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Long Live the King, Nick Beaulieu Named King of Custom Motorcycle Builders

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.”

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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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2016 Chicago Winners at the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

56 custom bike builders wheeled into Chicago to compete for the combined Chicago / US Championship J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show rounds. Builders from New York, Miami and NorCal all made their way to the bone chilling cold to showcase the best their creativity had to offer.
Some of the greatest up-and-comers and established artists of the 2 wheel persuasion where in attendance including Evan Favaro, George Stinsman, Steve Iacona, Cory Ness, Dave Dupor, Jon Shipley, Will Ramsey, Kyle Shorey and Art Steele to name a few.
J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show FreeStyle Class – The winner of the Chicago round in FreeStyle was Jon Shipley. He advanced to the US Championship to compete for the King of the Builders on the following day. His bike wore an old-school green and yellow flaked paint that complemented the copper accents throughout the build. The engine featured a Panhead and a split rocker shovelhead atop a 93”sportster bottom end. In addition, Jon made the oil tank, grips, foot controls and handlebars. He accepted the $2,000 check for the win. Jon also received a custom anvil “Made In USA” ring from Speakeasy Original.
1st – 775 – John Shipley, Hoosier Daddy Choppers – 2016 Custom named Green Bling
2nd – 600 – Gary Capone, Le Mani Moto – 2015 Le Mani Moto named Series One Racer
3rd – 1375 – Mike McFadden Moonshine Sidecar
4th – 475 – Kevin Persons, Hot Rods And Handle Bars – 2012 Harley FLHTP named Black Betty

The SHO DOG award was won by Mark Gates for his work engaging the crowd and showcasing his 2008 Softail Deluxe. He’ll receive The Leatherworks Solo Bag for his effort.
Jeff Holt handed out the Street Chopper award to Jeremy Cupp and the HOT BIKE award to Gary Capone of Le Mani Moto. Bell Helmet supplied a Custom 500 helmet to the People’s Choice winner, Ilya Levkov and his 206 Road Glide.
J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder MOD Harley-Davidson Class – Baggers ruled the Chicago builders with over 20 custom touring models on display. And the bagger that ruled them all was the custom from builder Dave Dupor of DD Custom Cycle and his 2011 Road King. And what blew your skull back were the bags that open up like car doors. They swung out and around the exhaust tips that enter and exit the bags on the sides.
Dave Dupor rolled out the bike he competed in the HOT BIKE tour and took home a check for $1,000. On Saturday night he rolled his bike into the Championship corral to compete in the US Championship on Sunday.
1st – 1325 – Dave Dupor, DD Custom Cycle – 2011 Road King
2nd – 700 – Joe Chval – DA Performance – 2009 FLHX named Monsterglide
3rd – 275 – Antonio Palermo, F Bomb Baggers – 2009 Bagger named Scooter Shooters
4th -875 – Kieran Thompson – FKKMOtoUSA – 2003 H-D Sportster 1200C named XL1250

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder MOD Custom Class – The thing about this fat tire, stretched swing arm Hayabusa is it’s 12 years old and it’s Juan Rodriguez’s daily rider that still looks brand spanking new. The paint is deep and pops even in the dull convention lights. Paint was supplied by JP Custom. It has a super clean look that you expect from a fire breathing Suzuki. Juan took home a check for $750 and entered the US Championship.
1st – 800 – Juan Rodriguez – 2004 Suzuki Haybusa named Menace
2nd – 175 – Fonarelli Motorsports – 2013 Cleveland Heist – Paint Midwest Customs
3rd – 1150 – Tony Odom – Fancy Cycle, 07 ZX14 named Spiderman Bike
4th – 1125 – Tony Odom, Fancy Cycle – 09 ZX14 named Skull Bike

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder MOD Retro Class – Steve Iacona of Iacona Customs rolled in Crusader into the Chicago edition of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder. The 1972 Triumph Bonneville, named Crusader, was positioned as the first bike you see as you enter into the Progressive International Motorcycle Show and that turned out to be a mistake because it created a traffic jam during the entire show. Iacona created a Café Racer with a hand hammered fairing and tail section. The engine was scotch brite to make the cases gleam. Iacona took home a check for $750 and entered the US Championship.
1st – 1425 – Steve Iacona, Iacona Customs – 1972 Bonneville named Crusader
2nd – 1400 – Bill Shalk, Tried and True Garage, 1967 Custom Bobber named Making Chips
3rd – 1050 – Paul Anderson, 1946 WLA 45 named Once in Awhile
4th – 1075 – Paul Anderson, 1940 WLA 45 named Evil Twin

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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