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Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show 2012 - 2013 Photo Gallery

The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show presented by J&P Cycles matches the best custom bike builders in the country against one another as it tours the U.S. in conjunction with the International Motorcycle Shows.

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Garwood Custom Cycles took the Performance Custom Class in Atlanta for its 2007 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 called Neptune Crisp.
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El Vendetta, a 2008 Yamaha Roadliner with a turbo-charged Blacksmith 120 cubic-inch stroker, took home top honors in the Modified Street Class for Gio and the Blacksmith Motoring crew.
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Blacksmith Motoring double up in Atlanta by winning both the Modified Harley class for their 2005 Deluxe in addition to the Modified Street Class.
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Michael Lewis of Violent Choppers took the Atlanta win in Retro Modified with Flat Busted, a 1947 Harley-Davidson UL Flathead.
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Flying Tire Motorcycle won the Modified Harley class and the $1500 cash prize in Dallas for their custom 2010 FLTR.
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The ladies of Flying Tire Motorcycle step up to accept the prize money for winning the Modified Harley class at the Dallas Ultimate Builder Bike Show 2012.
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Gotta love a bagger that would be hell on the quarter-mile! Major props to Gio and Blacksmith Motoring for what they've done to this 2008 Yamaha Roadliner.
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Gio is making a habit of collecting oversized checks from the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Shows.
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Derek Johnson took what he learned from winning second place two years ago and made the changes necessary to make his 2002 Suzuki Hayabusa a winner this time around.
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Derek Johnson steps up to claim his first prize check for winning the Performance Custom class in Dallas.
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Miss Guided is a 1974 Harley Ironhead Sportster that won the Retro Mod class at the 2012 Dallas Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show.
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Jeff Halstead takes the top prize in the Dallas Retro Mod class.
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And the winner of the Freestyle class for the second consecutive time is Speedmetal by Shadetree Fabrications.
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Kyle Shorey of Shadetree Fabrications claims the top prize in the Freestyle class of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Dallas.
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The 'Durty Knuckle' won the Retro Modified class at the San Mateo round of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Shows.
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The Shovelhead powering Rick Bray's 1981 Kustom Kustom was built by Kirk Taylor of Custom Design Studios.
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Bryan Schimke of TPJ Customs likes to strip 'em down to the basic elements and likes to keep them racy. Mindy, his 2012 Custom Super Buell, won third place in the San Mateo Ultimate Builder Performance Custom Class.
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The extensive engraving on Bruce Boldon's helped it earn top honors in the San Mateo Modified Harley class.
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Joe Fratis' 'Durty Knuckle,' the Retro Mod winner at San Mateo, features an S&S Knuckle mated to a Baker tranny, Ridewright Wheels and a Duane Ballard seat.
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Javon Samonte's 2004 Yamaha YZF-R1 captured first place in the Modified Street class at the San Mateo Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show 2012.
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Jim Guiffra and the AFT Customs girls ruled the Performance Custom Class for their slick Honda Street Tracker called Halia.
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Slung low with a slender profile and timeless styling, Rick Bray's 'Pala Duro' won the coveted FreeStyle Class at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show San Mateo 2012.
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Just about everything on Wicked Beauty, a 2003 Harley Fat Boy, has been chromed and engraved.
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The San Mateo Freestyle Ultimate Builder winner, Pala Duro, made the trek down I-5 to compete for the title in SoCal as well.
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Shaun Ruddy of Chop Deluxe edged out Rick Bray's Pala Duro for Long Beach Ultimate Builder Freestyle title with his digger-style motorcycle highlighted by hand-machined brass accents and a 127" Ultima El Bruto engine.
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Seith Slagiel's clean, stripped down build caught the eye of Bikernet's Keith Ball who awarded it his 'Editor's Choice' selection.
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The 'Show Dog' winner receives this great looking leather wallet from Rocking K Custom Leathers.
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The Modified Harley winner in Long Beach is a straight-up cholo ride.
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All we can say when checking out Chris Richardson's 1948 H-D FL called 'Corner Crook' is 'Wow!' As always, incredible work, Chris.
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We love what R.I.S. Designs did with this 2003 Honda RC51. So did the judges, that's why it earned top honors in the Modified Street class at the Long Beach Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show.
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Javon Samonte's 2004 Yamaha YZF-R1 fell just short of making it two wins in a row in the Modified Street class but still captured second place in Long Beach.
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Wanna drag? If so, we get Paul Morris' 2010 G2 Gangster, a full-fledged quarter-mile demon, the Performance Custom winner in the Long Beach round of the Ultimate Builder competition.
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It's cool to see what the gang at Motogpwerks.com did with this Suzuki TL 1000R.
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We're digging the smooth, clean lines of Elijah Navarro's 'Sleeping Beauty,' the stylin' 2007 ZX-10R good for third in the LB Modified Street class.
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Ray Wheeler knows a thing or two about going fast, so it's no wonder his 2012 Har-Busa was good enough for second place in the Long Beach Performance Custom class.
