C&C Cycle won the Freestyle Class of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in D.C. for its customized 1996 Fat Boy.
Even with two local NFL teams (the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens) competing in the playoffs, motorcycle enthusiasts still showed up in force over the weekend at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in DC. A big highlight for the crowds was the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, the sixth round of competition featuring custom rides ranging from stretched-out choppers and ‘Busas to rusted sleds with interesting twists.
C&C Cycle rolled three custom bikes into the DC edition of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show and came out big with a $2500 FreeStyle win with its entry called Drug of Choice. Owned by Conrad Filbert, the 1996 Harley Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy features a raked neck and Ness ‘Massive’ front fork assembly, custom fenders, and a wide tire kit. Other touches that helped it win the Freestyle class was its stretched gas tank and details like a custom made spotlight bracket and frenched-in LED tailight.
1. C&C Cycle – Drug of Choice, 1996 Fat Boy
2. Rats Custom – Tadpole, ’73 CB 750
3. Bruce Banks – Wish, 2010 Harley Road Glide
Adams Karns turned his shop-worn ’01 Sportster into a primo new school board tracker that rocked the 2012 J&P Ultimate Builder, DC. Karns Kustoms’ Sporty features a clean revision of the backside thanks to a Twisted Choppers rear. This is offset by a modified DNA Springer on the front and clean internally wired bars. The Harley’s tidy aesthetics are completed by a custom gas tank and a black powder coated V-Twin mated to stubby Karns Kustoms exhaust.
1. Karns Kustoms -21, 2001 Harley Davidson Sportster
2. GIO, Blacksmith Motoring – El Puro Vato, 2005 Deluxe
3. Earl Laurie, C&C Cycles – Baltimore Bandit, 2008 H-D FLHX
Karns Kustoms turned this 2001 Sportster into an ultra-clean ‘new school’ board tracker, the effort garnering enough attention to earn it Modified Harley winner at the D.C. Ultimate Builder Show.
Devon Eckert’s Whiskey Tango, based on a 1982 Yamaha XS650, has plenty of unique touches, from its custom jockey shifter and gas cap to its homemade battery box and taillight.
Gio and Blacksmith Motoring Co. took the already potent mill of the Yamaha Roadliner and made it ridiculous by adding a 120 CI stroker kit, competition cams and a turbo.
Garwood Customs created this Performance Custom class winning Gixxer, stretching it out with a single-sided 300 Wide Tire Kit by C&S Custom, an Air FX Air Ride System, and a Performance Machine rear braking system.
Mike Davis of SportWorx was chosen as the Ultimate Builder ‘Show Dog Winner’ in D.C.
Garwood Customs is the shop responsible for Alex Quinones’ Old Skool, a 2006 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 that captured the Performance Custom class in DC. It features a stretched-out rear courtesy of a single-sided 300 Wide Tire Kit by C&S Custom. An Air FX Air Ride System drops it to the ground at the push of a button. The nitrous-fed Gixxer runs a CTS Race front rotor, a Performance Machine rear braking system, and custom Spike fork and yoke caps. Trick PM custom wheels, a high rolling paint job by Team Neyon and a custom leather seat add up to D.C.’s Ultimate Builder Performance Custom winner.
1. Garwood Customs – Old Skool, ‘06 Suzuki GSX-R 1000
2. Speedworx – Saluda, 2006 Honda CBR
3. JDA Customs – 2007 Suzuki GSXR
It was time to Whiskey Tango in D.C.’s Retro Modified class as Devon Eckert’s 1982 Yamaha XS650 rolled out Sunday night the winner. Eckert’s ratted-out ride features a two-inch backbone drop, a kick out of five degrees on the raked and goosed neck, and its hardtail rear has been extended five inches as well to accommodate the two-inch seat drop. The front of the old XS650 Yamaha sees a XS400 front fork tree and wheel swap. Other goodies include a small plunger for the air ride seat, a custom jockey shift and gas cap, a homemade battery box, taillight, and Pamco ignition.
1. Devon Eckert – Whiskey Tango, 1982 Yamaha XS650
2. Steve Campbell – Tamaqua, 1979 Yamaha Xs650
3. Two Wheel Mafia – White Noise , 1980 Yamaha XS 650
Leave it to Gio! Blacksmith Motoring Co. is making a habit of capturing the Modified Street class with their 2008 Yamaha Retroliner / Roadliner called El Vendetta. And with good reason. Their hyper-bagger features a 255 hp 120 CI stroker kit, a turbo and competition cams. Special features include a Blacksmith Retroliner front-end conversion kit, Blacksmith front and rear three-piece steel fenders and a swept-down Houdini Illusion beach bar setup. The bike sports an engraved 26-inch front wheel and race-tuned front suspension. The back features a 240mm rear and Bandito rear air ride. To compensate for the power boost, Blacksmith utilized 13-inch rotors with a six-piston caliber to quell the wrath of El Vendetta.
1. GIO, Blacksmith Motoring – El Vendetta, 2008 Yamaha Roadliner
2. Andres Gutierrez , Karns Performance – 2000 TL1000R
3. Victory of Southern Maryland – Drilled, 2004 Vegas
The D.C. Show Dog Winner is Mike Davis of SportWorx. 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 $250 value.
The Washington DC round kicks off the start of the six-show frozen tundra tour with every event above the Mason-Dixon line. The next round is in Minneapolis, MN beginning on Friday, January, 11. Custom bike entries are still open at http://www.motorcycleshows.com/ultimate-builder.
Multiple event winners include Kyle Shorey of Shadetree Fabrications at $5000, GIO of Blacksmith Motoring with $4500 and Bruce Boldon at $3000.
The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is produced by www.bikerpros.com who provided the information for this report.