Each bike in the show is positioned on a 12-foot oval carpet with a steel ring that encloses the bike. This allows enthusiasts to walk around the bike and get close without touching it. Custom bike fanatics were treated to an outstanding selection of motorcycles from established builders as well as up and comers. Big wheel baggers were the trend of the show with seven builders showcasing their latest work. A treat for many in attendance were the two showcase Vincent motorcycles provided by Bob of Bob’s Cycle Supply, great looking bikes that were admired throughout the event.
J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Winner: Phoenix FreeStyle Class
I spoke with Scott Moore about his Jim Nasi-built bike and he was on the fence about entering the show. He was sure that his Pro-Street bike that features 60 degree rake, negative 3” in the backbone and 3-D wheels would not be enough to get him a “W” in the competition. Scott was wrong. The photo-realistic paint and round-cylinder mill really made the bike standout and helped Moore take home a $1000 check.
1. Scott Moore, Jim Nasi Build – Yes It’s Paint, 2013 Custom
2. Lupe Aguavo, Panel King, ’08 Road King
J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Winner: Phoenix Retro Mod Winner
The competition was close in all classes and a vote one way or another would have changed up results in all three. In Retro MOD we had to assemble a VIP judging panel as the top three bikes were all tied. After deliberations, Rick Nolan was selected for the win and took home the $500 check for his Nickel Pan.
1. Rick Nolan, Torch Industries – Nickel Pan, Custom Build
2. Shanks Garage – Kretzy, 1976 Shovelhead
J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Winner: Phoenix Mod Custom Winner
Scott Owens of Insane Asylum is a guy that custom guys and manufacturers go to for builds. He is equally adept at building SEMA cars as he is in building two-wheel customs. With his winning 2011 Honda Stateline, you can see his automotive pedigree in the way you can get to all the moving parts. With less than eight bolts and a few minutes, you can remove the gas tank and the entire rear section. Sweet! It features paint by Gooby, custom bags and fairings.
1. Scott Owens, Insane Asylum – 2011 Honda Stateline
2. Jason Neppl & Zac Viahos – ’08 Triumph Bonneville
The Show Dog Award recipient from Phoenix was Tako. This award is presented to the individual that consistently works the crowd during the weekend to increase his or her business opportunities. The People’s Choice Award winner was Dave Del Maestro from Sideshow. His bike featured a Kraft Tech frame, Kiwi Indian leaf spring front end, S&S Knucklehead and port hole gas and oil tanks.
The J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is installed in the International Motorcycle Show and is produced by Biker Pros. Each show utilizes peer-to peer-judging where the builders judge each other. If required, a VIP judging panel is assembled to address any voting issues.
2014-15 Phoenix Ultimate Builder Show