Slung low with a slender profile and timeless styling, Rick Bray’s ‘Pala Duro’ won the coveted FreeStyle Class at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show San Mateo 2012.
The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Shows rolled into California’s Bay Area for the third round of competition this past weekend as the series begins its West Coast swing. With $7000 in prize money being divvied out in five separate categories, the Ultimate Builder Show brought out some of NorCal’s most talented custom motorcycle builders as event organizers said “The entries in San Mateo were very much different than anything we had seen in Dallas or Atlanta.” Seeing how the show was happening in Arlen Ness’ neck of the woods, it was only appropriate to have someone from the Ness family of custom bike builders representing at the show, in this case grandson Zach who greeted fans and signed autographs. Zach is a third-generation builder whose eye for design has earned respect in its own right.
In the hotly contested San Mateo FreeStyle Class, Rick Bray claimed the $2500 top prize for his immaculate pinstriped Harley Shovelhead with a chromed Springer front end. Bruce Boldon’s Fat Boy beat out Paul Binford’s Road Glide to claim top honors in the Modified Harley class while Jim Guiffra and the AFT Customs girls captured first place in the Performance Custom class for their custom 2012 VT750BR Honda Street Tracker. Here’s a complete list of winners from the San Mateo Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show courtesy of our friends at BikerPros.
Rick Bray brought his custom bike to the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in San Mateo, CA and rode away with the win. The bike is called ‘Pala Duro,’ which means Hard Shovel in Spanish which was only fitting considering the motorcycle runs a Harley-Davidson 80-inch Shovelhead. Slung low and slender, ‘Pala Duro’ has an award-winning stance. Rick is an off-road race car builder by trade and his fabrication work shines through on motorcycles, too. All of his brass components, from the gas cap to the fasteners, are from scrap metal that he turned on a lathe. The bike has a finned theme throughout, from the Kirk Taylor-built engine and rocker boxes to the frenched-in gas tank panels to the beehive oil tank. After the bike was built in raw metal, it was torn down and sent out for paint. Rick has worked with his painter, Kool Hand Luke, for so long that he just drops off his parts for paint and it comes back right every time. Rick bought the roller from his brother to start the build and the rest, as they say, is history.
1. Rick Bray – Pala Duro, 1981 Kustom Kustom
2. Gino & Denise Ilacqua – Cadamia 300, 2009 Custom Pro Street
3. Ron Ramos – Freak’n Pan-A-Rican, 2005 Panhead
Wicked Beauty, a 2003 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, took 1st place in the NORCAL edition of the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. Bruce Boldon beefed up the Harley Twin Cam with a big bore kit and Screamin’ Eagle cams, then
Just about everything on Wicked Beauty, a 2003 Harley Fat Boy, has been chromed and engraved.
AFT Customs won the Performance Custom Class for ‘Halia,’ a Honda VT750BR street tracker with an AFT Power Package that includes new pistons with ported and polished heads. The bike has proven it’s more than a show bike with runs on the Salt at Bonneville.
diamond cut the heads. Wherever the bike isn’t chromed, it’s powder coated. The bike’s frame has been chromed and engraved, too, a process that extends to its diamond-cut Ridewright Wheels.. Spoked-down with wide beach bars and incredible engraving throughout, Boldon’s Fat Boy is indeed one ‘Wicked Beauty.’
1. Bruce Boldon – Wicked Beauty, 2003 Fat Boy
2. Paul Binford – No Bullshit, 2004 Road Glide
3. Jerome Robinson, Binford Custom Cycles – 2012 Road Glide
Performance Custom Class
Jim Guiffra and the AFT Customs girls ruled the Performance Custom Class for their slick Honda street tracker called Halia. The Hondda VT750BR has hand-formed aluminum fenders and side covers to go along with a handmade steel tank. Touches like a hidden radiator and race suspension help set it apart from the competition. Halia is a testament to girl power as 60% of the bike was built by the AFT models. The bike has dual purposes, one for custom bike shows and the other for running on the Salt at Bonneville. The little V-Twin sports an AFT Power Package, including new pistons with ported and polished heads. A Barnett clutch, K & N filters, Leo Vince muffler and Dynatek coils fill out the list of power upgrades.
Joe Fratis of Motion Pro brought in Dirty Knuckle and won the Retro Mod Class at the NORCAL Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. The no-nonsense knobby-shod Knuckle from Bling’s Cycles features a custom S&S Knuckle mated to a Baker tranny, a Duane Ballard leather seat, a 13” Braking Wave Rotor on the rear with a Brembo caliper and master
Joe Fratis’ ‘Durty Knuckle,’ the Retro Mod winner at San Mateo, features an S&S Knuckle mated to a Baker tranny, Ridewright Wheels and a Duane Ballard seat.
Javon Samonte’s 2004 Yamaha YZF-R1 captured first place in the Modified Street class at the San Mateo Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show 2012.
cylinders and spoked Ridewright Wheels.
1. Joe Fratis – Durty Knuckle, Custom S&S Knuckle
2. Zach Ness – 2008 Custom S&S Shovelhead
3. Dalton Walker, Split Image Kustoms – 2012 Split Image Kustoms
Javon Samonte worked with Roie Pozas in completing his 2004 Yamaha YZF-R1 build. The results? First place in the Modified Street Class of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike show in San Mateo. Jovan upgraded the suspension, drivetrain and brakes to help put his Yamaha superbike over the top. The R1boasts an Akrapovic titanium exhaust system, 2006 R1 swingarm, OZ Racing magnesium wheels and Brembo brakes.
1. Javon Samonte – 2004 Yamaha YZF-R1
2. Russell Sotto – Kandee, 2008 Yamaha R6
3. Toni Renzi – Fast & Furious, 2001 Roadstar
The Show Dog Winner for San Mateo is Ron Ramos. The Ultimate Builder Show Dog award is given to the dealer or builder that has shown exemplary effort in engaging the audience and furthering their marketing goals and objectives. The award for the effort is a biker chain wallet from Rocking K Customs Leather, a $200 value.
The next Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show will go down in Long Beach, CA, on Dec. 7 -9, one of the biggest stops of the International Motorcycle Show series.