The J&P Cycles
Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show p rolled into Cleveland, Ohio, last weekend and for the third year in a row, snow greeted the custom bike builders as they unloaded their sleds into the show. This comes as no surprise since Cleveland, situated in the northeastern end of the state, is located on the shores of Lake Erie.
Jesse Bassett at The Gasbox began his custom Indian build with an eBay-found 1940 741 Indian frame. A Norton Commando four-speed transmission was chosen to replace the OEM Indian three-speed. New engine plates were
Jesse Bassett's modified 1940 Indian Military Scout won top honors in the Freestyle Class at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Cleveland.
Bob McAreavey's 2009 Road King is a stylish cruiser with its wide beach bars and white-out paint treatment.
This beast, winner of Cleveland's Performance Custom Class, is more motorcycle than most can handle. Fortunately, its owner is former flat track champion Chris Carr.
This '50 Panhead with a wishbone bone and a heavy 44-degree rake won the Retro Mod Class at the Cleveland Ultimate Builder Show 2013.
made and the scout primary was cut in half, offset and mated with a 1920s Indian outer primary. All aluminum was polished, all steel was nickel-plated, and all cast iron was electroless plated. The entire frame and fork were nickel plated then painted Indian red.
1. Jesse Bassett, The GasBox – 741 Indian, 1940 Military Scout
2. Jesse Bassett, The GasBox – The Grape Escape, ’75 Shovelhead
3. Justin Kenley – 2012 Softail
Three years ago, Bob McAreavey rolled his orange and black Softail into Cleveland’s IX Center and took the Modified Harley win. In 2013 he came back with a Road King and took the win again. Two shows, two wins.
1. Bob McAreavey – 2009 Road King
2. Little John Kuklisin, Klock Werks Softglide, 2010 Road Glide
3. David Cook, Sledgehammer Bobbers – Sledge, ’11 Dyna
Performance Custom Class
Chris Carr was at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Cleveland. Yes, the same Chris Carr whose skills on the flat track are legendary. (1992, 1999, and 2001-2005 AMA Grand National Dirt Track championships, 2000 Formula USA Dirt Track Championship and 7-time AMA 600cc Dirt Track winner (1988–1993, 1995). Now Carr can add another title to his resume, winner of the Performance Class in the 2013 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Cleveland for his 2008 Harley XR750 racer called “Beaulah.”
1. Chris Carr, Kenny Tolbert – Beaulah, ’08 XR750
2. Perry Paugh, Dougherty MC – S/C & Pro ET Race Bike, ’95 ZX11 Ninja
Retro Mod Class
Jesse Srpan of Raw Iron Choppers built this ’50 Panhead with a wishbone frame, 61 cubic-inch mill and blue metal flake paint. The frame was raked to 44 degrees.
1. Rick Srpan, Raw Iron Choppers – 1950 Panhead EL
2. Jerry Horvath – 1976 Kawasaki KZ400
3. T. McEnally, Ace Classic Cycles – ’74 Triumph Trackmaster
Modified Street Class
GIO from Blacksmith Motoring made the trip over from Chicago with his latest turbo build, El Vendetta, and took the win in Modified Street Class in Cleveland. The 2008 Yamaha Retroliner features a Blacksmith 120 cubic-inch stroker with forged pistons, a lighten crank with HIPO heads and intake. The bike rolls with a 26-inch front wheel, air ride suspension and 6-piston Hawg Halters brakes.
1. GIO, Blacksmith Motoring – El Vendetta, 2008 Yamaha Roadliner
2. Andrew Ella – First Attempt, ’77 XS650
Jerry from JHL Choppers won the Show Dog Award sponsored by Rocking K Custom Leather for his promotion at the show while Bassett of The GasBox won the People’s Choice Award with his 1940 Military Scout.
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