AFT Customs Er Hed, with its board tracker-influenced design, a 1700cc Yamaha Road Star engine, sprotor brakes and fluid reservoirs in the handlebars took top honors in the San Mateo Ultimate Builders Custom Bike Show.
The weather may have been rainy outside, but the crowds stormed the entrances of the International Motorcycle Show in San Mateo, California, on Saturday morning. As they entered the Expo Hall, they were treated to an array of custom bikes extending from one end of the hall to the other.
Some of the area's top custom bike builders brought their latest renditions of rolling art to be judged in Round 2 of the Ultimate builders Custom Bike Show. Once again, the builders were pleased with the cash and prizes put up by the sponsors, which included the International Motorcycle Shows, Harley-Davidson, Star Motorcycles and Yamaha. Even though the rewards were substantial, many of the builders still talked about how the greatest reward was the prestige of competing in a world class event.
Once again, anxiety was high when the awards ceremony began on Sunday afternoon.
1st Place: Jim Giuffra of AFT Customs with his 1700cc Yamaha powered board tracker
The Teardrop Custom Springer built by House of Thunder won the Modified Harley Class (above) at the Ultimate Builder Bike Show in San Mateo while the Performance Custom winner was the modified 2005 ZZR1200 shown below.
1st Place: Chuck Toeniskoeter with his House of Thunder built Teardrop Custom Springer
1st Place: Kevin Cherry with his '05 Highly Modified Kawasaki ZZR 1200 sporting Fat Daddy wire wheels
Mob Rules People's Choice
Mike Vivoia with 06 Special Construction painted by Mike himself
This was another great show with all the 1st place winners receiving an automatic free entry to the 8th Annual AMD World Championship in Sturgis. Round 3 of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Shows will be held in Seattle, on December 10 -12, followed by Long Beach, on December 17 - 19.
Freestyle Class -
Jim Giuffra of AFT Customs won the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Freestyle class with ER HED, (pronounced 'Air Head'). The heart of the matter features a 2004 1700cc Yamaha XVS Road Star engine which is set into a chassis that is an interpretation of a board tracker racer. The bike features a RMD Billet / girder front end, RMD Billet wheels, HHI Sproter rear brakes, paint from Riff Raff Customs and plating by Meclec. Fluids contained in handlebars.
ER HED won the 2008 AMD World Championship Metric Class championship.
Modifed Harley-Davidson Class -
Chuck Toeniskoeter custom 103c.i. FXSTI Springer won the Modified Harley Class at the 2010 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. The sano bike was built by Dan Stern, Owner of House of Thunder in Morgan Hill, CA. All performance mods are direct from the factory and allows the bike to be serviced at any Harley-Davidson dealership. Paint was applied by Art Himsl and chrome by Sherm's.
Performance Custom Class -
Kevin Cherry wins the 2010 Performance Custom class at the 2010 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in San Mateo, Ca with his 2005 Kawasaki ZZR 1200. The big-bore bike is built by Greggs Customs and features a single-sided swing arm, Fat Daddy wheels by Ride Wright, tailgunner exhaust and hand guns for passenger pegs. Paint by Roberto at Blue Cat with chrome by Sport Chrome.