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Paul Ponkow's '64 Triumph TR-6 rolls back the clock to simpler days. We're diggin' the groovy pipes, man!
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LA Speed Shop's Chris Richardson is a talented artist. His '47 FL is a thing of beauty.
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Engraving always adds a touch of class to a clean custom motorcycle. Daniel Sosa's 'Pelionero' is no different.
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Freakshow Choppers made the trip down from Shawnigan Lake, BC, to win the Freestyle class in the Seattle Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show for its 2012 Pro-Street custom called 'Santa de Muerte.'
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Mike Fobes 'Twisted Evil' is powered by a Mazda RX7 rotary engine which was good enough for second place in the Freestyle class in Seattle's Ultimate Builder Show.
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Bear's 'Hellboy,' a 2009 Anarchy MoCo custom, won third place in the Seattle Ultimate Builder Freestyle class.
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Dorian Kelly's 2005 Road King Classic features air ride suspension, Carlini bars, extended bags and fenders, custom exhaust and diamond-cut cylinder heads.
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Lorenzo Marr's custom 2010 H-D FLHR has so much horsepower he nicknamed it 'Usain Bolt!'
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Urban Custom Bikes won both second and third place in the Modified Harley class at the Seattle Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show.
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Premium Custom Cycles swept the top two spots in the Modified Street class in Seattle, this 2007 Kawasaki ZX-10R good for first place.
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This 2007 Gixxer 600 built by Premium Custom Cycles for Eddie Castro captured second place in the Modified Street class.
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The Seattle round of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show was full of show winners.
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Geoffrey Rossi's 2012 Full Custom is based on a Ducati DS1000.
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Premium Custom Cycles podiumed in Seattle's Performance Custom class as well with this custom 2004 Yamaha R1.
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David Clark's 'Untamed Busa' garnered enough votes to capture third place in the Performance Custom class in Seattle.
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Mike Boehlke's 1953 H-D FL called 'The Deuce' edged out a '71 Triumph by a mere point to win the Retro Modified class in the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Seattle.
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Hell Mutts' 1971 Triumph barely lost out on top honors in the Retro Modified class.
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This clean 1965 Triumph called 'The Stingray' won third place honors in Seattle's Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in the Retro Modified class.
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C&C Cycle won the Freestyle Class of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in D.C. for its customized 1996 Fat Boy.
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The 1996 C&C Cycle Fat Boy has been raked out and a massive front fork assembly by Ness has been added.
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Conrad Filbert claims the $2500 first prize check after winning the Freestyle Class at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Washington, D.C.
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A portrait of Marilyn Monroe painted on a motorcycle fairing is always a show-winner, even when she's wearing a sugar skull mask.
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Karns Kustoms turned this 2001 Sportster into an ultra-clean 'new school' board tracker, the effort garnering enough attention to earn it Modified Harley winner at the D.C. Ultimate Builder Show.
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A black powdercoated V-Twin sits between a modified DNA Springer on the front and a revised Twisted Choppers rear in Adam Karns custom '01 Sportster.
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Gio and Blacksmith Motoring Co. took the already potent mill of the Yamaha Roadliner and made it ridiculous by adding a 120 CI stroker kit, competition cams and a turbo.
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Garwood Customs created this Performance Custom class winning Gixxer, stretching it out with a single-sided 300 Wide Tire Kit by C&S Custom, an Air FX Air Ride System, and a Performance Machine rear braking system.
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Devon Eckert's Whiskey Tango, based on a 1982 Yamaha XS650, has plenty of unique touches, from its custom jockey shifter and gas cap to its homemade battery box and taillight.
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Mike Davis of SportWorx was chosen as the Ultimate Builder 'Show Dog Winner' in D.C.
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A coffin tank sits on the backbone of an old school chopper entered in the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show held last weekend in Washington, D.C.
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Dan Coates, owner of the 2011 Road Glide appropriately dubbed 'Gotta Love Orange' took home top honors in Minneapolis' Ultimate Builder Freestyle class.
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'Gotta Love Orange' is a 2011 Road Glide with plenty of custom bodywork, a TC103 engine with free flowing exhaust and tuner and a huge 26-inch Rampage Wheel leading the charge up front.
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Local custom bike building legend Donnie Smith brought a handful of his custom motorcycles for a special showcase at the Minneapolis Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show.
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GIO of BlackSmith Motoring Co. is the man, his keen eye for design good for two first place showings at the Minneapolis Ultimate Builder Show.
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Even though BlackSmith Motoring Co. has a reputation for working wonders with metrics, in Minneapolis the company demonstrated they've got skills when it comes to Harleys too.
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Hot Bobby Henry's 1958 HD FLH chopper called 'HotPan' rode away with top honors in Minneapolis' Retro MOD class.
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Donnie Smith put his spin on this bagger displayed in a special showcase at the Minneapolis Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show 2013.
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This nitrous-fed 2004 Yamaha R6 has velocity stacks and titanium headers to go along with its Zex Nitrous Oxide kit.
