The 48 bikes that made the 2016 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Dallas were a varied lot representing just about every popular style of customs. Baggers, cruisers, bobbers, choppers and café racers slotted into the show’s four custom categories – FreeStyle, MOD Harley, MOD Custom and MOD Retro.
The Ultimate Builder is a show within the International Motorcycle Show series. You will see enthusiasts from all over Texas stop in to take a look around. Rick Fairless was walking the floor and checking out the action as well as world champion Kevin Schwantz.
Gerald Van Meter of B&B Cycles received a Bell Helmet for the People’s Choice award. The SHO DOG award goes to the guy or gal that works the hardest representing their company at the show. For Dallas, The Leatherworks’ Solo Bag was awarded to Mike Kordash as he was representing his company, MikesFrameWorks.com, and the work they do engraving and straightening antique frames.
2016 Dallas Ultimate Builder FreeStyle class 1st Place.
The FreeStyle Class – FreeStyle is an open class for any build with a motorcycle-based drivetrain. It includes any two or three wheel motorcycle as defined by the DMV.
Timothy Scates built a bike for his daughter Amy and named it Amy’s Twisted Bobber. The twisted downtube came from steel forged in the 1800s. Tim handbuilt the handlebars, gas tank, frame and rear fender. The 74ci Harley engine runs split rocker boxes, SU Carb and magneto. Tim took home a check for $2000 and an Anvil Ring from Speakeasy Original as the Dallas FreeStyle champion.
1. #175 – Timothy Scates – 2006 Custom named Amy’s Twisted Bobber
2. 2 #800 – Southern Works Cycle, Richard Carey – 1942 Custom
2016 Dallas Ultimate Builder MOD Harley class 1st Place.
MOD HARLEY Class – The MOD Harley class allows for motorcycles with Harley cases and a Harley frame cradle. Art Steel jumped up onstage for the 2nd time at the awards ceremony for his bike named Never Enough. The 2013 Road King features a C.M.P. Turbo, 32” 3D wheel and a powertrain coated in cerakote. The paint was provided by Steel Vision. Art received a check for $1000 as the Dallas MOD Harley winner.
1. #700 – All Star Baggers, Art Steele – 2012 Road King named Never Enough
2. 2 #250 – MisFit Customs, Chris Eder – 2012 Road King named 17
2016 Dallas Ultimate Builder MOD Custom class 1st Place.
MOD Custom Class – The MOD Custom class requires an OEM engine and frame. Neck may be cut to rake or stretch frame. Hardtail sections, stretched swingarms and wide tire kits are acceptable. Carlos Sanchez of SLAB Cycles took the win with his Yamaha Roadster which features a 26”inch front wheel, custom Springer and stainless steel bars.
Carlos built a super sanitary sled and took home a check for $750 for his effort.
1. # 600 – SLAB Cycles, Carlos Sanchez – Yamaha Roadster
2. 2 # 500 – AJ Harris – 2013 Royal Enfield named The Wild Hare
2016 Dallas Ultimate Builder MOD Retro Class 1st Place.
MOD Retro Class – This class is for bikes older than 1984. It allows for any drivetrain and frame configuration. Sofi Tsingos rolled four bikes into the MOD Retro class and rolled out with 1st place and a $750 check for her 1977 Honda CB550 named Frank. She modified the rear seat loop with an integrated taillight. The bike features a GSXR front end, Benelli tank, GSXR calipers and nickel plated frame.
1. #975 – GT MOTO, Sofi Tsingos – 1977 Honda CB550 named Frank
2. 2 #525 – Cut-N-Shoot Choppers, Ron Lee – 1972 Shovelhead named Vato
- Kyle Shorey's chopper earned the Street Chopper award at the Dallas Ultimate Builder Show 2016.
- The motley crew of bike builders who competed in the 2016 Dallas Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show.
- Tim Scates shows off the Anvil Ring from Speakeasy Original he won for taking top honors in the Dallas Ultimate Builder FreeStyle class.
- B&B Cycles won the People's Choice award in Dallas for their big, bad bagger.
Jeff Holt, Brand Director of Hot Bike and Street Chopper magazines, provides two Editor’s Choice Awards. He could not be in attendance so a handsomer cardboard cut-out of Holt was used for the photo op. He selected Kyle Shorey of Speed Foundry for the Street Chopper award and Art Steele of All Star Baggers received the Hot Bike honors.