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THE ULTIMATE BUILDER, D.C. IMS SHOW

Post & Images by Jeff Najar / Bikerpros.com
Washington, DC was an exceptional show with no less than 7 new custom bikes that made their debut at the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. John Dodson of Gangster Choppers, Devon Eckert of Whiskey Tango Choppers,  Karn of Karns Kustoms and Steve Garwood of Garwood Custom Cycles brought their latest creations. Enthusiasts attending the show were treated to some of the most outstanding sleds in Ultimate Builder series.

SHO DOG winners include Roy Chamberlin of C&C Cycle and Mike Davis of Speed Worx. Roy won a Garage Leathers solo bag and Mike won a Rocking K Leathers chain wallet. Two Wheel Mafia Custom Cycles took home the People’s Choice Award and received a custom Bell Helmet pinstriped by Skratch.

FreeStyle Class

John Dodson of Gangster Choppers rolled four choppers into the Washington Convention Center with three of them going to the front of the hall and placed into the showcase area of the show. His fourth chopper, Low Down, entered into the competition. It’s his personal chopper that was completed at 2AM the morning of the show. It’s a stock 1981 Lowrider and features a 93ci Shovel, 10:1 compression, EVO oiling and .600” lift cam. The oil bag, fuel filter and pegs are all hand fabricated.

1.       John Dodson, Gangsta Choppers – Low Down, 1981 Lowrider.

2.       Joey Chanel, Race Response – Blood, Sweat and Gears, ’79 CM400T

3.       Ross Latimer, Rats Customs – Maverick, ’01 Sportster

MOD Harley Class

Adam Karns is our 2013 Ultimate Builder MOD Harley National Champion. Adam starts off 2014 with a win in DC with his Hooligan bobber. It is a custom 1974 HOG  that features a 1000cc Sportster mil, mobile video and nav, split rocker boxes, molded chassis, hard tail, hydraulic clutch and hidden wires.

1.       Adam Karns, Karns Kustoms – Hooligan, ’74 Sportster

2.       Robert  Kelley   – Black Betty , ’90 Sportster

3.       Daniel   Rodriguez, KarTunes Inc – ’09 Roadglide

Retro MOD Class

What can you say about the young gun Devon Eckert of Whiskey Tango Choppers? He came on the scene last year and won the DC Ultimate Builder and then got a feature in The Horse Backstreet Chopper Magazine. This year he rolled into DC with Bad Reputation, a 1981 Yamaha XS650, and came away with the same results, another 1st place finish.  The Yamaha features air ride, custom seat, Pamco ignition, goose neck frame and hard tail.

1.       Devon Eckert, Whiskey Tango Choppers – Bad Reptation, ’81 XS650

2.       Two Wheel Mafia Custom Cycles – Hott Chocolate, ’80 XS650

3.       Bill Abraovich – Sukstein, ’79 Suzuki GS750

MOD Street Class

Steve Campbell of Street Working Class Choppers rolled in Tamaqua and rolled out the winner of the MOD Street class. The bike Jizzeppi started out life as a Suzuki GS450 and was converted into a Café Racer with hammered copper.

1.       Steve Campbell, Working Class Choppers – Jizzeppi, Suzuki GS450

2.       Rick Pazmino, Honda of Grofton – ’10 Honda Fury

3.       Bernie Torreyson – Cool Bu, ’11 Victory Cross Country

Performance Custom Class

Joe Brinkley of Precision Motorcycle brought in a low 2008 Kawasaki  ZX14 that features front and back air ride  from air fx, molded in iPod with speakers, cut front fender and a  custom white alligator seat. The bike’s stance is enhanced with a chrome 16 over stretched c and s swing arm.

1.       Joe Brinkley, Precision Motorcycle – ’08 ZX14

2.       Garwood Custom Cycles – Apocalypse, 2000 Suzuki Hayabusa

3.       Shane Hull, Custom Rocketz – Vintage, ’94 Suzuki 1100

Day Trip to Cleveland

Cleveland Day Trip
Looking forward to making a trip up on January 31st to Cleveland with a few of my friends for our annual visit to the IMS show at the I-X Center. Not only do we get to see the latest and greatest in motorcycles, gear and services, but I get a chance to peruse the awesome bikes in the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. And as a bonus we usually stop to check out Harley-Davidson Biketown in Austintown, Ohio and then head over to the nearby Quaker Steak and Lube for some great food.

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