Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show rolled into Atlanta under inclement weather this past weekend. Even so, Mother Nature couldn’t prevent a hearty group of enthusiasts from making their way to the third round of Ultimate Builder competition and to see the latest motorcycles from OEM manufacturers.
From fat-backed ‘Busas to Harleys, high-end custom paint was the theme of the Atlanta show. Enthusiasts were treated to some of the most outstanding designs and creativity seen on the circuit. The Ultimate Builder Bike Shows
Rich Worley of American Biker took home top honors and $2500 in the Freestyle Class for his SteamPunkShovel featuring a 1978 Shovelhead and plenty of brass touches.
This 2003 Harley Night Train tricked-out by CG Customs won the Modified Harley Class in Atlanta after edging out defending champ Violent Choppers by a single point.
Who wouldn't love to hop on Brad Powell's Retro Mod Class-winning 1972 Norton Commando Streetracker and go ton-up?
'God of War,' a 2003 Hayabusa with plenty of high-end electronics, a 240mm rear, extended swingarm and layers of custom paint earned first place in Atlanta's Performance Custom Class.
Tyler Hughley not only brought the first customized Can-Am Spyder to the Ultimate Builder Shows, the 2010 Spyder with full air ride suspension and killer Uptown Grafx paint won the Mod Street Class.
Sho Dog Award winners Michael Demby of Uptown Grafx and Steve Studstill of Biker's Dream step up to accept their gifts.
have also seen two of the best steampunk bikes around, one of them earning top honors in the prestigious Freestyle Class in Atlanta.
Ultimate Builder FreeStyle Class
Rich Worley of American Biker took the premier class and the $2500 top prize at the Atlanta edition of the Ultimate Builder with his custom SteamPunkShovel. The 2012 custom is powered by a 1978 Shovelhead. Engine upgrades include Delcron cases with dual plug heads, ported and polished. The custom Harley features a circuit breaker ignition, flame thrower exhaust and plenty of brass accented parts. Paint is by Chris Minichiello.
1. Rich Worley, American Biker – Steampunk Shovel, 2012 Custom
2. Chris Garrison, CG Customs – Animal, ’02 Sportster
3. Greg Wingo, Unknown Customs –’04 Harley Road King
Ultimate Builder MOD Harley Class
The 2003 CG Customs-built Harley Night Train called ‘El Fuego’ took top honors in Altanta’s MOD Harley Class. The competition was stiff with last year’s winner, Michael Lewis of Violent Choppers, missing out on first place by a point. The sled features a 1550cc mill, swingarm upgrade and Springer front end. Additional fabrication was done on both the gas and oil tanks. ‘El Fuego’s’ paint was administered by Chris Garrision of CG Customs.
MOD Harley Winner
1. Chris Garrison, CG Customs – El Fuego, ’03 Harley Night Train
2. Michael Lewis, Violent Choppers – Shovel Head, ’71 FX Harley-Davidson
3. Andrea + Kevin Clouse – Bling Bling, ’11 Sporty
Ultimate Builder Retro MOD Class
Brad Powell of BradBikes rolled in his clean Norton Streetracker early Saturday morning for the Ultimate Builder competition and is glad he did after capturing the $1000 top prize in the Retro Mod Class. His primary competitors included a wicked Triumph chopper and a Sano XS-650 café racer. When the dust had settled though, his custom-built Norton took home the gold with one point to spare.
Retro MOD Winner
1. Brad Powell, Bradsbikes – Norton Streetracker, ’72 Commando
2. Mark Webster, MW Performance – ’77 Yamaha XS-650
3. Zane + Sean Cullerton, WT Customs – Black Beast, ’64 Triumph
Ultimate Builder Performance Custom Class
Premium paint was on display in Atlanta’s Ultimate Builder Bike Show, with none better than Uptown Grafx who took first place in both the Performance Custom class and MOD Street class with entries that featured high-end mural work. Michael Demby of Uptown Grafx brought ‘God of War,’ a 2003 Hayabusa. It features a 7-inch tablet, sound system, GPS in the left-side mirror and a rear camera synced to the right side mirror. A 240mm rear tire and stretched swingarm round out its list of mods.
Performance Custom Winner
1. Michael Demby, Uptown Grafx – God of War, ’03 Hayabusa
2. Kyle Shorey, Shadetree Fabrications – Speedmetal ’12 Shadetree Custom
3. Mark Garwood, Garwood Customs – Apocalypse, ’04 Hayabusa
Ultimate Builder MOD Street Class
When Tyler Hughley rolled his custom-painted 2010 Can-Am Spyder into the Atlanta hall, he provided the Ultimate Builder with the first Can-Am in its national competition. And first time was a charm as his three-wheeled sled took the first in the MOD Street class competition. It features full air ride suspension and killer paint by Uptown Grafx.
MOD Street Winner
1. Tyler Hughley – Dark Knight, ’10 Can-AM Spyder
2. Mark Webster, MW Performance – Sweet Tracker, 1973 Yamaha TX650
3. Steve Studstill, Bikers Dream – Indian Born, Indian Chief
The FreeStyle, People’s Choice Award and IronWorks Magazine Trifecta
Rich Worley of American Biker hits the Trifecta—Not only did Worley win the FreeStyle Class, he also took home the awards for People’s Choice and the IronWorks Editor’s Choice. With that he receives a custom lid from Bell and a write up in IronWorks Magazine.
SHO DOG Award
Michael Demby of Uptown Grafx and Steve Studstill of Biker’s Dream are the co-winners of the SHO DOG award with Studstill securing the Garage Leathers Solo Bag and Demby receiving the Rocking K Customs Chain Wallet.