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Leave it to Gio and BlackSmith Motoring to build a bagger with a claimed 255 hp! 'El Vendetta' may have once been a 2008 Yamaha Roadliner but it's in another league entirely now.
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Flat track legend Chris Carr brought a 2008 Harley XR750 to the Ultimate Builder Show in Cleveland and went home with the $1000 check for winning the Performance Custom Class.
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This 2009 Road King of Bob McAreavey won the Modified Harley Class at the Cleveland round of the Ultimate Builder Show.
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This beast is more motorcycle than most can handle. Fortunately, its owner is former flat track champion Chris Carr.
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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.
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Jesse Bassett at The Gasbox began his custom Indian build with an eBay-found 1940 741 Indian frame. The modified 1940 Indian Military Scout was good enough to win top honors in the Freestyle Class in Cleveland.
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Speedmetal by Kyle Shorey and Shadetree Fabrications won the Freestyle class at the Chicago round of the Ultimate Builder competition.
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Kamil Podziomski brought a strong contender to Chicago in the form of his custom 2005 Buell XB12R and won the Modified Street class.
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Take a 2007 Suzuk GSX-R1000, stretch the swingarm 10 inches, slap on a 330mm wide rear, and add a host of custom parts built in-house and you've got JDA Customs Performance Custom Class winner in Chicago.
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This beautiful '72 Triumph Bonneville by Analog Motorcycles won the Retro Modified class at the Ultimate Builder Chicago competition.
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This bagger goes boooom!! Don Robb's 2002 Harley Road Glide has an 8-speaker sound system powered by two 1200 watt amps.
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Dave Dupor of DD Customs won the Show Dog Award in Chicago and won this leather wallet by Rocking K Custom Leather for his tireless promotion at the show.
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Fusion Custom Cycles won Chicago's People's Choice Award for their 2007 Hayabusa called 'The Beast.'
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John Shipley of Hoosier Daddy Choppers brought their Fire House Racer, a 2013 Custom Board Tracker, to Indy and just missed out on winning the Modified Harley class.
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A little eye candy at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Indy.
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Kyle Shorey and Shadetree Fabrications has made a habit of picking up 'Best of Show' checks for its custom motorcycle called 'Speedmetal.'
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Gotta love a clean, classic Triumph Motorcycle!
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The detail is in the paint. It takes a long, hard look to pick out all the details in the paint job on this custom Harley.
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We dig the sheet metal work and the perimeter brakes on this sweet ride entered in the Indianpolis round of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Shows.
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This 1981 H-D FXW by Faith Forgotten Choppers was clean enough to ride away with top honors in the Retro Modified class in Indy.
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Adam Karns captured first place in Indy's Modified Harley class with his custom 2001 Harley Sportster.
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The clean, uncluttered look of this bobber speaks our language!
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Speedmetal by Shadetree Fabrications has won every Ultimate Builder round it has entered.
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This custom GSX-R750 sported custom paint honoring reggae legend Bob Marley.
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The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Charlotte winners 2013 take to the stage.
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Garwood Customs had several outstanding custom superbikes at the show, including this 2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000 with 'Old Skool Tattoos' painted all over it.
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AR Baggers was the big winner in Charlotte, winning the Freestyle and Modified Harley titles for Harley baggers with plenty of hand-formed bodywork like this one.
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Another strong competitor in the Performance Custom class at the Charlotte Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show 2013.
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This Garwood Custom Cycles Gixxer used old school tattoos for the theme of its striking paint job.
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Jeremy Cupp of LC Fabrications made an industrial strenght girder from tubular steel for the front of his 'Birmingham Bee-Liner.'
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Partick McLafferty’s 2009 Yamaha R6 sports custom-made suspension linkage in the rear and an internally modified fork on the front, features which helped it earn the Modified Street title in Charlotte.
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AR Baggers bagged the big check for 'Best of Show' at the Charlotte Ultimate Builder round.
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Jeremy Cupp's latest creation, a 1967 BSA a65 Thunderbolt, combines a frame off a '72 Triumph and a 650cc engine from a BSA.
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Gary Nelson's 1976 Honda CB750 'Nelsonore' is painted in Honda Elsinore colors to go along with its scrambler tires.
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Eric Stein brought his '74 H-D FX to the Charlotte Show and won second place in the Retro Modified class with 'Sling Shot.'
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Eagle One, a 2004 Harley-Davidson trike owned by Keith Ruegsegger, has a patriotic theme in honor of those who died on 9/11.
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AR Baggers took top honors in the Charlotte Ultimate Builder Freestyle class 2013 for its bold orange bagger that started as a Harley Ultra Classic before it was converted into a custom Road Glide.
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This 2012 Custom Choppa by the guys at the Gas Axe Chop Shop featured plenty of cool craftsmanship that earned it second place in the Charlotte Freestyle class.
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Ever seen a Buell chopper before? Now you have. Meet Oro Dundido, a 2001 Buell Choppa.