‘Gotta Love Orange’ is a 2011 Road Glide with plenty of custom bodywork, a TC103 engine with free flowing exhaust and tuner and a huge 26-inch Rampage Wheel leading the charge up front.
Gio of BlackSmith Motoring Co. is the man, his keen eye for design good for two first place showings at the Minneapolis Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show.
As they say, if the weather is bad outside, then inside will be packed. That was certainly the case Saturday on a brisk 3-degree day in the Great White North that saw record attendance for the 2013 Minneapolis round of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike. H. Gio Giovanni and BlackSmith Motoring made the trip over from Chicago and took wins in both the Modified Street and Modified Harley categories, establishing themselves as the leading money winners in the meantime. Local custom building legend Donnie Smith was also on hand with a special showcase featuring his work.
Deadline Customs was straight representing in the Twin Cities, capturing the top two spots in the Freestyle class with custom versions of Harley’s Road Glide. Dan Coates was all smiles after his “Gotta Love Orange” took home top honors and the $2500 first prize check that goes along with it. Coates’ 2011 Road Glide had to have its neck custom cut down to accommodate the huge 26-inch Rampage front wheel. The brightly colored bagger has plenty of custom bodywork, from the interior of the front fairing to the scooped-out tank to the extensions of the saddlebags. The engine rocks it with a TC103 equipped with free flowing exhaust and tuner. Big shout-out to DLC/Jeff Urman for the killer paint and skull graphics that really set the bike off.
1. Dan Coates, Deadline Customs – Gotta Love Orange, 2011 Road Glide
2. Nick Popa, Deadline Customs – Gator Glide, 2008 Road Glide
3. Neil Ryan, American Thunder – Red Thunder, Harley- Davidson Fat Boy
The Modified Harley class was won by a builder new to the Harley aftermarket, BlackSmith Motoring Co. El Puro Vato is a 2005 Harley-Davidson Deluxe, its stock Twin Cam 96 hopped up with a Big Boar kit, 500-series cams, and ported
Even though BlackSmith Motoring Co. has a reputation for working wonders with metrics, in Minneapolis the company demonstrated they’ve got skills when it comes to Harleys too.
Josh Headlee’s nitrous-fed 2004 Yamaha R6, the Performance Custom winner in Minneapolis, has velocity stacks and titanium headers to go along with its Zex Nitrous Oxide kit.
‘HotPan,’ a 1958 HD FLH that’s been stretched, raked and sprung earned Hot Bobby Henry the Minneapolis Retro Mod title.
Leave it to Gio and BlackSmith Motoring to build a bagger with a claimed 255 hp! ‘El Vendetta’ may have once been a 2008 Yamaha Roadliner but it’s in another league entirely now.
intake and heads. A cholo fishtail exhaust system adds a bit of panache to the highly stylized bike. Acid-etched BlackSmith Houdini Illusion apehangers stand out above the BlackSmith Diamond 21-inch front hoop, the front end race-tuned while a BlackSmith Bandito Air Ride drops the rear to the ground. BlackSmith Lo Lo fenders drape the whitewalls front and back. An alligator seat Gio tooled in-house and 8-stage candy paint with ghost graphics are classy details which helped set “El Puro Vato” apart from the competition.
1. Gio, BlackSmith Motoring Co. – El Puro Vato, 2005 Deluxe
Nitro 6 lives up to its name as the nitrous-fed 2004 R6 from Josh Headlee sped away from the competition to take top honors in Minneapolis Performance Custom class. Headlee’s R6 is boosted by a Zex Nitrous Oxide kit, velocity stacks and titanium headers, all dialed in courtesy of Dynojet’s Power Commander. A custom extended swingarm stretches the bike’s backside while a custom race tail keeps the bike’s aesthetics balanced. Headlee’s Yamaha has a chrome frame and Arnott Air Suspension. Custom controls and Galfer Chrome Wave Rotors add flash to its dash while wicked paint has been applied by Auto Remodel Specialties.
1. Josh Headlee – Nitro 6, 2004 Yamaha R6
2. AJ Mehtra, Orient Express – 2005 Hayabusa
3. John Stoddard, Ducati Minneapolis – Ducati
Hot Bobby Henry worked out of his garage to build his 1958 HD FLH 74” chopper, winner of Minneapolis’ Retro Mod class. Henry’s “HotPan” has a frame built by his friend Gator in St. Paul based off a Single Loop Motorshop Frame. The modified V-Twin features polished cases, Jim’s Lifters, Andrews Cams, Wiseco Pistons, and HD Heads. S&S is responsible for the oil pump and carb. The ’58 FLH runs a Joe Hunt Magneto and Headlee wired it with a 12V generator and an Electric Frank’s regulator. Sprung in the front and rigid in the back, Headlee has constructed one lean, clean ride.
1. Bobby Henry, HotPan – 1958 HD FLH, Chopper
2. Jeff Wllison, 225 – 1971 OSSA, Dick Mann
3. John Metz, 1970 OSSA, Dick Mann Replica
Gio and BlackSmith Motoring are making a habit of ruling the Modified Street class with its turbo charged bagger called “El Vendetta.” The 2008 Yamaha Retroliner features a BlackSmith 120ci stroker with forged pistons, a lightened crank, and HIPO heads and intake which boost power output to 255 hp. The Retroliner/Roadliner is a showcase for BlackSmith’s creativity as the company outfitted it with its Retroliner conversion kit, three-piece steel fenders front and rear, floorboards, grips, air ride suspension, chome engine covers and more tidbits all built in-house by BlackSmith. Engraving on the wheels and good ol’ gator leather for the seat and pillion pad helped “El Vendetta” put distance between it and the competition.
1. Gio, BlackSmith Motoring – El Vendetta, 2008 Yamaha Roadliner
2. Robb Boggs- Wicked, 2004 VTX 1300 Retro
3. Brian Langlois – Rolling Thunder, 2004 Victory Vegas
Neil Ryan of American Thunder won the Show Dog Award sponsored by Rocking K Custom Leather for his tireless promotion at the show. Ryan hired two spokesmodels to promote the upcoming Donnie Smith Bike Show program.
The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show provides five custom classes for builders, dealers and enthusiasts to show off their custom sleds. Each year there are 13 shows from New York to California with $7000 in awards per event, in addition to a race tuner for the Modified Harley winner and a custom leather biker chain wallet from Rocking K Custom Leather for the entrant that is the most consistent in engaging the crowd. Overall they are awarding $100,000 in cash and prizes over our 13 event series.
The big money winners to date are:
Gio – $7000
Kyle Shorey – $5000 – FreeStyle Class
Bruce Bolden – $3000 – MOD Harley Class
The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is produced by www.bikerpros.com.