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Key Cities to Lead 36th Annual Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® Tour

388795LOGOBeginning in November 2016 through February 2017, the tour is supported by 15 of the leading two, three and four wheel vehicle manufacturers, the world class Ultimate Builder Customer Bike Show, Vintage Bike  Clubs, and other main show attractions.  The seven shows coincide with the launch of the 2017 model year, giving hundreds of thousands of consumers a first look at the new vehicles and the opportunity to evaluate and purchase premier aftermarket parts, accessories and gear.


The 2016-2017 Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® tour schedule is as follows:

  • Long Beach, CA: November 18-20, 2016, Long Beach Convention Center
  • New York, NY: December 9-11, 2016, Jacob Javits Convention Center
  • Washington D.C.: January 6-8, 2017, Washington Convention Center
  • Dallas, TX: January 13-15, 2017, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
  • Cleveland, OH: January 27-29, 2017, I-X Center
  • Minneapolis, MN: February 3-5, 2017, Minneapolis Convention Center
  • Chicago, IL: February 10-12, 2017, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

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

It’s All Two Wheels!

2015 AIMExpo


AIMExpo 3-Way Giveaway Winners
Receive New Motorcycles

Winners Ride Off on Custom Star Bolt R-Spec, Suzuki V-Strom and
KYMCO Campagno

IRVINE, Calif. (February 12, 2015) – The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) announced today that the three lucky winners of the fan-favorite 3-Way Giveaway contest have received their new motorcycles. OEM exhibitors, Suzuki, KYMCO and Yamaha Star once again partnered with AIMExpo to offer attendees the chance to ride away on one of three all-new models.

Thousands of AIMExpo attendees entered for their chance to win a 2014 KYMCO Campagno 110 Scooter, 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Adventure, or a customized 2015 Star Bolt R-Spec motorcycle, featuring the world-renowned design of Jeff Palhegyi from Jeff Palhegyi Designs (JPD). Contestants were able to enter at the show or by mail.

The winners were randomly selected following AIMExpo and took possession of their new bikes at local Central Florida dealerships. The winners were Kenneth Maves, from Deland, Florida, Gregory Hatfield, from Orlando, Florida, and Earl Evans, from Parrish, Florida.

AIMExpo 3-Way Giveaway - Suzuki
 Kenneth Maves takes the keys to an all-new Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Adventure
motorcycle at Deland Motorsports, presented by Robert Stacey.
Maves took home the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Adventure, a redesigned model that combines sporty design and handling with comfort and versatility, both on and off the road.

“I’ve gone to AIMExpo both years and am so excited to win this bike,” said Maves. “It’s got a bit of a military vibe to it and it’s very different from my other three motorcycles. I’m already planning on using this bike for my annual ride in North Carolina and look forward to exploring some of the mountain dirt roads I’ve ridden by on my other bikes.”

AIMExpo 3-Way Giveaway - KYMCO
 Gregory Hatfield gets ready to ride off from Deland Motorsports on his new KYMCO Campagno 110 scooter.
Hatfield won the KYMCO Campagno 110 Scooter, a classically designed scooter that features an enhanced engine package.

An excited Hatfield said, “I went to AIMExpo in 2014 with my father because I was looking forward to eventually getting a motorcycle, so I’m very happy with the scooter! I want to thank everyone at AIMExpo, KYMCO and Deland Motorsports for making this such a good memory.”

AIMExpo 3-Way Giveaway - Star Bolt
 Earl Evans is presented with the keys to a custom Star Motorcycles Bolt R-Spec, 
courtesy of Brian Fitzpatrick at Central Florida Powersports.
Evans was the lucky recipient of the custom Star Motorcycles Bolt R-Spec. The bobber-inspired bike boasts a high level of performance and stylish aesthetics, including genuine Yamaha accessories and a custom painted gas tank, courtesy of Jeff Palhegyi Designs.

“AIMExpo is one of the most enjoyable weekends my son and I had all year,” said Evans. “When we first walked in we were like a blind dog in a butcher shop – we didn’t know where to go first! I’m really happy to receive this customized Star Bolt R-Spec. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback on the bike already and look forward to riding around town.”

Following another successful giveaway and overwhelmingly positive feedback from AIMExpo attendees, an all-new giveaway is in the works and promises to build on the excitement of the first two 3-Way Giveaways.

