The Ultimate Builder is known for the diversity of bikes entered in the show and Phoenix, AZ was a treat for enthusiasts. It had a little bit of everything, including an Arlen Ness-inspired ‘80’s era FXR, radical baggers, cool bobbers and choppers.
At each J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Show over $8000 in cash and prizes is spread out over five classes with a grand total of $100,000-plus awarded in the series. Each show begins on Friday and runs through Sunday.
Ultimate Builder FreeStyle Class
Sam Baldi took 1st place in the FreeStyle class with ‘Lost Angel’ to win the $2500 check. ‘Lost Angel’ is a 2013 custom
Sam Baldi’s ‘Lost Angel’ features a custom frame, swingarm, a fantastic girder-style fork, and hand-fabricated tank by Profile Cycle’s Jimmy Todorovitch.
Bill Nethercutt’s 2008 Harley Street Glide was rollin’ large in Phoenix, the bagger winning third place in the Ultimate Builder Freestyle Class. We love the aggressive cut of the front fairing.
‘La Pinche Negra’ by Knucklehead Cycles, a 1986 Harley Softail with tall apes, thick spokes and a slammed back-end, earned first place in Phoenix’s Modified Harley Class.
Tom Garber’s 1999 Yamaha Road Star took first place in the Mod Street Class in Phoenix, his custom twin intake, burly fork, and stripped down rear setting it apart from the competition.
This fantastic digger-style scoot runs a Honda mill with an ATP Turbo, has oil in the frame, RC Engineering exhaust and great paint applied by Love Ear Art. It is the Retro Mod winner at the Phoenix Ultimate Builder Show.
build with an EVO Patrick Racing 113 cubic-inch mill on a Softail frame. Profile Cycle’s Jimmy Todorovitch built the custom frame, swingarm, a fantastic girder-style fork, and fabricated the tank. The motorcycle features a six-speed Baker gearbox, a trans brake, centrifugal clutch and Paul Cox seat. An Air Ride monoshock drops it to the ground while it rolls on Rampage Wheels. Paint by One Xtreme.
1. Sam Baldi – Lost Angel, 2013 Custom
2. Caren Cooper, Big Sky Motorcycle –Fire & Ice, 2012 Big Sky Bobber
3. Bill Nethercutt, Hatred Customs – Confused, 2008 H-D Streetglide
Ultimate Builder MOD Harley Class
Joe Watts of Knucklehead Cycles finished his MOD Harley custom build just hours before the kick-off of the Phoenix show. Was that effort rewarded? Oh Yeah, he took the points in the class and came home with the $1500 check for his efforts. ‘La Pinche Negra’ is a choloed-out 1986 Harley Softail with tall apes, thick spokes and a lowriding back-end.
1. Joe Watts, Knucklehead Cycles – La Pinche Negra, 1986 Harley Softail
2. Shannon Venturo – Fatty Girl, 2014 H-D Break Out
3. Jeff Five, Bob’s Cycle Supply – Apple Crate, 1988 FXR
Ultimate Builder Retro MOD Class
From show to show you never know how your custom bike will perform in the competition. ‘Cherry Blossom’ from Hudson Motorycles took 2nd in Long Beach, CA earlier in the season but took home the gold in Phoenix, AZ. It features a multi-cylinder Honda engine with ATP Turbo, S&S carb, ARD Magneto, RC Engineering exhaust and oil in the frame. Paint was applied by Love Ear Art.
1. Hudson Motorycles, Kios Garage – Cherry Blossom, 1970 Kios Garage
2. Eric Danuser – Twisted, 1988 EVO
3. Terradon Choppers – Sexy Beast, 1979 H-D FXEF
Ultimate Builder Performance Custom Class
Caren Cooper of Big Sky Motorcycle rolled in her 1997 Buell Mutant and you could tell by the looks of this blacked-out fireball that it was made for speed. It turns out that Miss Caren is a racer at heart and drag raced this custom sled for many seasons. The bike features a pumped-up Buell mill in a rigid pro-street chassis from Redneck Engineering.
1. Caren Cooper, Big Sky Motorcycle – Mutant Buell, 1997 Buell
Ultimate Builder MOD Street Class
Talking to Tom Garber you get the sense that he spent a considerable amount of time considering the platform for his custom build. His platform of choice? A 1999 Yamaha Road Star, which are plentiful and relatively inexpensive. He transformed the cruiser into a burly bobber. The trick Road Star features a high-flow custom twin intake and pipes, burly fork, and a stripped down rear that helped set it apart from the competition. Perfect!
1. Tom Garber – 1999 Yamaha Road Star
2. Hudson Motorcycles – BMW M Series Tribute, 2012 S1000RR
The People’s Choice Award went to Shannon Venturo with her 2011 Softail Deluxe called ‘Dazln.’ SHO DOG Awards went to Caren Cooper, who won a Garage Leathers solo bag and double winner Shannon Venturo who took home aRocking K Custom Leather chain wallet for her efforts.