The 2013-14 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show
series kicked off at the San Mateo County Event Center this past weekend with an eclectic and diverse group of custom sleds, 28 in all, competing for a cut of the $7000 prize money up for grabs. A variety of choppers, bobbers, sport bikes, pro street and restorations were all shined and polished for the tens of thousands of enthusiasts that streamed into the show.
At each show you never know who will show up. Denis Manning, Hall of Famer and owner of BUB Enterprises, was in-the-house checking out the latest products from the OEMS and the custom builders. Manning has owned the title of “world’s fastest motorcycle” multiple times and said he is shooting for the stratosphere of 400 mph and looking to take the record back in 2015.
Ultimate FreeStyle Class
Dalton Walker of Split Image Kustoms finished his build at 1 a.m. the day of the show and then rode hell for leather to San Mateo to enter into the Ultimate Builder.
The bike was built for his painter, Kal Koncepts, and features a custom springer and tank built into the frame. The engine is a 1984 Harley-Davidson, 84 ci EVO polished with a SIK Mag. The bike is so new that it has not yet been
Dalton Walker of Split Image Kustoms won the Freestyle Class at the San Mateo Ultimate Builder 2013 with this sick chopper featuring a custom twisted Springer front end and a tank built into the frame.
This 'dual-sportster' by Jim Carducci rode away with top honors in San Mateo's Modified Harley class.
Bryan Schimke's latest project out of TPJ Customs, looks fast and furious even sitting still. No wonder it took top honors in the San Mateo Ultimate Builder Performance Custom Class.
Ric Escobedo's 2007 Repsol Honda CBR1000RR was slick enough to capture the top prize in the Modified Street Class during the San Mateo Ultimate Builder Bike Show 2013.
The AFT Customs girls were on-hand to showcase some of the bikes they have worked on as part of their role at AFT.
1. Dalton Walker, Split Image Kustoms – 1984 Harley-Davidson
2. Kirk Taylor, Custom Design Studios – Widowmaker, 2007 Custom
3. Jose Contreras – 2013 Chopper Pro Street
MOD Harley Class
Jim Carducci is a Harley guy and a dual-sport guy… which resulted in his dual-sport 2003 Harley Sportster. It features a NRHS 1250 Kit, Andrews and N4 Cams. It includes a hand-formed aluminum gas tank, Ohlins suspension, custom triple clamps and custom swingarm.
1. Jim Carducci – SC3 Adventure, 2003 Sportster
2. Casey Johnson, Headcase Kustom Art – US versus THEM, 1995 Sportster
3. Roger Vaughn – King of Kings, 2001 Road King
Ultimate Builder Retro MOD Class
Bones Legacy is the result of the meeting of two “old school” choppers lovers. But not just any choppers, the “period correct ones,” the ones from the past or the ones built as they would have been built at that time.
Paul Ponkov revealed his latest NORCAL Digger called Black Rainbow to take the win. It features paint by Sonny Boy and a list of engine mods including MAP Belt Drive, Kibbelwhite valves, Morris Mageto and SRM oil system. The frame is a stretched, hand-made gooseneck that has been molded and smoothed throughout. Handmade tail light, pipes, oil tank, bars and pegs.
1. Paul Ponkow, Bones Legacy – Black Rainbow, 1973 Triumph Bonneville
2. Chris Carter – Falcone, 1951 Moto Guzzi
3. Dana Miccer, Mutt Hallam – Hummer, 1960 H-D Super Ten
Performance Custom Class
TPJ Customs is a complete fabrication shop located in Northern California. They build show bikes that are tough enough to stand up to everyday abuse but are unique and custom so they also look great on show bikes.
Bryan Schmike rolled his TPJ Mabel onto the show floor and the first thing you notice is the minimal nature of the bike. Just about every piece of the Big Twin is handmade by the shop.
1. Bryan Schmike, TPJ Customs – 2013 TPJ Mabel
2. Shelby Thompson, AFT Customs – Sentoh, 2011 Honda CB 836CR
Ultimate Builder MOD Street
Ric Escobedo rolled his 2007 Honda Repsol CBR 1000RR into the convention center and made an immediate impact.
It features a custom subframe, custom rear tail and the engine has an EDR Super Sport Build up.
1. Ric Escobedo – 2007 Respsol CBR 1000RR
2. West Coast Hydrographix – Kandee, 2006 Yamaha R6
3. Superbike Coach – MotoGP Project Bike, 2006 Yamaha YZFR1
The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show was located on the silver carpet inside the International Motorcycle Show In NORCAL. Winners split $7000 in cash awards and $500 in leather from Rocking K Customs and Garage Leathers.
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SHO DOG Award
Gino & Denise Ilacqua – CADAMIA 300
People’s Choice Award
Casey Johnson, Headcase Kustom Art – US versus THEM, 1995 Sportster