More than 235 exhibitors have already committed to AIMExpo in 2015. Exhibitor presence builds each day and companies looking to take advantage of the AIMExpo platform should contact an AIMExpo Account Manager toll free at 855-MCShows (855-627-4697).

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.

The JP Cycle’s Ultimate Builder rolls up to Seattle for a Killer Show in the Cathedral of Cool

2014-award-motorcycle-usa-trophyThe 2014 edition of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Seattle is a feature of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show  with custom bikes positioned on oval pads located on the glass and steel arch that connects the two halls in the downtown Seattle convention center.

Enthusiasts are able to walk around the customs and get a full 360 degree view. The glass arch is lit by spots and  twinkle lights that deliver a museum-like venue to view some of the most amazing motorcycles from the Northwest. The facility has been dubbed the Cathedral of Cool.

Special guest to the show was Bryan Harley, Motorcycle USA Editor. He provided an Editor’s Choice Award and selected Brad Hall and his 2013 Sportster named Psycho Addiction. He brought along a kinetic trophy and a $100 gift certificate from Motorcycle Superstore.

The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder is a platform for builders to showcase their work. It is also defined by an eclectic mix of motorcycles.  In Seattle we had not one but two Kenny Roberts dirt-track replica motorcycles, two big-wheel baggers and numerous ground-up bike builds. It was a true celebration of creativity and innovation.

The Show Dog award is provided to the builder that engages the audience and builds a connection with the enthusiast. Our 2014 recipient was Bill Shawley. He brought in his own model and really worked the show. So he cruised home with a Leatherworks Solo Bag.

People’s Choice awards is always entertaining. Builders are filling out ballots and “helping” the attendees make their decision.  Mike Hempstead from Voodoo Bikeworks took home a  5 Ball Racing Leathers Special Ops vest and a Bell Helmets’ Custom 500 lid for his efforts.

Quality Aerosols cleaners and polishers provided a can of polish to all the builders when they entered the show and their entire product line to the six winning builders that made their appearance on the podium.

The competition was close in all classes. A vote one way or another would have changed up the results. Judging is peer-to-peer which means the builders evaluate the work completed by their fellow builders.

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Retro MOD Class Results

Some bikes speak to you.  And Aaron’s ’73 Bonny had much of the attention from enthusiasts and builders alike. You could tell hours and hours of polishing went into the drivetrain because the chrome gleamed. The 750cc mil was punched out to 800cc. The bike featured a custom frame, ACME Springer, NOS 1960’s Wassell tank & fender, Akront shouldered rims and custom seat. The bike rolled in with a light blue paint and gold stripes applied by Aaron.

1 Aaron Egging – 1973 Triumph Bonneville

2 Richard Mattrass – No Quarter, 1981 Honda GL1100

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show MOD Custom Class Results

Brad Hall’s Psycho Addiction took 1st place in MOD Custom and also won the editor’s choice award. It features a power boost from a custom intake, air cleaner, Power Commander and a D&D Bob Cat exhaust. Finishes include carbon fiber, brass, copper, custom leather and glass. The bike is lowered, rear frame bobbed and comes with mechanical ISR controls.

1 Brad Hall – Psycho Addiction, 2013 HD XL1200x

2 Bill Shawley,  / Joe St. Clair – Black Mamba, 1990 H-D XL Customs

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show FreeStyle Class Results

It was a tough weekend for Kevin Carper of Widowmaker because he almost missed the cut off for the bike show and completely missed the awards ceremony because of Seattle Seahawks’ traffic. Even so, Lamborghini Green, took the grand prize of $1,000.

1 Kevin Carper, Widowmaker – Lamborghini Green, Widowmaker Custom

2 Jerry Nelson – The Full Nelson, 2013 Home-Built Custom

Sponsors for the 2014-15 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show includes Progressive Insurance, Advanstar, J&P Cycles, Quality Aerosols cleaners and polishers, 5 Ball Racings Leathers’  Special Ops Vest, Danny Gray saddle, Leatherworks solo bag and Bell Helmets.

The next show to throttle up is New York City at the Jacob Javit’s Center  on December 12 – 14. The New York Show is always the best attended venue with some 80,000+ enthusiasts visiting the three day event.

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