‘Speedmetal’ by Shadetree Fabrications has gone undefeated at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Shows this year, capturing the Freestyle class in Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and now Indy.
As imagined, with so many winners in attendance from previous events, each of the five classes was extremely tight with a point or two deciding the first three places. Judging is based on the AMD Championship of Custom Bike Building format whereby builders judge each other’s bikes.
To celebrate the US Championship, powersports firms jumped in to provide awards including Harley-Davidson with a Screamin’ Eagle 120R powerplant, Avon Tires with two sets of tires, Yoshimura with a slip-on and gift certificate as well as JDA providing gift certificates. Bell offered up a couple Custom 500 lids pinstriped by Skratch. HelmetLok and Wizard Products kicked down products for all the placing competitors, too.
On hand for the US Championship and to show some love to the competitors were Cycle Source and IronWorks Magazines. They awarded feature articles to Paul Anderson with his 1946 WLA and Jay Hart with his 2012 / 1977 Harley-Davidson FL, respectively.
Kyle Shorey of Shadetree Fabrications took Indy by storm. Shorey has won each show he has entered, taking the top prize in Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and now Indianapolis. Speedmetal began life as a customer’s Saxon Crown chopper but now is so much more. The wheels, engine, brakes and tranny were salvaged from the donor bike. Speedmetal features a prototype Springer, which has gone through extensive on-road testing and will be available to the public later this year. With his win in Indy, Kyle is now the leading money winner in the series with $12,500.
1. Kyle Shorey, Shadetree Fabrications – Speedmetal
2. Don Weimer – Bastard Deluxe, 2012 Softail Pro Street
3. Bobby Grias Breaklite Motorsports – White Out, 2008 Hayabusa
Adams Karns turned his shop-worn 2001 Sportster into a primo new school board tracker that rocked the 2013 US Championship of the J&P Ultimate Builder. The sled features a Twisted Choppers rear, custom gas tank, highly modified DNA springer, a powdercoated engine and Karns Kustoms exhaust. Karns snared a lion’s share of the booty
One of Russ Brown’s booth babes adds a little eye candy to the slick custom motorcycles entered in the Ultimate Builder Show in Indy.
at the show, winning a Harley-Davidson 120R engine courtesy of The Motor Co. to go with $3000 cash for winning the Modified Harley class, in addition to other prizes.
1. Adam Karns, Karns Kustoms – 21, 2001 Harley-Davidson Sportster
2. Jon Shipley, Hoosier Daddy Choppers – Fire House Racer, 2013 Custom Board Tracker
3. Bob McAreavey – 2009 Road King
Break Lite Motorsports brought out Boosted Ego, their 2009 Hayabusa, and took the win in the Performance Custom class at Indy. It boasts a 360mm rear wheel and C&S Customs extended 360 single sided swingarm and Tricky air ride with modified front suspension to give the bike a correct ride height.
To get the performance just right, the bike features twin-bottle nitrous, a Velocity Stage 2.5 turbo kit, GTX Turbo, an undercut transmission and lock-up clutch.
1. Breaklite Motorsports – Boosted Ego, ’09 Hayabusa
2. Tony Odom, Fancy Cycle – Greatful Dead Bike, ’07 ZX14
3. Mike Stout, DNOC – Down-n-out Busa, ’08 Hayabusa
Will Ramsey of Faith Forgotten Choppers brought Dead at 19, a highly modified 1981 Harley-Davidson FXW, to the show. It started as a basket before Ramsey cut the cast neck off, then redesigned and built the entire frame with American made DOM tubing and American cast iron. Nearly all components were hand fabricated in-house. The gas tank and oil tank were hammered from flat sheet. The wheels are HDW aluminum. The paint was chosen to represent the paint of a modern new-school BMX bike. Paint was shot by Brian and Emeric Howell of RGW with striping by Danny Taylor. This bike is a rider and when delivered to its new owner in Southern California, it will serve as a daily rider.
1. Will Ramsey, Faith Forgotten Choppers – Dead at 19, 1981 H-D FXW
2. Don Weimer – Revelation, Weimer Triumph Bonneville
3. Mike McFadden – El Dora, ’74 Honda CB550
Nicole Kelleher’s custom bike was built by Breaklite Motorsports and took first place in Modified Street. The 2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 called Street Angel features a modified front fairing, custom chrome wheels, and one of the coolest extended swingarms around for sportbikes.
Jon Shipley of Hoosier Daddy Choppers brought their Fire House Racer to Indy, a 2013 Custom Board Tracker with a killer Springer and thick spokes, and just missed out on winning the Modified Harley class.
1. Nicole Kelleher, Breaklite Motorsports – Street Angel, ’10 YZF-R6
2. Brewdude, Brew Bikes – 9605, ’73 Honda CB350
3. GIO, Blacksmith Motoring – El Vendetta, 2008 Yamaha Roadliner
Mike McFadden won the Show Dog Award sponsored by Rocking K Custom Leather for his promotion at the show. Tom Hedrick won the People’s Choice Award with Rings, a 1987 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail. He took home a Custom 500 Bell helmet that was pinstriped by Skratch.
The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is produced by www.bikerpros.com. The Ultimate Builder competition is awarding over $100,000 in cash and prizes over our 13-event series.
The big money winners to date are:
Kyle Shorey – $12,500
GIO – $8500
Bruce Bolden – $3000