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Ultimate Builder Results: Dallas, TX

Post by Jack McIntyre, Article by Jeff Najar

The most bikes, the greatest diversity, and the most big wheel baggers in one show describe the 2015 edition of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Dallas.  Over 40 bikes rolled into the friendly confines on Friday, January 23, 2015.

The craftsmanship, design and innovation were just outstanding. For example, Kyle Shorey of Shadetree Fabrication  brought in a slick little Softail that was built off his kit that allows you to convert your sled into an old-school bobber in a matter of hours. Platinum Motorcycles brought in a crazy Kawasaki ZX14 bagger. It’s being developed into a kit so that anyone with a little talent can ride a sportbike as a bagger.

The hardest working motorcycle entertainer, Progressive Insurance’s Pat Jansen, kicked off the show in fine style. The first award handed out was the People’s Choice award and it went to Krystal Hess of Ricochet Customs.  She left Big D with a Special Ops vest from 5 Ball Racing Leathers and a Custom 500 lid from Bell Helmets.

The Showdog Award is for the builder that works the show floor the hardest. There were many contenders but Art Steele had it in the bag by hiring spokes models to assist in promoting his company and his line of custom Baggers. For his efforts he took home The Leatherworks Inc. solo bag.

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Winner: FreeStyle Class

Controlled Chaos features a hand built frame with a half of a leaf spring handling the damping on the rear. The 47 CI Harley-Davidson mil utilizes dual mags and dual carbs. The tank and sheet metal were hand-hammered into submission. Paint supplied by Lonnie Moore.

  1. Moore Customs, Larry Moore – Controlled Chaos, 2015 Moore Customs
  2. MisFit Customs – Acid Trip, 2013 Street Glide

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Winner: MOD Custom Class

MisFit Customs placed 6 bikes into the competition and came away with a first in MOD Custom and 2nd in FreeStyle. Acid Trip, features a raked neck, extended bags, performance upgrades and sound that makes your ears bleed. The show stopping paint was applied by Execution Style.

  1. MisFit Customs – Acid Trip, 2013 Street Glide
  2. Metroplex Kustoms, Crush – MK Road King, 2010 Road King

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Winner: Retro MOD Class

Jimmie Lee & JC Coen rolled in their customer’s bike, T100. Two and a half days later they rolled out of Dallas, TX with a big check and a win. The bike features a drop seat frame and a T100 500cc mil. The white powder coat frame contrasts beautifully with the turquoise tank and rear fender. The bike comes with a springer frontend and raised white wall Pirelli tires front and rear.

  1. Three Two Choppers  – T100, 1971 Triumph T100
  2. Freddie Arnold  – Memphis Magnum, 1947 HD

Throughout the weekend builders were interviewed on the Progressive stage. Enthusiasts were able to see behind the curtain and understand how the creative process works and what it takes to build rolling pieces of art.

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.

THE CROCKER MOTORCYCLE COMPANY, ONE COOL RIDE

Post & Photos by Jack McIntyre

For a tour, I was the in house Photographer for the IMS / Ultimate Builders Shows. In doing that, I was exposed to some of the coolest motorcycles in the world, literally. Not only was I shooting them in the booth, engaging with the owners / builders, but I was often invited to sit on them getting a real feel for their engineering and so on. This particular Crocker belonged to a fella named Michael Schacht. It’s his 1942 Crocker Big Tank. He hand fabricated the bike to original design including the motor, clutch, and transmission. Take a look at the gallery of images below and visit CROCKER MOTORCYCLE’s website for more on their history.