The Cleveland edition of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show shifted into gear Friday, January 30 through Sunday, February 1, 2015. The Ultimate Builder is located on the red carpet between the world’s leading motorcycle manufacturers at the Progressive® International Motorcycle Show.
The hardest working motorcycle entertainer, Progressive Insurance’s Pat Jansen, started the awards ceremony on Sunday at 3PM. The first award handed out was the People’s Choice award and it went to Gary Savill of Silver Wraith Choppers. The 2014 Wraith Digger features a plunger rear suspension, H-D EVO and artic white paint by Liquid Illusions Art. He left the Cleveland competition with a Special Ops vest from 5 Ball Racing Leathers and a Custom 500 lid from Bell Helmets.
The Show Dog Award is provided to the builder that engages with enthusiasts and works the hardest to further their business. There were many contenders but Jack Deagazio spent all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday working with the crowd. For his efforts he took home The Leatherworks Inc. solo bag.
J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Winner: FreeStyle Class
Raw Iron Choppers is a shop that believes in giving the customer what they want, at a reasonable price and with a fast turnaround. They also believe in cool custom bikes like their Raw Iron Special which features a high-compression Knucklehead, custom frame and a Kiwi Indian leaf spring front end. Jesse Srpan and his team built the bike in 5 weeks for the Discovery Channel’s Bikerlive.
- Jesse Srpan, Raw Iron Choppers – Raw Iron Special – 2014 Custom
- Wayne Burgess, – Nancy, 2006 Chopper
J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Winner: MOD Custom Class
Carl Pusser of Walkin Tall Cycles brought in two outstanding bikes. His EVO-based “All Balls, Lil Brass” took first in the MOD Custom Class. The bobber features 20% brass and outstanding paint by TJ Byard. The engine includes a custom exhaust, HI-PO cam and performance carb.
- Carl Pusser, Walkin Tall Cycles – All Balls, Lil Brass, 1999 H-D
- Tracey Fields, All N All Custom Baggers (ANAC) – Bone Collector, 2008 Street Glide
Retro MOD J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Winner
Austin Andrella of Austin Martin Originals built his winning bike from his backyard garage. Over the past few years he has been racking up the awards for his amazing bike builds. Double D’s faced stiff competition against Jack Deagazio’s “Evil or Sacred,” Todd Muller’s ’67 T120 Bonneville and Dave Cook’s 1947 HD WL but in the end the 1981 Yamaha XS took the point. The bobber features a retro Hot Rod color scheme applied by Steve Hennis Flame Thrower Customs, all new electronics, polished covers, AMO one-off hard tail, vintage Avon tires, stainless spokes and powder coated rims.
- Austin Andrella, Austin Martin Originals – Double D’s, 1981 Yamaha XS
- David Cook, DC MOTO – 1947 H-D WL
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. Anything goes with FreeStyle bikes and you are only limited by your imagination. 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, 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 BikerPros.com.