Deadline Customs ‘INK,’ a custom 2011 Road Glide, won the FreeStyle Class at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Minneapolis. ‘INK’ not only has some wicked paint, but it runs on Harley’s most powerful production engine, a 120 cbuic-inch mill with modified heads, cams, and nitrous.
While the Super Bowl may have taken center stage last weekend, custom motorcycles were the talk of the town inside the Minneapolis Convention Center as the ninth round of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Shows swept into Minnesota. The gloves came off in the FreeStyle Class as the Cycleboyz from Canada did their damnedest to wrest the title from the hands of Dana Hallberg of Deadline Customs, but in the end, Deadline’s INK motorcycle, a big-wheeled 2011 Road Glide, emerged victorious and rode away with the $3000 top prize. The intricately painted bagger, whose scheme resembles a full body tattoo, also earned INK the “People’s Choice” award.
The custom 2011 Road Glide features Harley-Davidson’s monster 120 cubic-inch mill. Not content to solely run Harley’s most potent production powerplant, Hallberg added modified heads and cams, too. If that wasn’t enough, he topped it off by running nitrous. A D&D Boarzilla pipe gives the bike a bark to match its bite. Ever see a bagger lay down a fat black line of rubber from a smoky rolling burnout? INK is up to the task.
The bagger has plenty of custom body work, front to back, including a stretched tank, a Sinister front fender and slammed tail section. The neck has been raked-out to accommodate its mondo front hoop. Major props go out to Dana Hallberg and Jeff Urman for the gorgeous paint which looks like it came straight from the body of a sailor who’s been around the world a time or two, with Oriental-style dragons, scales, geisha girls and skulls.
The motorcycle which took third place in the FreeStyle Class also deserves mention. “Axe” was built by members of the Victory Engineering Team who said that in 2005 they saved a “Freedom Motor and Victory Chassis from the crusher to stretch their own skills.” “Axe” features an industrial-looking girder front end with a gas-powered shock. The front downtubes of the frame are mainly cosmetic as they’ve been cut away and the engine serves as a stressed member of the frame. The tail section features a seat suspended above a bobbed rear fender that has been mounted on the swingarm. The engine’s cylinder fins have been machined and the heads and covers chromed to contrast the predominantly black components. Twin nitrous tubes have been mounted to the fork legs and supply the Freedom V-Twin an extra boost of fury. It also makes it easy to see why Victory affectionately refers to “Axe” as an attack cruiser.
Kurt Peterson won top honors in the Modified Harley Class for his custom 2010 Street Glide with a TC 103 engine equipped with a Big Bore kit.
Kurt Peterson won top honors in the Modified Harley Class for his custom 2010 Street Glide. Tackling the project himself, the ultra-clean Harley bagger runs with Harley’s TC 103 enhanced by a Big Bore kit and high performance cams. The front end has been totally revamped with a custom fairing which is mounted much higher than stock. This allowed Peterson to run a set of mini-apes behind it. A 23-inch tall front wheel with Buell perimeter brakes balances out the new aesthetics. On the back he swapped out for a Sumo rear fender and Milwaukee hard bags. Peterson took home the $2000 prize after edging out Jim Hughes’ Street Tracker, a 1997 XR equipped with a pumped-up Buell 1200cc powerplant and an XR Flat Track chassis.
SHR Enterprises rolled into town from Bloomington with its Grand National Replica and rode off with top honors in the Performance Custom Class. Ol’ Billy Hofmeister puts his 14 years of Grand National racing to good use in the form of his ’08 Buell Street Tracker. Hofmeister spooned a 1200 Buell XB engine into a custom cut frame which also houses the oil. Damping duties are handled by a KYBR6 fork up front and a single three-way adjustable Penske shock on the back. Performance Machine brakes all the way around put a stop to the action. Billy says his bike “works great sideways on dirt or asphalt.” Best part is, you too can own one of these to as he builds the Grand National Replica to order through his business, SHR Enterprises.
Billy Hofmeister’s Grand National Replica rode away with the Performance Custom Class title in Minneapolis.
The final prize at the Minneapolis Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show was awarded to a familiar face, Gio of BlackSmith Motoring Co. Gio and BlackSmith have been tagging along with the show during its Midwest swing and its 1977 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing can now add Minnesota’s Retro Mod Class winner to its tally. We’ve chronicled Gio’s G Wing extensively in our reports from past shows, but its highlights include a super charged stroker motor, remote air ride suspension, a custom trucker-flap exhaust, hidden cables and exquisite engraving.
The Ultimate Custom Builder Bike Shows head into the homestretch with visits to Chicago, Charlotte and Daytona Beach left. Visitors to the Minneapolis round got a chance to enter to win the customized 2011 Honda Fury Motorcycle USA is giving away as sponsors of the “People’s Choice” award. Everybody who cast a ballot for the award was automatically entered in the giveaway. It’s as simple as that. We’re looking forward to giving this baby away, so be sure to check out the custom bikes at the show if it’s coming to your town and vote for your favorite so you can get your name thrown into the hat. There’s three rounds left. Check out the show as it travels around in conjunction with the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows.