This tight 1981 Lowrider built by John Dodson of Gangster Choppers took top honors in the Ultimate Builder Freestyle Class at the 2014 Washington, D.C. show.
Spoked and sprung, this clean hooligan bobber by Adam Karns of Karns Customs won the Mod Harley class at the 2014 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Washington, D.C.
Whiskey Tango Choppers grabbed the top spot in D.C.’s Retro Mod class with its Yamaha XS650 sporting a goose neck frame, Pamco ignition, air ride suspension and plenty of custom touches.
This custom 2008 Kawasaki ZX-14 features Air FX air ride suspension front and back, a chrome 16-overstretched C & S swingarm and an alligator seat. It earned first place in the Performance Custom class.
SHO DOG winners were Roy Chamberlin of C&C Cycle and Mike Davis of Speed Worx. Chamberlin won a Garage Leathers solo bag while Davis earned a Rocking K Leathers chain wallet. Two Wheel Mafia Custom Cycles took home the People’s Choice Award and received a custom Bell Helmet pinstriped by Skratch.
John Dodson of Gangster Choppers rolled four choppers into the Washington Convention Center with three of them going to the front of the hall and placed into the showcase area of the show. His fourth chopper, Low Down, was entered into the competition. It’s Dodson’s personal chopper that was completed at 2 a.m. the morning of the show. It starts as a stock 1981 Lowrider and features a 93cubic-inch Shovel with a 10:1 compression ratio, EVO oiling and .600” lift cam. The oil bag, fuel filter and pegs are all hand fabricated.
1. John Dodson, Gangster Choppers – Low Down, 1981 Lowrider.
2. Joey Chanel, Race Response – Blood, Sweat and Gears, 1979 CM400T
3. Ross Latimer, Rats Customs – Maverick, 2001 Sportster
MOD Harley Class
Adam Karns, our 2013 Ultimate Builder MOD Harley National Champion, was back for more in D.C. Karns kicks off 2014 with another win in D.C. with his ‘Hooligan’ bobber. It is a custom 1974 HOG featuring a 1000cc Sportster mill with split rocker boxes, a molded chassis, hard tail, hydraulic clutch and hidden wires. It also has a touch of 21st electronics courtesy of mobile video and nav.
1. Adam Karns, Karns Kustoms – Hooligan, 1974 Sportster
2. Robert Kelley – Black Betty , 1090 Sportster
3. Daniel Rodriguez, KarTunes Inc – 2009 RoadGlide
Retro MOD Class
What can you say about young gun Devon Eckert of Whiskey Tango Choppers? He came on the scene last year and won the D.C. Ultimate Builder and then got a feature in The Horse Backstreet Chopper Magazine. This year he rolled into town with ‘Bad Reputation,’ a 1981 Yamaha XS650, and came away with the same results, another 1st place finish. The Yamaha features air ride, custom seat, Pamco ignition, a goose neck frame and hard tail.
1. Devon Eckert, Whiskey Tango Choppers – Bad Reptation, 1981 XS650
2. Two Wheel Mafia Custom Cycles – Hott Chocolate, 1980 XS650
3. Bill Abravovich – Sukstein, 1979 Suzuki GS750
MOD Street Class
Steve Campbell of Working Class Choppers rolled in Tamaqua and rolled out the winner of the MOD Street class. The bike ‘Jizzeppi’ started out life as a Suzuki GS450 and was converted into a café racer with hammered copper parts and accents.
1. Steve Campbell, Working Class Choppers – Jizzeppi, Suzuki GS450
2. Rick Pazmino, Honda of Grofton – 2010 Honda Fury
3. Bernie Torreyson – Cool Bu, 2011 Victory Cross Country
Performance Custom Class
Joe Brinkley of Precision Motorcycle brought in a low-slung 2008 Kawasaki ZX-14 that features front and back air ride from Air FX, a molded-in iPod with speakers, cut front fender and a custom white alligator seat. The bike’s stance is enhanced by a chrome 16-over stretched C&S swingarm.
1. Joe Brinkley, Precision Motorcycle – 2008 ZX14
2. Garwood Custom Cycles – Apocalypse, 2000 Suzuki Hayabusa
3. Shane Hull, Custom Rocketz – Vintage, 1994 Suzuki 1100