Last year Cleveland got a pounding and the Polar Vortex had just begun to extend its icy fingers down from the Great White North. This year the weather was a balmy 60 degrees and the vortex is remembered like yesterday’s news.
Lines snaked outside the entrance into the International Motorcycle Show at the IX Center in Cleveland. The quality of the custom builds were stellar this year. It’s unfortunate that there is only 1 winner in each of the four classes as there were so many deserving motorcycles.
Dell Battle won the Hot Bike Editor’s Award for his 1991 Sportster named 72 Style Sporty. Court House Custom won the Street Chopper Magazine Editor’s Choice award.
Jesse Srpan took the SHO DOG award and received a solo bag from The Leatherworks for his work representing his company at the International Motorcycle Show.
J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder FreeStyle Class
Whenever Jeremy Cupp from LC Fabrications rolls a bike into a competition, you know he will be standing someplace on the podium. Cupp entered his bike Seven into the open class that allows for any type of drive train and any 2 or 3 wheel motorcycle as defined by the DMV. The Grottoes, Virginia native took top honors and rolled out of Cleveland with a check for $2,000 and a champion anvil ring from Speakeasy Original. We will be seeing him in Chicago at the US Championship competing for King of the Builder and a $10,000 payday.
Cupp used a Ducati topend, a Buell Blast case and a Triumph gearbox to create his own custom mill. He fabricated the frame, oil, gas tank, rear fender and engine shield. He also fabricated just about everything else but the tires and spokes. The bike got its name “Seven” because Cupp said that it’s the seventh proper motorcycle to roll out of the LC Fabrications garage.
1 – # 250 – Jeremy Cupp, LC Fabrications – 2015 Custom named Seven
2 – # 775 – Wayne Burgess – 2010 Shovelhead named Spitball Magoo
J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder MOD Harley Class
The MOD Harley class requires Harley-Davidson engine cases and frame. The neck may be cut to rake or stretch the frame.
The black and red paint on Dell Battle’s latest custom bike, 72 Style Sporty, really pops. The 1991 Sportster features tall billet wheels, custom exhaust, intake, custom tank, controls and swing arm. Air ride front and back allows the bike to look aggressive while at rest.
At the awards ceremony Dell jumped up on stage for his photo op and his $1,000 payday. Dell is heading to Chicago for the US Championship and the KING of the Builders award.
1 – # 925 – Dell Battle, Danerous Dezigns – 1991 Sportster named 72 Style Sporty
2 – # 150 – Demetrius Clarke, John Speed & Custom – 2007 Harley
J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder MOD Retro Class
MOD Retro is an open class for any build with a motorcycle based drive train1984 or older. It requires an OEM driveline with stock, modified or aftermarket frame.
Ed Kubiez worked with Jeese Basset at The GasBox to create an exceptional custom build of a 1965 BSA. The bike features 6” stretch and 4” lowered custom frame with Invader wheels and a rear perimeter brake system. Kustomtech handles the controls and a Hurst shift lever guides the shifting. Updates include a sectioned Superglide tank and late model dual carb heads.
1 – # 175 – Ed Kubiez, The GasBox – 1965 BSA
2 – # 100 – Austin Andrella, Austin Martin Originals – 1969 Triumph named Ole 69’er
Ed Kubiez’s next event is the US Championship in Chicago.
J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder MOD Custom Class
The MOD Custom class sports OEM engine and frame. Neck may be cut to rake or stretch the frame. Hard tail sections, stretched swing arms and wide tire kits are acceptable.
Rich Worley road up from South Carolina to showcase his 2016 Indian Scout named Mad Max Scout. It features paint by Rusty Nash and Mick Forest, circuit breaker ignition, custom seat and handmade brass parts.
1 – # 550 – Rich Worley, American Biker – 2016 Indian Scout named Mad Max Scout
2 – # 350 – Justin Seely, KWS Motorsports – 2006 CBR1000rr named Wolverine
Rich Worley’s next event is in Chicago for the US Championship.
The weekend rain, drizzle and flooding didn’t let up until Sunday afternoon and even though mother nature was on a rampage, it didn’t stop the local Portland, OR motorcycle enthusiasts from attending the kick off of the new 2015 – 2016 season of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show.
The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is positioned right in front of the main entrance of the hall and are the first thing you see as you enter the convention center.
Throughout the 10 show series approximately 400,000 enthusiasts will see the custom bikes. The total cash and prize package for the series is $100,000. The Chicago round will host the US Championship and will provide $50,000 in cash and awards. Sponsors include J&P Cycles, Harley-Davidson, Progressive Insurance, Bell Helmets, Speakeasy Original, The Leatherworks and 5 Ball Leathers.
New for the season is the online People’s Choice Award on the Progressive International Motorcycle Show’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/InternationalMotorcycleShows/. If you can’t make a show, you can check out all the custom sleds.
Shaun Ruddy of Chop deVille won the People’s Choice Award with his custom retro trike. Shaun left the building with a Custom 500 lid by Bell Helmets under his arm.
Shaun Ruddy of Chop deVille rolled in his 2015 Indian Chieftain and came away with a $750 check for his efforts. The bike features a custom air intake, a chopped sidecar, stretched bags, custom paint, custom Chop deVille custom pipes and LED lighting.
1st #250 – Shaun Ruddy, Chop DeVille – 2015 Indian Chieftain
2nd #400 – Joe Tessitore, Digital Directiv – 2007 Ducati named Bella
If you are looking for classic American motorcycles & parts Jeff Coffman of Jeff’s American Classics probably has what you need. If you are competing with him, you will need to bring you’re “A” game. Coffman cleaned up with his period correct 1948 Harley-Davidson Panheads. Hey were painted by Ben’s Custom Painting and built by Mark Dencklau. He was awarded a check for $750.
1st #450 – Jeff Coffman – Jeff’s American Classics – 1948 Panhead
2nd #425 – Jeff Coffman – Jeff’s American Classics – 1948 Panhead
Brad Hall of Magic’s Custom Cycle started his motorcycle business because he won the MOD Harley class in Seattle. He had enough business from the show to hang a shingle. This year he won in Portland with his lowered 2013 Harley Sportster with gold, copper, brass, stainless leather and glass features. It is a fusion of old-school and new-school technology. He was awarded a check for $1,000.
1st #300 – Brad Hall, Magic Custom Cycles – 2013 Sportster named Psycho Addiction
2nd #750 – Jessica Ruse – Urban Custom Bikes – 2000 Sportster Trike named F@*K Cancer
Shaun Ruddy of Coup deVille had a day. He came up on stage three times and took People’s Choice, MOD Custom and FreeStyle. His custom Retro Trike was the first bike at the entrance of the show and literally created a traffic jam during the Progressive International Motorcycle Show. Shaun got a SU carburetor and then built the bike around it. The trike features a 3” belt drive, oil in the frame, 26” white wall tires, nitrogen shocks and a 95” Shovelhead engine. He walked out with a check for $2,000.
1st #200 – Shaun Ruddy of Coup deVille, 2015 Retro Trike named DeVine
2nd #100 – Daniel Smith – Lastat’s Customs – 2016 Chopper named ErbusT