance, the Roadway looks like an attractive accessory with stylishly distressed brown leather and a large Harley Davidson logo embroidered across the chest and back. Take a ride with this handsome hide though, and you’ll find a plethora of well placed, rider friendly additions that can improve most anyone’s ride.

My first experience with the Roadway had me not wanting to take it off. It’s just one of those pieces of clothing that just fits, owed largely to the suppleness of it’s thick but pre-worn-in leather. There is none of the typical strain in the behind-the-shoulder areas, even when reaching for taller handlebars, and the sleeve and waistlines are neither too long nor too short. I didn’t try it with shoulder and elbow padding, but there are pockets to accept both if you feel the need. The inside is lined only with mesh, freeing it from a lot of bulk and weight and keeping it useful at a moderate to warm temperature range, perfect for spring and early summer or fall for riders in luckier climbs. It certainly did well in North Carolina’s 40-60 degree March weather. Zippered vents on the front, back, shoulders, and even a double-zippered wrist vent mean this jacket can handle hotter temperatures too – if you’re avoiding red lights.


The three inner and two outer pockets on the jacket are easy to reach and don’t have you fumbling around, which is as useful in daily life as it is on two wheels. So is the zippered media pocket, located on the inside right. With an outlet for headphones, pens and the like, as well as an accompanying Velcro strap to secure your headphone wire, the media pocket is goes a long way towards shortening those long commutes.

A true balance between attractive and functional, the Harley Roadway makes use of modern features while looking timelessly cool. Most riding gear asks for a compromise in one direction or the other, so save yourself the trouble the next time you go looking for a good three season jacket for road and street wear.

Check it out along with other jackets H-D has to offer HERE!