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Chicago — February 13, 2017 — J&P Cycles, the world’s largest aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories retailer, celebrates the naming of a new King of Custom Motorcycle Builders, Nick Beaulieu of Windham, Maine. Beaulieu earned the title during the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, which announced the winners at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Chicago on Sunday.
“Winning such a prestigious competition is something I’ve dreamed about since I was a teenager,” said 30-year-old Beaulieu. “Thanks to J&P Cycles for making this a reality. I’m bringing this cup back to Maine!”
Beaulieu’s masterpiece earned him the title King of Custom Motorcycle Builders through its originality and unique styling. In Beaulieu’s words, “custom girder front end, S&S Motor, pentagram wheels and some bad ass aluminum work by my buddy, Ray” made the bike a winner. To those uninitiated to custom motorcycles, the bike is a sleek, monochromatic, beauty that looks like it is barely more than two wheels, a motor and a fuel tank.
The judges, noted editors of Hot Bike and Cycle Source magazines, applauded Beaulieu’s “less is more” approach, the clean, smooth lines of the bike, and how his hard work brought it together in 60 days.
The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is the largest motorcycle show in the country, with a seven-city showcase for custom motorcycles that featured over 350 entries.
“Since J&P Cycles’ founding, we’ve supported people who love motorcycles. Whether they enjoy building custom bikes, traveling cross country, or carving through twisties, we deliver what makes their rides special,” said Zach Parham, vice president and general manager of J&P Cycles. “It’s clear that Nick has a passion for cool motorcycles. We’re proud to name him King.”
Along with thousands of other people who love to ride, the King shops at JPCycles.com.
About J&P Cycles: Founded by John and Jill Parham in 1979, J&P Cycles is the world’s largest online aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories retailer. J&P Cycles operates retail locations in Anamosa, Iowa, Daytona Beach, Florida, and Sturgis, South Dakota. Known for their legendary customer service and technical support, the company’s Rider Service Center is located in Daytona Beach, Florida. J&P Cycles supports motorcyclists with pop-up retail locations at over 20 motorcycle rallies, races and events throughout the U.S. each year.
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Caption: King of Custom Motorcycle Builders, Nick Beaulieu of Windham, Maine, sits on his award winning motorcycle. Beaulieu earned the title on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, during the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, which announced the winners at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Chicago. (Photo/ Tank Bilt, Las Vegas)
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“I’m pretty ecstatic right now. I’m just trying to let it all set in,” exclaimed Dickinson upon earning his pair of first-place trophies. “[The Knucklehead] took between nine months to a year to complete and is full of hand-made parts. The only part of the bike that is genuine Harley-Davidson is the front end. We wanted to build a concept from the 30’s and 40’s as if Harley was making a race bike back in the day.
“I’m very excited about [the opportunity to compete at the AMD World Championship]. I’ve been following that show for quite a few years and the bikes that come out of there are at such an incredible level, craftsmanship wise,” added Dickinson, who made the 26-hour drive from Minneapolis to Orlando with his brother Josh. “All these bikes [at AIMExpo] are from all over the country and the builders’ heart and soul has been put into them, so it’s pretty mind blowing to win amongst this group. It’s exciting to be here and means a lot to earn the chance to compete [overseas].”
In the Street Custom class Brian Karns, of Delmar, Maryland’s Karns Kustoms, took the win with his 1974 Harley-Davidson XLCH known as “Slickster,” while first place in the Performance Custom class went to Atlanta native Jesse Spade, of Jesse Spade Designs, and his 1971 Triumph Tiger known as “Once Free.” Earning arguably the most distinguished People’s Choice award was Bryan Fuller of Atlanta’s Fuller Moto, whose 1977 Honda CB 550 with samurai-inspired engraving that gave it the name “Shogun” was the most popular build amongst AIMExpo attendees.
(First Place – Street Custom)
“This is the custom bike show in North America and its home is right here at AIMExpo, North America’s premier powersports trade show. This year we welcomed our most exceptional group of entries yet, which is an indicator of how the event’s presence continues to grow. If you’re a builder, this is the stage for you and your build to receive its highest praise,” said Bob Kay, AIMExpo Custom Culture Director. “As the Freestyle Class winner for 2016, Jordan Dickinson will receive direct, expense-paid access to the AMD World Championship at Intermot 2018 from Cologne, Germany. Jordan represents the passion, desire, and creativity in today’s custom builder, and will surely make North America proud on the global stage.”
Be sure to stay tuned to the AIMExpoUSA.com website and keep up to date on exciting news as it happens by visiting AIMExpo’s social media pages. “Like” the American International Motorcycle Expo on Facebook, and “Follow” on Twitter or Instagram: @AIMExpo.
Custom Motorcycle Builders and Artists Prove Beauty Isn’t Just Skin Deep in Skin & Bones Exhibition Curated by Michael Lichter.
Please visit http://www.buffalochip.com/EVENTS/Motorcycles-As-Art/Skin-Bones for so much more information. Article from the Buffalo Chip website. Images by Jack McIntyre of Iron Trader News.
Observe a harmonious marriage of inner power and outer beauty during the 2016 Motorcycles As Art Exhibition: Skin & Bones, curated by renowned motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter. Take a walk through this one-time collection of tattoo-inspired motorcycles and art on display at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Russ Brown Events Center, and the experience is sure to leave a permanent mark on your soul.
Exhibit Curator Michael Lichter
Creating a custom motorcycle masterpiece worthy of being chosen for this exhibit requires a deep understanding of mechanical engineering and aerodynamics, as well as an innate appreciation for style and design. The “skin” of each bike in this exhibit must work flawlessly with its inner “bones.” To that end, builders will expose their personalities to you by lending an added layer of tattoo design to the outside of what already were remarkable machines.
Over 30 masters of the trade earned the invitation to display one of their custom motorcycles in the 2016 Skin and Bones exhibit. You’ll be able to closely examine each of their works as they sit atop elevated pedestals that offer an unencumbered view from every angle.
Motorcycles As Art curator Michael Lichter strives to include new talent and builders in the exhibition each year in order to keep the show relevant. In 2016 more than half of the builders exhibiting their work will be doing so for the first time.
Aki Sakamoto, Hog Killers, Hawaiian Gardens, CA
Andrea Radaelli*, Radikal Chopper, Milano, Italy
Bill Dodge, Blings Cycles, Daytona Beach, FL
Bobby Seeger*, Indian Larry Motorcycles, Brooklyn, NY
Bryan Fuller, Fuller Moto, Atlanta, GA
Chris Callen*, Cycle Source Magazine, Pittsburgh, PA
Chris Eder*, Misfit Industries, Addison, TX
Dalton Walker, Split Image Kustoms, Hanford, CA
Dan “Bacon” Carr, DC Choppers, Spicewood, TX
Eddie Trotta – Thunder Cycle, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Eric Allard*, FNA Custom Cycles, Lakeland, FL
George Stinsman*, Chaos Cycle, Mastic, NY
Jeff Cochran, Speedking Racing, West Harrison, IN
Jeff Holt*, Hot Bike Magazine, Orange County, CA
Kevin Dunworth, Loaded Gun Customs, Selbyville, DE
Nick Beaulieu*, Forever Two Wheels, Windham, ME
Ola Stenegard, Ronny and Benny Norén, Sebastian Gutsch, BMW Motorrad, Munich, Germany
Pat Patterson, Led Sled, Daytona, OH
Paul Yaffe, Paul Yaffe Originals, Phoenix, AZ
Richie Pan*, DST, Jackson, NJ
Rick Fairless, Strokers, Dallas, TX
Roadside Marty Davis, Flat Broke Chops and Rods, FL
Roland Sands, RSD, Los Alamitos, CA
Shaun and Aaron Gaurdado*, Suicide Machine Company, Long Beach, CA
Steve Peffer*, Steel City Choppers, Butler, PA
Taber Nash*, Nash Motorcycle Company, Long Beach, CA
Teach Kevin Baas, Baas Metal Craft, Lakeville, MN
Trent Schara*, Atomic Forge, WY
Trevelen Rabaual*, Superco, Los Angeles, CA
Uwe Ehinger*, Hamburg, GERMANY
Will Ramsay, Faith Forgotten, New Albany, IN
Yuichi Yoshizawa*, Custom Works Zon, Shiga Prefecture, Japan
* First time in the exhibition
Richie Pan – More than 50 pieces of art by Richie Pan will be displayed in his memory.
Other Artists Include:
George the Painter
Latricia “Trish” Horstman
Biltwell helmets – There will also be a display of Biltwell “Gringo” helmets painted by tattoo artists from around the country.
In addition to the custom motorcycles on display, you’ll have the rare opportunity to lose yourself in the deep colors and richly symbolic art of celebrated tattoo artist Richie Pan. The late owner of Dark Star Tattoo in New Jersey will have paintings hanging throughout the hall alongside each motorcycle.
When he wasn’t creating distinctive tattoo designs, Pan painted and brought his oils to rest in depictions of machines and people that make you feel like what you’re seeing is ink embedded in flesh. While his use of intense color and curious design is deeply rooted in the world of tattooing, you’ll also observe his love of everything motorcycle in both the subject matter and characteristic symbolism displayed in his pieces. Pan was killed in an accident in 2015, but you can see his spirit live on in this amazing group of paintings.
See every motorcycle from this event at Bikernet.com, in the Cantina.